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!
Turn peanut butter and chocolate into delicious no bake candy. Homemade 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 Christmas candy making list. They will be a welcome addition to your treat trays if you don’t decide to keep them all for yourself!
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!
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!
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!
Making the Peanut Butter Filling
Making the sweet peanut butter filling for buckeyes is easy, so there aren’t a ton of tips to share. Make sure your butter is good and softened, that will make mixing it into the peanut butter easy.
You don’t want chunks of butter in your candy, so making sure it is completely room temperature will help you avoid this. Plus it will help you get the powdered sugar mixed in.
The mixture may look a little bit crumbly at first, but it should easily come together with a little bit of pressure in your hands.
While the exact size of your peanut butter balls is up to you, we like using a small cookie scoop to make portioning them easy. But because you aren’t baking them, uniformity is not necessary.
Once the mixture is portioned, roll it between your hands to make sure it holds together and to give it a nice smooth round shape. Put the balls on a wax paper lined baking sheet.
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.
A half hour or so in the freezer is enough to firm up the centers and help them hold together while you dip them in chocolate. However, if you want to spread out the work you can keep them in the freezer for as long as you want.
Dipping the Peanut Butter Ball Centers in Chocolate
The first key to getting a nice looking chocolate coating on your candy is to use the right chocolate. I like to use a good quality dipping chocolate.
They are formulated to not need to be tempered, which makes it super simple. However, you can use whatever chocolate you like best.
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.
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!
More Fun Candy Recipes to Try
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.
Three ingredient peanut butter fudge is another fun and easy treat. It would be a fun addition to your cookie and candy platters as well.
What are your favorite Christmas candies to make and eat? Tell me all about them in the comments below.
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- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Place balls on wax paper lined baking sheets and put them in the freezer for at least a half hour.
- Melt chocolate in a double boiler.
- Using a toothpick to hold the peanut butter balls, dip them into the melted chocolate covering all but a small bit of the ball.
- Place back onto the wax paper and allow to set up completely.
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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.