Peanut butter buckeyes are a delicious peanut butter treat designed to look like the buckeye nut. If you don’t know what peanut butter buckeyes taste like, imagine a creamy peanut-buttery core surrounded by a rich layer of rich, dark chocolate. Our simple no-bake peanut butter buckeye recipe is bound to be a massive hit at your next party or get together.
Peanut Butter Buckeyes
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 10 ounces dark chocolate melting wafers
- stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment
- baking sheet
- wax paper
- small microwave-safe bowl
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar in increments. Mix on medium-high speed until a soft dough forms.
Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Using your hands, roll the peanut butter dough into 1-inch balls, and place the balls in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 20-30 minutes or until the peanut butter dough balls are firm.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, place the dark chocolate wafers. Melt the chocolate in the microwave according to the instructions on the package. Heat the chocolate until it is completely melted and smooth.
Remove the peanut butter dough balls from the freezer. Dip each dough ball into the melted chocolate using a toothpick, leaving a small portion of the peanut butter showing at the top – creating the buckeye.
Transfer each buckeye back to the baking sheet and allow them to harden. Store the buckeyes in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
We recommend Ghirardelli melting wafers for dipping your peanut butter buckeyes since they coat evenly and smoothly. If you’re unable to purchase these and opt for an alternative, adding 1/2 teaspoon of shortening for each ounce of chocolate when melting will result in a smoother, more manageable consistency.
10 ounces is equal to one full bag of dark chocolate Ghirardelli melting wafers.
Changing Up Your Homemade Peanut Butter Buckeyes
Live life to your tastes by mixing up the flavors within your peanut butter buckeyes! The easiest method of doing this is to change chocolate wafers used for dipping or, alternatively, you could add tasty add-ins or garnishes to your peanut butter buckeyes.
Here are a few different ways you can add a twist to your peanut butter buckeyes to change their flavor.
- white chocolate wafers for dipping
- mini M&Ms for add-ins
- crushed Oreos for garnish
- crushed pretzels for garnish
- festive sprinkles
Any one of these alternatives will achieve unique, delicious results!
Once you’ve mastered this effortless dessert, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making buckeyes all along. Try Oola’s peanut butter buckeye recipe the next time you have company over, and it will be a home run, guaranteed!