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by Michelle
December 4, 2018 (updated Aug 11, 2023)

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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!

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I absolutely love Christmas baking, and for my entire life my very favorite Christmas recipes involve the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, namely peanut butter blossoms and these peanut butter buckeyes. I’ve adored them ever since I was a kid; how could you not love something that isbasically a homemade version of Reese’s peanut butter cups?

These sweet peanut butter balls dipped in chocolateareso easy to make and the recipe yields a TON, the combination of which makes them absolutely perfect for holiday baking.

How to Make Buckeyes

I have been making this buckeyes recipe for as long as I can remember; it comes from my dad’s cousin, and it has been gracing our holiday dessert trays since I was a baby. The recipe is super simple, only requires a handful of ingredients, and you do not need any special equipment. Here’s what you do!

First, use a wooden spoon to stir together softened butter, peanut butter, salt, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. You can bust out a stand or hand mixer if you want, but it’s just as easily accomplished with a plain ‘ol wooden spoon. This filling tastes so much like a legit peanut butter cup that I could just eat it with a spoon. SO GOOD.

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Using a tablespoon or small cookie scoop, portion out the peanut butter filling, and roll them into balls. Once you’re done, stick a toothpick into the center of each one and pop them into the freezer until they’re nice and firm, about 30 minutes.

You want them to be able to withstand being dipped into warm melted chocolate, and not start to fall apart. This amount of time does the trick!

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Next, you’ll melt together chocolate chips and vegetable shortening, then dip the peanut butter balls so just a small circle at the top is still visible. The shortening helps to thin the chocolate and keep it from clumping up when melted, and I use it anytime I am coating something in chocolate (if you prefer not to use shortening, check out some alternatives in the recipe notes section below).

Finally, pop these babies into the refrigerator to make sure the chocolate is totally set (a couple of hours), then eat to your heart’s content!

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Buckeyes Recipe Notes

Some 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.
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So there you have it! One of my oldest, most-loved Christmas recipes, and it could not be simpler to make or a bigger hit wherever you take them.

Does your family make these? Is the recipe similar, or do you put a spin on them, like adding Rice Krispies? I’ve heard about that and am intrigued!

If You Like This Buckeyes Recipe, Try These:

  • Buckeye Brownies
  • Buckeye Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
  • Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
  • Peanut Butter Fudge
  • Peanut Butter Cup Bars
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Peanut Butter Buckeyes Recipe

Yield: 84 buckeyes

Prep Time: 1 hour hr

Chilling time: 2 hours hrs

Total Time: 3 hours hrs

This classic Buckeyes Recipe is a family favorite! Peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate only require a few ingredients and are a holiday staple.

4.36 (59 ratings)

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  • cups (405 g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) vanilla extract
  • Pinch (Pinch) salt
  • 4 cups (454 g) powdered sugar
  • 4 cups (680 g) semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup (46 g) vegetable shortening


  • Line cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper; set aside.

  • In a large bowl, stir together the peanut butter, softened butter, vanilla extract, and salt with a wooden spoon. Add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time, stirring it into the peanut butter mixture until it is completely incorporated.

  • Roll the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls. Set them on the prepared cookie sheet and insert a toothpick into the top of each ball. Chill in freezer until hard, approximately 30 minutes.

  • In a heatproof medium bowl, combine the chocolate chips and shortening. Place the bowl over a small saucepan with 1 inch of water placed over low heat. Stir occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Keep the bowl over the saucepan of barely simmering water. Using the toothpick as a “handle”, dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate, leaving a small circle exposed on the top of each ball. Place the balls back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until the chocolate is set, approximately 2 hours.

  • Once the buckeyes are set, remove the toothpicks and if you’d like, you can use your finger to smudge the peanut butter dough together on the top of the buckeye to cover the hole where the toothpicks were. Store the buckeyes in an airtight container with wax paper between layers in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.


  • 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.
  • Buckeyes can be frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight container or freezer ziploc bag.

