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round truffle like chocolates piled on a pate and in a bowl with what looks like a lighter color to the shell of each


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless This Mess
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 48 buckeyes (4 dozen) 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Let me introduce you to the peanut butter chocolate candy of your dreams aka Buckeyes. They are simple to make and only require just a handful of ingredients. 


  • 16 ounce jar creamy peanut butter (2 cups)
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (3.5 cups)
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1.5  pounds melting chocolate (see notes)


  • In a large bowl mix together the peanut butter, powdered sugar, melted butter, and vanilla. 
  • You can use a stand mixer, hand mixer, or just a sturdy wooden spoon to mix it, it's up to you. Just be sure it's well combined to form a smooth thick dough.
  • Roll the peanut butter mixture into 1 inch balls using your hands (this will be about a tablespoon of dough). Place the prepared balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Melt your melting chocolate according to package directions (I generally use the double-boiler method on the stove after scorching a few too many batches of chocolate in the microwave).
  • Set the ball of peanut butter dough on a fork and lower it into the warm melted chocolate, taking care to not dip it fully, you should have a spot on the top that is about the size of a dime showing of the peanut butter, this is what makes it look like a buckeye.
  • Remove from the chocolate and gently tap the fork on the edge of your bowl to remove extra chocolate and then place the buckeye on a piece of parchment or waxed paper to set.
  • Repeat with remaining peanut butter balls and allow the chocolate to set before serving.
  • Stove leftovers at room temperature. 


  1. You can find melting chocolate sold in big chunks during the holidays or you can look for melting chocolate near the chocolate chips. Melting chocolate has already been tempered (heated and cooled) and so when you heat it again you get a really nice product for dipping that doesn't bloom (turn white) like untempered chocolate might.
  2. Ghirardelli makes a really nice melting chocolate that comes in bags that comes in both dark and milk chocolate. That's my preferred chocolate for this recipe. We generally use the milk chocolate but the dark is delicious too. You can find it year round near the chocolate chips. I don't love the chocolate or brown almond bark for this recipe, it's a little waxy in my opinion.
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American

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