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Buckeyes makes a favorite peanut butter and chocolate candy. Named for the nut of the same name, this buckeyes recipe makes a candy that is loved through the holidays and all year.

Buckeyes makes a favorite peanut butter and chocolate candy. Named for the nut of the same name, buckeyes are loved through the holidays and all year. //
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The Thanksgiving tradition in my family is to spend the morning watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, have a huge Thanksgiving lunch, and then head outdoors to stave off that afternoon nap that always seems to follow. Then, later in the afternoon as we watch movies, we start making Christmas cookies or candies – or both! It so fun to do as a family and is a tradition Little Buddy won’t soon let me forget!

This year, we made enough buckeyes to hopefully last us through Christmas and possibly on into the New Year. In other words, we made a ton! They are so easy and fun to make and keep well in the freezer throughout the season that we just kept on going! The recipe is great for dividing if you don’t need many or multiplying like we did if you want to make even more!

Buckeyes are perfect for serving on holiday trays or placing in a beautiful container and gifting to friends and neighbors. There’s just nothing like a homemade treat for Christmas!

Here’s our buckeyes recipe. I think you’ll love them!

5 from 3 votes

Buckeyes Recipe

Dessert 17 mins

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Servings 72 candies
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Buckeyes makes a favorite peanut butter and chocolate candy. Named for the nut of the same name, buckeyes are loved through the holidays and all year.


  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 12- ounce package chocolate chips dark, milk, or semisweet
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening or coconut oil


  • Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Mix together peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar, butter, vanilla extract and salt with an electric mixer until well combined. Using a 1 teaspoon cookie scoop (or two teaspoons), scoop individual balls and place onto the parchment paper. Place in freezer for 15 minutes to harden.
  • Melt chocolate chips and shortening or coconut oil together in microwave for 1 ½ – 2 minutes at 50 % power.
  • Dip each hardened peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate using a spoon and then place back onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet to dry.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a 2 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Makes about 6 dozen. 

Nutritional Information

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

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Robyn Stone is a wife, mom, blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. Welcome to Add a Pinch where I share thousands of delicious, tested and perfected easy recipes that the whole family will love.

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    1. You need to use either shortening or coconut oil in the chocolate to keep it hard. I’ve also used dipping chocolate (like Baker’s melts) instead of chips with oil. You want it to create a hard coat that won’t melt at room temp.

    1. You can either use a toothpick inserted in the center of the peanut butter portion as you dip OR you can place the peanut butter portion on a standard fork and then dip into the chocolate. You’ll then gently tap your wrist with your other hand to shake off any extra chocolate before placing them onto the pan to dry. I hope you love them!