Buckeyes seems to be one of those Christmas chocolates we received from neighbors every year when I was young. I’ve always loved peanut butter and chocolate treats. I guess being so young and having the metabolism I had, I could even eat as much as I wanted! Haha. These are always a delicious treat to make and share with friends. They are so simple and everyone loves them!
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This classic Buckeyes Recipe is a family favorite; peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate only require a few ingredients and are a holiday staple. No Christmas cookie tray is complete unless it is overflowing with peanut butter buckeyes!
Peanut butter balls are too sticky to roll / or too crumbly
Too sticky: Stick the bowl of the peanut butter mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to help firm up the mixture before rolling.
Too crumbly: This generally means there’s too much powdered sugar. Try adding an additional 1/4 cup of peanut butter to the mixture.
Are buckeye balls gluten free?
Yes. Peanut butter, butter, and chocolate chips are naturally gluten free. This is a great treat to share with your gluten free friends!
Buckeyes : No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls !!Only a few ingredients are required for this easy Buckeye recipe. These classic peanut butter candies come together in a matter of minutes and are dipped in dark chocolate for a snappy shell around a creamy peanut butter center.
Ingredients for 6 balls
- ½ cup melted butter(114 g), melted
- 1 ½ cups peanut butter(360 g)
- 2 ½ cups powdered sugar(400 g)
- 1 cup chocolate chips(175 g), enough for dipping
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mix butter, peanut butter, and powdered sugar until well blended. More or less powdered sugar can be used to make mixture more or less dry.
- Make 1 inch balls and freeze for about 20 minutes or until firm.
- Microwave chocolate chips for 60 seconds, stopping every 15 seconds to check and stir. Adding some vegetable shortening can make the chocolate thinner and easier work with.
- Remove balls from freezer and dip most of the way into the chocolate, coating all but a small circle on top. Using a toothpick for this works well but simply dipping it in and pulling it out with a fork also works. Place completed buckeyes on wax paper and allow to harden. Refrigerate if needed.
- serve it and Enjoy!
NotesSome tips for making the best buckeyes, ever!
- Do not use natural peanut butter for these, it is much too oily. You want to reach for a traditional jar of peanut butter such as Jif, Skippy, or your favorite brand.
- You can use salted butter and omit the salt, if you’d prefer.
- While the recipe calls for chocolate chips, you can also use the same amount of bar chocolate, finely chopped. Feel free to substitute dark chocolate or milk chocolate if you’d like.
- I spoke above about the benefits of using vegetable shortening, but if you prefer not to use shortening, you can substitute coconut oil (use refined so the flavor is neutral and you don’t get coconut flavor in your buckeyes!). You could also substitute candy melts or something like CandiQuik for both the chocolate and shortening (though not nearly as delicious as real chocolate!). Follow the directions on the packaging for melting instructions.
STORAGE TIPS :Make sure your buckeyes stay fresh for as long as possible!
- The buckeyes should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep them nice and fresh. Stored in this way, they will keep for about 1 month (although good luck keeping them that long without eating them all, ha!).
- You can also freeze buckeyes in an airtight container or freezer ziploc bag for up to 3 months.