A lot of the hubbub that goes along with Christmas can be really time consuming. Shopping and wrapping can take forever. Cooking that special holiday meal can require a full day (or two!) of effort. But here is one Christmas to-do that won’t suck away your entire afternoon—making Buckeye Balls!
These super simple, chocolate peanut butter candies are a classic here in the Midwest because they are stupendously easy (and fast) to make. Plus, they are absolutely delicious! This is my family recipe for buckeyes, and I know you’re going to love them just as much as we do. Let’s get cooking!
Why are they called buckeyes?
Buckeyes are a traditional midwestern treat. They are named after the state tree of Ohio, the buckeye tree. In fact, they look just like the nuts from the buckeye tree!
What are buckeyes?
Sometimes considered a candy, and sometimes deemed a cookie, buckeyes are a delicious sweet peanut butter ball coated in a chocolate layer. You leave just a bit of the peanut butter exposed, so that it looks like a true buckeye nut.
What do I need for this buckeye recipe?
One of my favorite things about this recipe is its simplicity: you only need five ingredients! You’ll need:
- Creamy peanut butter, obviously.
- Unsalted butter. You’ll use some in the peanut butter ball, and a touch in the chocolate coating.
- Vanilla extract.
- Powdered sugar to give the peanut butter ball the right consistency.
- Semi-sweet chocolate for the outside coating.
How do I make buckeyes?
You’ll be making your buckeyes in two parts: making the peanut butter balls, and then dipping them in chocolate coating.
To make the peanut butter balls, you mix together all of the ingredients until they are the texture of fresh Play-Doh. It should be a little squishy and elastic, but not too soft—it will still hold its shape well when you roll it into balls.
Once you’ve formed all the peanut butter dough into balls, you stick them in the freezer while you make the chocolate coating. Then just dip each ball about ⅔ of the way into the chocolate.
Congratulations, you’ve just made buckeyes!
How long do buckeye balls last?
We recommend eating them within a week, but they also freeze beautifully. So stick any uneaten buckeyes in the freezer for an easy treat!
Do buckeyes have to be refrigerated?
They’ll store the longest in the refrigerator, but they will do just fine sitting on the table during your celebrations. They do get a little soft at room temperature (especially during a Christmas party with lots of bodies and a fire going), but they are still delicious!
How do I freeze them?
Buckeyes freeze really well! Just freeze them flat on a baking sheet. Once frozen, pop them into a zip-top freezer bag or glass food storage container for up to six months. Eat them frozen for an icy treat, or let them thaw on the counter for 20-30 minutes before enjoying.