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Easy to make and even easier to eat, buckeyes are peanut butter bonbons dipped in dark chocolate.

Buckeyes, or buckeye candies, are peanut butter bonbons dipped in chocolate that resemble the nut of the Ohio state tree, the buckeye. According to folklore, the nut resembles the eye of a deer, and if you carry one in your pocket, it will bring you good luck. (If you carry one of these bonbons in your pocket, however, you will just end up with a messy pocket!) Buckeyes are a no-bake treat that taste almost identical to Reese’s peanut butter cups. They’re easy to make, and even those who are artistically-challenged can make them look professional. Buckeye candies are also fun to make with young kids, as the peanut butter filling has the consistency of play-dough.

Buckeyes can even be made spooky-cute for Halloween — just add googly candy eyes and drizzle chocolate over top to make buckeye mummies.

What You’ll Need To Make Buckeyes

buckeyes ingredients

For best results, do not use natural peanut butter; it doesn’t contain stabilizers and is prone to separating. I like Skippy Natural Creamy peanut butter, which isn’t truly natural peanut butter; it is called “natural” because it is made with palm oil rather than hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the peanut butter and butter.

peanut butter and butter in bowl

Beat until evenly combined.

whisking peanut butter and butter

Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and salt.

adding confectioners sugar to peanut butter mixture

Beat until well-combined — the mixture will seem dry and crumbly, and you should be able to knead it like play dough.

crumbly buckeye batter

Scoop 2-teaspoonful mounds of dough, roll into balls, and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate until firm, 30 minutes or overnight.

rolling the peanut balls for buckeyes

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate and oil. (Buckeyes need to be stored in the refrigerator, which can dull the finish of the chocolate coating. Adding a bit of vegetable oil to the melted chocolate keeps the chocolate nice and shiny once chilled.)

chocolate and oil in bowlMicrowave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until the mixture is about 75% melted, then remove from the microwave and stir until completely melted and smooth. The residual heat in the bowl should be enough to melt the chocolate completely, but if not, place the bowl back in the microwave and heat for 10 seconds or so, then stir again (it’s very important not to overheat chocolate, or it will seize up). (Alternatively, if you don’t have a microwave, combine the butter and chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted.)

melted chocolate

Transfer the melted chocolate to a smaller bowl so that the chocolate is deeper; this makes it much easier to dip.
Stick a toothpick into the top center of each peanut butter ball. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate, leaving a circle of peanut butter visible on top. Let the excess chocolate drip off, then return the buckeye to the baking sheet.

dipping buckeyes in melted chocolate

Repeat with the remaining peanut butter balls and chocolate. Chill the buckeyes until firm, about 30 minutes. Remove the toothpicks and smooth out the hole with your pinky finger.

chilled buckeyes

Serve the buckeyes at room temperature or chilled. The buckeyes will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months; defrost in the refrigerator before serving.

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Buckeyes

Easy to make and even easier to eat, buckeyes are peanut butter bonbons dipped in dark chocolate.

Servings: 30
Prep Time: 55 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour, plus about an hour to chill

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, such as Skippy Natural Creamy (do not use natural peanut butter)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2¼ cups confectioners' sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Heaping ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped or broken into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the peanut butter and butter until evenly combined. Add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and salt and beat until well-combined — the mixture will seem dry and crumbly, and you should be able to knead it like play dough. Scoop 2-teaspoonful mounds of dough, roll into balls, and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate until firm, 30 minutes or overnight.
  3. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate and oil. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until the mixture is about 75% melted, then remove from the microwave and stir until completely melted and smooth. The residual heat in the bowl should be enough to melt the chocolate completely, but if not, place the bowl back in the microwave and heat for 10 seconds or so, then stir again (it's very important not to overheat chocolate, or it will seize up). (Alternatively, if you don't have a microwave, combine the oil and chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted.) Transfer the melted chocolate to a smaller bowl so that the chocolate is deeper; this makes it much easier to dip.
  4. Stick a toothpick into the top center of each peanut butter ball. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate, leaving a circle of peanut butter visible on top. Let the excess chocolate drip off, then return the buckeye to the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining peanut butter balls and chocolate. Chill the buckeyes until firm, about 30 minutes. Remove the toothpicks and smooth out the hole with your pinky finger. Serve the buckeyes at room temperature or chilled.
  5. Make-Ahead/Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The buckeyes will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months; defrost in the refrigerator before serving.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (30 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 buckeye
  • Calories: 144
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Sodium: 22 mg
  • Cholesterol: 6 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Comments

  • Had a blast making these with my grandkids tonight. They were easy and taste just like Reese’s cups.

