Ohio Buckeye Treats


A few things:
1. I’m not a college football fan. I graduated from Duke, where our football team generated revenue for our amazing basketball and lacrosse programs instead.
2. Because of number 1, I don’t follow any college football team including the Ohio State Buckeyes.
3. I do watch Mike & Mike on ESPN2 while getting ready for work in the morning.
4. Ohio State is playing at Northwestern this weekend.
5. I know number 4 because one of the hosts of Mike & Mike went to Northwestern and cannot stop talking about Ohio State playing at Northwestern this weekend.
6. I have a subscription to Cooking Light magazine.
7. This month’s issue of Cooking Light includes a recipe for chocolate-peanut butter balls called Ohio Buckeyes that resemble Ohio buckeye tree nuts.
8. These Ohio Buckeye treats were pretty delicious and mostly easy to make. I had a bit of a problem dunking the peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate because they kept rolling off my dunking fork. Find the recipe here or in the October 2013 Cooking Light magazine.
9. I may have to watch the Ohio State game at Northwestern this weekend while eating these Ohio Buckeye treats.

2 c. powdered sugar
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
2 oz. 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 c. reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs (I inadvertently used 1 1/2 c. of graham cracker crumbs! The increased amount made the peanut butter balls less gooey.)
8 oz. dark chocolate (60-65% cacao), chopped

1. Place first 4 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs; beat until blended.
2. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape peanut butter mixture by tablespoonfuls into 38 balls. Place balls on baking sheet; refrigerate 1 hour.
3. Place chocolate in the top of a double boiler; place over simmering water, stirring until almost melted. Remove from heat; stir until smooth. Let cool slightly.
4. Place each ball on a fork, and dip ball in chocolate until partially coated; return to parchment paper to harden.

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cathleen
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 23:49:50

    Love buckeyes! It’s been awhile since I made this delicious treat – thanks for the reminder. They look so good!

  2. ivysew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.com
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 23:55:50

    Well, it does look very delicious. Have a great day and cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Daniela
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 00:30:45

    Oh these buckeyes!
    Could I have one please? They look just too tempting.

  4. Nilu A
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 00:43:51

    Peanut butter and chocolate really are a magical combination.. I’ll try making it with honey and brown sugar instead of sugar.. Great recipe without baking dear ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Bam's Kitchen
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 00:53:15

    I love these buckeye treats. My mom used to make loads of them around x-mas time and store them in the freezer. However, when I was little I used to sneak in and made sure I got my share. In regards to Ohio football, I will only tune in to make sure that Northwestern is doing their best part. Love your friendly Wolverine cooking fan. Take Care, BAM

  6. The Foodie Affair
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 01:00:46

    Yum and from Cooking Light?! I’ll have two!

  7. laurasmess
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 01:14:01

    These look wonderful. I’ve never heard of buckeyes (the team, tree nuts or the sweet!) but the peanut butter and chocolate is enough to convince me! x

  8. Dimple@shivaaydelights
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 02:06:25

    Never had one of these! Can’t wait to make it. Thank you for sharing, delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Food,Photography & France
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 02:07:46

    I understood very little of that as it was written in American, which I am still learning. However, the cakes look and sound delicious. I hope you enjoy the lacrosse match between the Light Cookers and Ohio Nutters ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Anita Menon
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 03:14:58

    Tempting buckeye treats…

  11. saucygander
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 04:33:09

    Looks great! I also don’t quite get American but peanut butter and chocolate is something I definitely understand! ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. My Kitchen Stories
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 05:04:12

    What a cute recipe. They look very intriguing!

  13. Hotly Spiced
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 05:39:28

    The peanut butter balls look very good xx

  14. TrafficDiva
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 06:03:20

    The only time I’ve ever had these were from a former co-worker who was from the Buckeye state. And yours looks so much better!! Love these!! And even tho I attened De Paul Univ (right down the street from Northwestern), I was accepted to the Ohio State Univ. So I approve of these “Yummy” collegiate treats! =)

  15. andi winslow
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 06:59:20

    Hi Ms. Yummy I don’t watch football or any other sport either. I did play field hockey in high school! Your Buckeye Balls look very nice. I haven’t done much candy making but I do know that they can be hard to dunk. You did a great job keep it up. I just want to thank you for always visiting the wednesday baker. You are my number one fan. I wonder sometimes why I do this blog even thou I have many readers just not many comments. But when I see folks they always say something. That’s what keeps me going and I am putting together a good collection of recipes that I really like. I also have a notebook of recipes that I have made and either didn’t turn out good or we just didn’t care of them. Have a great day Andi

  16. Inger Wilkerson
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 07:22:33

    I have never gotten into college football either. But I’d watch a few minutes for some of these!

