Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls


Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls – AKA Buckeye’s are delicious balls of creamy peanut butter coated in chocolate.  A must for the holidays!

You all know that I am a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter, so this recipe should come as no surprise.  These have become a staple at my house during the holidays.  My dad was never a fan of peanut butter, so we didn’t really have many peanut butter treats growing up.  Peanut Blossoms were pretty much the extent.  But then I grew up, and now I control what was in the house, and peanut butter it is!

Years ago before I had my son, I did a cookie exchange with some women I worked with.  We did it for a few years, each year was a little different.  Some times we actually baked together, some years we just met for dinner and handed out our cookies.  Every year we walked away with a great selection, and had a great time.  My friend Beth, was always in charge of the Buckeye’s.  One year, after I had moved away, she knew I liked them so much, she even sent me some!  But this year, I am making my own, using her recipe.

She is from Ohio, and a big Ohio State fan.  I am not.  So I chose to completely cover mine in chocolate, and change the name.  Being from Wisconsin, making “Buckeyes” just seems wrong.  I am not sure of the origin of the recipe, it is just what she has been making for years, and has been passed on to me.  A few of these are going to my son’s teachers as part of their gifts this year.  I am sure they will be appreciated.

Yields 24

Creamy peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate

30 minPrep Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 Tbls vanilla
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 pound chocolate almond bark, melted


  1. Combine the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix until everything is well combined. Roll into 1 inch sized balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to harden before you start rolling. Roll the balls in melted chocolate. Allow the chocolate to harden before serving.
  2. I like to store mine in an air tight container, in the fridge. They also freeze very well.




  1. this is the perfect treat for me. I LOVE peanut butter and chocolate and the fact that these are bite size is dangerous!

  2. I LOVE making these. Long live peanut butter and chocolate together!

  3. oh my ! these look so good! love the combination!

  4. What a total delight! I just made buckeyes yesterday, which is much the same. Love this recipe!

  5. My husband and I would love these. We are never out of peanut butter and chocolate in the house!

  6. lol! I was wondering where the word Buckeye had run off to! 😀 I think I could easily inhale the entire batch!

  7. These are such a classic, I love PB with chocolate!

  8. Wow ! These look good !! Like store bought candy. love peanut butter balls so will make these soon :)

  9. I would love these too!! They look absolutely fantastic. :)

  10. these are some of my favs too!

  11. Yessss! I love these, Erin!

  12. Ummm, this looks complicated to make. I’m intimidated by making candies or chocolate-truffle-like treats! I do want to eat them, though.

  13. These are one of my FAVORITE recipes I make during the holidays! You just reminded me that I need to whip up a batch ASAP! :-)

  14. These are my kind of treat! I am weak for pb & chocolate!

  15. These are pure evil deliciousness…I am gaining weight just thinking about how many I could eat :)

  16. These seem to be a universal favorite! Yours look wonderful Erin!

  17. Do you use salted or unsalted butter? These look fabulous!

    • Unsalted is best, because of the salt in the peanut butter. (but honestly, I have done both and couldn’t tell a difference)

  18. Hi, these look great, if I can’t find almond bark can I use good cooking chocolate instead?.
    Or won’t it set properly?

    • Definitely! I find almond bark melts and is smoother, so that is why I use it. But I have also used chocolate chips before, and it sets up just fine.

  19. This recipe is amazing! We did really tiny balls, and it still turned out perfect! U can also do it with chunky peanut butter, but these are the bomb! We did them for a party, and we practically inhaled them! Thanks Erin!

  20. Where can I get chocolate almond bark?


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