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Buckeyes (Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls)

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Turn that classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate into a great no-bake candy. These buckeyes look like the nut, but taste much better!

looking down on plate piled high with buckeye candies

     Turn peanut butter and chocolate into delicious no bake candy. Peanut butter buckeye candies are a Christmastime must have in our family.

You may know them as chocolate peanut butter balls, we but we make ours to look like a buckeye. They are easy to make, which is good because they disappear quickly. These buckeyes deserve a place on your holiday candy making list!

      Buckeyes tastes a lot like Reese’s peanut butter cups, but look even more fun. It’s namesake is the nut of the state tree of Ohio, but it is worth making worldwide!

     By now you know that my family runs the chocolate and peanut butter fan club.  Ok, maybe not officially, but we might as well!

balls of creamy peanut butter centers ready to be dipped in chocolate for buckeye candies

    We love this combo in sheet cake form, ice cream, cookies, pie, puppy chow, and even as playdough and peanut butter oreo balls! But buckeyes are one of our favorites.

      We only make them at Christmas time, so it gives us something to look forward to.  MiMi has made them in bar form before too, which is quicker and just as delicious. 

However I think the real thing is more fun.   After all, they look just like their namesake nut!

small child stirring bowl of peanut butter mixture of buckeyes

Little Dude has always enjoyed helping in the kitchen.  Above is a pic from a few years ago when he helped make the filling.

Today he helped dip the balls as well. He is growing so fast!

All you have to do is mix up the filling and roll it into balls. Then give them a plunge in silky melted chocolate.

Dipping them in chocolate is a lot easier if you have the time to freeze them for a bit. It’s not totally necessary, but it is my preferred method for sure.

plastic containers filled with peanut butter buckeyes for gifting.

Our favorite way to dip the balls is to use a toothpick. Just insert it into a peanut butter ball and dip it in the melted chocolate.

Swirl it until most of the ball is covered, but leave a small patch of peanut butter showing. That’s what gives them their special look after all.

Though you can easily make this exact same recipe into chocolate peanut butter balls by dipping them fully. Do whichever you like best.

freshly dipped buckeyes setting on wax paper

Put the dipped ball on wax paper and use a finger to gently nudge the ball off the toothpick. Allow to set completely.

Then you can use a finger tip to close the hole and create a smooth finish on the top of the buckeye. That step isn’t necessary, but does make them look nicer.

While we were at it, we went ahead and melted a bunch of chocolate. That way we could do pretzels and Rudolph marshmallows all at the same time. While you are going, you might as well go big!

peanut butter buckeyes on tray with other Christmas treats.

For another fun chocolate and peanut butter candy try chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites. They have a peanut butter filling surrounded by pretzels and dipped in chocolate for a creamy and crunchy version of this flavor combo.

What are your favorite Christmas candies to make and eat? Tell me all about them in the comments below.

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Yield: 50 Candies


stack of buckeyes on plate

Turn that classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate into a great no-bake candy. These buckeyes look like the nut, but taste much better!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 16 oz jar creamy peanut butter, or 2 cups
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 pound of your favorite dipping chocolate


  1. Mix together the peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. The mixture might be a little crumbly to start, but a few kneads should bring it together.
  2. Roll mixture into balls. Since you aren't baking them, you can make them whatever size you'd like. I made mine about a couple of teaspoons each so that we could have a lot of smaller balls.
  3. Place balls on wax paper lined baking sheets and put them in the freezer for at least a half hour.
  4. Melt chocolate in a double boiler.
  5. Using a toothpick to hold the peanut butter balls, dip them into the melted chocolate covering all but a small bit of the ball.
  6. Place back onto the wax paper and allow to set up completely.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Turn that classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate into a great no-bake candy. These buckeyes look like the nut, but taste much better!

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Tuesday 15th of December 2020

I just tried making Buckeyes. They turned out to be more difficult than I had anticipated! I guess that I'll have to try again. Yours look fabulous!


Friday 18th of December 2020

definitely give them another go! Little Dude and I posted a video on YouTube as well, maybe that will help!

Andrea Nine

Friday 11th of December 2020

I am smiling because I just dipped 5 dozen ball yesterday! We love buckeyes! Usually I dip the whole thing and we called them peanut butter balls but really they are buckeye so this year I used your trick here in dipping them and it was so much easier! My recipe doesn’t call for salt but I’m gonna use this one next time because I think that will add just the right touch. I just love that picture of little dude! Such a cute throwback and I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend!


Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Great minds think alike! These are definitely one of our favorite holiday treats. And isn't he the cutest? It's hard to believe he's been helping for that long!


Tuesday 18th of December 2018

I have actually never heard of these candies, but they are definitely up our alley - peanut butter and chocolate!


Monday 24th of December 2018

Oh my goodness, you have to make some. They are soooooooo good!

Esther Joy

Thursday 17th of November 2016

My sis-in-law used to make these every Christmas. Since she has passed on, my daughter had taken on the job. With her business exploding, she is so busy this year that I may have to do it!


Saturday 19th of November 2016

Aren't they the best? It wouldn't be Christmas without them!


Wednesday 23rd of December 2015

Yum yum yum. Love these. I need them in my belly now. Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven. Ps. Your son is absolutely adorable and such a stunning helper.


Wednesday 23rd of December 2015

Thank you! He is the best! He loves to help me and daddy and knows how to do everything from chocking trailer wheels to cracking eggs ;-)

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