Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Classic candy from Ohio. Peanut Butter Buckeyes. Soft peanut butter filling dipped in chocolate! Be sure to make a batch for you 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.

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

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?

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!

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Peanut Butter Buckeyes recipe and video tutorial:

 

Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Yield: 4-5 dozen

Prep 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 for you next party!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 oz chocolate candy coating (Ghirardelli melting wafers, chocolate)

Directions:

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

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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 and has been republished in July 2018.

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63 comments on “Peanut Butter Buckeyes”

  1. Jasmin

    How long would these last before you’d have to eat them? Trying to be prepared and make a load for friends. Of course I’ll have to hid them from myself! 

  2. Amie

    Has anyone tried to make these by dipping in just semi-sweet chocolate without the wax? Does that work?

  3. Where is the recipe for the Buckeyes?

  4. Erin

    In Ohio, many people leave the hole, not knowing how to cover it up without touching the buckeyes with their fingers and making a mess of it. I make them with a candy dipper prong thingie and avoid the holes. For those dipping the entire thing in chocolate, that is delicious, but will no longer look be a buckeye. The buckeye is Ohio’s state tree – the candies aren’t submerged in chocolate so they look like the buckeye nuts. Any variation is delicious, but unless it looks like a buckeye nut, it isn’t a buckeye.

    Many melting wafers contain some form of wax. The purpose is to make a shiny finish as many people don’t know how to temper pure chocolate. Check if your melting wafers have wax in ’em or not. If you’re using pure chocolate – not Nestle chips – you will want to temper the chocolate for the snap and shine.

  5. Hi Aimee,

    I’ll be interested to hear what others say! I’m in Illinois and this has been a holiday staple since I can remember. I think if the hole offends you, do buckeyes your way! Laziness will always prevail on mine, lol. I’ve actually been seeing a twist on these the last few years where people are adding Rice Krispies into the mix. Hope that doesn’t cause an Illinois-Ohio rift from the purists out there 🙂

  6. Rebekah

    This is a favorite treat at our house! We have started adding our own twist to it – I make the PB balls and put them between 2 mini pretzels and then dip half in the chocolate. So good! We especially make these for Sunday football in the fall but now that there in my head we might just have a batch this weekend 🙂 thanks!

  7. Hah, how adorable they look! Can’t wait to taste them, looks delicious!

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