My friend Kim is in town visiting this weekend, and she brought us a tasty Ohio treat: buckeyes! I like to buy these in airports when I connect through Cleveland or Columbus, but I've never actually had homemade ones. Kim, being a native Ohioan, has the recipe on lock. Here's her method, to make 150 delicious peanut butter chocolate buckeyes:

3 lbs powdered sugar
2 lbs peanut butter (2 jars)
1 lb melted butter (4 sticks)
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 bar paraffin wax

1. Mix powdered sugar and peanut butter in a large bowl.

2. Pour in melted butter.

3. With your hands, combine mixture until it's a kneading texture.

4. Line 3-4 cookie sheets with wax paper. Roll peanut butter mixture into 1" balls and place on sheets.

5. Refrigerate peanut butter balls for one hour or more.

6. In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and paraffin wax until smooth.

7. Remove boiler from stove and dip balls in chocolate using a toothpick inserted into their center, leaving a circle of peanut butter showing.

8. Remove toothpick as you place buckeyes back on cookie sheets. Use a spoon to smooth over remaining hole.

9. Replace sheets in fridge until chocolate sets, about two hours.


  1. Wait... It's okay to eat wax? o.O

  2. Apparently it is! Paraffin wax makes the chocolate shiny and helps it stay hard at room temperature. Apparently if you are allergic to aspirin, you might have a sensitivity to ingesting many waxes, FYI.

  3. This actually then raises the question of, if you're not supposed to take aspirin for other reasons, should you also avoid wax. Huh.


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