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How to make buckeyes!

Updated on December 12, 2010

yummy buckeyes!

These Buckeye candies are not hard to make at all and can be used for festive Christmas gifts! Buckeyes are peanut butter balls that are dipped in chocolate a bite sized treat that is absolutely delicious, the chocolate and peanut butter melt in your mouth, such a great delectable for the holidays! This is the best and most simple recipe you'll find! Do it with the kids, they'll love helping making these yummy deserts!

Ingredients! + Materials!

  • 1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (about 1/2 lb.)
  • 4 cups good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsps. vegetable shortening
  • wax paper
  • double boiler
  • tooth picks!


Make the Peanut Butter Balls

  1. In a large bowl (or the bowl or an electric mixer), combine the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla. Gradually add the powdered sugar to the mix until it is well mixed. (The dough will look dry.)
  2. Roll the mixture into 3/4" balls, using your hands, and place on a plate lined with waxed paper. Stick a toothpick in each of the balls (to be used as a handle for dipping in the chocolate). Chill in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

Melt the Chocolate

3. When the peanut butter balls have set, gently melt the chocolate and shortening in the top of a double boiler, stirring frequently, under smooth.

Form the Buckeyes

4. Dip the frozen peanut butter balls in the chocolate, holding them by the toothpick. Leave a small portion on the peanut butter showing at top so the candy resembles the fruit of the "buckeye" tree.

5.Return the buckeyes to the plate. Gently remove the toothpick and smooth over the hole. Refrigerate at least two hours before serving.

Storing Buckeyes

6. Store buckeyes in a tightly sealed tin or (preferably) in the refrigerator. Buckeyes also freeze well

Makes about 5 dozen



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      Barb Jones 9 months ago

      I make these but use paraffin wax instead of the oil...plenty of left over chocolate so I refrigerate it and use it to make homemade chocolate donuts from canned biscuits. They're great

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      Colette 23 months ago

      I've been making these for over 35 years! I use 4 cups or confectioners sugar and I ALWAYS double the batch is just not enough in my house! I use a large paper clip partially an L dip them with. It makes only a small hole and very easy to dip with. I also use about 1/3 stick of paraffin instead of vegetable shortening. It helps the chocolate to harden and puts a nice shine on them. They are the most popular goodie I make at Christmas and have been requested for birthday gifts for years!

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      Whitney Rumeau 23 months ago

      Use 2 cups of peanut butter and 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, 2 lbs of confectioners sugar and 2 sticks of butter. Gives them more body and much less overwhelming peanut butter taste. Used to sell 150 dozen every Christmas. They're the best!

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      Evan 2 years ago

      4 cups of chocolate ended up being more than we needed for 5 dozen buckeyes. We had roughly 2 cups leftover and mixed in crushed honey grahams and marshmallow to make s'mores bark. DELICIOUS and creative way to use leftover ingredients!

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      donna 2 years ago

      I made buckeyes with this recipe today with my daughter and my mother.

      They turned out great! We are Buckeye fans . Go Bucks!

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      kathy 2 years ago

      Can I use vegetable oil instead of shortening?