Nothing screams the holidays are here more than Buckeye Candy! It’s super easy to make and everyone enjoys eating it.
Homemade Buckeye Cookies Recipe
If you’re a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, you need to try this recipe for Buckeye Candy. Why buy candy from the store when you can make your own from scratch using simple, easy-to-find ingredients, such as powdered sugar and creamy peanut butter? You can make this candy to eat at home or share with friends!
Learn how to make the best Buckeye Candy you’ve ever tasted with this fun and easy recipe. These candies are full of flavor and perfect for different occasions!
Why You’ll Love this Buckeye Candies Recipe:
- Easy to make: You don’t have to worry about this recipe taking up too much of your time. It’s easy, simple, and fun to prepare.
- Delicious: This Buckeye Candy is so delicious and full of flavor, making it such a classic treat to serve for different occasions.
- Make ahead friendly: You can easily make buckeye balls and save them for later. They store and freeze well in an airtight container.
Trademark Note: In the spirit of transparency, I want to note that some of these ingredients are trademarked products. Skippy, Jif, Reese’s, Smucker’s, and Ghirardelli are proprietary brands that I want to acknowledge and give credit to.
How to make Buckeyes at Home
Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!
- Add your peanut butter ingredients to your stand mixer bowl and beat the ingredients for three minutes.
- Roll your peanut butter into small balls and then place them in the freezer for a few minutes.
- Set your chocolate chips and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds at a time until it melts.
- Stir in the espresso powder.
- Dip your frozen peanut butter balls into the chocolate with a fork, leaving the top visible.
- Place your dipped balls on a parchment lined baking sheet and set in the fridge to chill.
You can use any brand of peanut butter that you like best, such as Skippy, Jif, or even Reese’s! To make a less sweet version, look for a peanut butter without any added sugar, such as Smucker’s Natural.
You can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips for this recipe. The chocolate flavor pairs well with the peanut butter and pure vanilla extract.
While you don’t have to add espresso powder, it does enhance the chocolate flavor.
You can keep the peanut butter balls in the freezer for 15-30 minutes to allow them to get cold, making it easier for the chocolate to stick to them.
Enjoy this classic Buckeye Candy during the holidays with friends and family. It’s easy to make with a handful of ingredients that you might already have at home.
Buckeye candy is always a great option during the holidays. It makes a great addition to cookie parties and is perfect for gift giving. Everyone loves buckeyes!
Recipe Tips and Notes
- Use a hand held or stand mixer to combine the peanut butter ball ingredients. You want to make sure the mixture is smooth.
- Grease your hands before rolling the peanut butter mixture into balls.
- Be sure to use a fork when dipping your peanut butter balls in the chocolate so that you can leave room for the top to remain open!
What brand of melting chocolate should I use?
The brand of melting chocolate used isn’t too important. Make sure you’re using a brand that tastes good, such as Ghirardelli.
Can I use a hand mixer to make the Buckeye Candy?
Yes! If you don’t have a stand mixer, don’t worry. You can use a hand mixer and a large mixing bowl.
How do I store these candies?
Place your candies in a large plastic or glass container, seal them with a lid, and place them in the fridge to keep them fresh. Alternatively, freeze the buckeye candies for up to 2 months.
Make homemade candy at home with this classic buckeye candy recipe. It’s perfect for the holiday season and one that everyone will want to enjoy.
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Buckeye Candy Recipe
Peanut Butter Confection:
- 4½ cups chocolate chips 765 grams
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 28 grams
- 1 ½ teaspoon espresso powder 3.5 grams
- Add all of the ingredients for the peanut butter confection to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat together on high speed for 3 minutes. At this point, you can either go ahead and roll the peanut butter into 2-tablespoon-sized balls and dip, or you can roll the peanut butter balls and place them into the freezer to freeze for ease of dipping.4½ cups powdered sugar, 2 cups creamy peanut butter, 1 ⅔ cups unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- To make the chocolate coating, place the chocolate chips and butter into a large heat proof bowl. Heat them in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between, until melted. This will take about 2 minutes. Once completely melted and smooth, stir in the espresso powder.4½ cups chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 ½ teaspoon espresso powder
- To dip, if you have chosen to dip the peanut butter balls at room temp, use a fork to lower the ball into the chocolate just until only the top of the ball is visible. Pull the ball out and let any excess chocolate drip off before placing onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Let set until hardened. You can place them into the fridge to chill.
- If you have chosen to freeze the balls before dipping, press a toothpick halfway into the top of each ball. Hold the toothpick and lower the ball into the chocolate until only about a penny sized circle of peanut butter is visible on top. Pull the ball out of the chocolate and let any excess chocolate drip off before placing onto a parchment lined baking sheet. To remove the toothpicks, simply twist the toothpick between your thumb and index finger and it will pull right out. Use a warm finger to smooth the hole out on top.
- Mixing: Use a handheld or stand mixer to combine the peanut butter ball ingredients. You want to make sure the mixture is smooth.
- Greasing: Grease your hands before rolling the peanut butter mixture into balls.
- Dipping: Be sure to use a fork when dipping your peanut butter balls in the chocolate so that you can leave room for the top to remain open!