Best Ever Buckeyes


Buckeye candies are a classic potluck treat! This homemade candy recipe needs less than five ingredients but makes enough buckeyes for an entire party full of people! This dessert combines chocolate and peanut butter in the most satisfying way. These treats are sure to have guests reaching for seconds and thirds because they are just that irresistible. 
If you leave in the toothpicks that you use to dip your candy in chocolate, it makes them even easier to serve. If you've never tried this peanut butter and chocolate recipe, try making it for your next gathering. Use your favorite brand of peanut butter when you make the recipe so it taste exactly the way you like it. 


Candy melts are especially formulated to give a smooth, glossy chocolate finish that will not melt too easily on the fingers when served.  You can substitute chocolate chips if necessary.

For another great homemade candy recipe, try Crunchy Homemade Peanut Brittle.


Makes60 buckeyes


  • 2 cups smooth creamy peanut butter
  • 2 sticks butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 pound powdered sugar
  • 12 ounces chocolate melts (see note)


  1. In an electric mixer, combine peanut butter with butter until completely smooth. Beat in powdered sugar gradually until well combined. It should have the consistency of wet sand. Pinch some between your fingers to be sure it holds together add a tablespoon of water and mix further if necessary.

  2. Form dough into 1-inch balls between your palms and place on a parchment lined bake sheet. Chill for 1 hour.

  3. Place chocolate melts into a glass or metal bowl and set over a pan of simmering water until it can be stirred with a spoon into a smooth mixture. Use a toothpick or skewer to spear each ball and dip into the chocolate, leaving about of the top uncovered, and allowing excess to drip off before placing on another parchment lined bake sheet. Use a fingertip to smooth over the hole made by the toothpick.

  4. Cover completed candies with plastic wrap and chill or freeze until serving time.

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I can never get the texture of the peanut butter layer to turn out right. It is always runny or crumbly. Do you have any tips that can help me out? My mom said that my butter was probably too soft, but I don't know how to tell when it is ready to use for this recipe.

Buckeyes are the perfect chocolate and peanut butter treat! These were delicious!

Peanut butter and chocolate really is the perfect combination. I can't wait to make this easy recipe at home!

I was worried that these would be too sweet for me, but they really hit the spot!

Yummmm peanut butter and chocolate, can't go wrong!

Maybe I'm just sick of the peanut butter & chocolate combination, but it didn't really do it for me. If that's what you want, though, this is perfect for you.

Chocolate PB = amazing. More chocolate would add a better balance between the two delicious flavors.

So yummy! I thought they would be too rich, but they were perfect!

Chocolate and peanut butter is my favorite dessert combination, and these were another example of why! So good!

You can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter in my opinion and these buckeyes were no exception. So good... I may have to have another!

These were delicious!! The peanut butter mixture was absolutely perfect and creamy!

These are a great party recipe. They are so good! I like a thicker chocolate coating on buckeyes to balance the peanut butter flavor

These were the first buckeyes I've ever tried, but I liked them a lot! Chocolate and peanut butter - how could you go wrong?

I wanted to shove fifty of these things in my mouth all at once. Just give me all of them. Right now.

This recipe for buckeyes is pretty good. I've had A LOT of treats like this before, and these are OK. All together, it's creamy and tastes like peanut butter, so it's doing its job. I could definitely eat a whole tray of these.


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