When I left home, I only asked for a few recipes; buttermilk biscuits, fried fish and hush puppies, my great-grandmother’s coconut cake and these buckeyes. Necessities, you know! Every December my mammaw would fill one of those giant popcorn tins to the top with buckeyes, I would grab it and just eat and eat on them until I couldn’t eat anymore. That’s why they’re dangerous, because they’re irresistible.
This was actually the first time that I made the candies on my own. Everything about them was always so perfect, that I was afraid I would mess them up or that they would just be too hard to make. They were actually quite easy and now I’m mad at myself for going years without them. My mammaw always used a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips to melt for the outside, but I’ve used baking chocolate, you can use your favorite flavor. I’ve used unsweetened dark chocolate on mine.
And if you’re wondering why we call them buckeyes, it’s because they actually look like a buck’s eye. You always have to make sure they have the top part showing to make them traditional.
2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
6 tablespoons melted butter
100-125 grams baking chocolate (or chocolate chips) (about 8 ounces)
1 tablespoon coconut oil (you could use 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable shortening)
1. In a mixing bowl, add sugar, peanut butter and butter, with an electric mixer, blend well. On a nonstick baking mat or wax paper lined cookie sheet, roll the mixture into small eye shape rounds, you should get 3 dozen. Place on the sheet and sit in the freezer for at least an hour.
2. In a saucepan on medium heat filled half way with water, allow it to come to a boil. Place a metal mixing bowl on the top with the chocolate and oil, mix, reduce heat to low.
3. Take out the peanut butter balls and set aside so you can use the same lined baking sheet. Poke a toothpick into the peanut butter ball and carefully dip into the chocolate, leaving a small area at the top uncovered. Sit on the baking sheet, and finish remaining candies. When finished place back into the freezer for at least an hour.
4. After the candies have sat, you can place them in a covered bowl in the refrigerator.
Yields: 3 dozen