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The Best Buckeye Recipe

This Buckeye recipe is the easiest candy ever since it does not require a candy thermometer or any special equipment. They are sweet peanut butter balls dipped in dark chocolate for a decadent treat. 

 

Buckeye Balls

Buckeye Balls

Easy Buckeye Recipe 

What could be better than an easy candy recipe? No candy thermometer necessary for this recipe. 

Since everyone loves chocolate peanut butter cups, these peanut butter and chocolate candies will delight even the most discerning palate. 

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How to Make Buckeye Balls

You probably have most of the ingredients for this recipe in your pantry. 

Buckeye Candy Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter 
    • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Tools and Equipment

Buckeye Ingredients

Buckeye Ingredients

Sift Confectioners’ Sugar

After gathering your ingredient and cooking equipment, you are ready to sift the confectioners’ sugar. You do not want to omit this step. I use a simple sifter, place over a bowl, and measure 4 cups of confectioners’ sugar to be sifted. Once it is sifted I measure out 4 cups of sifted confectioners’ sugar and set it aside. 

 

Sift Confectioners Sugar

Sift Confectioners Sugar

Peanut Butter Mixture

The easy peasy way to mix the Buckeye recipe is to use a stand mixer. However, it can be mixed with your hands. 

Start by adding 1 1/2 cups of creamy peanut butter to a large bowl (mixer bowl). 

What is the best peanut butter for Buckeye balls?

It is best to use peanut butter that does not need to be stirred. You can use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy.

 

Place peanut butter in mixer bowl

Place peanut butter in mixer bowl

Add softened butter to a large mixer bowl and combine peanut butter and butter at medium speed. 

Note: You can combine with your hands instead of a mixer.

 

Add butter to peanut butter

Add butter to peanut butter

I like to use salted butter since the salt enhances the flavors. However, unsalted butter can be used instead. 

Buckeye Balls recipe

Buckeye Balls Recipe

If you enjoy peanutty chocolate decadence, this is the treat for you. This Buckeye recipe is the easiest candy ever since they do not require a candy thermometer or any special equipment. They are sweet balls of peanut butter dipped in dark chocolate for a decadent treat. 
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buckeye, Buckeye balls, Buckeye Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Refrigerating: 30 minutes
Servings: 60
Calories: 18kcal

Ingredients

  • Creamy Peanut Butter (or crunchy peanut butter)
  • ½ Butter Softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups Confectioner's sugar sifted
  • 6 oz Dark Chocolate wafers (or chocolate chips)
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil (or shortening)

Instructions

  • Line 2 baking sheet pans with parchment paper
  • Sift confectioner's sugar (do not omit this step)
  • In a large mixer bowl, add peanut butter, vanilla extract, and softened butter and cream together.
  • Slowly add confectioner's sugar mixing well between each addition.
  • Use a cookie scoop to measure out the peanut butter mixture and roll it into a ball.
  • Place balls 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheet pans
  • Transfer baking sheet with peanut butter balls to the refrigerator for 20 minutes
  • Place a few cups of water in the bottom of the double boiler pan. Place the double boiler pan over medium-low heat, bring the water temperature to a simmer.
  • Place the top of the double boiler over the simmering water and add chocolate wafers and coconut oil.
  • Pour melted chocolate into a cup.
  • Place a toothpick in the center of each peanut butter ball and dip into the melted chocolate. Leave a little of the peanut butter uncovered to form the Buckeye's signature look.
  • Place the chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls on the parchment paper.
  • Use a small spatula to fill the holes left by the toothpick.
  • Return the Buckeye balls to the refrigerator.

Notes

Special notes:
Do not omit sifted the confectioners' sugar.
It is best to use peanut butter that does not need to be stirred. You can use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy.
Using a stand mixer to stir or stir by hand.
Buckeye balls are best stored in the refrigerator. After the dipping chocolate hardens they can be placed in gift tins or plastic tubs with lids. They can be stored in layers with wax paper between the layers. 

Nutrition

Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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Slowly add confectioners sugar

Slowly add confectioners sugar

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The mixture is ready when it pulls away from the bowl’s sides and forms a “clay” type of dough.  

Buckeye mixture

Buckeye mixture

Forming the Buckeye Balls

Line 2 half cookie sheet pans with parchment paper. 

The easiest way I have found to get uniform sized Buckeye balls is to use a cookie scoop to measure them.

Note: If your scoop is too large, you can cut the ball in half.

Scooping out Buckeyes with a cookie scoop

Scooping out Buckeyes with a cookie scoop

Using clean hands, roll the peanut butter mixture into a smooth ball. 

 

Roll dough into balls

Roll dough into balls

Please balls onto a lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Once the pan is full, chill it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to cool.

Note: You might find it easier to place toothpicks in every ball before refrigerating. 

Buckeye recipe - peanut butter balls

Buckeye recipe – peanut butter balls

Melting the Dipping Chocolate

To ensure the chocolate is melted at a low temperature, I like to use a double boiler. 

Place a few cups of water in the bottom of the double boiler pan.  Over medium-low heat, bring the water temperature to a simmer. 

Note: I used Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate melting wafers; however, you can use semi-sweet chocolate for a sweeter result. I do not recommend using milk chocolate.

If you use chocolate chips add 2 tablespoons of paraffin wax and omit the coconut oil. 

 

Bring the water to a simmer in a double boiler

Bring the water to a simmer in a double boiler

Place the top of the double boiler over the simmering water and add chocolate wafers.

Place chocolate into the top of the double boiler

Place chocolate into the top of the double boiler

I like to add coconut oil to thin the chocolate for dipping. I used only 1 tablespoon for this recipe. However, you can use up to 2 tablespoons. 

Some people do want those chocolate rings at the bottom of the candy. Since I am a chocoholic, I think those are beautiful rings of chocolate deliciousness. 

If you want to avoid the chocolate rings, add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to your chocolate. 

Melt coconut oil with the chocolate

Melt coconut oil with the chocolate

 

Covering the Peanut Butter Balls 

Carefully pour the melted chocolate into a coffee cup. 

Only remove one pan of peanut butter balls at a time from the refrigerator. 

 

Cold peanut butter balls and melted chocolate

Cold peanut butter balls and melted chocolate

Place a toothpick in each peanut butter ball’s center, then dip the ball into the chocolate. To achieve the Buckeye’s signature look, cover the peanut butter balls with melted chocolate leaving the tops uncovered. 

Dip peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate

Dip peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate

Place the chocolate covered balls on the cookie sheet.

Place Buckeye balls on the parchment paper

Place Buckeye balls on the parchment paper.

The easiest way to remove the dipping toothpick is to hold another toothpick next to it pull it straight up. 

Remove the toothpicks

Remove the toothpicks

 

Use a small spatula to smooth over the holes

Use a small spatula to smooth over the holes

Buckeye balls recipe taste test

Buckeye recipe taste test

How do I store Buckeye Balls?

Buckeye balls are best stored in the refrigerator. After the dipping chocolate hardens they can be placed in gift tins or plastic tubs with lids. They can be stored in layers with wax paper between layers. 

Buckeye Balls in gift tin

Buckeye Balls in a gift tin

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Olivia O'Hern

Thursday 17th of December 2020

These peanut butter ball candies are so delicious! Peanut butter and chocolate are the perfect combination.

Kippi

Thursday 17th of December 2020

Thank you so much for your visit today. I agree peanut butter and chocolate is divine. Merry Christmas, Kippi

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