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Peanut Butter Balls {Buckeyes}

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!

Peanut Butter Buckeyes: a soft peanut butter filled candy famous in Ohio. Make a batch today!

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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

Peanut Butter Buckeyes: a soft peanut butter filled candy famous in Ohio. Make a batch today!

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.

Peanut Butter Buckeyes: a soft peanut butter filled candy famous in Ohio. Make a batch today!

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 Buckeyes: a soft peanut butter filled candy famous in Ohio. Make a batch today!

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Yield: 4-5 dozen

Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

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!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, blend melted butter, powdered sugar, peanut butter and vanilla extract until fully combined.
  2. Scoop balls and roll them into your hands, making about a 1-1/2 inch sized ball. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and repeat until all filling is used.
  3. Refrigerate for about one hour.
  4. Melt chocolate according to package directions. Using a toothpick, dip bottoms into melted chocolate (leaving some of the peanut butter tops exposed). Place on parchment paper and allow to set.
  5. If desired, when chocolate has set, pinch the toothpick marks closed and pat until smooth. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. ENJOY.

Notes

**Chocolate candy coating is also known as chocolate almond bark or chocolate Candiquik

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

60

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 7mg Sodium: 36mg Carbohydrates: 11g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.
Peanut Butter Buckeyes: a soft peanut butter filled candy famous in Ohio. Make a batch today!

Today’s recipe for Peanut Butter Buckeyes was originally published on Shugary Sweets on December 11, 2013.

Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes) are a holiday treat that is easy to make. No bake dessert that even the kids can help you create!

Aimee

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Posted on October 25, 2019

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