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Buckeye Balls

Buckeye Candy is a simple, no bake dessert. The fudge-like peanut butter ball is dipped into melted chocolate to make this classic treat.
Prep Time20 minutes
Chill time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Candy, Chocolate, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buckeye balls, no bake dessert
Servings: 20
Calories: 246kcal


  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp vegetable shortening


  • In a medium sized bowl using either a wooden or silicone spoon, combine the butter and peanut butter until smooth.
  • Add in 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix as well as you can and then turn onto the table and knead.
  • Slowly knead in the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to divide up the peanut butter mixer evently. Roll into balls.
  • Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.
  • Melt the chocolate and vegetable shortening for 30 second intervals in the microwave until smooth.
  • Use a toothpick to hold the top of the peanut butter ball while dipping in chocolate. Dip into the chocolate leaving the top of the peanut butter ball exposed.
  • Return to the parchment paper and repeat with remaining peanut butter balls. Use the tip of your finger to smooth over the hole the toothpick created.
  • Freeze for an additional 15 minutes, until set. Enjoy!



You can easily make this recipe with a stand mixer or electric hand mixer if you would like!


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.3mg