Calories: 123kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 22mg, Potassium: 79mg, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 70IU, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.6mg

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Author: Michelle

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Update Notes: This recipe was originally published in December 2007. Updated in December 2014 with new photos, and refreshed in December 2018 with more new photos, a video, and recipe tips.

[photos byAri of Well Seasoned]

Originally published December 4, 2018 — (last updated August 11, 2023)

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131 Comments on “Peanut Butter Buckeyes Recipe”

  1. Sylvia Reply

    Too soft. Too much butter. It was all wasted

  2. Mary Condit Reply

    I usually read the comments before I make a recipe but I didn’t do that this time! I will surely do that every time from now on! Tooooooo soft. What a mess! 😡

  3. Carol Reply

    I think the butter might be wrong on this recipe. Is it supposed to be 1/2 cup? I made these and they are so soft I have to keep them in the freezer. Can’t even be left out for a few min before softening up and getting gushy.

  4. Deb Devo Reply

    Michelle, do you have any idea of the consistency of the peanut butter mixture after being in a fridge for several hours? I really like peanut butter patties rather than buckeyes, but somehow I have lost my recipe. I tried another, scooped out middles and put in fridge for 3 hours. When I tried to press slightly fatter, using greased/sugared bottom of cup, they were so soft they still stuck to the glass…so I’m looking for something that firms up with refridgeration. Like you, I freeze then before dipping.

  5. Laurel Reply

    I think this is what love would taste like!

  6. Linda S Reply

    My family loved it made this recipe for Christmas delious plenty for everyone!!
    Thank you for sharing

  7. Carol Reply

    You mention using vegetable shortening, can canola oil be used?

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Carol, I like refined coconut oil better since it is solid at room temperature, like shortening.

  8. Brenda Harju Reply

    Made it but my buckeyes spread out when baking
    why would that be

    • Jill Reply

      This is a no bake recipe.

  9. Michael Sterling Reply

    I have been making buckeyes for years. I won a few contests at Christmas parties. It’s getting harder for me to make dishes. My question is I have a batch of buckeyes. I may have used the mixer for to long. Most of it is powder. Can I fix this?

  10. Jane Reply

    Your recipe has a typo in it. It calls for 1 FULL cup of butter. It should be a half cup of butter! Unfortunately, I did not learn this until after I mixed everything. Every other recipe on the Internet calls for a half cup of butter, not a full cup.
    I could not roll the dough. It was a huge hassle and I couldn’t figure out why.

    Thought you’d like to know so you can edit this!

  11. Danielle Reply

    I’ve made these before and always struggle with the chocolate dipping. I like your idea of setting the toothpick before popping them in the freezer. How do you deal with the little hole left by the toothpick, though? Thanks. (p.s. I followed your recipe for blueberry pie this Thanksgiving, and it was an unequivocal hit!)

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Danielle, I just use my thumb or finger to smudge over the hole.

  12. Barb Reply

    Very easy and fast. Thank you for a great recipe. Question: can you keep the left over chocolate and re-use on another batch. I had a lot of chocolate left over.

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Barb, I’m glad you enjoyed them! Yes, you can reuse the chocolate for another batch.

  13. A T Reply

    My grandma Jessie used to make these every Christmas. My mouth would start to water for them around November! I lost her recipe for them years ago, and was so excited when I saw your recipe!😊😁😃 Thanks so very much!

  14. Patti Rawlings Reply

    Ok to use margarine in place of butter? Possibly already answered this in comments, apologize if so, i did not see it when I quickly scanned over comments. Thank you!

  15. Shannon in Alaska Reply

    I know it will seem like sacrilege but I made a teeny change to your recipe and people (who have had Buckeyes many times before) are losing their minds! They keep asking me what the secret ingredient is and I won’t tell them but I’ll confess it to you….
    I added scant 1/2 tsp maple extract and 1/4 cup brown sugar and one extra pinch of salt. It adds a molassesy, caramelly undertone that is subtle but definitely adds a nuance to this already amazing treat. The extra salt helps balance the extra sugar.

