The buckeye nut hails from the Buckeye tree, which happens to be the state tree of Ohio. I grew up smashing their spiky cases and collecting the smooth interesting and slightly poisonous nuts.
During some recent walks I noticed similar spiky balls in the neighborhood.
Here’s what you need:
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cups smooth peanut butter
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (after taste-test next time I will use milk chocolate)
- Mix the butter, peanut butter, and vanilla with your mixer.
- Slowly mix in the powdered sugar.
3. Roll mixture into 1 inch balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
4. Place balls into refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
5. Put a toothpick in each ball.
6. Melt the chips in a double boiler or in 15 second increments in the microwave.
Wait for the chocolate to harden and then dig in.
Oliver was patiently waiting for some peanut butter of his own, so I couldn’t deny the sweet guy a little clean up.
For more information on the Buckeye Tree and its history check out Northwest Ohio Nature.
I have been thinking about different variations on the treat like mixing banana in the peanut butter or a dog friendly version. Have any ideas or tips on how to make them?