No bake Peanut Butter Balls (aka Buckeyes) are easy peanut butter candies dipped in chocolate, and made with just 5 ingredient. 

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A small glass bowl filled with buckeye peanut butter balls which are a no bake candy made with peanut butter, powdered sugar and dipped in chocolate.

The first time I ever tried “buckeyes” was on Christmas Eve when our good family friends brought them to share with us. They were an immediate hit with everyone and the perfect bite-size treat to enjoy while we played games and celebrated the holiday together. They continued to bring them for years after that, and now they will always remind me of those fun Christmas Eve nights together.

Ingredients for Buckeyes:

The ingredients needed for Peanut Butter Balls.

How to make Peanut butter balls:

1. Combine filling ingredients: cream butter and peanut butter until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar until they reach a smooth consistency, then mix in the vanilla.

2. Freeze peanut butter balls: Form the mixture into small balls and allow them to harden in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.

3. Dip in melted chocolate: Melt the chocolate melting wafers and dip each peanut butter ball into the chocolate.

4. Let set and serve.  Allow them to cool on parchment paper and enjoy!  Or store them in the refrigerator or freezer.

Four process photos for making peanut butter balls.

Make Ahead And Freezing Instructions:

To make ahead: Make peanut butter balls 1 day in advance and store in the refrigerator or freeze for up to for several months.

To freeze: Peanut butter balls freeze very well.  After you have dipped them in chocolate, allow them to cool completely and store them in an airtight ziplock freezer bag in the the freezer for up to 3 months.  Allow them to thaw at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator.

Overhead photo of peanut butter balls (buckeye candy) on a marble board.

Recipe Variations:

  • Paraffin wax: for a more glossy finish or to preserve it longer at room temp, you can use paraffin wax.  Melt some with semi-sweet chocolate.
  • Fully dipped: you can cover the peanut butter balls completely in chocolate like traditional peanut butter balls or leave some peanut butter showing so they imitate buckeye nuts from a buckeye tree.
  • Add candy:  You can add mini M&M’s or other chopped candies (or nuts!) to the peanut butter filling before dipping in chocolate.
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Recipe

A small glass bowl filled with buckeye peanut butter balls which are a no bake candy made with peanut butter, powdered sugar and dipped in chocolate.
Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 mins
Freeze 30 mins
Total 25 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups butter 4 sticks
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet melting chocolate (I used Ghirardelli, but any chocolate melting wafers will work)

Instructions
 

  • Use electric beaters to cream together the butter and peanut butter.  
  • Slowly add the powdered sugar until you get a smooth consistency.  Add the vanilla and mix.
  • Form the dough into about 10 dozen small peanut butter balls.
  • Place the peanut butter balls on a parchment lined baking sheet and put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  • When the balls have had a chance to freeze, melt the chocolate melting wafers according to package instructions.
  • Use a toothpick to dip and coat each peanut butter ball in chocolate. Allow excess to drip off and then place them on a parchment covered baking sheet and allow them to set. 
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

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Notes

Make Ahead Instructions: Make peanut butter balls 1 day in advance and store in the refrigerator or freeze for up to for several months.
Freezing Instructions: Peanut butter balls freeze very well.  After you have dipped them in chocolate, allow them to cool completely and store them in an airtight ziplock freezer bag in the the freezer for up to 3 months.  Allow them to thaw at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator.

Recipe Variations:

  • Paraffin wax: for a more glossy finish or to preserve it longer at room temp, you can use paraffin wax.  Melt some with semi-sweet chocolate.
  • Fully dipped: you can cover the peanut butter balls completely in chocolate like traditional peanut butter balls or leave some peanut butter showing so they imitate buckeye nuts from a buckeye tree.
  • Add candy:  You can add mini M&M's or other chopped candies (or nuts!) to the peanut butter filling before dipping in chocolate.

Nutrition

Calories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 47mgPotassium: 36mgSugar: 10gVitamin A: 95IUCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.2mg

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I originally shared this recipe December 2018. Updated December 2020.

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  1. 5 stars
    I lived in Ohio (the Buckeye State) for years, and discovered these candies. They are FABULOUS (and fabulously addictive). Some hints from my experience: The peanut butter mixture can get very sticky and hard to form into balls. Remedy: chill the mixture awhile, and wipe your hands with a damp washcloth whenever they get too sticky. Hint: don’t let the balls come to room temp when you’re dipping them, or the toothpick hole will stretch and the ball falls off into the melted chocolate. Also, buckeyes have toothpick hole at the top. If that bothers you, use the back of a spoon and gently push the hole closed. You can experiment with different kinds of chocolate, depending on your taste. I’ve tried adding some darker chocolate with good results. If you refrigerate the buckeyes after dipping them (for storage), you may find light colored snowflakes on the chocolate. That happens when you don’t temper it, which I never had the patience to do. They are harmless. These are great–enjoy!!!

  2. 5 stars
    These were a hit at the dessert table for Thanksgiving! I didn’t need to make as many, and even with winging it a little because of using less ingredient amounts, they turned out fantastic! Thanks so much for this great website.

  3. Love Buckeyes! I think we used semi-sweet Baker’s Chocolate squares (or maybe Toll House chocolate chips) and, if had any around, added Rice Krispies Cereal to the peanut butter/powdered sugar mix before forming them into balls. Sooo delicious and crunchy!