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- Cocktails and Spirits
November 5, 2012
The Peanut Butter Buck-Eye cocktail.
The Peanut Butter Buckeye cocktail (for Ohio) is made at at D.C. hot spot Artbar, at Art Smith's Art and Soul.
- 2 Ounces vodka
- 1/2 Ounce peanut butter syrup
- 1/2 Ounce chocolate syrup
- House-made chocolate powder rim
Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake. Pour into martini glass with chocolate powder rim.
Peanut Butter Buckeye Bark
Christmas Day or Valentine’s Day – the official day of chocolate. I’m not a huge chocolate person but once you combine it with either peanut butter or caramel, I’m all over that. This bark is dessert heaven times infinity. I love buckeyes since they combine two of my favorite things, but I love how much easier it is to turn them into bars. No need to do any rolling here – simply melting, mixing and spreading the ingredients is all. This Peanut Butter Buckeye Bark would be amazing added to your holiday dessert trays!
P.S. Have you tried my double peanut butter lava cakes smothered in chocolate sauce? If you’re on the search for holiday treats this week, here is a good place to start. If you’re not a chocolate person, you might just love this Sugar Cookie Popcorn. By “might, I mean you WILL!
So, come on, indulge a little and make this Peanut Butter Buckeye Bark . It’s Valentine’s Day, after all! I also made this for Christmas, so it’s very versatile and acceptable for any holiday. Enjoy!
Peanut butter balls aka Buckeye Balls
Named for their similarity to the nut of the buckeye tree, these chocolate-plunged nutty spread balls are anything but difficult to make at home with next to no work utilizing the buckeye formula that follows.
Finding BUCKEYE BALLS
Despite the fact that I experienced childhood in the Midwest, where Peanut Butter Buckeye balls are well known, I was peculiarly negligent of them until I moved to California. At some point, a colleague at my normal everyday employment brought a plate of Buckeyes into the workplace, and I immediately ate up a couple too much, delivering myself generally futile from the sugar consequential convulsion for the remainder of the evening.
Simple, easy and cheesy! My whole family loves this recipe so much. If it were for them, I’d be making this every day! Give it a shot, you’ll love it!To Make this Recipe You’ Will Need the following ingredients:
- 1 ½ cups peanut butter
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 cups confectioners' sugar
- 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar. The dough will look dry. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth.
Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes. Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.
Buckeye Candy Ingredients
- peanut butter
- powered sugar
- chocolate (milk or semi-sweet)
- dark chocolate *optional
- bourbon *optional
- toasted pecans *optional
- combine butter and peanut butter
- add salt and vanilla
- add powdered sugar
- combine until creamy
- scoop into balls
- chill and pecans
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Homemade Peanut Butter Buckeyes Recipe
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 lb bag of powdered sugar
- 4 packages of Baker’s baking chocolate bars (we use semi-sweet)
In a large bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla.
Add powdered sugar. The dough might be crumbly at first, but it should all come together after everything is evenly mixed.
Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes. Your buckeye balls will have a more even shape if you form them with chilled dough.
Use a small cookie scoop to form round balls with the peanut butter dough. Roll the balls in your hands to smooth. Place the balls on a cookie sheet or paper plate lined with waxed paper and insert a toothpick in each ball.
Step 5: THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP!
Freeze or refrigerate the balls for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the toothpick to freeze into the ball and will make dipping them in chocolate much more successful.
Once your peanut butter balls are cold, use a small saucepan to melt the chocolate. Stir constantly and do not let the chocolate reach a boil.
While holding the toothpick, dip each peanut butter ball into the chocolate, covering about ¾ of the ball. Place the buckeyes on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Refrigerate again until the chocolate is set.
3 Ingredient- Peanut Butter Protein Buckeyes
The only secret to food combination is a balance of protein, carbs & fat – they all play a key role in our health.
While I am not going to go on a tangent about my recent diet change…I will just put a quick plug in for anyone that has ever had a negative relationship with food, macrobiotic diets are life changing.
Over the past month I have tracked my macros in an attempt to make sure that I am eating the right amount of protein, fats and carbs a day to maintain my current weight. I am not trying to lose or gain weight/muscle, just eat better and MAN did I not realize how badly I was looking at food.
One of the biggest changes to my everyday diet was my unhealthy amount of peanut butter intake. I literally could eat peanut butter off a spoon for every meal if someone let me, but I never truly looked at the amount of fat true peanut butter has.
Thank goodness for friends with degrees in health and fitness (I’m looking at you Sarah) that told me about PB2! It is a game changer people! It is half the 1/4 the calories, fat and carbs of regular peanut butter but still has a good amount of protein.
Because of this new found love & my other love for re-inventing my favorite late night treats, I decided to make a “healthy” version of a Buckeye! The Protein Buckeyes I created are not only good for you, but they provide a marco-friendly balance that will allow you to enjoy 1 (or 5) without the guilt!
