A peanut butter candy with a chocolate coating. They look like buckeyes! This is a fun recipe to make with the kids. They love to mix it up and get their hands in the peanut butter, rolling the balls, and especially dipping it into the chocolate!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
additional:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
50
Yield:
50 buckeyes
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 50 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, rice cereal, butter, and vanilla extract together in a bowl using your hands until dough is firm. Roll dough into balls about 3/4 inch in diameter. Arrange on a plate and refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.

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  • Melt chocolate chips and shortening in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching.

  • Place a toothpick into each peanut butter ball; dip 3/4 of each peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate. Return the buckeyes to the plate and refrigerate until chocolate has hardened, 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

122 calories; protein 2.5g 5% DV; carbohydrates 11.9g 4% DV; fat 8g 12% DV; cholesterol 4.9mg 2% DV; sodium 59.5mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2012
The only reason I give 4 stars is because they were a little gooey. After a day or so in the fridge they firmed up a bit. I think next time I will add more Rice Krispeys and let the balls sit in the fridge for several hours. The chocolate didn't cover well but I think that may be because the balls didn't set long enough in the fridge. I will try again they were very yummy after a day in the fridge! Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2012
The only reason I give 4 stars is because they were a little gooey. After a day or so in the fridge they firmed up a bit. I think next time I will add more Rice Krispeys and let the balls sit in the fridge for several hours. The chocolate didn't cover well but I think that may be because the balls didn't set long enough in the fridge. I will try again they were very yummy after a day in the fridge! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2017
This is a great recipe. I would recommend that you mix your butter peanut butter and Vanilla extract in a bowl first. Then add your powdered sugar. Once that is all mixed together then add your rice crispy cereal and mix. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2013
great recipe came out perfect. I did chill the balls for a few hours and they were plenty firm. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2017
Made these much better with the rice krispys.. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2019
Very good! Added an extra cup of rice cereal for more crunch. The family loved it! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2019
Very good buckeye recipe. I substituted Ghiradelli melting wafers for the chocolate chips and shortening. This allowed me to melt the chocolate in the microwave and gave the finished candy that extra something special you get with a little higher quality chocolate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2017
I love crispy and I love peanut butter and I love these crispy candies! I made a couple of changes for convenience. First I pulsed the cereal in the food processor (so the balls would keep their shape) and used 2 c instead of one because I didn't want to refrigerate therm as long and I liked the texture. Then I did such an ugly job with the dipping I wound up dipping the whole thing then tossing them in more pulverized cereal to make them look nice while cutting the richness of the chocolate just a bit. I'll try coconut next time. Anyway they look different but its the same recipe! I'll test them out at Christmas and revise my review with the results! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2015
This isn't my first time making these. I have made these many times with and without rice krispys. My family is just happy I make them! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2018
This is how my mom has always made them and the recipe she shared with me. I usually make them up one night after work and then freeze them (covered) until I have time to dip them. They're always a favorite at the holidays. Read More