Seriously, you need to make these easy buckeyes. They’re so good, so easy….so delish!
Oh, chocolate and peanut butter, how good you are.
Sonnets and songs can be written about the flavor combination, and if you’ve followed my baking adventures here at CC for even a short time, you probably are quite familiar with my love of all things chocolate and peanut butter. I know that many of you share that love, too 🙂
One of my favorite holiday treats which include chocolate and peanut butter are homemade peanut butter balls and their close relatives, buckeyes. They’re like a delicious homemade version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Peanut butter balls is one of the first recipes I put to celebrate chocolate and peanut butter here on CC, but a lot of good things have gotten baked since then, so I thought it was good time for another great chocolate and pb recipe for all of us that can’t get enough of chocolate and peanut butter.
Do you know what Buckeyes are?
Besides being a poisonous nut and the mascot of the Ohio State University, they are also delicious little candies modeled after the buckeye tree nuts and made of chocolate and peanut butter.
I could talk forever about chocolate and peanut butter, but I think I’ll just let the recipe speak for itself. It’s that good!
- 1½ cups peanut butter
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 cups confectioners' sugar
- 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips or chocolate candy coating
- Line a large tray or baking sheet with wax paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter,vanilla extract and butter, stirring until well blended.
- Roll the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls, and place the balls on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
- Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Melt chocolate chips in microwave (about 1 minute).
- Using the toothpick as a handle, dip each peanut butter ball in chocolate.
- Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes.
- Place chocolate covered peanut butter balls on wax paper and remove the toothpick.
- Once the peanut butter has softened, you can use a finger to smooth over the hole from the toothpick.
- Refrigerate, until chocolate is set. Store in refrigerator until eating or gifting.
I made these and they are so good !!!! Will have to make several batches for gift giving..thanks for the post.
about how many cookies does this make?
They aren’t cookies. But it’s makes abt 12 I had to double the recipe for my family (18 people in all except the babies didn’t have any)
I am making these today, and I have so far mixed in 4 cups of the confectioner’s sugar. The dough is extremely stiff, and I have had to knead in the sugar with my hands. I can’t imagine how I will mix in two more cups. I just wanted to check in to make sure i am not doing anything wrong. Do you think it will be okay to stop here, and just not add the last 2 cups? The dough is plenty sweet, IMO, and looks like it will hold it’s shape, but I wonder if it will be too greasy. Thanks for your help!
Obviously you’ve already made these, but for anyone with this same question… 4 cups is all it should take. 6 is too sweet and it causes the dough to be dry and crumbly and super hard to roll into a ball.
Each brand of peanut butter is different.some are softer. But I would only add so much. Anymore will make the dough dry and cause to fall apart. Thank you for posting.
I just made these Easter and shaped them into eggs. They’re awesome!
Here in the Ozarks, Buckeyes are considered to bring good luck when touched or rubbed. My Daddy was rarely without one in his pocket. These candies are a nice representation of them and also quite good!
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AMAZING! My quadruplet daughters made them last night for my youngest son’s baptism. They were a HIT!! We made them again this morning and my 16 kids (and husband) LOVED them!
I microwave the peanut butter and butter a minute or two until they are easier to mix in the sugar. if they’re a little to soft refridgerate the mix for a little while til it firms up again.
Just made these with my daughter and just like the recipe says easy and delicious!
I make buckeyes with the grand kids, My recipe is the same as yours is. I see that your buckeyes are very creamy looking, ,meaning they are well mixed together. That picture shows how they should look.. Mine turn out every time really good. They are a good candy to give at Christmas.
I made dozens of these for our Christmas Bazaar. They sold like hot cakes. They, of course when made with real butter, are super creamy. The vanilla is a nice touch.
These were yummy in my tummy! 😉
One batch is made by combining 2/3 cup of butter, 4 cups powdered sugar and 1 cup peanut butter. Makes about 55 balls. I freeze them and then dip them in melted chocolate chip morsels. Yummy. Do ‘ t eat if you want to stay a size 6. Not going to be a size 18 again.
These were easy to make. I made mine with butterscotch. Big game changer. For Valentines Day I am going to make them red !
That sounds great
I grew up in NJ and would make these but with a variation. We would add Rice Krispies to the mixture. OMG! So yummy!