June 18, 2013
My daughter is officially an Ohio State Buckeye! I’m planning her HS graduation party with an Ohio State theme and thought it would be a cute idea to make some Buckeye candies. These sweet treats resemble the the nuts from our state tree, the Buckeye. They are a common Christmas staple here, and the flavor is similar to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups… but better!
My mom gave me a recipe years ago that has coconut in it. It may sound a bit odd, but it adds texture and moisture to these creamy candies. I’m not even a huge peanut butter fan and I love these.
- 2 cups of creamy peanut butter (I use Jiff)
- 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup of coconut
- 1/2 cup of softened butter (1 stick)
- 3 cups of confectioners sugar
- 1 package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon of shortening, canola oil, or butter
In a large bowl, blend the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, coconut, butter and confectioners sugar. I usually start with a wooden spoon and end up kneading the dough by hand once it starts to thicken up.
Place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so.
Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a pan or tray covered with wax paper.
Stick a toothpick into each ball, and then place them back into the refrigerator or freezer for another 30-60 minutes.
Pour the chocolate chips into a glass bowl and melt them in the microwave per the instructions on the package; at 50% heat and in 30 second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted and creamy. Stir every 30 seconds. Add a tbsp of shortening, canola oil or butter to the chocolate to thin it out for easier dipping.
Remove the dough balls from the freezer. Use the toothpicks as handles and dip each ball into the melted chocolate, covering all but a small circle at the top.
Place each chocolate covered ball back onto the wax paper, and remove the toothpick. Hide the toothpick hole by gently massaging the exposed peanut butter ball with your fingertip.
Refrigerate for another 30 minutes.
After the chocolate hardens you can place them in a storage container. I recommend storing them in a cool place (like the refrigerator). They freeze very well also. I like eating them straight from the fridge or freezer!