I love Boise State football, but growing up in Ohio means I still root for my Buckeyes from The Ohio State University! That's why these are some of my favorites to scarf down on #NationalCookieDay.

Michelle Heart, Townsquare Media Boise

So, they don't look a ton like "cookies" per say, but you always find them on cookie trays around the holidays! Named after the nut that falls from the state tree of my home state (I actually found a buckeye tree or something very close to in at the Boise Depot a few months ago,) these no bake chocolate peanut butter balls look like the real deal but taste a whole lot sweeter!

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz (6 tbsp) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 8 oz chocolate candy coating

Directions:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt.
  • Mix on medium speed for 1-2 minutes, until very smooth and well combined. Taste, and adjust the sugar and salt to taste.
  • Roll the candy into small balls about 1-inch in diameter, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Chill for at least 30 minutes, until firm.
  • Once firm, melt the chocolate candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating.
  • Stick a toothpick firmly into a peanut butter ball, and dip it partially in the chocolate, making sure to leave a circle on top of the candy undipped. If the toothpick doesn't seem to hold the candy well, use a fork underneath the ball to add stability while you're dipping it.
  • Place the dipped candy back on the baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining balls until they're all dipped in chocolate. If they get too soft to dip with a toothpick, refrigerate the tray briefly to firm them up again.
  • Once all of the Buckeyes are dipped, refrigerate the tray to set the chocolate. Use your finger to gently smooth over the holes in the tops of the candies, if desired. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. For best taste and texture, let them sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Not a big peanut butter person (or allergic to peanuts?) You can give Jen Austin's M&M cookie recipe instead! Just click the button below!