Buckeye Candies

by Erin

Whether you call them peanut butter balls or buckeyes, there’s no denying these peanut butter truffles dipped in chocolate. 

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Peanut butter and chocolate were meant for each other. I am going to go out on a short limb and even say that they belong together more than peanut butter and jelly. This is evident by how many dessert recipes I save which include these two ingredients. Conveniently, the mascot of my alma mater is a Buckeye, which can be transformed into a peanut butter and chocolate delicacy in the kitchen.

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At the beginning of football season usually I make a huge batch of these goodies, freezing most and bringing them out of hibernation on game days. This season, I have been busy making a different peanut butter and chocolate dessert every weekend. Today however, I am going back to the original.

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Makes approximately 8 dozen


1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 cups sifted powdered sugar

6 oz. chocolate candy bark

6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 Tbsp shortening, optional


  1. Line two baking sheets with waxed paper; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, and vanilla. Add confectioners’ sugar one cup at a time to reach desired consistency, then use hands to form a smooth dough.
  3. Shape into balls using 2 teaspoons of dough for each ball. Place on prepared pan, insert a wooden toothpick, and place in the freezer.
  4. Melt chocolates (and shortening if using) together in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat.
  5. Remove balls from freezer. Dip into melted chocolate leaving a small circle uncovered at the base of the toothpick. Return to wax paper, chocolate side down. Repeat with remaining balls.
  6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set. Remove toothpicks and if desires, carefully smudge the holes left behind with fingertip.


Source: The Spiffy Cookie original

Post updated 8/22/18, the picture above is the original.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 1, 2012 - 10:09 am

Holy Sweet Heavens I can see why this would be your favorite Peanut Butter recipe!!! Sharing this recipe on FB!

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Haha I love making tons of them and stashing them in my freezer


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