    Try it some time! :-))))

    • Phyllis Reply

      Thanks for sharing your idea, that sounds wonderful!

  16. Karen Reply

    Why do buckeye recipes always specify creamy peanut butter? I’ve made them with crunchy peanut butter many times and love them that way.

    • Dianna Kidd Kinkead Reply

      I was just wondering about that. My preference is for crunchy.

  17. Elizabeth L. Reply

    These are just plain perfect! Better than any peanut butter cup on the market! Soft and creamy and peanut buttery and chocolatey! YUM! Thank you for yet another amazing recipe!

  18. Chrissy Reply

    These have been a Christmastime favorite for me since I was a young child when my “Grandma” Downey (not blood family, but as good as!) would make them. She added lightly crushed Rice Krispies to hers, but the last several years I’ve been making them with puffed quinoa. The puffed quinoa adds a similar texture, but it’s smaller and easier to manage, plus it has the bonus of being gluten-free for my friends who need that.

  19. lynn frank Reply

    I love your blog and recipes, and not even because I was raised in my beloved Pittsburgh, but now live in Florida. I was challenged to a buckeye bakeoff this Christmas by my mother-in-law and daughter. My question is how to get the holes from the toothpicks to go away? I am a firm believer that buckeyes should not have the toothpick hole shown in the finished product! Thank you! Have a very blessed Christmas!

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Lynn, Thank you for the kind words! As for covering up those toothpick holes, I just use my finger to smudge it closed :) Good luck in your bakeoff!

  20. Sharon H. Reply

    The recipe I’ve used for more than 30 years does call for the addition of Rice Krispies. Last year as I started to shape the peanut butter balls I realized that I had neglected to add the cereal. Ah well, I thought no one will care, it’s still peanut butter and chocolate. Boy was I wrong! Everyone was so disappointed that they weren’t the “traditional” buckeyes that I’d made for years. You better believe that the Rice Krispies will not be forgotten this year.

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    It looks so yum! This recipe will definitely be on my Christmas table, thank you for sharing!

  22. Mary Jo Reply

    Being an Ohioan, we had these every Christmas. They are my favorites. So smooth & creamy. Better than Reece’s cups. So easy to make too. Really. Just have to be a little patient and let the PB balls get hard do you can dip them better.

  23. Ben Reply

    Hi I am enquiring about your recipe, there is not enough of a detailed description “cup” what size cup please ? Thanks Ben

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Ben, A standard measuring cup. I will be updating the recipe with weight measurements, as that might help.

  24. Mrs.Ricki Wolfe Reply

    When making the bullseyes I don’t have any sort of Crisco nor coconut oil.My question is can I make these using vegetable oil .? That’s all I have in my pantry.tks Mrs.Wolfe

    • Michelle Reply

      Yes, vegetable oil should work!

  25. m. sanson Reply

    Not sure why but I had to use a lot more powdered sugar to be able to form the peanut butter balls, other than that they turned out grate. I used coconut oil instead of vegetable shortening.

  26. Sherrie Chaney Reply

    Can Buckeyes be frozen before dipping in chocolate

    • Michelle Reply

      Yes, I think that would be just fine.

  27. Sharon Reply

    Do you have any recommendations for sticky pb batter? This is the 2nd year in a row that my batter has come out sticky and difficult to roll. I’ve added a little more powdered sugar, but I am trying to avoid super sweet buckeyes. The batter is currently sitting in the fridge to hopefully harden up a bit to help me roll them. Otherwise, I LOVE this recipe and use it every year.

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Sharon, Hmmm I usually have the opposite problem and they tend to be too dry. Try adding some finely crushed graham cracker crumbs. I use those in my peanut butter bars and they add a little texture that might help yours firm up!

  28. Mary Pisarkiewicz Reply

    Oh these are amazing, who isn’t a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate!

