Buckeyes Peanut Butter Balls Recipe And Tips

What is the difference between Buckeyes and peanut butter balls?

In most recipes, the only difference is how they are dipped in chocolate. Buckeyes are only partially dipped in chocolate, leaving the peanut butter showing on the top. That way they look like the nuts from the buckeye tree. Peanut Butter Balls are traditionally covered in chocolate. 

Buckeyes (Peanut Butter Balls)

Buckeyes, also known as Peanut Butter Balls have a smooth peanut butter center and are dipped in chocolate for a fun treat.
PREP TIME 1 hour
TOTAL TIME 3 hours



  • 1 1/2 cups 12-ounce jar peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened(1 cube)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar

chocolate shell:

  • 9 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  • In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter, butter, and vanilla until completely smooth.
  • One cup at a time, add powdered sugar. Start by mixing with a spoon and then mix with hands to form a thick dough. For the last cup of powdered sugar, be sure to add it slowly one heaping spoonful at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Shape tablespoon sized balls and roll them smooth in between your hands. Set on parchment lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for two hours for a freeze for at least 15 minutes.

  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine chocolate and remaining butter and microwave at half power in one-minute increments, stirring each time, until everything has melted and is completely smooth.
  • Dip each peanut butter ball in the chocolate. You make use one or two toothpicks to help and then just smooth over any holes the toothpick leaves in the ball. Return the dipped peanut butter balls back to the parchment lined sheet and allow to set.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze until you devour them.


 Tip: Dip the chilled peanut butter balls three-fourths of the way into the melted chocolate several times

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More On Buckeye Balls:

Buckeye Balls are one of the best desserts because it combines two of the greatest flavors together: peanut butter and chocolate. Peanut butter buckeyes are about as simple as it gets. Just a few ingredients and clean hands create these tasty little no bake peanut butter balls that are great to set out during a holiday party or to include in a cookie tin.

Did you know… The National Peanut Board estimates it takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. That’s approximately 45 peanuts per ounce of peanut butter. If your family buys peanut butter in that large 40-ounce mega-jars, each one of those jars takes a whopping 1,800 peanuts to make! That’s your fun fact for the day!

Again Why are they called Buckeye Balls?

  • Named for their resemblance to the nut of the Ohio buckeye tree, the state tree of Ohio, this candy is particularly popular in Ohio and neighboring states.
  • A Buckeye, for those who need explanation, looks somewhat like a bloated chestnut.
  • A woman who married a rabid Ohio State fan in 1964, whose idea of fun was sitting in the rain and snow watching football games, was the person who created these no-bake peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate

Another Buckeyes Balls Recipe


  • 12 oz (1 1/2 cups) creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pound (4 cups) powdered sugar
  • 16 ounces semisweet chocolate (you can use chocolate chips or your favorite brand of dark chocolate)
  • 1/4 cup shaved paraffin wax.


In the bowl of a mixer, beat peanut butter and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until smooth. This may take several minutes

Roll into 1 inch balls and place in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

Place the chocolate and paraffin wax in a deep bowl and microwave for 10-15 seconds at a time, stirring between intervals, until melted. (you can also use a double boiler or chocolate melting pot to melt the chocolate).

Dip the chilled peanut butter balls three-fourths of the way into the melted chocolate and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet until chocolate is set.

Store in the fridge or the freezer.

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