[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Like Anthony and Cleopatra, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Bert and Ernie, I'm confident peanut butter and chocolate will go down as one of history's epic pairings. And when it comes to peanut butter and chocolate you simply can't have too much of a good thing as evidenced by this tailgate-ready Buckeye Pie.

When I first started dreaming up recipes to herald the first official day of fall and the already-underway college football season, my thoughts turned to buckeyes. These chocolate dipped peanut butter balls, named for the nut they so resemble, are beloved by Ohioans, especially Ohio State grads.

I'll never pass up a buckeye, especially a homemade one, but I couldn't help thinking a buckeye pie had all the makings of true greatness—chocolate graham crust with creamy peanut butter filling topped with actual buckeyes. A pie that would look like a buckeye, be made of the same ingredients as a buckeye and have actual homemade buckeyes on top. Crazy? Maybe. But mostly crazy good.

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About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild mannered children's book editor by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie and a Midtown Lunch contributor. You can follow her on twitter at @blondiebrownie.


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