Buckeye Recipe | Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

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  • This Buckeye Recipe, (also known as Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls), is the most delicious combination of a creamy peanut butter center and chocolate exterior. Get the steps to make this classic no-bake dessert!

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls decorated like hedgehogs

    Is there anything better than the combination of creamy peanut butter and sweet chocolate? In my opinion, there’s very little that can top this classic combo. These chocolate peanut butter balls are creamy and a little salty… dipped in sweet chocolate that is melted to perfection. (Yes, they are very similar to a peanut butter cup!) I’d say without a doubt, these are a peanut butter and chocolate lover’s dream come true!

    While so many of the recipes that feature these flavors involve baking, this sweet little buckeye recipe does not! That’s what I love about making these sweet treats. Recently, I hosted a baby shower for my niece, where I turned my love of chocolate peanut butter into an adorable feature. Read on for all the details!

    What’s The Difference Between Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls And This Buckeye Recipe?

    There seems to be just one main difference between chocolate peanut butter balls and buckeyes. While chocolate peanut butter balls are coated entirely in chocolate, buckeyes leave the peanut butter showing at the top. This way they look like the nuts from the buckeye tree! For my niece’s shower recently, we turned these buckeyes into the sweetest little hedgehogs, because the peanut butter top is easy to turn into a little face!

    buckeye recipe with sprinkles

    A Buckeye Recipe Without Shortening Or Paraffin Wax

    If you’ve been following the blog for some time, you may have noticed that I avoid shortening in most (if not all) of my recipes. I just prefer the texture, flavor and composition of butter. I know that many recipes mention the use of shortening or paraffin during the chocolate melting, but I don’t think it’s necessary. I do like to use a little vegetable oil in the melted chocolate, which helps it melt into a creamy dip.

    Furthermore, eliminating shortening where it’s not needed also turns these little treats into a gluten-free dessert that all of my guests can enjoy. This is so important when you’re entertaining a variety of people who may be dealing with gluten allergies. I’ve noticed that my guests appreciate having a few options so that they don’t feel uncomfortable asking about ingredients that aren’t immediately obvious.

    buckeye recipe looks like woodland hedgehog

    Which do you tend to prefer in your kitchen, butter or shortening? This article explains the fundamental differences between the two!

    Buckeye Ingredients

    This Buckeye Recipe calls for common ingredients that you’re likely to have in your fridge and pantry right now!

    • Confectioners Sugar – also known as powdered sugar. Sifted is ideal, but not required (and rarely happens here).
    • Creamy Peanut Butter – do NOT use all-natural, the consistency doesn’t work well. If you like, you can use crunchy peanut butter.
    • Butter – melted to create an amazing consistency.
    • Vanilla – just a hint of vanilla adds a lot of flavor to these chocolate peanut butter balls.
    • Chocolate –  semi-sweet chocolate chips or wafers (melted) work really well.
    • Vegetable Oil – makes the chocolate incredibly smooth.

    chocolate peanut butter balls

    How To Make These Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

    They are so simple to make, you’re going to find every excuse to eat them!  As always, it’s best for me when I have a “share plan” before I make this buckeye recipe, so that I don’t eat every last one. Chocolate peanut butter treats are probably one of my favorite guilty pleasures of all time!

    The steps might get a little messy, but that’s part of the fun! You’re going to need about 15 minutes of hands-on time. Are you ready for the delicious little morsels you’re about to experience?

    • Beat powdered sugar, vanilla, peanut butter and butter until well combined.
    • Scoop or roll the peanut butter mixture into 1 inch balls and place on lined baking sheet.
    • Freeze 30 minutes.
    • Microwave chocolate and vegetable oil in 30 second increments, stirring until smooth.
    • Using a toothpick, dip peanut butter balls into chocolate.
    • Optional: dip in sprinkles and place on the cookie sheet.
    • Refrigerate another 30 minutes until solid.
    • Serve at room temperature.

    buckeyes on a platter

    Where To Serve These Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

    These are so much fun to make, but they are just as much fun to serve! You can work them into the theme of your event, or just serve them in their charming simplest format for a treat your family and guests will love. Rolling them in sprinkles can add a little color or charm based on the season or event. I love the idea of red and green sprinkles for Christmas or pastel nonpareils for Easter.

    If you love chocolate peanut butter flavors as much as my family, you may enjoy these recipes as well! You can start right here with this incredible peanut butter cake, my peanut butter gooey butter cake recipe, and you definitely have to try my foolproof Peanut Butter Fudge!

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    How Do I Store These Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls?

    Buckeyes will last up to two days stored on your kitchen counter, or up to two weeks in the fridge. (However, don’t blame me if they don’t make it through the day! Fair warning!) You can also freeze this Buckeye Recipe for a couple months in the freezer and pull them out when your family wants a sweet treat. Store in an airtight container for best results.

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    Buckeye Recipe (Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls)

    This Buckeye Recipe, (also known as Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls), is the most delicious combination of a creamy peanut butter center and chocolate exterior. Get the steps to make this classic no-bake dessert!

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword candy, chocolate, christmas candy, peanut butter
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    chill 1 hour
    Servings 24


    • 2 1/2 c powdered sugar
    • 1 c creamy peanut butter
    • 6 Tbsp butter melted
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 8 oz semisweet chocolate chips or wafers
    • 1 tsp vegetable oil


    1. Beat powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter and vanilla until well combined.

    2. Scoop or roll into balls and place on lined cookie sheet. Freeze 30 minutes.

    3. Microwave chocolate and vegetable oil in 30 second increments and stir until smooth.

    4. Using a toothpick, dip peanut butter balls into chocolate.

    5. Optional: dip in sprinkles and place on the cookie sheet.

    6. Refrigerate 30 minutes until solid. Serve at room temperature.

    Recipe Notes

    Use your favorite sprinkles to add a little color and crunch to this tasty candy!

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