Easy Buckeye Recipe

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  • Easy Buckeye Recipe – Creamy peanut butter buckeye balls dipped in chocolate. This easy no-bake candy is a peanut butter lover’s dream come true!

    In my opinion, peanut butter and chocolate is one of the best combinations out there! The two taste amazing together and compliment each other perfectly. Some other favorites are Reese’s no-bake bars, peanut butter stuffed chocolate cookies, peanut butter brownies and Reese’s no-bake cheesecake.

    stacked buckeye candy balls

    Peanut butter buckeyes

    I was first introduced to buckeyes when I moved to Ohio 6 years ago. They are sold everywhere there! My favorite ice cream shop (Mr. Freeze) had the BEST buckeye sundae. My life was changed for the better.

    Over the years I’ve made a few buckeye desserts like my buckeye brownies and buckeye cupcakes, but I just realized I never posted the classic buckeye recipe. It’s basically peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. I mean, how could you go wrong!

    Buckeye balls are also great to make for Christmas. We love adding them on our goodie plates along with decorated Christmas cookies and other candy recipes.

    What is a buckeye candy?

    If you haven’t tried a buckeye, it’s basically just a peanut butter truffle partially dipped in chocolate to leave a circle on the top. They resemble the nut from the Ohio state tree. So cute and tasty!

    how to make buckeyes

    How to make buckeyes

    Step 1: Combine peanut butter mixture

    In a medium-sized 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 1/2-3/4 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.

    Step 2: Form into balls

    Shape dough into 1-inch balls (I like to use a small cookie scoop and then roll them in my hands). Then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.

    peanut butter buckeye ball dipped in chocolate

    Step 3: Melt the chocolate

    In a small bowl, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for 60 seconds or in a double broiler. Stir until melted and smooth.

    Step 4: Dip buckeyes in chocolate

    Remove buckeyes from 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 back on the parchment paper. Let set for a minute and then gently remove the toothpick. Repeat.

    Step 5: Chill the buckeye balls

    Place buckeyes in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. Best stored in the refrigerator.

    stack of peanut butter buckeye balls

    Tips for making buckeye balls

    • I use a small cookie scoop to evenly form my buckeyes. Then roll them in my hands to create a super smooth texture.
    • I prefer using longer toothpicks when dipping my buckeyes into chocolate.
    • 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 buckeye balls sold in Ohio look.
    • Buckeyes are best if stored in the refrigerator.

    chocolate peanut butter buckeye with a bite taken out

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    chocolate peanut butter buckeye with a bite taken

    Buckeye Candy Recipe

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: buckeye balls, buckeye candy, buckeye recipe, how to make buckeyes
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Chill Time:: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 35 minutes
    Servings: 30
    Calories: 114
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Easy Buckeye Recipe - Creamy peanut butter buckeye balls dipped in chocolate. This easy no-bake candy is a peanut butter lover's dream come true!

    Ingredients

    • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter , softened
    • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate melting wafers

    Instructions

    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    • Mix together peanut butter, butter and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl 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. 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 baking sheet for 15 minutes.
    • In a small bowl, melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 60 seconds or in a double broiler. 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. Then dip 3/4 of the way into the chocolate. Allow the chocolate to drizzle off and then place back on the parchment paper. Let set for a minute and then gently remove the toothpick. Repeat.
    • Place truffles in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. Best stored in the refrigerator.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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