  17. DSN Engineer
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 07:33:51

    I like that your content is in a list. I love lists.

  18. markd60
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 08:34:27

    I think this could be easily modified for Halloween. You can make them into eyeballs!

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  20. Edible Celebrations (@lavesta)
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 09:37:58

    Living only a few miles away from Penn State, you would think I’d watch football. But nooooooo. However, I surely would try one of these Buckeye Treats hands down! Thanks for sharing, Yummy…

    P.S. We’re having a Pasta Party over at my blog. I hope you can join us:)

  21. moderngirlnutrition
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 10:06:21

    Oh yummy! These would be PERFECT for Halloween if you made the a little scary!

  22. Cher
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 11:36:09

    I love buckeyes ๐Ÿ™‚ (The candy, not the team…)

  23. Norma Chang
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 15:09:52

    Never had a buckeye, they look yummy.

  24. Geraldine Saucier
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 17:56:45

    Thanks for posting this recipe. I have been wanting to make Buckeye treats – I’ve heard they are delicious. They have peanut butter and chocolate so they have to be good:)

  25. Betty
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 21:53:14

    I saw these in C.L.- yours look just as good! I don’t watch football at all, but this kind of buckeye I could go with! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Cakelaw
    Oct 05, 2013 @ 00:41:47

    I am fascinated by buckeyes – they are not something we make in Australia, so they are new to me.

  27. cquek
    Oct 05, 2013 @ 02:57:20

    Oooh! I could go for this.

  28. Gloria
    Oct 05, 2013 @ 05:55:51

    I’m not very keen on peanut butter but why not give it a try with chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Oct 05, 2013 @ 06:32:55

    Oh I haven’t had these in years! They were always really popular holiday and bake sale treats when I was a kid. They are so yummy!

  30. tastytreats13
    Oct 05, 2013 @ 10:22:25

    Yum! These look delicious!

  31. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Oct 05, 2013 @ 12:09:14

    I love buckeyes and yours look so yummy!

  32. Liz
    Oct 05, 2013 @ 14:08:32

    Oh, yeah…my mom used to make these when we were kids. The not so lightened up version. And they are GOOD! I’m glad to know I can indulge without as much guilt by using your recipe…and the dipping can be so tricky :/

  33. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 05:04:26

    Maybe a dipping spoon would have made it easier?

  34. Johanna GGG
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 05:34:13

    they look really cute and really yummy (actually could you call them yummy chunklets – ha ha)

  35. kitchen flavours
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 10:46:29

    Wow, lovely treats!

  36. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 13:18:46

    I’ve heard of these but never tried one- they look great!

  37. bakeawaywithme.com
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 16:06:42

    Oh boy, they look good! I used to make buckeyes when my kids were youngerโ€ฆanything with peanut butter is a hit in my house!

  38. apuginthekitchen
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 16:57:18

    I’ve heard of buckeye’s but have never had one, they look great and sound so delicious.

  39. Three Well Beings
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 00:18:17

    I don’t care a bit about football, but I love these treats! They look so good to me, and I’ll eat anything with peanut butter! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 11:03:37

    I’m not a football fan but I’ll use it as an excuse to eat anytime.:) These treats sound great!

  41. ashley
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 11:39:39

    I LOVE buckeyes and I’m not a college football fan either ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Raymund
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 18:20:59

    Looks nice, simple and delicious!

  43. tracy
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 19:24:19

    Growing up my mom made the best buckeyes. They were one of my favorite treats.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  44. Monica
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 21:52:20

    I’ve never had a buckeye! I’m sure they’re good…so I’m a little afraid to go there…

  45. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 09:54:56

    Yummy treats!

  46. Ameena
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 08:36:45

    I’ve never heard of a buckeye before…in a food or football sense. Looks delicious!

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