Easy Buckeye Recipe


I’m never really sure if these are cookies or candy, all I know is that they are usually the first thing devoured.  It’s my sister’s favorite.  A few years back, I made her enough to freeze a few dozen and they lasted her a few months.  I know… you’re cringing that I froze chocolate.  You really shouldn’t freeze chocolate.  The thing is, these things are so good, you almost have to freeze some so that you won’t run out.  Of maybe to save some calories, you do want to run out!  What are these little gems called?  Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes.  Why?  Well, they look like a buckeye.

Here you go… Day one of The Twelve Days of Holiday Candy!


  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup softened, unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. We first emptied the chocolate chips into a bowl and created a double boiler. Turned the heat on medium-low and let the chocolate chips slowly melt.
  2. Then we combined the butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla by hand. At first you think there is no way this will all come together, but after a couple minutes of kneading together it was a soft dough, but not sticky to your hands.
  3. Next, we enlisted the help of every family member in the house, kids included. Everybody pinched off nuggets of dough and rolled balls a little smaller than a golf ball. We placed the cookies on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  4. When all of them were rolled out, we placed them in the freezer for 30 minutes so they could harden. TRUE CONFESSIONS BY CAITLIN: This traditionally is a step I would skip, but it truly is important for the chocolate to stick to the outside
  5. After the “cookies” are hardened, remove from the freezer. One ball at a time, stick a toothpick into the center, and dip each one in the melted chocolate, leaving a thumbprint-size portion of the peanut butter cookies exposed. Place back in the refrigerator once all of the buckeyes are dipped.
  6. When 1-2 hours of chilling in the refrigerator have passed, and the chocolate has hardened, it’s time to get your Ohio on! Enjoy every peanut-buttery bite!



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