Ohio Buckeyes

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5 dozen buckeyes
Ruth Cahill, Columbus, Ohio Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio
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Ruth Cahill has made thousands of buckeyes over the years. For winning a blue ribbon at the Ohio State Fair, she was one of a handful of cooks invited to New York for the Citymeals-on-Wheels benefit, where bakers made 500 of her buckeyes as part of the fundraising dinner.

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 jar (16 ounces) peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
1-1/2 boxes (1-1/2 pounds) confectioners' sugar (approximately)
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2 squares (2 ounces) semisweet chocolate
1/4 bar paraffin*

In a medium-size bowl, blend the butter, peanut butter, and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. (You may need to adjust the amount of sugar depending on the brand of peanut butter you use. Jif extra crunchy works perfectly with the measurements given.) Roll into 1-inch balls. Chill thoroughly.

Melt the chocolate chips, semisweet chocolate, and paraffin in the top of a double boiler or a pan set over hot water (the water should not boil). Use a small-bottomed pan, which will keep the chocolate deep for dipping. Using a toothpick or thin skewer, dip the peanut butter balls in the melted chocolate. Leave an “eye” undipped at the top of the ball so that it resembles a buckeye. If the coating is thick, you might have to prepare a second batch of chocolate. Chill to set the chocolate.

*Buckeyes are a traditional Ohio candy, and all of the old recipes call for paraffin, which helps the chocolate keep its shape. Here is another method of stabilizing the chocolate with part solid chips:  Prepare the peanut butter filling as above. Put 4 squares (4 ounces) semisweet chocolate and all but 1/4 cup of a 12-ounce package of semisweet chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler. Heat, stirring well, until thoroughly melted. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the reserved chips. Stir continuously until the chocolate is cooled to 88 degrees F.

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