Buckeyes – A classic, delicious and indulgent no-bake sweet treat that is made with creamy peanut butter and chocolate. A great addition to any holiday cookie tray!
What are buckeyes?
Buckeyes are a type of candy that are famous in the United States, particularly in Ohio, where they are named after the state tree. These are made by combining peanut butter, vanilla, butter and sugar to create a dough, which is then rolled into balls and dipped in melted chocolate.
Buckeyes are often served at holiday parties and special occasions, and they can be made ahead of time.
Why you’ll love this recipe:
These are no-bake sweet treat recipe!
Super easy to make and requires no fancy ingredients!
These are a wonderful addition to any holiday cookie tray!
Make a great edible gift!
Peanut Butter – Use a smooth and natural peanut butter for best results. If you want to use the salted one, skip adding salt.
Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioners sugar.
Butter – Use softened unsalted butter.
Vanilla – This adds a wonderful flavor to the buckeyes
Chocolate – Make sure you are using a good quality chocolate for the best taste and texture. You could also use chocolate chips, almond bark or melting wafers.
Coconut Oil – Adding coconut oil is an easy way to thin out chocolate for easy dipping. I highly recommend coconut oil in this recipe.
Salt – Skip it if you are using salted peanut butter.
Buckeye cookies are typically eaten as a sweet treat or dessert. They can be enjoyed on their own as a snack or can be served with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee.
They also double down as a wonderful edible gift for the holiday season and parties.
They need refrigeration to keep them fresh. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
If you want to store them for longer period of time, keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Tips & Notes:
Use a good quality peanut butter and chocolate for the best results.
Ensure that the butter is soft and at room temperature. Otherwise the dough won’t come together easily.
If you are not able to roll the dough into balls, chill it in the fridge for sometime to harden the dough.
You can also use a microwave to melt your chocolate. Make sure you stir it in between to prevent it from burning.
Step by step instructions:
Combine peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt in a mixing bow.
Combine everything using a spatula or whisk until nice and smooth.
Add powdered sugar to the butter mixture and gently mix everything using a spatula.
Mix everything well to make a dough.
Roll the dough into 1 inch size smooth balls and arrange them on a lined tray.
Let them chill in the refrigerator until firm, around 20 minutes.
Heat some water in a pan or vessel over low heat and place a heat resistant bowl on top of the water pot.
Add chocolate and coconut oil into the top bowl.
Keep stirring with a spatula until it is almost melted.
Remove it from the heat and continue stirring until smooth and shiny.
Transfer the melted chocolate to a small bowl.
Take the peanut butter balls out of the refrigerator.
Pick them using a toothpick and dip it into the melted chocolate, leaving a small portion of the peanut butter exposed.
Place the chocolate dipped peanut butter balls back onto the lined tray and remove toothpick.
Smooth out the hole using a knife.
Chill them in the refrigerator until the chocolate has set.
Serve & enjoy!
Few more Christmas recipes:
- Oreo Bark
- Chocolate Covered Oreos
- Chocolate Kiss Snowball Cookies
- Fruitcake Cookies
- Italian Sesame Cookies
- Nutella Sandwich Cookies
- Eggless Tutti Frutti Cookies
- Chestnut Truffles
Recipe adapted from Food Network
How to make buckeye cookies recipe video below:
- ½ Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- ½ Heaped Cup Dark Chocolate
- ½ Tablespoon Coconut Oil
- Combine peanut butter, softened butter, vanilla soft in a mixing bowl and mix everything until well combined.
- Add powdered sugar to it and continue mixing to make a dough.
- Divide the dough into 22 small pieces and roll them into round balls.
- Arrange them on a lined tray or baking sheet and let them chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Heat some water in a pan or vessel over low heat and place a heat resistant bowl on top of the water pot.
- Add chocolate and coconut oil into the top bowl.
- Keep stirring with a spatula until it is almost melted.
- Remove it from the heat and continue stirring until smooth and shiny.
- Transfer the melted chocolate to a small bowl.
- Take the peanut butter balls out of the refrigerator.
- Pick them using a toothpick and dip it into the melted chocolate, leaving a small portion of the peanut butter exposed.
- Place the chocolate dipped peanut butter balls back onto the lined tray and remove toothpick.
- Smooth out the hole using a knife.
- Chill them in the refrigerator until the chocolate has set.
- Serve & enjoy!
Nutrition values are estimates only.