Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls – AKA Buckeye candy 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. Peanut Blossoms are a classic holiday cookie, but these should be right up there on the list of must makes.
And if you are a fan of peanut butter then you HAVE to check out Reese’s Fudge, it seriously might be the most requested recipe whenever I make it for people.
It kind of depends on where you are from if you call these Buckeye Candy or something else. Most of the country has adopted the Buckeye term, but when I was growing up they were just called peanut butter balls. So that is what I know them as.
Either way, they are pretty much the exact same thing! I just dip mine all the way in chocolate, instead of leaving some exposed so they look like a buckeye nut.
What You’ll Need
- Creamy Peanut Butter
- Vanilla Extract
- Powdered Sugar
- Melting Chocolate
Yep, just 5 ingredients is all you need! You may see some versions that have rice krispie cereal in there for texture, but I am a purist and just like the super creamy center.
How To Make Peanut Butter Balls
- Combine the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix until everything is well combined. You can either do this in a stand mixer (the easiest day) or use a spatula in a large bowl. It really doesn’t matter, you just need to get the mixture smooth.
- Roll the peanut butter mixture into 1 inch sized balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to harden before you start rolling. You just want them to firm up a little, so they don’t fall apart when you dip in the chocolate.
- Roll the balls in melted chocolate and place on a baking sheet to set up.
- Allow the chocolate to harden before serving.
Buckeye Candy Recipe Tips
- For a smooth and creamy center you want to use creamy peanut butter, not crunchy. And this is the time to break out the Skippy or Jif type peanut butter. This doesn’t work quiet as well with the all natural peanut butters.
- For the chocolate don’t use chocolate chips. They have stabilizers in them to keep their shape, so it is much harder to get a thin, smooth coating. I like to use the chocolate almost bark, or the chocolate melting disks.
- If you want your candy to look like a true Buckeye nut, insert a toothpick in the top and only dip partially in chocolate, so you have the top 1/3rd of peanut butter still exposed. I prefer it completely coated, so I use 2 forks to dip the peanut butter balls.
Store your peanut butter balls in an airtight container. They will last in the fridge for about a month. I like to take them out a few minutes before I serve them, so they are closer to room temperature to eat them. But some people enjoy them straight out of the fridge.
Freezing – these freeze amazingly well. Just store in an airtight container for 3-4 months. Take them out and thaw in the fridge before serving.
More Must Make Christmas Cookie Recipes
- Cornflake Cookies
- Andes Mint Cake Mix Cookies
- Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Avalanche Cookies
- Christmas Magic Cookie Bars
- Frosted Sugar Cookies
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies
- Grinch Sugar Cookie Bites
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- 1 pound chocolate almond bark, melted
- 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.
- I like to store mine in an air tight container, in the fridge. They also freeze very well.
Amount Per Serving Calories 315Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 10mgSodium 110mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 4gSugar 20gProtein 7g
Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.
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