Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Peanut butter buckeyes are an Ohio classic. My mom grew up there, so my summers were spent eating Ohioan treats and hunting for buckeyes, the tree “nut”, after which this confection gets their name. These sweet treats are perfect for the peanut butter lover in your life!

Peanut Butter Buckeyes: Makes 15-20

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

2 tbsp butter of choice (I used plant butter for this batch), softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup chocolate chips of choice (I used a blend of dark chocolate and vegan semi-sweet)

  1. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix together your peanut butter, butter, and vanilla.
  2. Stir in your powdered sugar to make a smooth dough.
  3. Chill the peanut butter mixture for 15-20 minutes before scooping.
  4. Roll into balls using a tablespoon or 1 oz scoop. You can roll them in between your palms to smooth out the dough.
  5. Chill your peanut butter balls again for 25-30 minutes, or until firm.
  6. Melt your chocolate chips with a double boiler or in a microwave safe dish the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring each time until melted. 
  7. Once the peanut butter mixture is cold, use a toothpick or your fingers to carefully dip each one into the melted chocolate ¾ of the way. (I like to have a spoon nearby for the occasional buckeye search and rescue in the melted chocolate, especially if you’re making these with your kiddos.)
  8. Place onto a plate or sheet pan lined with wax paper, and allow to cool completely in the refridgerator.
  9. Enjoy! I like mine with a little cold milk, but they’re good anyhow you like!

If you have any leftover melted chocolate, consider making some chocolate bark with some roasted nuts or granola you might have hanging around in the pantry. Just spread the melted chocolate onto some parchment paper and sprinkle your toppings on top! Allow to chill in the fridge until solid, then break into whatever size pieces you desire!

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