  29. Maria Reply

    I love buckeyes too!! I remember someone bringing them for birthday treat in 1st grade (before the days of no-peanut rules – haha!) and falling in love!! My husband and I firmly believe that peanut butter and chocolate are the most perfectly perfect combo there is!! Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate PB cups are basically in our house at all times:) Lat year, I tried a recipe that year that added nutritional yeast to the peanut butter portion. Have you tried that? It does make it reminiscent of the traditional Reese’s cups, but I can’t get past the funkiness smell/taste it adds. Your version looks delicious!

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Maria, I’ve never tried nutritional yeast (never heard of it in buckeyes until now!). I’ve had luck adding some finely crushed graham cracker crumbs for more texture.

  30. ann Reply

    my peanut butter is to sticky to form into balls.. what can i do

  31. Julie Reply

    Can I use crunchy peanut butter


    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Julie, Definitely! You just may not have super smooth buckeyes.

  32. jayne Reply

    Love these , Iam from the UK ,what could I use instead of shortening as we dont have that here

    Many thanks x

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Jayne, You could use refined coconut oil.

  33. Ronda Reply

    If u just mix the peanut butter mixture how long can u keep them n freezer for I wanted to do mine now so all I had to do was dip them.

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Ronda, You could keep them for up to a couple of months in the freezer.

  34. terri Reply

    Need to know what’s the best way to pack these in a suitcase for a plane ride.

  35. Gloria Schofield Reply

    Hi – I haven’t tried these yet, but I was just wondering if there is any reason why you couldn’t substitute butter for shortening in the chocolate coating. I don’t normally buy shortening, so I was hoping not to have to buy a whole thing of it, most of which I would probably end up throwing away. Any thoughts?

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Gloria, Yes, there are specific properties in the shortening that help it keep a smooth coating and set properly. Butter won’t work here. If you want to substitute for the shortening, you can use coconut oil (the refined version will not impart a coconut taste).

  36. Nancy Goldstein Reply

    with the extra melted chocolate, I dip a fork into mixture and quickly wave it back and forth over the finished candy. Not only looks like store bought but hides the toothpick holes. I also have always used paraffin,as it has a little crunch when bitten into.

  37. Brian Reply

    Loved these! What a fun project for me and my daughter (they were tasty as well). She was the designated “chocolate dipper” and had a blast. I love recipes that we can do together and this one fit that bill perfectly. Thanks for posting!

  38. Jules Reply

    Couldn’t remember my ancient recipe off the top of my head this year. Something happens to your brain when your kids become teens. This is the closest to my old recipe and I’m so glad I found it. But a few tips as someone who’s been doing it a long time. I would add the extra 1/2 cup of peanut butter if they are too dry or not pb enough tasting for you. Next sift the sugar. It helps. I also pop the dough in the fridge for a while before forming the balls and coat my hands in powdered sugar. (Probably more necessary with the increase in pb) I leave them in the freezer for an hour and only use one toothpick over and over instead of freezing with a ton of them. Lastly and a big one..use and ice cream scoop for the dipping! Scoop up the choc and then dip the ball with a toothpick in the ice cream scoop of chocolate. No digging it out if it falls. No worrying about your choc bowl being too shallow as the choc starts to run low. Also I microwave the choc just because i find it easier.

  39. Laura C. Reply

    I’ve made these for years and they are always a hit! I do use a slightly different recipe, but one thing I do is instead of choc. chips and veg oil, I use baking chips..Ghiradelli dark..that way I don’t need to add anything to the choc. and then I put them in the freezer on the cookie sheet for 5 min to set the chocolate. I also melt them in the microwave for 15-30 sec increments and stir until bowl is cool. My 15 yr old son has a love/hate relationship with these, lol..he says keep them away from me…I can’t stop my self from eating them!

  40. Lisa S Reply

    These look so good! I would love to make some for my neighbors – do they absolutely have to be refrigerated?

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Lisa, It’s not imperative, I just find that it keeps them from getting too soft and the chocolate melty if someone has a warmer house.

