Made with creamy peanut butter, chocolate chips, and love, these Buckeye Bar desserts are perfect for gift giving, get togethers, or just as a snack.
Peanut Butter Buckeye Bars Recipe
Sometimes you just don’t want to heat up the whole house by turning on the oven. These no bake buckeye bar desserts are perfect for hot summer days when you just don’t want to turn on your oven!
Made with creamy peanut butter, decadent chocolate chips, and powdered sugar, this recipe is sure to make your taste buds smile. Plus, it’s packed with protein.
Instead of baking, all you will need to do is mix the ingredients and pop the bars in the fridge to harden up.
Why you’ll love this Easy Buckeye Bars recipe
- It’s no bake. This means you can even have the kiddos make these delicious treats. The steps are easy to follow and there’s no need for an oven.
- They are perfect snacks. Packed with protein, these buckeye bars make the perfect after school or after work bite. Or, you can give them as gifts.
- The ingredients are simple. Most of the ingredients you will inevitably already have in your cabinets. So, you won’t have to search high and low just to make a decadent dessert.
How to make Buckeye Bars from Scratch
- Prep your pan with parchment paper.
- Cream the peanut butter and butter together.
- Add in the vanilla extract and the powdered sugar.
- Press the peanut butter mixture into the prepared pan.
- Melt the chocolate and pour it over the top of the peanut butter bars.
- Cool the bars in the fridge for 2 hours before cutting.
What is a buckeye?
A buckeye is actually a small, shiny, dark brown nut with a tan patch in it. Native Americans would eat this nut for nutrition and medicinal purposes.
Although this recipe doesn’t have any buckeye nuts in it, they are called buckeye bars because they are dark brown with a tan patch and include peanuts.
How do you store buckeye bars?
Because these bars are made with soft ingredients that melt, you will want to store them in the refrigerator. Be sure to put them in an airtight container. Your buckeye bars are good for up to 3 days in the fridge.
Can you double the recipe?
Absolutely! Keep in mind that you will need to double all of the ingredients and you will need a second 9X9 baking dish.
After you mix all the ingredients, you will put half of the doughy mixture into each dish, then top each dish with half the melted chocolate.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- You can use any chocolate chips including dark chocolate chips. Dark chocolate is a healthier alternative.
- Coconut oil is optional, but I would recommend using it. It helps keep the chocolate the right consistency and shine.
- If you want to eat your desserts quicker, you can plop them in the freezer for half the time.
Buckeye bars are the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate. They are easy to make and everyone loves them. In fact, they tend to disappear when served at an event.
More chocolate recipes we love
- Strawberry Chocolate Hot Cocoa Bombs
- Hot Chocolate Cookies
- Chocolate Pound Cake
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
If you make this recipe be sure to leave us a comment or rating. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Buckeye Bars Recipe
- 1 stick butter softened
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil optional
- Line a square 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper.
- Add the butter and peanut butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- With the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla extract and then slowly add the powdered sugar.
- Once all of the powdered sugar has been added, allow the mixer to run on low speed until it all comes together in a ball.
- Transfer the peanut butter mixture to the parchment lined pan and pack it down, making sure to press it all the way to the edges.
- Add the chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small, microwave safe bowl and microwave until melted.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter layer and use a spoon or offset spatula to push the chocolate into an even layer.
- Transfer the bars to the fridge and allow them to sit until the chocolate has fully hardened– about 2 hours.
- Slice the bars and top with flakey sea salt, if desired.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
- I used dark chocolate chips, but use whatever you like / have on hand.
- The coconut oil will help the chocolate keep the right consistency and shine.