Buckeye Balls

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Buckeye Balls are an EASY dessert made from peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate and refrigerated to make a no-bake candy treat with only 6 ingredients!

We’re in the mood for chocolate candy this week, and we’re whipping up Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Slow Cooker Chocolate Peanut Candy, and Chocolate Covered Oreos!


Buckeye Balls are balls made from creamy peanut butter, vanilla, butter, and powdered sugar rolled into a dough and dipped in melted chocolate. They’re creamy, nutty, chocolatey and basically one of the most perfect desserts you’ll ever try.

They’re no bake and only take six ingredients, so you can make these ahead of time and put them in the freezer until you need them. The peanut butter version of the ever popular Oreo Balls.


When you’re rolling out the peanut butter balls, a trick I learned when I first started making this recipe was to rub a small amount of butter between your hands.

This will make sure the dough doesn’t stick to your hands while you’re forming the balls. Then use a toothpick to dip them into the chocolate, but not all the way, thats what gives them the “eye” look.

The name Buckeye Balls came about because Buckeyes are a nut on the Ohio state tree, which inspired this buckeye candy recipe. Now these candy buckeyes are popular across the United States, but especially in the midwest.

PS, I dipped them with toothpicks and smoothed over about half with a quick pinch and pat so you can see the difference in the pictures to see which way you prefer. Either way they’re just as delicious!


Buckeye balls can be kept refrigerated in an airtight container. These have a lot of sugar in them, so I wouldn’t worry too much if they were left on the counter for a few hours. But the butter and peanut butter will get softer the longer they’re at room temperature, and your buckeyes won’t hold up as long, so the refrigerator is the best way to store them. They will keep for 3-4 weeks refrigerated.

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I usually have a rule that I don’t freeze chocolate dipped desserts, but for these I make an exception. Because peanut butter is the bulk of this recipe, I think that freezing them actually works really well, plus you can make them way ahead of time if you’re serving them at a party. They should keep in the freezer for 2-3 months. Make sure they’re in an airtight container, so the chocolate doesn’t get condensation on it.


  • I make this buckeye balls recipe with shortening to help thin the chocolate, but you can leave the vegetable shortening out if you don’t have any.
  • Sprinkle the buckeyes with sea salt, caramel sauce, crushed cookies, or drizzle with dark chocolate for decoration.
  • Make sure you line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or the balls will stick to the sheet.
  • Don’t skip refrigerating (or freezing) the peanut butter balls before you dip them in chocolate. This is the key to getting the balls to hold their shape while you’re dipping!
  • Make sure the peanut butter you use has sugar in the ingredients. You need a shelf stable creamy peanut butter that has sweetness and holds up better than the natural version.
  • Use salted butter if you want to try a sweet and salty flavor. If I do this, I usually add a drizzle of caramel sauce, too.

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Buckeye Balls

5 from 6 votes
  • Yield: 24 servings
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Buckeye Balls are an EASY dessert made from peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate and refrigerated to make a no-bake candy treat with only 6 ingredients!



Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. To a stand mixer add the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar and beat it until it forms a stiff dough then then roll the dough into balls made with 2 teaspoons of dough.
  2. Put the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper then refrigerate for at least an hour before using a microwave safe bowl to melt the chocolate and shortening in 30 second increments until fully melted (mix in between each 30 seconds, for 60-90 seconds total).

  3. Dip the balls almost all the way leaving the eye of the peanut butter ball showing before scraping the fork across the lip of the bowl to remove excess chocolate and using a toothpick to push the buckeye ball onto the parchment paper to harden for at least 30-45 minutes in the refrigerator before eating.

Recipe Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 24 servings, Amount per serving: 233 calories, Calories: 233g, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 75mg, Potassium: 144mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 120g, Calcium: 12g, Iron: 0.8g

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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