  41. Debbie Reply

    I have a question also. Do you think I could make up the mixture for the balls and then refrigerate until Wednesday. This is Sunday. It would sure make it alot easier on me Wednesday since I have to work part of the day.Hope you can answer this for me.

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Debbie, Yes, you could do that!

  42. Debbie Reply

    Made these last year without the shortening, and this year I will use the shortening. My Mamow made these every year for Christmas Eve, with a big pot of chili. Everyone ate as they felt like it. The Buckeyes were always gone quick so you ate those when you came in. She too used to make some with Rice Crispies, but made sure everyone knew they were not “real buckeyes”, but we really enjoyed them too!!! I am doing this very thing this year….in honor of My Mamow. I do leave mine in the freezer for at least an hour, before dipping. The thicker pointer toothpicks seem to work better than the thin little ones too.

  43. Emily @ Life on Food Reply

    I don’t know why I never make these. I always get super happy when some appear in front of my as a gift.

  44. Julie Reply

    I’ve been meaning to try these for years and your simple recipe finally pushed me to do it. I made half a batch and I made them smaller than one-inch, maybe like big marbles. I got 75, which was plenty. I’ve never added shortening to dipping chocolate before but it worked perfectly. We like Reese’s cups very much, so I added extra salt to these and my 18-year old son gives them 3 thumbs up! Thanks!

  45. Jessica Reply

    I added some baker’s wax to the chocolate. It helps to hold it together better and it doesn’t melt nearly as quickly in little fingers. I also omitted the salt. No need for it really to be in there. Otherwise great recipe!

  46. Alley @ alleys recipe book Reply

    Being from Ohio, and loving both chocolate and peanut butter, these are a staple game day and Christmas treat. Everyone always asks for them! I use a fork to hold and dip the pb balls in the chocolate. The chocolate drips through the fork and you don’t have a weird hole in the middle of the buckeye. :) this year I made buckeye bark instead because it is so much faster.

  47. Meghan Reply

    Oh these sound the best!

  48. Mandy Reply

    Hey Michelle! Funnily enough I searched your site for truffles and things to make for Christmas a couple of days ago and I already added these of my list of things to make! I did have a question though! Have you ever made chocolate or sugar swirl things to top cupcakes/truffles with? I am not finding a recipe and I was just wondering if you had any tips! I’m trying to go a little fancy this year!

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Mandy, I’m not sure what exactly you’re referring to, but I have never made cupcake toppers, so I guess the answer is no!

  49. Jen @ Fresh From The... Reply

    We’ve made these as Peanut Butter Balls in my family since I was a kid, but we like to add some butterscotch chips to the chocolate topping for a little something extra! :)

  50. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy Reply

    Why is pb and chocolate the best thing that ever happened?!

  51. Char Reply

    Could I use canola oil instead of the vegetable?

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Char, There is no oil called for in the recipe, so you should not use canola oil.

  52. anna Reply

    Love these, we make a similar version but we use half creamy half crunchy peanut butter and we use 3 cups of rice krispies in the mix as well. Makes for a crunchier filling. I’ve used parafin wax in the past for the chocolate coating and have always been a little weirded-out by it, so I think I’ll try the vegetable shortening. Thanks for the tip!

  53. Rosene S. Reply

    I love me some Buckeyes!!!

  54. Laina Turner Reply

    This looks amazing. I love chocolate and peanut butter combinations.

  55. Jessica @ Golden Brown and Delicious Reply

    These are one of my favorites, but I almost never make them because I hate dipping things in chocolate. It always stresses me out because I don’t have a ton of success. Maybe not using shortening is the thing I’ve been doing wrong!

  56. Terri Reply

    My version of these has crispy cereal in the parent butter mixture and melted Hershey bars and parafin wax along with chocolate chips for the coating.

    • Terri Reply

      Dang auto correct – I meant peanut butter!!

