Cooking class is in session and we must first have a little family history before giving away a new family recipe.
“Buckeye. A peanut-buttter-and-chocolate candy made in little balls resembling buckeye nuts. The term is dated in print by the Dictionary of American Regional English to 1970, which describes it as “Cheap candy that used to be sold years ago.” But according to Marcia Adams in Heartland (1991), “If Ohio were to declare a state candy, this recipe would be it…Some cooks like to leave a bit of peanut butter ball exposed when dipping in the chocolate so it more closely resembles a real buckeye.”
—The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink, John F. Mariani [Lebhar-Friedman:New York] 1999 (p. 45)
Now the move from candy past, into candy brownie future, where I’d like to introduce you to the all new, designed by me, Daddy Buckeye. I guarantee this will be the who’s your daddy your holiday friends and family who are blessed enough to receive, will be talking about.
So with no further ado, I’d like to introduce you to:
Jeannie Bee’s Daddy Buckeyes
- Prepare cookie sheet by lining with waxed paper
1 28oz. jar of peanut butter
1 lb. of powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 whole stick of margarine
In a medium size bowl mix all ingredients together until well blended.
Using a small cookie scoop form mixture into balls and place on a prepared cookie sheet. After completely forming all the peanut butter balls, place pan in freezer to harden.
2 Boxes of Family Size Brownies
Prepare according to package directions for chewy brownies. After they have baked, remove, cool completely. Remove outside edge. Cut about a 1/4 of an inch off. *☺*You will have brownie sticks for the family to enjoy while patiently waiting for the finished product. *☺*
Crumble remaining brownies. Using a small size scoop form a mixture into a ball and pat into a circle. Wrap around peanut butter candy ball, repeat until all have been completely covered. Set back onto the same tray you had the peanut butter candy mixture.
Return to freezer to harden. I left mine overnight to get a nice product for dipping into the chocolate.
1 12oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
Place chocolate chips and shortening in a small bowl–a tall small bowl— it makes dunking easier. Place in microwave on high for about 30 seconds, stir, and continue adding 15 seconds and stir, until completely smooth. As you go along, cut each peanut butter candy in half and begin dipping into chocolate mixture, leaving a small area open at the top.
Return to freezer to harden. Store in a cool place, like the fridge.
NOTE: You may have to do this process in intervals if the brownie covered buckeyes began to soften. Trust me on this, you don’t want a bowl of peanut butter buckeye brownie soup… or, maybe you do. L.O.L. But that would be a recipe for another day =)