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Feb 18

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Aunt Dot’s Buckeyes Recipe


My Great Aunt Dot was the baker in the family.  Before she passed, I made sure that she passed down all of her family favorite recipes to me.  Her Buckeyes were always a special treat.  If you don’t know what a Buckeye is… it’s pretty much like a peanut butter and chocolate truffle.  It’s goooood!


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This is Aunt Dot.  She passed several years ago at the age of 89.


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Aunt Dot used paraffin wax to harden the outer shell.  I know that no one really uses wax to cook with these days, but it’s an old recipe and that is just how it was.


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I normally buy whatever peanut butter is on sale and I have a coupon for.  But hands down, Peter Pan peanut butter is the best peanut butter for her Buckeyes.  And I would recommend going with either semi sweet chocolate or milk chocolate.  The lighter chocolate along with the peanut butter gives it a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup inspired taste.


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And in case you ever wanted to know… Factoid #572 about me… when I was in college, I interned at the Reese’s plant in Hershey, PA.  Oooooohhhhh yeah BABY!  That was the BEST.JOB.EVER!!!!!


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Enjoy Aunt Dot’s Buckeyes in Your Home


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Grab your apron and let’s start baking!
These Buckeyes are going to be one of the stars of the chocolate room at the Peace, Love, and Chocolate Fundraiser this coming weekend.


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Want to see more Decadent Treats I will be making for the fundraiser?


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What about you?  Are you a fan of peanut butter and chocolate?  Or do you prefer your chocolate plain or with something else?


Love, hugs, and honoring Great Aunt Dot’s baking legacy.




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  1. Kari

    Wow!!! I have not seen a buckeye recipe with marshmallow creme!! Sounds so good. Have to try these. I live about 15 minutes from Hershey!!! Thanks for posting recipe….

    1. Holly

      Hi Kari – I haven’t been back in years, but I loved living there. Spent my summers working at the park! Thanks for visiting. Hugs, Holly

  2. Susan

    I’m a big Aunt Dot fan now! These look heavenly. (and I have a recipe for peanut butter balls that uses parafin, just don’t tell anyone.)

    1. Holly

      Hi Susan – I wish she was around with us today. And your secret is safe with me! Hugs, Holly

  3. Bonnie Wolff

    Holly, Aunt Dot would be so proud of you for carrying on the tradition of her Buckeyes. I am sure she is smiling down at you from her place in Heaven !!! Mom

    1. Holly

      Hi Mom – Awwww….. she was the best! And I think her spirit helped me make them extra good for the fundraiser. LYB, H.

  4. Sweet Joan

    These sound wonderful and it’s very nice to have this remembrance of your aunt.

    1. Holly

      Hi Sweet Joan – Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by! Hugs, Holly

  5. Cynthia L

    When I lived in West Virginia, I heard a lot about Buckeyes. Sorry to say, I never had one! I really need to try this, because there is no better combination than Peanut Butter and Chocolate!

    1. Holly

      Hi Cynthia – It is a little piece of heaven. You don’t know what you are missing! Hugs, Holly

  6. Cathy

    what a sweet tribute to someone who meant so much! I love the combo of chocolate and peanut butter together! I am your newest google + follower :-)

    1. Holly

      Hi Cathy – Thanks so much for visiting and for following! I miss my Aunt Dot but her buckeyes will live forever! Hugs, Holly

  7. Gracie

    I never heard of these. Wait, this might sound naive but you can eat paraffin wax? I’ll have to try this.
    Thanks for sharing at meet the neighbors :)

    1. Holly

      Hi Gracie – I know, right?!?!? Well, Aunt Dot lived to 89, so I guess consuming a little paraffin wax didn’t do too much harm. Hugs, Holly

  8. Sue

    Nothing compares to chocolate and peanut butter as a favorite in my family, so I printed this out, thanks for all that you do.

    1. Holly

      Hi Sue – I’ve always been a peanut butter and chocolate fan but after my internship at Reese’s…. oooohhhh…. LOVE! Hugs, Holly

  9. Angela (Life in Velvet)

    These look amazing! What a wonderful way to remember Aunt Dot! Thanks so much for sharing this precious family recipe with us at Thursday STYLE :)

    1. Holly

      Hi Angela – Thank you for your sweet words and for visiting. Hugs, Holly

  10. Sarah

    These look SO good. I’ve heard of Buckeyes, but never made them. I might have to add these to my next party menu.

    1. Holly

      Hi Sarah – They ARE good! Enjoy! Hugs, Holly

  11. Laura@baking in pyjamas

    I’ve never had a buckeye before, they look and sound really good thought. Visiting from Happiness is Homemade link party. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to link up with us :)

    1. Holly

      Hi Laura – Thanks for stopping by. They are pretty much like a chocolate peanut butter truffle. Soooo good! Hugs, Holly

  12. Linda

    for those with reservations about eating paraffin wax “paramont crystals”, available from candy making supply stores is food grade paraffin.

    1. Holly

      Hi Linda – Thanks so much for the tip! Hugs, Holly

  13. Kristina & Millie

    oh yummy-licious recipe! I would love to eat a couple dozen of these! Peter Pan is the best peanut butter in the world so of course it makes the best buckeyes. Thanks for linking this to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

    1. Holly

      Hi K&M – I do fancy Peter Pan, but we try to get whatever is on sale and I have a coupon for. But sometimes, you have to pay a few more cents for a special treat like this! Hugs, Holly

  14. Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY

    Reading about passed down recipes always gets me weepy and thinking of my grandma. She taught me everything I know about baking. I love that your aunt made sure to pass down all of her recipes. It’s a great way to remember someone.

    1. Holly

      Hi Katie – Hopefully they were happy weepy tears thinking about your Grandma. I always enjoy thinking of the good times with Aunt Dot when I make her food. Hugs, Holly

  15. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    I’ve never made buckeyes before! They sound delicious! I love the peanut butter & chocolate combo. Thanks for sharing on Saturday Night Fever – pinned!

    1. Holly

      Hi Jen – PB & Chocolate… no better food combo, right?!? Hugs, Holly

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