THE classic dessert for an Ohio State game day, these chocolate covered peanut butter balls are the only recipe you need this football season!
- 1 box of butter (4 sticks)
- 3 lbs powdered sugar
- 2 lbs peanut butter (1 large jar, use an off brand)
- 3 (12 oz) bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Paraffin wax (optional, see notes)
- Melt 4 sticks of butter in a very large bowl then mix in 3 lbs powdered sugar and 2 lbs peanut butter. (It's easiest to mix with your hands!)
- Taste the mix to see if you want to add in any extra peanut butter or sugar. It should be easy to roll into balls at this point, so if it isn't, add in some extra powdered sugar until it is.
- Roll into small balls and toss into another large bowl. Refrigerate for a few hours until they are as firm as thy friendship (O-HI-O). 🙂
- Once the balls are set up, you want to prepare your chocolate by using a double boiler. If you have one, great! If not, you can make one by taking a pot and filling it with water and placing a smaller pot inside of it. Pour one 12 oz bag of chocolate chips into the smaller pot and boil the water. Make sure the water level isn't too high because you don't want to get ANY water into the chocolate pot! Stir the chocolate continuously until melted.
- Prepare a few baking sheets lined with waxed paper to set the finished buckeyes on. Take a peanut butter ball and stab it about half way with a toothpick. Dip it into the chocolate and swirl it around until it is covered like a buckeye. Place it on the waxed paper. Continue until all of the peanut butter balls are covered and continue to stir the chocolate and add chips as needed.
- Refrigerate until set (about an hour) then push down toothpick holes to cover.
Make sure you don't make the peanut butter balls too big or they will fall off the toothpick when you try to coat them.
Don't stick the toothpick too far in or the ball will split when you try to coat it.
Coat the peanut butter balls in batches so the other ones stay cold in the refrigerator until you get to them.
Try not to use too much chocolate so you have enough.
Keep a rescue spoon handy for when the buckeyes inevitably fall off the toothpick.
Optional: You can add a chunk of paraffin wax to the chocolate to help keep the buckeyes from melting. If you're taking them to an outdoor party this would be recommended! You can find the wax in the canning aisle at the grocery store.
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