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Peanut butter buckeyes recipe. This is the best buckeye recipe you’ll ever make!

As you know I’m a fan of easy recipes, and this peanut butter and chocolate dessert are no different.

Because we love amazing flavors, we make these easy buckeyes a little different than most.

We have a secret ingredient for our peanut butter buckeyes that make them THE BEST!

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Sure, you’ve seen buckeye recipes around the web, but which one is the best buckeye recipe?

They all seem to be the same, and use the same ingredients. And they are alright, but we’re not settling for just alright.


Best Buckeye Recipe

Today we’re making the best buckeyes you’ll ever serve up.

Bring them to your potlucks, bake sales, holiday parties, and more.

Everyone will LOVE them and tell you how they’re the best buckeyes they’ve ever had! 

No joke.

You might be wondering what makes these buckeyes the best. Well, really it’s just one ingredient swap, and it’s real easy to do!

What Are Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Peanut butter buckeyes are a simple dessert that is made using peanut butter and chocolate as the main ingredients.

You can use your favorite peanut butter and your favorite chocolate.

But, the ingredients we add to these buckeyes are what makes them OH-SO-GOOD!

Taste Of Home Buckeye Recipe

Regardless of where you search on the web, you’ll find nearly identical buckeye recipes.

The taste of home buckeyes is no different. They’re the same as the food network recipe and the same as all recipes recipe.

However, they’re not the same as my buckeye recipe! 

With just one ingredient swap, we take the original recipe from good to fabulous!

What Kind Of Peanut Butter For Buckeyes

So what kind of peanut butter should you use for this recipe? We’ve tried a few different brands, including Jif.

The results are in. Although Jif was a great choice for buckeyes, we found the Skippy creamy peanut butter was the best choice.

After much testing, we feel the flavor of Skippy worked best in conjunction with the sugars and other ingredients in the recipe.

The Best Buckeye Recipe

How To Make Buckeyes

To make buckeyes, you’ll first make a thick sugary peanut butter mixture.

This mixture will then be rolled into balls. Once the balls are created, they will be refrigerated to firm up.

After firming up the balls, they will be dipped in melted chocolate, leaving just the ‘buckeye’ uncoated.

They’re real easy to make. See the entire recipe below!

How To Store Buckeyes

Can you store buckeyes and what’s the best way to do so? Of course, you can store these buckeyes for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

That’s if they make it that long! They only stick around a day or two in our house – they’re too good not to gobble up!

Simply place the buckeyes in an airtight container and refrigerate them until you’re ready to chow down.

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Peanut Butter Buckeyes Recipe

See the full recipe below. Here we’ll talk about the ingredients and why we use them.


Sifted confectioners’ sugar. You can use a sifter or you can whisk with a fork as you’re pouring the sugar from the measuring cup into the bowl. You just want to make sure it’s smooth with no lumps.

Creamy peanut butter. As I said before, we found the Skippy Creamy works best.

Salted butter. Yes, nearly all of the other recipes you find online will call for unsalted, but they just don’t like bringing out the flavor of the chocolate and peanut butter, I guess… 

Pure vanilla extract. You can use imitation, but it’s not as good.

Table salt. Kosher if you wish, but we use regular table salt. It helps enhance the flavors of the chocolate and peanut butter.

Buckeyes Secret Ingredient

Here’s that secret ingredient I told you about. This is the major swap we made that takes these to the next level.

Milk Chocolate Chips!

Every single recipe will call for semi-sweet – but who the heck wants to eat semi-sweet chocolate in the raw state?

I’m pretty sure Snickers, M&M’s, and all the other candy bar makers are not wrong. We eat milk chocolate, not semi-sweet baking chocolate!

If you want to make the best buckeyes recipe, you’ll use milk chocolate chips!

The final ingredient you’ll need is vegetable shortening. This is important to make the chocolate thin enough so it doesn’t glob onto your peanut butter. Rather, it will create a nice smooth coating.

The Best Buckeye Recipe with Peanut Butter and Chocoate

The Best Buckeye Recipe

Best Buckeye Recipe

Scrappy Geek
Peanut butter buckeyes. These buckeyes are not like the rest, they're the best! Easy to make buckeyes recipe with a few tweaks that add tons of flavor to the traditional buckeye recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Resting Time 50 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people


  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar sifted
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter Skippy works best
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract imitation works, but pure is best
  • 1/4 tsp table salt alternatively, use Kosher salt
  • 6 tbsp salted butter melted
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp vegetable shortening


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Beat the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt with an electric mixer in a bowl until combined. The mixture will be a little crumbly. Scoop 2 mounded teaspoon fulls, and roll into balls; arrange them on the parchment. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes (or freeze for 10 minutes) until firm.
  • Add chocolate chips and shortening to a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until the mixture is completely melted and smooth; about 2 minutes.
  • Stick a toothpick or skewer into the peanut butter ball. Dip the ball with a rolling or swirling action into the melted chocolate, leaving a circle of peanut butter visible on the top. Allow the excess chocolate drip off, then place the buckeye back on the parchment. Repeat with the remaining peanut butter balls and chocolate.
  • Smooth out the hole left by the toothpick with your fingers. Chill the buckeyes in the refrigerator until they are firm; about 30 minutes. Serve at room temperature or cold. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Though you can serve these cold, we much prefer them at room temperature.
You might also like these Chocolate Peanut Butter Footballs - they use this recipe as the base.
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