High school football starts this week. Bama starts in a couple of weeks. It is time to start making buckeyes, tailgating rounds of perfection.
They freeze beautifully, so you can get in a groove and do several batches of these, put them away, and defrost weeks later with no one realizing they weren’t made the day before.
This recipe (and I think most all the buckeye recipes in the world are very, very much alike — there are only six ingredients and one way to make them) turns out somewhere between 30-45 buckeyes, depending on how generous you want to make each. I like a good two-bite buckeye, but some like to make them really small and pop them whole. Let this inform how big you make the rounds.
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 stick butter (4 tbsp) – very soft or melted, either is fine
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz chocolate — I usually use semi-sweet chips to melt, milk or dark would be fine too
Also needed: toothpicks
In the Kitchenaid, combine all ingredients except the chocolate. Mix until everything is completely integrated.
Use a little scoop or your hands to form the mixture into rounds, and freeze on a parchment paper-covered tray until hard.
Melt the chocolate, then take a toothpick, insert into the middle-top of a round, and dip/roll into the chocolate, leaving a nice section of peanut butter still visible:
Place back onto the parchment paper-lined tray (it will likely still be cool from the freezer, which helps set the chocolate).
Gently remove the toothpick from each and gently rub to cover over the hole the toothpick leaves. BTW: you can use just one toothpick or a few during this process.
Pop them back in the freezer especially if you’re making these well in advance, or fridge to set. I like to serve them best when they’re cold, and they look terrific on a footed silver tray.
BTW, the Recipes page of DFK has loooots of other great-for-tailgating dishes, like party crackers, Frito chili pie, banana pudding, wild rice salad, strawberry pretzel salad, jambalaya, baked vidalia dip, Alabama caviar, watermelon rind pickles, lemon bars, corn pudding, pralines, bourbon balls, and just a world of other pies and cakes.
PS Speaking of tailgating, these people outdid themselves on the pumpkin! xoxo!