How to make these simple high Protein Buckeyes:
Begin by measuring out 1/4 cup PB2 peanut butter powder.
SIDE NOTE: Can I just say again how much I LOVE THIS STUFF. Seriously, it tastes just as delicious as regular peanut butter! (PRO TIP: Add equal amounts water to powder to make an even creamier peanut butter!)
Mix 4 tbsp water with the powder to create a creamy peanut butter.
Next, add 1/2 scoop of your protein powder. (This is my favorite brand. Both the chocolate & vanilla taste delicious & offer 30g of protein per scoop which helps when you don’t eat a lot of animal protein!)
Mix the peanut butter and protein together until a thick peanut butter mixture forms. You want this to be thick so that you can mold it into protein balls so don’t add any additional water.
Depending on how sturdy your peanut butter mixture is: 1) either place your bowl in the fridge for a few minutes to stiffen or 2) you can begin making your protein buckeyes.
I am all about small batches of my favorite foods or else I will cave and eat them all in one sitting so if you want to make a large batch just double the recipe!
When your protein balls are formed, place them into the freezer for a few minutes to firm up. While this is taking place it is time to melt your chocolate. You can either melt in the microwave or using a double boiler, whatever your preference.
Using a toothpick, dip each ball into your melted chocolate then place onto wax/parchment paper to dry.
When all protein buckeyes are complete, place back into refrigerator to set.
When you are ready to eat, just pop your Protein Buckeyes out of the fridge & enjoy!
They taste to me like a fusion of soft caramels & peanut butter cups. The protein balls are soft and chewy, while the chocolate coating surrounding them will trick your mind into thinking they are bad for you.
What I love most about these Protein Buckeyes is that I can eat them without the guilt. They are less than 1/3 calories, fat and carbs of ONE Reese’s peanut butter cup! These macro-friendly sweet treats are the perfect snack that you will fall in love with immediately!
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 12 ounces white chocolate candy coating
- 1 bag candy-coated chocolate pieces (like M&Ms)
- 1 red edible color marker (or red decorator frosting)
In the bowl of a large mixer, blend peanut butter and butter until creamy.
Add the powdered sugar and vanilla to the peanut butter mixture and continue beating until it looks smooth.
Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or waxed paper.
Using a spoon, scoop out balls of peanut butter and roll between your palms to get them as round as possible. Place on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until firm, about 30 to 45 minutes.
Place the white chocolate coating in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted. Stir thoroughly until it's smooth.
Use dipping tools or a fork, dunk a peanut butter ball into the melted white chocolate. Let the excess coating drip back into the bowl. Place it back on the cookie sheet and proceed to dip the rest of the peanut butter balls.
While the chocolate is still wet, press an M&M candy in the center of the ball.
Return the eyes to the refrigerator to harden.
When the eyeballs are firm, use the red decorator frosting or the red edible color marker to make squiggly blood vessels from the bottom to the top of the eyeballs.
Store the eyeballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks and bring them to room temperature before serving.
Best Ever Peanut Butter Buckeye Truffles
These truly are the BEST EVER Buckeye Truffles! All of my friends and neighbors raved over these bite-size morsels of deliciousness and dubbed them “to die for!”
I have to admit, I really enjoyed these truffles.
So much so that I got rid of them all after taking my first bite because I knew eating them would be a downward slippery slope. Actually, less slippery slope, more like complete drop. They are that good.
And normally I’m not a huge chocolate + peanut butter fan. I know, I know – it’s borderline blasphemous, but I can’t help it. Sometimes chocolate and PB treats are a little too… overwhelming, maybe? But these hit the spot perfectly without being too sweet or too much for me… yet they are perfect for serious PB lovers, all of whom raved over them.
I don’t know much about the Buckeye story, only because I’m not an Ohioan nor have I been to Ohio to experience the buckeye craze. But I think it has something to do with college football, and somehow peanut butter is involved? I have no idea, but I *do* know that these little truffles are addictive and so easy to make!
In fact, I am officially putting them into my Christmas baking gift-baskets this year because they make a huge batch, are easily doubled or tripled or even halved, and everyone who tried one just had nothing but adoring things to say about them. I love a good, easy recipe this time of year when holiday baking is in full swing, and these are it!
Basically, you just beat the living daylights out of some peanut butter, softened butter, and vanilla until creamy and smooth. Then add in some heaping cups of confectioners’ sugar until the mixture comes together and is kind of crumbly, like wet sand.
Roll them into little bite-size balls and freeze them for a hot minute so they’re easier to dip in the warm, gooey melted chocolate. Once they’re dipped, return them to the baking sheet and let the chocolate set… then you’re ready to dig in!
Creamy, sweet, a little salty, EASY, melt-in-your-mouth Buckeye Truffles. There’s truly nothing better!