Several years ago, my kid brother Mikey, made Buckeyes for the first time. When I tasted them, my mouth totally had a party! I’ve always been a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate together. Peanut butter blossom cookies are some of my favorites. These tasty chocolate peanut butter truffles, dare I say, are even better than Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. Apparently Buckeyes originated in Ohio. They are named for the resemblance to the nuts on the Buckeye tree.


makes approximately 4 dozen Buckeyes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 527 kcal


  • 1 ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 ¼ cup powdered sugar or as needed
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp shortening


  • Combine peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix until combined. Add in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. The proper texture of the dough will be a soft playdoh consistency. If you find that you've added the 2¼ powdered sugar and it isn't a soft playdoh consistency, add in powdered sugar ¼ of a cup at a time, mixing in between each addition until the proper texture is achieved.
  • Roll the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a silicone baking pad or parchment paper. Refrigerate while preparing the chocolate dip.
  • Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time afterward. Repeat until the mixture is smooth.
  • Take the peanut butter balls out of the refrigerator and insert a toothpick (or I like to use kabob skewers) in the center of a peanut butter ball and dip into the melted chocolate approximately ¾ of the way up. Place back on the parchment paper or silicone pad to let the chocolate harden. Once the chocolate sets, refrigerate in a bag or plastic container.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 527kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 10gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 343mgPotassium: 389mgFiber: 3gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 236IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chocolate, peanut butter
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Have you made Buckeyes before? What are some of your family’s holiday baking traditions? Do you generally bake during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah season? Or are you an every holiday baker? I tend to be an every holiday baker. If you recreate this recipe, tag me. Hope y’all have an amazing week.

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