This easy Buckeye Recipe produces the best peanut butter balls, dipped in chocolate and made with just 5 ingredients. They are a quick, no-bake treat loved by all.
Why I love these treats:
- Quick and No Bake – They’re an easy treat to make all year long without heating up the house, and we can make a batch in 30 minutes. The leftovers freeze great!
- Gift Friendly – They fun to load in cute cello bags during the Christmas season, or any time of year, to give neighbors, friends and teachers.
- Nostalgia – Our good family friends (Hey, Jolley fam!) brought Buckeye’s each year to our Christmas Eve party when I was a kid, so I have such special memories attached to these delicious treats.
Ingredients for Buckeyes:
- Chocolate: You can use Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers, Bakers Chocolate, or any high quality chocolate, chopped, and melted in the microwave.
- Peanut Butter: Smooth; my preferred brand is Skippy.
- Powdered confectioners sugar.
- Vanilla extract.
- Butter. Salted or unsalted won’t make a huge difference.
How to make Peanut Butter Balls:
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.
Freeze Peanut Butter Balls: Form the mixture into small balls and allow them to harden in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
Dip in Chocolate: Dip each peanut butter ball in melted chocolate.
Serve: Allow buckeye balls to cool on parchment paper then enjoy! Or store them in the refrigerator or freezer.
Make Ahead And Freezing Instructions:
To Make Ahead: Make buckeye recipe 1 day in advance then store in the refrigerator or freeze for up to for several months.
To Freeze: To freeze Buckeye candy, allow them to cool completely then freeze in a freezer bag or container for up to 3 months.
- 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.
More Candy Recipes:
- Peanut Brittle
- Homemade Caramels
- Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies
- Vanilla Creme Balls
- Christmas Cornflake Wreaths
- Caramel Cashew Clusters
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Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes)
- 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.
- Scoop about 5 dozen small peanut butter mounds onto a baking sheet and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Once cold, they will be easier to handle and roll into smooth balls.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate, melting wafers, or chocolate almond bark 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.
- 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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I originally shared this recipe December 2018. Updated December 2020 and October 2023.
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