  57. Becky Reply

    I’m just enjoying the fact that you put a recipe up here with “Buckeye” in the title. O-H-I-O!

  58. Tracey l Reply

    I make a different version but I melt chocolate with some paraffin wax (prob 1/2-3/4 stick for that amt of chips. They come out shiny and doesn’t melt in your hands as much.

  59. Jessica Reply

    Made these for my baby shower yesterday and they were great :)

    I used about a cup less powdered sugar, just because I like them a little less sweet and a tad softer. (Just personal preference :) ) I also decided to go with crunchy peanut butter this time :)

    Yummy recipes from your site as always! Thanks!

  60. Trixy Reply

    What happens if i mix up ingredients and use shortening with the peanut butter not the butter??

    I’ve had it in the fridge for a bit but it doesn’t seem to be getting hard. and i don’t think i’m going to be able to roll it into balls

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Trixy, You should not use the shortening with the peanut butter mixture. It might end up being too soft. It is meant to thin the chocolate so that it can coat the peanut butter balls easily.

  61. CarlyA Reply

    I’ve been put in charge of making buckeyes for Christmas this year. Love your site, and definitely using your recipe. Could coconut oil replace the shortening?

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Carly, You can substitute coconut oil, as long as you are aware that a slight coconut flavor will be there.

  62. NikiCholette Reply

    That is a lot of sugar, my husband would hate them if I made them like that. I use 2 cups peanut butter and 2 cups icing sugar. Was plenty sweet with that much sugar.

  63. Paula Brophy Reply

    My son ( a buckeye fan) want to provide these delicious buckeyes as wedding favors. We need 600. Tired already. My question is, can I freeze them after dipping? The wedding is one month away. I’m afraid they will sweat during defrosting. Wedding is Aug. 24. Help!

    • Michelle Reply

      Paula, What an awesome mom you are! I have frozen buckeyes, but I honestly can’t remember if they sweat or not when they were defrosted. If you do it a day or so in advance, I think you’ll be just fine.

  64. Jessica Reply

    Would it be ok to use margarine sticks or the stuff in the round container like country crock?

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Jessica, I would not recommend substituting the butter with margarine or a spread, it just won’t taste the same, especially since all of the ingredients remain “raw” and aren’t baked into anything.

  65. ANGIE KELLEY Reply

    This was a crumbly mess! I can’t roll the balls – can squeeze them into shape, but I think 6 cups might be too much. Trying to figure out how much more PB to add to the recipe to save it…

  66. Selina Reply

    I have not tried this recipe, yet, but I will say these things are so yummy and so addictive!!!!!!!!! That being said, my MIL makes the BEST buckeyes EVER!!!!!!!!! I think she uses parafin wax in hers. But they are melt in your mouth, so soft and fluffy!! You definitely cannot just eat one (unless of course it’s the last one)……………….Don’t tell anyone, but somehow a few always end up hidden in my nightstand so Ii can eat them later!

  67. Karen Reply

    Ahh, where is the Rice Crispies? These are NOT PB balls without Rice Crispies!!

    • NEOhioan Reply

      That’s cuz these are BUCKEYES, not PB balls. Buckeyes NEVER have a crunch. You can put rice cereal in yours, just don’t call them Buckeyes! ;)

  68. Julia Reply

    I tried to make these this morning with my boyfriend, who’s living in Sweden. He wanted to make an American treat to bring to dinner at a friend’s. The peanut butter balls turned out just lovely, but the chocolate + butter situation was as thick as frosting, and entirely undippable. Next time I’ll definitely just be melting the chocolate alone or making more of a ganache.

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Julia, It sounds like you used butter in place of the shortening for dipping the buckeyes? This is likely the problem – vegetable shortening helps to thin the chocolate and make it suitable for dipping. Butter, on the other hand, will in fact thicken the chocolate and create more of a ganache. You want to use vegetable shortening here.

  69. Cheyenne Reply

    How many dozen does this make? I’d love to use these at my wedding.

