Buckeye Balls


Buckeye balls are sweet peanut butter candies dipped in melted chocolate.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
5 dozen

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What's In Buckeye Balls?

Here's what's in buckeye balls: The peanut butter balls are made with confectioners' sugar, creamy peanut butter, unsalted butter, and vanilla extract. The coating comes together quickly with just semi-sweet chocolate chips and shortening.

close up view of Buckeye Balls on a platter

How to Make Buckeye Balls

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make homemade buckeye balls:

1. Make the peanut butter dough and roll into balls. Refrigerate.
2. Melt the chocolate and shortening together in a double boiler.
3. Insert a toothpick into each chilled ball and dip in the chocolate.
4. Remove the toothpicks and chill until set.

How to Store and Freeze Buckeye Balls

Transfer the buckeye balls to a shallow, airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

To freeze buckeye balls, transfer them to a zip-top freezer bag or another freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to two months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

chocolate covered buckeye balls on a white plate
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Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This is an easy recipe that everyone will enjoy," says C Sue Simpson. "This batch gave me 36 buckeyes (just big enough for 2-3 bites each)."

"I added some crispy rice cereal to the recipe to give it a little crunch," according to Shannon Newcomb, who gave this buckeye ball recipe a 5-star rating.

"I made these with my kids a week ago," says Kaitlyn Diane Bennett. "They were wonderful and super easy to make! Both of my children loved them just as much as they loved making them."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  • 1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 2 tablespoons shortening


  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside.

  2. Combine confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl; mix together with your hands to form a smooth stiff dough. Shape into balls using 2 teaspoons of dough for each ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to coat with chocolate.

  3. Combine chocolate chips and shortening in a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat.

  4. Remove chilled peanut butter balls from the refrigerator.

  5. Insert a wooden toothpick into a ball, and dip into the melted chocolate until coated. Return to the baking sheet, chocolate-side down, and remove the toothpick.

  6. Repeat Step 5 to coat remaining balls. Refrigerate coated balls until set, about 30 minutes.

    close up view of Buckeye Balls on a platter

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

102 Calories
6g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 102
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 2g
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 52mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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