Not everyone is familiar with buckeyes, but if you're from the state of Ohio (or anywhere nearby), you think of two things: The Ohio State University and its sports teams (nicknamed the Buckeyes), and if it's the holiday season, the candy that resembles a buckeye nut (from the state tree, the buckeye).
The nut from the buckeye tree is small, round and shiny brown, with a bit of a tan color that is exposed. Leave it to folks to come up with a sweet, traditional treat that combines the great tastes of chocolate and peanut butter and resembles a buckeye nut!
This candy treat is delicious and is a holiday tradition, at least in some parts of the country. Perfect to serve at New Year's parties, you should give making the Buckeye candies a try, no matter where you live!
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Buckeye candy recipe
Yields approximately 80
- 1 (18 ounce) jar creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 pound gluten-free confectioners' sugar (check the label)
- 1 (12 ounce) bag of milk chocolate chips
- Waxed or parchment paper
- Toothpicks for dipping
- Mix the peanut butter, butter and confectioners' sugar together until you reach a smooth mixture.
- Form the mixture into 1-1/2-inch balls and place them on baking sheets lined with waxed or parchment paper.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate until it's smooth. Using the toothpicks, dip each ball into the melted chocolate, leaving a portion exposed (about the size of a coin).
- Use your finger to lightly smooth out the small hole in the candy left behind from the toothpick.
- You can refrigerate the candy on the baking sheets until they've firmed up. Store in an airtight container.
It's a special time of year! Indulge in some tasty treats, Ohio-style!
More gluten-free goodies to try
Peppermint brownie cakes
Cranberry swirl spice cake
Rosemary-hazelnut shortbread cookies
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