Also note, rolling buckeyes is not possible with room temperature batter. It has to be cold, but pliable…moldable (not a word, whatever), without coating your hands in 236 calories worth of delicious buckeye dough. So aim for about 30 minutes of freezer time before you start rolling. If you get the cooling process down, your buckeye-making experience will be much more pleasant.
And lastly, don’t go through the trouble of making buckeyes without at least doubling, if not tripling the recipe like I did (the tripled recipe amounts are in parentheses and italics below). These things should come with a warning label; one batch would just be a tease.
So without further adieu, our Ohio State fan friend’s buckeye recipe!
2 cups powdered sugar (6 cups)
10 Tbsp butter, at room temperature (3 sticks + 6 Tbsp)
1 cup all-natural creamy peanut butter (3 cups)
1 (12 ounce) package of semisweet chocolate morsels (36 ounces or 3 packages)
1/4 block paraffin wax (3/4 block paraffin wax)
Mix together powdered sugar, butter, and peanut butter. Chill in the freezer until solid enough to form into balls (about 30 minutes). If the balls are not smooth, place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and freeze for 15-20 minutes. Re-roll them to smooth.
Melt chocolate and paraffin wax in a double boiler or glass boil over a pot of soft boiling water until blended. Dip peanut butter balls in chocolate, using a toothpick, leaving a round eclipse at the top. Let dry on wax paper (I re-inserted them in the freezer on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet). Remove the toothpick and smooth peanut butter to cover the hole. Store in a covered container in the fridge. Yield: ~25-28 buckeyes (the tripled recipe made 78 buckeyes).
Nutrition Information (per buckeye): YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW!!!
Result: In case the ingredient list wasn’t telling enough…
And because you won’t use all of the chocolate, get creative with the leftovers. I poured the warm, melted chocolate into a lined mini muffin tin. I garnished with a pecan and refrigerated to harden. Doesn’t get much easier than that! You could also use the leftover chocolate to decorate cookies and other baked goods, or simply drink it from the bowl 😉
Question: How many calories do you think are in one 1.5-inch diameter buckeye?
Answer to be revealed tomorrow…brace yourselves!!