Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Buckeye Balls and a Guest Post from Follow the Wife

We are in for two treats today here at Wendy See Wendy Do: the wonderfully talented Libby from Follow the Wife is guest blogging AND she is sharing a tasty recipe straight from her mom’s kitchen!
Follow the Wife is a great resource for all soon-to-be and wish-they-still-were brides!!  Libby has great tips on how to change your last name, fun ideas for bridesmaid gifts, DIY wedding projects and much more.  Including some delicious recipes!  So without further ado… Take it away Libby!!

Hello Wendy’s wonderful readers. I could not be more excited to be guest posting today. Wendy has been dazzling me with such amazing and delicious recipes and I’m honored she thought of me. Since I got married in May, I’ve been getting more creative in the kitchen thanks to the supply of new cooking tools I received at my shower. I’m also cooking a lot more now because I have someone to cook for. Pre-wedding it was grilled cheese and salads every night. But now I go to work on hearty beef stews, creamy risottos and, my favorite, mac and cheese. 
I’m a pretty good cook, but for this task I needed a little help. So I turned to the one person who could really help me hit this blog post out of the park: my mom. Wendy asked me to share a family recipe and my mom’s famous Buckeye Balls were the first thing that came to mind. She’s been making them for as long as I can remember—in fact, she got this recipe from a friend before I was even born and they have been a staple at every holiday gathering since then. 

You probably recognize the Buckeye as the Ohio State University mascot. The Ohio Buckeye is the state’s tree and on it bloom these nut-like capsules that have inspired today’s tasty treat. My family has no connection to Ohio or its famed university, but we do love peanut butter, which is the main ingredient in Buckeye Balls. 

Susan's Famous Buckeye Balls
Recipe from Follow the Wife


  • 1 stick of butter, room temperature
  • 12 oz of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 lb of confectioners sugar 
  • 12 oz of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tbs of Crisco

  1. In a food processor or stand mixer blend the peanut butter and butter till creamy. Add the vanilla and sugar and gradually pulse. If the mixture is too thick slowly add a few teaspoons of water. Once combined, roll into teaspoon-sized balls and set them in the refrigerator for about an hour to chill.
  2. Melt the chocolate and Crisco in the microwave on high for one minute, stirring every 10 to 15 seconds. Using a spoon, dip the peanut butter balls in the melted chocolate and place them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Drizzle remaining chocolate over the Buckeye Balls and refrigerate again to allow the chocolate to harden. Enjoy! 


  1. Mmm they are really delicious. I can remember making them with her one time after school.

    1. Kara ...we had lots of baking sessions, didn't we?

  2. Yes we did :). I'm so glad I saw this today, my oldest son is in cub scouts and I think I'm going to make these for their Blue & Gold Banquet this Sunday.

  3. To be a true Buckeye they should only be dipped 3/4 of the way into the chocolate :) otherwise you have a PB truffle.