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Buckeye Balls are a classic no bake peanut butter and chocolate sweet treat that the kids can help make and are perfect for the holidays!

Buckeye Balls

Buckeye Balls are a classic no bake peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate. I'll tell you how to make buckeyes and why they're perfect for the holidays!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Servings 40 Buckeye balls
Calories 156



  • 12 ounces peanut butter (about 1.5 cups)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar

chocolate shell:

  • 9 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  • In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter, butter, and vanilla until completely smooth.
  • One cup at a time, add powdered sugar. Start by mixing with a spoon and then mix with hands to form a thick dough. For the last cup of powdered sugar, be sure to add it slowly one heaping spoonful at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Shape tablespoon sized balls and roll them smooth in between your hands. Set on parchment lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for two hours for freeze for at least 15 minutes.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine chocolate and remaining butter and microwave at half power in one minute increments, stirring each time, until everything has melted and is completely smooth.
  • Dip each peanut butter ball in the chocolate. You may use one or two toothpicks to poke into the peanut butter ball to make it easier to dip into the chocolate. If you do, simply smooth over any holes the toothpick leaves in the ball. Return the dipped peanut butter balls back to the parchment lined sheet and allow to set.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze until you devour them.


Yields 40 Buckeye Balls, nutritional information based on one ball


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.6mg