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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. 
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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


  • 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)


  • 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.


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. 


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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