Things I learned about Ohio during my last visit. 1) Ohio is the known as “the buckeye state.” 2) The buckeye is an actual nut that is slightly poisonous. 3) A buckeye is also delicious peanut butter and chocolate candy.
During a day trip to Columbus, I discovered these little gems after gorging myself on a sausage fest at Schmit’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant, a quaint little restaurant in the German part of town. Little did I know how easy they were to make!
The best thing about this recipe is adjusting the sweetness of the peanut mixture to your taste. Two cups of powdered sugar not sweet enough? Add a little more. You won’t come down with a stomach ache if you eat a little. But it’s hard to resist eating the whole thing. But a little patience after the peanut butter balls have been dipped in chocolate will yield delicious results. They store great in the freezer and are available whenever the peanut butter and chocolate craving hits. All without making a trip to Ohio!
1 jar of peanut butter (avoid natural peanut butter)
2 cups powdered sugar plus additional
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Combine peanut butter, powdered sugar and butter until mixed. Place peanut butter mixture in refrigerator for 2 hours or until firm.
Dust hands with powdered sugar. Using a teaspoon, form balls from cold mixture. Place toothpicks in each ball and freeze until firm.
When peanut butter balls are frozen, melt chocolate chips over double boiler. Using the toothpick, dip each ball into the chocolate, leaving part of the top of the peanut ball exposed. Place dipped balls onto wax paper and cool in the refrigerator.