Easy Buckeye Recipe


This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

This Buckeye Recipe is the star of every cookie plate alongside my fave Shortbread Cookies and Gingerbread Cookies! While this is one of our favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes, we actually make them all year long!

Buckeyes are a delicious no-bake peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate. If you like Peanut Butter Cups, you’ll love these easy treats!

one Buckeye Cookie piled on top of another in a parchment lined bowl

The state of Ohio is famous for its Buckeye tree and keeping the nut from a Buckeye tree is considered good luck! Anyone who gets one of these chocolate peanut butter balls will be lucky indeed, since this easy buckeye recipe is so yummy!

What is a Buckeye?

As a food, a Buckeye is an easy, no-bake dessert! Buckeye candy is made up of rich and creamy peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. And it doesn’t matter if you prefer creamy or crunchy peanut butter, any variety will do!

If you’re adding these to your Christmas cookie collection, try dipping them in white chocolate and then decorate with red and green sprinkles and watch them disappear before your eyes!

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

Sometimes called ‘peanut butter balls’ or ‘buckeye cookies,’ this recipe is basically just a few no-bake ingredients that are probably already in the pantry.

  1. Combine peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Chill.
  2. Roll into balls and chill.
  3. Dip in chocolate and enjoy!

Dipping a buckeye cookie into melted chocolate and placing on a parchment lined cookie sheet

Here are a few tips to make this easy buckeye recipe even easier:

  • Dust your hands with a bit of powdered sugar when rolling the peanut butter balls so the mixture doesn’t stick to your hands.
  • Some buckeyes can be smaller and some can be larger and since there is no baking, there’s no need to worry about them baking evenly.
  • Adding a bit of butter or coconut oil to the chocolate keeps it from cracking.
  • Making sure the chocolate is warm and the peanut butter balls are very very cold will give the best results for dipping.
  • Store in the refrigerator until serving.

A buckeye cookie with a bite taken out of it. Piled along with other buckeye candy

This buckeye balls recipe will be a holiday go-to for potlucks, parties, school functions or even just for a fun, stay-at-home family night! Buckeyes can made and frozen in advance for a quick, grab and go dessert for everyone who loves peanut butter and chocolate…and who doesn’t?

More Peanut Butter Desserts

Easy Buckeye Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Chilling time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 48 buckeyes
Author Holly
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Creamy Peanut Butter Balls dipped in chocolate are the perfect treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 cups chocolate chips semi-sweet
  • 1 tablespoon shortening or coconut oil

avatarFollow Spend with Pennies on Pinterest

Instructions

  1. Combine peanut butter, butter and vanilla with a mixer on medium until fluffy.
  2. Mix in powdered sugar a little bit at a time until incorporated. Chill mixture 30 minutes.
  3. Roll into balls and place on a parchment lined pan. Chill mixture 30 minutes.
  4. Combine chocolate chips and shortening in a small bowl. Microwave at 50% power for 1 minute. Stir and continue microwaving in 30 second increments just until melted.
  5. Place a toothpick into each peanut butter ball and dip in chocolate leaving a little bit of the peanut butter peeking out the top.
  6. Place on a parchment lined pan and chill.

Recipe Notes

Do not use all natural peanut butter in this recipe.
Nutrition Information
Amount per serving (1buckeye) — Calories: 194, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 90mg, Potassium: 70mg, Carbohydrates: 19g, Sugar: 17g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 2.9%, Vitamin C: 0.1%, Calcium: 1.9%, Iron: 1.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword buckeye candy, buckeye cookie, buckeye recipe
A Buckeye cookie is a delicious no-bake peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate. #spendwithpennies #easyrecipe #buckeyes #peanutbutterballs #buckeyecookes #easydessert #holiday #festivedessert #chocolatedipped
A Buckeye cookie is a delicious no-bake peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate. #spendwithpennies #easyrecipe #buckeyes #peanutbutterballs #buckeyecookes #easydessert #holiday #festivedessert #chocolatedipped

More Recipes You'll Love

About the author

Holly

pinterest facebook twitter instagram

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

More Posts by Holly

Latest & Greatest Dishes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments

  1. Hi Holly, these sound absolutely delicious, on my to make list and I will come back with more than likely, rave reviews :)