Buckeyes

Source: Food Network

Food Fact

As farmers grow the crops for the ingredients in this recipe, like the soybeans used in the vegetable shortening, they carefully monitor the plants’ health and development. If an issue like pests, weeds or disease is detected, they provide support with crop protection products like pesticides. When doing so, they’re sure to use exactly the amount needed, which is only about the amount of one soda can per acre.

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Beat the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt with an electric mixer in a medium bowl until well combined. Scoop 2-teaspoonful mounds and roll into balls. Arrange them on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.

  2. Microwave the chocolate and shortening in a microwave-safe medium bowl in 30-second increments, stirring in between until the mixture is completely melted and smooth, about 2 minutes.

  3. Stick a toothpick or skewer into the top center of a peanut butter ball. Dip the ball into the melted chocolate, leaving a circle of peanut butter visible on top. Let the excess chocolate drip off, then return the buckeye to the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining peanut butter balls and chocolate.

  4. Chill the buckeyes until firm, about 30 minutes. Smooth out the hole left by the toothpick with a spatula. Serve at room temperature or well chilled. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.