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Cheyenne, This makes about 3 to 4 dozen (based on how large you make them).

  70. Mary Reply

    My family makes these every year. I recommend using almond bark instead of having to mess with chocolate chips and shortening. Also to help the almond bark melt faster grate it or chop it up small.

  71. Marsha Reply

    Instead of making your own go to Marsha’s Buckeyes website and order them. We have been in business for 28 years. We don’t close the holes because it is our trademark.

  72. Sue Reply

    Am I the only one that had to use shish kabob sticks to fish out my peanut butter balls from the chocolate?! lol. STILl- YUM YUM YUM!!!!

  73. Sally Reply

    I am an alumni of Ohio State University-thus a true Buckeye. When visiting family in St.Paul at Thanksgiving, I know I can ‘t get off the plane without a container of candy Buckeyes! Yum!

  74. Brianna Reply

    My best friend jokingly told me she wanted a whole batch of buckeyes for Christmas – they’re a candy from her childhood, but I’d never heard of them. I was so happy to find your beautiful website and I tried this recipe out this weekend. These are fabulous!! Everyone who has tried them loves them, and I’m sure she’ll be thrilled to get a box full of these!! Thank you for the recipe!

  75. Amy Bailey Reply

    Yum! I love these. I put crushed Rice Krispies in mine to give them a little bit of crunch.

  76. Andrea Parello Reply

    My daughter-in-law introduced me to your website. I absolutely love it!!

    I made your turkey, muchroom & wild rice soup with the left over turkey from Thanksgiving. It was delicious!!

    I would like to make nut rolls. apricot rolls for Christmas do you have a recipe for any of these? My mom always used to make them but her recipes are very hard to understand and since she’s no longer around, I can’t ask.

    Thanks – Andrea

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Andrea, I do have a recipe for nut rolls (from my mom’s best friend): I hope you enjoy!

  77. Karen Motsinger Reply

    I’ve always added about a cup and a half of Rice Krispies to my Buckeye recipe – they have a little crunch in them and the RK’s don’t add weight to the mix. You might need to adjust (add) a little bit more peanut butter for the dry RK’s to keep your dough together. And yes, pat a finger dipped in a little powdered sugar over the toothpick hole, you’ll never know it was even there.

  78. Marisha Reply

    I stumbled across your website today while looking for a decent sandwich bread and I haven’t been able to leave! So far I’ve added a bunch of things to my “To Bake” List :) I too had a love for peanut butter until a couple of years ago when I realized every time I ate anything with peanuts I had a difficult time breathing :( It made me so sad when I first found out and I’ll admit even now I still crave the occasional PB M&M. I haven’t really heard of many other people developing adult onset allergies like I did. Any who, the reason I’m sharing is that I found a decent PB replacement- SoyNut Butter (made in peanut free facilities). I know it doesn’t exactly sound tasty but it brings me right back. . . I also find that it reacts in baking etc the same as PB; I’ve been known to switch it for PB in many recipes and no one noticed!! Maybe I’ve just been PB deprived for too long but I really enjoy it and wanted to share in case you haven’t discovered it yet!

  79. Firstfall Reply

    Just use your finger to smooth over the toothpick hole. It’s a tip in a lot of Buckeye recipes I’ve seen. (So is the ‘freeze the balls with the toothpicks in them, then dip’ tip) From Ohio, & these are VERY popular there! :)

  80. debbie Reply

    Made these this morning – if you add an extra 1/2 cup of peanut butter your mixture will not be crumbly. I mixed it up in my KitchenAid and it worked beautifully. Thank you for the recipe – I am going to have some very happy friends and neighbors this Christmas!

  81. Tania Reply

    Hi again Michelle! Just a quick question: I’m going to be making these and happen to have some of the butter flavored Crisco shortening on hand (I think it’s the best for pie dough as opposed to butter). Do you think the flavor would be terrible if I used that instead of plain shortening?

    • Michelle Reply

      I think that would be okay to use. Enjoy these!

