Friday, December 2, 2011

Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls

My oldest daughter has been applying to colleges. I have been proud of her for all the applications that she has sent out. I hope she will stay in state. Her paternal side really hopes she will go to a school in Ohio. My daughter has been receiving gifts since she was an infant with this school's logo or name. 
Since my husband loves peanut butter and my daughter just applied to this school in Ohio, I figured I should make some Buckeyes. This Buckeye recipe is very close to a peanut butter cup. It is a peanut butter ball with a coating of chocolate on the outside.
Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 to 4 cups powder sugar, sifted
6 oz. chocolate chips, semi-sweet
1 Tbsp shortening

Cream the peanut butter with the butter.
Add the vanilla extract to the peanut butter mixture.
Add one cup of unpacked powder sugar into the mixture and combine.
Continue to add one cup of unpacked powder sugar into the mixture until a stiff dough forms. Try to prevent the peanut butters being dry.
Form the peanut butter dough into smooth balls and place on wax paper.
Stick a toothpick into the middle of each ball.
Refrigerate for about an hour or two so the dough can harden.
After the dough hardens, in a small saucepan melt the chocolate chips and shortening.
Dip the peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate but leave a small area of the ball uncovered.
Place the covered peanut butter balls onto wax paper to set. Remove the toothpick and try to smooth over the toothpick hole. It may be easier to keep half the peanut butter balls in the refrigerator to stay hard.
Refrigerate for about 30 minutes for the chocolate to harden. 

Source adapted from Allrecipes.
Did you already know.............
-The Buckeye Tree is the Ohio State Tree.
-The Buckeye Tree received its name from Native Americans who thought the seeds looked like the eye of a male deer.
-The Buckeye nut is suppose to be a good luck charm.
-Since 1950, Ohio State has used the buckeye as it's nickname and later for its mascot.

Go Buckeyes!

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