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Almond Butter Buckeyes

Almond Butter Buckeyes

This buttery and nutty chocolate confection was inspired by the nuts that fall from Ohio's famous buckeye trees. Come holiday time, they are produced (and consumed) in mass quantities in "The Buckeye State," as well as in neighboring states throughout the Midwest.



  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups almond butter*
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum or 1 1/2 teaspoons rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted


  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped


  1. Candies: In large bowl, combine butter, almond butter, rum, almond extract and confectioners' sugar using electric mixer. Dough will be smooth and firm. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm; about 30 minutes.
  2. Coating: Melt chocolate in shallow, microwave-safe dish. Heat for 30 seconds; stir; then continue in 10-second intervals, stirring after each cook time. Chocolate should be melted and smooth.
  3. To dip balls, insert a toothpick about 1/2 inch into the ball, dip into melted chocolate leaving a small circle of dough visible at the top, and place on parchment paper to dry until chocolate is firm.
  4. Repeat with remaining candies.
  5. Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.

Yield: 4 dozen

* You may substitute peanut or cashew butter for almond butter; omit almond extract if you use a substitution.

Recipe and photo credit: Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin


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