This month however the Buckeyes became something else. They became the first College Football Playoff National Champions. What a thrill to not only watch the underdog Buckeyes beat the almighty Crimson tide but then 11 days later to witness the Bucks defeating the Ducks. What a great start to the New Year.
So in honor of the National Champs I thought I would share a sweet treat that looks just like a buckeye. The buckeye nut has a rich, mellow, warm brown shell highlighted by a beige eye. They resemble the eye of a deer and get their name from the Indian word hetuck which means eye-of-a-buck. This sweet confection features a creamy peanut butter filling dipped in rich semi-sweet chocolate.
Tomorrow I will bring these sweet treats to the Super Bowl Party where all my fellow New Englanders will be hopefully eating buckeyes and celebrating a championship as well!
1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners sugar
12 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
Blend peanut butter and butter in mixer. Add vanilla extract and confectioners sugar. I use my bowl shield on my kitchen aid to avoid the confectioners sugar from flying everywhere. Once everything is well combined roll the peanut butter into bite size balls. Put in the freezer until firm. Melt the chips in the microwave for three minutes at 50% power. Stir until smooth. Using a toothpick, poke it into the peanut butter ball and dip 3/4 of the way leaving the peanut butter exposed at the top. I advise only bringing out 10-15 from the freezer at a time so they don't get soft for dipping. Smooth over the hole left from the toothpick. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.