Best Buckeye Recipe

5 from 8 reviews

This simple recipe for homemade buckeyes is the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Buckeyes are sure to become a often requested family favorite!


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  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 jar (15 ounces) smooth peanut butter
  • 4.5 – 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet Ghiradelli chocolate chips
  • 1/3 bar paraffin


  1. First, stir together the melted butter and peanut butter.
  2. Stir in the powdered sugar. Gradually add powdered sugar until mixture is not sticky. Mix until smooth, using your hands.
  3. Roll the dough into balls. The buckeye balls should be quarter size or smaller. Place the peanut butter balls on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Chill in the refrigerator for one hour, or until they are firm enough to hold a toothpick.
  4. While the buckeyes are in the refrigerator, melt 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1/3 bar paraffin in a double broiler.
  5. When the chocolate is melted and the buckeyes hardened, it’s time to dip the buckeyes. Put a wooden toothpick in the middle of a buckeye. Gentle lower into the chocolate and rotate so the buckeye is covered with a small hole remaining around the toothpick.
  6. Lift the buckeye carefully out of the chocolate. Allow the excess chocolate to drip into the pan. Place the buckeye on a plate covered with wax paper. Remove the toothpick and repeat.
  7. One batch makes around 80 buckeyes. Store your buckeyes in the refrigerator or freezer.


  • Check the size of jar of peanut butter you are using. The original recipe called for 18 oz of peanut butter, before jars started shrinking. If you do use an 18 oz jar of peanut butter (the Aldi generic brand is still this size and works great), simply add a bit more powdered sugar. 
  • The amount of powdered sugar used will vary. I use around 4 to 5 cups. Add a cup of powdered sugar at a time and mix in. When you get to 4 cups, add in a quarter cup at a time until the dough is easy to roll without sticking. Then you know you don’t need any more powdered sugar.
  • Buckeyes freeze great! Simply layer waxed paper between the layers and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. 


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