    • — Lynne on October 29, 2022
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  • Dear Jenn,
    I haven’t commented in awhile but I have followed you for a few years and I have your cookbook and love it. I have never once had a problem following your recipes for the tee. But this time it was just off for me. Being a Reese’s fan I was excited to make these. Perhaps you can help me problem solve? I use a metric scale and your metric measurements for all my cooking. I measured precisely but the batter was way to soft and gooey so I had to keep adding icing sugar until it became more like playdough consistency like you said. Then I had seen another recipe that said if you don’t want the flat bottoms than to put them on a wire rack to dry. I should have followed your advice and done the wax paper. Do I put them on a wire rack and the whole batch (while tasty) was ruined. The bottoms ripped off all of them 🙁 any advice on how to get the round buck eyes without losing the bottoms? The mixture was the weirdest part. I always use a scale to be precise but it was too wet. I used skippy peanut butter too. Thank you for your help!

    • — Steph Down Under on October 29, 2022
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    • Sorry for all the misspellings! Auto correct!

      • — Steph Down Under on October 29, 2022
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      • 🙂

        • — Jenn on October 31, 2022
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    • Hi Steph, I am so sorry! There was a typo in the metric measurements and the sugar was off by over 100 g; I’m so glad you knew to add more sugar. We double and triple check our measurements, so I’m not sure how it happened but I apologize! As for the chocolate, I actually don’t mind the flat bottoms, as it helps the candies stay put on the serving plate, but you can avoid too much puddling by letting all of the excess chocolate drip off, or even scraping the bottoms of the buckeyes against the edge of the chocolate bowl, before placing them on the parchment paper to set.

      • — Jenn on October 29, 2022
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      • ‘Morning, Jenn!
        Wondering if the sugar amount has been updated in the recipe? I’m anxious to try these, to replace a recipe from the 70’s that included melted paraffin (!!!) to set the chocolate. We called them “orgies,” but that’s another story! : )

        • — Debra Hinkle on November 5, 2022
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        • Parafin and orgies? Sounds interesting! Yes, it has been updated. Hope you enjoy if you make them!

          • — Jenn on November 8, 2022
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          • Love the recipe. I do add 3-4 cups of powdered sugar to have a more dry dough rather than creamy, just my preference! They are so yummy 😋

            GO BUCKS!! O-H

            • — Momma G on November 26, 2022
  • These are perfect! I’ve decided to make them for every single holiday from now on.

    • — Stephanie Nolan on October 28, 2022
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  • Can one use milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet?

    • — Churchill Susan on October 27, 2022
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    • Hi Susan, You can, but they may be a bit sweet. I would suggest half milk chocolate and half semisweet (I’ve tried it).

      • — Jenn on October 27, 2022
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  • I’m a Buckeye through and through, grew up eating these, they are divine. Two questions – first, every time I’ve tried to make them they are so heavy they fall right off the toothpick into the bowl of chocolate and it’s a battle. Any suggestions? Also, and this is a long shot, my grandson was just diagnosed with peanut allergy. Any thoughts on substituting almond butter? I hate that he won’t get to enjoy delicious Buckeyes! (While we are at it, any thoughts at all on how other nut butters do in baked goods?)

    • — Terri on October 27, 2022
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    • Hi Terri, I know exactly what you’re talking about. The trick is adding more confectioners’ sugar to the peanut butter mixture; these don’t fall off the toothpick. I haven’t tried them with almond butter but I think it should work. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on October 29, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn,
    In the directions, you mention the oil and chocolate in the microwave; in the part where one doesn’t have a m/w, you mention chocolate and butter over heated water. Is that intentional to switch from oil to butter if one doesn’t have a microwave? Can’t wait to make these!
    Sue

    • — Churchill Susan on October 27, 2022
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    • Hi Susan, That’s an error — thank you so much for pointing it out! The chocolate should be combined with oil for both the microwave and stovetop cooking methods. It takes a village!

      • — Jenn on October 28, 2022
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