With only 5 ingredients this easy buckeye recipe is made with peanut butter balls dipped almost all the way in chocolate. They are a popular no-bake holiday treat but just as good year round!
Creamy Peanut Butter Buckeyes
I was first introduced to buckeyes when I lived in Ohio. They are everywhere! They are basically peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate but with some of the top exposed. A classic combination!
5 Simple Ingredients
The best part about these buckeyes balls (other than their delicious taste) is that you only need 5 ingredients to make them! Combine all the ingredients then dip in chocolate for the perfect combination.
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
- Peanut butter: Make sure to use creamy peanut butter in this recipe. You won’t get the same result with a natural, drippy type.
- Butter: Use unsalted butter for the best taste. Also, make sure it’s been softened before getting started.
- Vanilla: A boost of vanilla adds the perfect touch to these buckeyes. Pure vanilla extract will give you the best flavor.
- Powdered sugar: This helps sweeten them up while adding a thick texture.
- Chocolate: Semi-sweet chocolate is my favorite, however dark chocolate would tastes delicious too. I prefer to use chocolate melting wafers because of their extra smooth consistency when melted, but you can also use chocolate chips if that’s what you have on hand.
How to Make Buckeyes
Make a peanut butter mixture that is soft and creamy. Roll into balls and place on parchment paper. When ready, dip it in the chocolate. It is that simple to make these buckeyes!
- Combine peanut butter mixture. Mix together peanut butter, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer. Gradually add in 1 cup powdered sugar and mix until well combined. Add the last 1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar and mix with your hands until all the sugar is gone. The consistency should be thick. If it’s too sticky, add more powdered sugar.
- Form into balls. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll until smooth. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 60 seconds or in a double boiler. Stir until smooth.
- Dip in chocolate. Remove from the freezer and stick a toothpick in the center (don’t go too far down or it will be hard to get out). Dip the buckeye ball 3/4 of the way into the melted chocolate. Allow the chocolate to drizzle off and then place it back on the parchment paper. Let set for a minute and then gently remove the toothpick. Repeat.
Tips for Success
Here are a few tips to help you make the best buckeyes ever! Use these ideas to make it go smoothly. They are perfect to serve for parties or as a snack!
- I use a small cookie scoop to form my buckeyes evenly. Then roll them in my hands to create a super smooth texture.
- I prefer using longer toothpicks when dipping my buckeyes into chocolate. They’re easier to hold and less messy.
- If you don’t want to see the toothpick hole, just press down gently once they are set and they will close. I like to keep them there because that’s how the ones that are sold in Ohio look.
If you haven’t tried a buckeye, it’s basically just a peanut butter ball partially dipped in chocolate to leave a circle on the top. They resemble the nut from the Ohio state tree. So cute and tasty!
The Buckeyes are named after the state of Ohio’s tree. The bucket treat resembles the shape and color similar to the nuts on the tree.
They are a sweet and salty combination! It is crumbly from the peanut butter but also smooth and creamy. Once they are dipped in chocolate they taste similar to the peanut butter cup dessert.
Storing + Freezing
These buckeye balls are best stored in the refrigerator so that they keep their shape and texture. Simply place them in an airtight container or bag and store them in the fridge for up to 1 week.
If you’d like to freeze the buckeyes, I’d recommend flash-freezing them first so that they don’t stick together. Place them on a baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes, or until hard. Then place in a freezer container and store for up to 2 months.
5 star review
“Love love love these! They are sooo good! I hide them so I can have more than everyone else. Thank you for sharing the recipe!“– Lisa
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- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup unsalted butter , softened
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar divided
- 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate melting wafers
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together peanut butter, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer. Gradually add in 1 cup powdered sugar and mix until well combined. Add the last 1/2 to 3/4 cup powdered sugar and mix with your hands until all the sugar is gone. It should be a thick consistency. Add more powdered sugar, if it's too sticky.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet. I like to use a small cookie scoop and then roll them in my hands. Freeze 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl, melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave 60 seconds. Stir until melted and smooth.
- Remove from the freezer and place a toothpick in the center (don't go too far down or it will be hard to get out). I like to use the longer toothpicks. Dip 3/4 of the way into the chocolate. Let the excess chocolate drizzle off and place back on the parchment paper. Let set for 1 minute and gently remove the toothpick. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Chill 10 minutes to let the chocolate harden. Then stack in a sealed container. Best stored in the refrigerator.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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