  82. Joann Reply

    Since you’re starting your holiday baking now does that mean you can freeze the buckeyes now and they’ll be good by December? I never seem to have enough time to make all the things I’d like to make during the holidays so I would Imagine this is the way to go – start early and freeze it. . . I may need to purchase a freezer!

    Thank you for any help on the freezing of all baked items plus the candies.

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Joann, I’m not actually starting my holiday baking yet; I like to start early, but not this early! These do freeze well, but I would say for up to 1 month.

    • PattyZR Reply

      I’ve been making Buckeyes for over 20 years. I’m a Buckeye so I make a huge batch at the beginning of football season and I freeze them. I make up a plateful for every game. You can freeze these for months. I just place in tupperware and place in the freezer.

    • Mary Jo Reply

      These freeze really well actually. I take them to work and usually freeze them a couple weeks before. Just have to be sure they are out at lest a day to make them easy to eat for your guests.

  83. Angie Reply

    Another way you can do the chocolate which my grandmother used to do when making hers was use a whole bag of semi-sweet chocolate morsels (Toll House) and then 3/4 bar of Parrafin of wax. The chocolate does not get too thick and it adds a nice bite to your chocolate. She also used to use 2 cups of JIF Peanut Butter. I think it makes a big difference. Even though these are time consuming to make they are DELICIOUS!

    • Michelle Reply

      Thank you for the additional tips Angie!

    • AmyP Reply

      My mom’s recipe used paraffin. Paraffin wax is something they used to use in candy making, but it is a by-product of petroleum and shouldn’t really be consumed. Vegetable shortening, compound coating, or just proper tempering are all good alternatives.

    • Sally Reply

      My mom’s recipe uses the paraffin wax as well. It gives the candy a nice shiny professional look, and keeps the chocolate coating smooth and even. I prefer the wax over shortening. I am not worried about it killing me, not enough is used to cause harm.

  84. Penny Wolf Reply

    A dear friend CAN NOT have peanut butter. I found that Sunbutter comes very close in taste to peanut butter but behaves equally well for baking cookies.
    Giant Eagle does carry it.

    • Michelle Reply

      Penny, thank you for the tip on Sunbutter!

  85. caseyew Reply

    I grew up making buckeyes with my mom at Christmas time. They tend to get very soft and hard to work with, since they’re so full fo fat! We always rolled the balls, stuck in toothpicks, then froze them so that the toothpicks stayed and the pb balls didn’t fall into the chocolate.

  86. Joanne Reply

    Ooh these look yummy. Could you eat cashew butter as a substitute? I think it’s similar to peanut butter…

    • Bob Reply

      I use soy butter because I’m allergic to nuts and it tastes great.

  87. Aud Reply

    These look so good! And being the good friend that I am, I will gladly eat any chocolate / PB combinations for you you. :)

  88. Jennifer Reply

    One of my all-time favorites! My great aunt used to make a very complicated version of these. I did get her recipe, but I eventually found one similar to yours. Much easier and so, so good. Happy holidays!

  89. kayte Reply

    these look incredible chelle! i have seen these in magazines before and yours look truly gourmet. how sad that you had to stop eating something that you enjoyed so much :-(

    • Sarah Reply

      Seen these in mags too and was craving them. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate? Like, all men. Would make perfect gift bags for all the men (okay, I don’t have that many and I meant dads! in my life) Awesome. Nicely presented too!

  90. katie102006 Reply

    Cute! I’ve never seen these treats before! They looks super yummy!

    • Laura Reply

      I saw these at a Christmas party and was amazed at how good they were. They looked just like these! I kept eating them and felt a little guilty for being such a piggy. So I’m going to make them this year so I don’t have to feel so bad (not for the calories but for hoarding food!) Yours looks unreal yum!

    • Jennie vouis Reply

      Use coconut oil instead of shortening. To be green we all need to avoid any product with palm oil. Also watch for it in your peanut butters. Rainforests are being slashed and burned for this cheap oil

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