Buckeyes Recipe

by Pamela

Buckeyes Recipe

This candy buckeyes recipe might just be the first thing gobbled up when you put it out with other candies and cookies this holiday season.

Growing up in Ohio, these buckeyes were always around during the Christmas season. Why do they call them buckeyes? Well, because they look like buckeyes. And I suppose you would probably like to know what a buckeye is. Well, it’s the nut/seed of the Buckeye tree. It kind of looks like a chestnut with a light color circle on one end. Hence the peanut butter ball, dipped in chocolate with a spot of peanut butter exposed. Oh, and no, buckeyes are not edible.

I actually really like making this buckeyes recipe. I find the rolling of the peanut butter to be very relaxing. I usually put on my favorite Christmas music station and whip up a bowl of the peanut butter, then start rolling.

Candy Buckeyes Recipe

The chocolate dipping can be a bit on the frustrating side (although this batch went really smoothly). Sometimes you’ll get a peanut butter ball that decides it doesn’t want to stay on the toothpick (you use toothpicks to dip the peanut butter balls).

Once all the balls are dipped, let the chocolate harden up. That’s when you smooth over the holes, made by the toothpicks. Just use your fingers to work the the peanut butter a little bit and you can cover the holes really easily.

If you really want to get creative,  you can make peanut butter snowmen. I made an entire army of snowmen a few years ago and they were a huge hit. I had a lot of fun playing around with them. Your kids would have a blast with creating their own snowmen. You just dunk the peanut butter balls in white chocolate and dress them up with fondant hats, gloves and scarves.

Round out your holiday baking with this buckeyes recipe. Trust me when I tell you there won’t be any left over.

Buckeyes Recipe
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This candy buckeyes recipe might just be the first thing gobbled up when you put it out with other candies and cookies this holiday season.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 56
  • 1½ cups smooth peanut butter (do not use all natural peanut butter with the oil on top)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 10 ounce package dark chocolate chips (at least 60% cocoa)
  1. In a stand mixer blend peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt until a dough forms (this will take a few minutes - be patient).
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil or wax paper.
  3. Take about 2 teaspoons of the peanut butter mixture and mix it and roll it into a ball.
  4. Place on lined baking sheet and continue until all of the mixture is gone (I made 56 balls).
  5. Slide baking sheet into the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill and help solidify the peanut butter balls.
  6. Fill a saucepan with about 1" of water and place a glass bowl on top of pan (make sure bottom doesn't touch the water) and heat over medium heat.
  7. Add the bag of chocolate chips to the bowl.
  8. Stir until the chips have melted.
  9. Remove baking sheet from refrigerator.
  10. Insert a toothpick into the peanut butter ball and dip into the chocolate. Cover until there is a small circle of peanut butter still showing and drop the ball off onto the baking sheet.
  11. Continue with the remaining peanut butter balls.
  12. Let the chocolate cool.
  13. Gently work the peanut butter to cover the toothpick holes.
  14. Serve.


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1 comment

John/Kitchen Riffs December 20, 2017 at 9:50 am

Never had these! And obviously never made them. Really good stuff, though — these look terrific. Thanks!

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