Classic candy from Ohio. Peanut Butter Buckeyes. Soft peanut butter filling dipped in chocolate! Be sure to make a batch of peanut butter balls for your next party!
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I had never heard of Buckeyes until my brother moved to Ohio and married an Ohio gal. I remember the first time I saw a plate of “buckeyes” at a holiday party.
They were odd looking. They looked like a Reese’s peanut butter cup, but NOT. And, they had toothpick marks in the center. But, ohmygosh, they tasted so amazing.
Needless to say, I got the recipe from them immediately, and have been making them for the past 8 years! It occurred to me I haven’t shared the recipe here on the blog yet!
Especially now that I live in Ohio, it’s only fitting that I share this beloved treat. Do people around the country make these? Was I the only one living under a rock?
How to make Peanut Butter Balls
Most Ohioans will leave the toothpick marks in the buckeye. I don’t know if that’s a trademark or laziness. But it offends me, haha!
So after my buckeyes have been dipped in chocolate and all set, I pinch the toothpick mark closed. Is that wrong? Am I offending any traditional Ohio buckeye rule?
How to make Peanut Butter Buckeyes
Anyway, these buckeyes are soft and tender in the middle peanut butter layer, and the crunch of the chocolate coating? Oh my!
I use Ghirardelli Chocolate melting wafers to dip mine in. The original recipe called for “Chocolate and wax, mixed and melted.” Ummm, I’m assuming it’s paraffin wax, but the lack of measurements scared me. So, I went with what I know will work. And will set up beautifully. ENJOY.
Can you freeze Peanut Butter Balls?
Yes you can!
After the chocolate has hardened, slide the peanut butter balls into a ziploc freezer bag or airtight container, in a single layer. Freeze for up to one month.
This is perfect if you want to make them ahead of time for the holidays.
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- Peanut Butter Cookies
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- Buttercream Frosting
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs
- Rice Krispie Bars
- Pumpkin Pie recipe
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Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes) are a holiday treat that is easy to make. No bake dessert that even the kids can help you create!