Buckeyes are a classic, sweet, candy recipe with peanut butter and chocolate flavors. Make this delicious recipe for any holiday, as an edible gift, or just for a sweet snack anytime. (makes about 38 buckeyes)
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes
Hi Everyone, peanut butter and chocolate, it’s a known match made in heaven and it’s the 2 main ingredients in this Buckeyes recipe!
Buckeyes are a delicious, traditional, chocolate, peanut butter fudge candy truffle recipe popular in the Midwest, specifically Ohio.
What do you make Buckeyes for?
I often see this recipe come up around Fall, Christmas or Easter time but you can really make it any time of the year, for any gathering or just when you are having a peanut butter-chocolate flavor craving! Don’t forget to share!
What kind of nut butter or peanut butter do you use for Buckeyes?
This recipe is best made with creamy, smooth peanut butter rather than the more natural-style peanut butter. It just seems to come out better, especially for rolling it into balls and keeping that shape together and then for dipping.
I personally love all-natural style peanut butter but for this recipe, it’s best to stick to the smooth, creamy style peanut butter for that reason.
You could try to use creamy-style almond, cashew or other nut butter in place of the peanut butter in the same amount.
Why are Buckeyes called “Buckeyes”?
They are called Buckeyes because they resemble the nut from Ohio’s state tree (the Buckeye). To me, they also resemble deer eyes as a New Jerseyan and as an original New Englander, they resemble Chestnuts.
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Kitchen Tools for Making Buckeyes
I use a small (OXO brand) cookie scoop which is 2 teaspoons exactly for scooping the peanut butter balls in this recipe. It really helps in getting them all the same size!
In the recipe card, at the end of the post, I link (Amazon Affiliate links) to my favorite kitchen tools for making this Buckeyes recipe.
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- Prepare the Baking Sheet: Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper, set aside.
- Make the Peanut Butter Balls: In a medium mixing bowl and using a handheld electric mixer on medium speed, combine the confectioner's sugar, peanut butter, unsalted butter, vanilla and Kosher salt. Using a 2-teaspoon cookie scoop, scoop dough balls and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm.
- To Make the Chocolate Dipping Coating: In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate and coconut oil (or same amount shortening). Microwave for 30 second intervals stirring in between (for a total time of about 2 minutes). The mixture should be completely melted and smooth when done.
- To Make the Buckeyes: Using a toothpick, stick it in the top of the chilled peanut butter balls, one at a time, dip into the melted chocolate, making sure to leave a circle of visible peanut butter ball surface at the top. Allow the excess to drip back into the melted chocolate bowl. Place the dipped peanut butter ball back on the baking sheet. Repeat with all the peanut butter balls. Chill the Buckeyes in the refrigerator until they are firm which is about 30 minutes. You can smooth out the hole left by the toothpick with your finger or an offset spatula by gently tapping or pressing it. You can serve these Buckeyes at room temperature or chilled. Enjoy!
- These will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- Check out our recipe post: How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 38 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
Please note that the Calculated Nutrition is an estimate at best.