Buckeyes! A classic peanut butter and chocolate treat from Nat's home state, Ohio. Annie also grew up eating these in New Jersey, and is a beloved chocolate treat by all! Perfect party dessert and super crowd pleaser. Chocolate + peanut butter, what's not to love??
Makes 2 dozen
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
8 ounces good quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
In a medium bowl beat the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt with an electric mixer until well combined. Scoop 2-teaspoonful mounds, and roll into balls. Place on a lined baking tray, and refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, microwave the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the mixture is completely melted and smooth.
Place a toothpick or skewer into the top of a peanut butter ball. Working quickly, dip into the melted chocolate, leaving a circle of peanut butter visible on top to create the buckeye. Let excess chocolate drip off, and place back onto lined baking tray. Repeat with remaining peanut butter balls.
Place completed tray back into refrigerator and chill until firm, about 30 minutes.
Using the back of a spoon or small spatula, smooth over the hole from toothpick before serving.