My mom was a great cook. She loved to cook for the entire family and we had some really great food traditions. One of my favorite dishes mom made was her holiday Buckeyes, a great snack to pop in your mouth to curb the hunger beast.
Most of my mom’s recipes came from her mother. I remember, every time I visited my grandmother a sa kid, she would bake or cook one of the “Hicks Family Traditional Meals” for us all.
Most people in the south have no idea what a Buckeye is. They are so-named because, when complete, they look like the eye of a deer or a buck. Also, of course, my entire family on my mom’s side is from Ohio.
Mom always made buckeyes for the holidays. They are filled with peanut-butter and chocolate yummy goodness and I thought I’d share the recipe with you all.
Two years ago, when I was just beginning my cancer battle, my mom sat down with my wife, Carey, and taught her how to make her buckeyes. I could barely stand, the chemo and radiation had me so weakened, but I stood in that kitchen with my mom and made the buckeyes for two hours straight.
In honor of my mother, and her mother, I present to you their recipe for Buckeyes.
- 1 lb. margarine
- 2 lbs. peanut butter (creamy)
- 3 boxes confectioner’s sugar
- 1/2 bar paraffin wax
Step 1: Let margarine and peanut butter soften. Mix margarine, peanut butter, and confection’s sugar and form into one inch balls.
Step 2: Melt 2 – 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate bits over water with 1/2 – 1/3 bar of paraffin wax. (Tip melt paraffin wax first and then add chocolate.
Step 3: Stick a toothpick in each ball and dip in melted chocolate. Remove toothpick as you place on waxed paper. Refrigerate several hours until firm.
Yields: 100-150 balls