There is nothing like a breakfast of buckeyes on Christmas eve. My personal baker-man, Joshua, made his infamous buckeyes last night and I couldn't help indulging this morning as I captured his masterpiece with my camera.

Buckeyes at Christmas are a mainstay in this household. Christmas and buckeyes go hand-in-hand. Especially since my better half is from the Buckeye state and a loving fan of a football team by the same name. In fact, I think he wore an Ohio state sweatshirt everyday during the playoffs.

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This year, however, he deviated from the original parafin wax recipe in favor of using Crisco instead. It lends for a less waxy taste. I can honestly say that I am pleased with the results. These buckeyes are to fantastic! They are melt in your mouth delicious.



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Some notes before the recipe:
*Use JIF peanut butter. Only JIF. Otherwise, the balls will be very soft.
*Also, Take your time. Go slow. This recipe cannot be rushed.

Buckeyes
1 3/4 cups of JIF peanut butter
1 Stick of Softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 lb Confectioner's sugar
1 tbs of vegetable shortening
1 12 ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Mix peanut butter, butter, and vanilla together in a large bowl. Then add confectioners' sugar until combined. Do not over mix. Do not cream the dough. The buckeye dough should be firm, not too fluffy.

2. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment or waxed paper lined dinner plate.
Place each dinner plate with balls in refrigerator as you are finished rolling them.

3. Melt shortening and chocolate chips in a double boiler over low heat.

4. Once the chocolate mixture is melted, take the first plate that you rolled out of the fridge. Using a toothpick, dip each ball into chocolate mixture. Only cover 3/4 of the ball with chocolate to create the signature buckeye look. Place each finished buckeye back on plate. Once a plate is full of buckeyes, place back in the fridge for 30 minutes to set.

5. Continue step 4 until all of the balls are covered in chocolate.

6. Enjoy!

2 comments:

Jennifer said...

Yours are so much prettier!

SAHM I am said...

Mike is huge Ohio State fan too. Buckeyes taunt me until I eat them all!