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How To Make Buckeye Candy

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Buckeye candy – a peanut butter base dipped in rich chocolate. These bite size buckeye balls are one treat that is great all year round. For serving up for game day snacking or a Christmas treat for the family. A no bake buckeye is calling your name.

No matter when you serve up these bite-size peanut butter buckeyes they are gonna be a hit. They never last long in our home. We can’t resist peanut butter and chocolate desserts.

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This Buckeye Candy Recipe Is…

  • No bake dessert
  • 6 Ingredients
  • Easy to Make
  • Freezer Friendly
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Ingredients Needed

Peanut butter – I recommend using creamy peanut butter. Now, you can use crunchy peanut butter if you would like.

Butter – Unsalted butter is what I used. If you use salt omit the salt in the recipe.

Vanilla – This adds a nice amount of sweetness to the peanut butter balls.

Powdered Sugar – For a super smooth texture you can put the sugar through a sifter to get any lumps out.

Chocolate and Shortening – Now you can use milk chocolate or even dark chocolate like we did. Then you mix the vegetable shortening in to help harden the chocolate.

Variations To Recipe

  • You could use a coconut oil in replace of butter if you would like.
  • Swap dark chocolate with even white chocolate for a twist of flavor.
  • Add on festive sprinkles to fit whatever theme you want or holiday.

How to Make

Full directions on this buckeye recipe are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. This is a quick walk through on this buckeye dessert.

Step One: In a bowl you are going to add your peanut butter and butter together. Add in the vanilla and salt. Beat on low speed to mix until blended.

Step Two: Next, you will add in the powdered sugar mixing a little at a time, until it is fully combined.

peanut butter balls on parchment paper

Step Three: Next, use a 1 inch scoop and make balls, and roll into balls. Aim for the same size balls when making your treats.

Step Four: You will then place toothpick in the center and dip in the melted chocolate then place on parchment paper.

Let the chocolate harden, and then serve and enjoy.

peanut butter ball with bite taken out

Storing Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Refrigerate – I store my buckeyes cookies or balls however you want to name them in the fridge. I find it preserves them the best. You can store them on the counter as well.

Buckeyes can store for 1-2 weeks. They will dry out the longer they sit out.

Freezing – Freeze your old fashioned peanut butter balls in an airtight container for 3-4 months. Place wax paper between layers to prevent sticking.

Thaw the buckeye chocolates on counter or in the fridge and then enjoy.

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Buckeye Candy

Yield: 40-45
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Buckeye candy is a peanut butter ball that is dipped in a dark chocolate. A delicious no bake peanut butter dessert that is great for entertaining and even as a Christmas candy. A simple and easy peanut butter buckeye ball recipe.


  • 1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. In a bowl you are going to cream your peanut butter and softened butter together. Once nice and creamy you are going to add in the vanilla and dash of salt.
  2. Then in the bowl slowly add in the powdered sugar, scraping down the sides as you go.
  3. Scoop the peanut butter mixture up with a 1 inch scoop and roll into balls. Place on parchment paper or wax paper.
  4. Freeze your peanut butter balls for 30 minutes to allow them to get a bit hard.
  5. Then add your chocolate and vegetable shortening in a bowl and heat for 20-30 second heat cycles. Stir between each heat and then once the chocolate is melted, you will begin dipping.
  6. Take a toothpick and stick in the center of the ball and dip in the chocolate. You will leave the top of the ball not fully covered in chocolate.
  7. Place the dipped balls on the lined counter, and repeat dipping all the peanut butter balls.
  8. Remove the toothpicks, and smooth the hole over with your hand.
  9. Once the buckeye candy is set up fully serve and enjoy.


Tempering Chocolate - You can temper your chocolate if you would prefer than adding in the vegetable shortening. Heat chocolate to 90 degrees, and then allow to cool a bit and dip chocolate. Don't go over 90 degrees or it will affect the setting up process.

Chocolate - I used a dark chocolate but you can use milk chocolate or even a white chocolate in replace.

Double Recipe - You are welcome to double the recipe if you want to make extra balls for serving up guests.

Freezing - You can freeze these balls for 3-4 months. Just place in an airtight container once they are fully hardened.

Room temperature - You can store at room temperature or refrigerate the balls. I find refrigerating the buckeye balls store best in the fridge.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 45 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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Tuesday 14th of December 2021

We love buckeyes! I can't wait to try this recipe! Thank you!


Tuesday 14th of December 2021

We love a good peanut butter dessert!

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