Buckeye Candy

I never heard of “Buckeyes” until I moved to Ohio … and my hips wish they hadn’t heard of Buckeyes either!  🙂   Ohio’s nickname is the “Buckeye State”.  Ohio received its nickname because of the many buckeye trees that once covered its hills and plains.  These candies are supposed to look like the nuts that come off the Buckeye Tree.  I’ve never seen a buckeye tree, but these buckeye candies are to die for!!  If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups … lookout hip because you will be popping these into your mouth one after the other!  Enjoy!!

Buckeye Balls  


1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter1/2 cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons shortening


1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar with hands to form a smooth stiff dough. Shape into balls using 2 teaspoons of dough for each ball. Place on prepared pan, and refrigerate.
3. Melt shortening and chocolate together in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat.
4. Remove balls from refrigerator. Insert a wooden toothpick into a ball, and dip into melted chocolate. Return to wax paper, chocolate side down, and remove toothpick. Repeat with remaining balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set