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Perfect Buckeye Balls Recipe

Perfect Buckeye Balls Recipe

Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods. Combine peanut butter with chocolate and you have an ultimate dessert combination. I found these Buckeye Balls on Pinterest years ago and have been making them ever since. They’re always a delicious treat. Best of all, you only need six ingredients–and you probably already have them all on hand!

Here is the perfect Buckeye Balls recipe.


Buckeye Ball Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter (We always use Jif!)
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 pound box confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Crisco shortening (we chose sticks)
buckeye ball recipe ingredients

Buckeye Ball Instructions

1. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and confectioners sugar using your hands. It will be dry and crumby at first, but work until everything is mixed.

2. Separate your dough into three large balls. Cover each one with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

buckeye ball dough

3. Shape your dough into small balls using a tablespoon of mixture for each and rolling it into your hands until smooth. When you’re finished, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least one hour.

Tip: Keep your Buckeye Balls the same size by using a cookie scoop.

Peanut butter Buckeye Balls have to be one of the best recipes ever created!

4. In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and shortening over low heat, stirring constantly. When smooth, remove from heat. Use a toothpick to dip each ball into the chocolate mixture and place them back on the baking sheet. Use the back of a spoon to smooth over toothpick holes. Refrigerate until chocolate is set. 

Pro Tip: Store your Buckeye Balls in the refrigerator. They taste even better cold!


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Tuesday 17th of December 2019

How many ounces are in a #1 box of confectioners sugar?

Taylor Hardy

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Sue, there are 16 ounces in 1 pound.


Friday 13th of December 2019

How long can you keep Buckeyes? Can you freeze them?

Taylor Hardy

Friday 13th of December 2019

Carol, I believe you can freeze them. Check out the original recipe I liked in the post.

Linda Lou Harris

Sunday 10th of November 2019

I have a dairy allergy so I used Ghee. Even after a one hour stay in the refrigerator, the mixture is very soft!! I weighed the powdered sugar so I know I used 1#. I even added about an extra half cup of powdered sugar. Still very soft. Any ideas?

Taylor Hardy

Monday 11th of November 2019

I'm not sure--I've only ever used what was in the original recipe. I wish I could help!

Amanda Cordova

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

Where does the softened butter come into play?

Taylor Hardy

Wednesday 14th of November 2018

Amanda, it gets mixed with the peanut butter in the beginning. Thanks for catching that :) I have updated the post.

Kit Shinton

Sunday 30th of September 2018

How many does this recipe make?

Taylor Hardy

Sunday 30th of September 2018

Around three dozen, depending on the size!

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