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Buckeye Candies

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Buckeye Candies are famous in Ohio and surrounding states. If you're a peanut butter lover, read on!

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Buckeye Candies

If you grew up in Ohio or know someone who has, you know these Buckeye candies are a tradition there. If you don't know what a buckeye is, it's a useless nut that's found on a tree! It's also the team name and mascot for Ohio State University football. Fans will recognize “Brutus Buckeye”.

The candies above resemble what Buckeyes look like, hence the name. But what's not to like…they are peanut butter and chocolate! One of the best combinations in the history of food. See how to make these easily from scratch, especially if you're like me and live in the south. If you crave these candies they probably aren't readily available in candy shops and bakeries here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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How to Make Buckeye Candies:

Buckeyes start with a peanut butter dough. That should pique your interest! I love a good no bake treat, and this one is right on target. You can use a stand mixer or just a larger mixing bowl to make these.


Keep in mind the dough does get VERY thick and possibly a little on the difficult side to work with if you have hand, wrist, elbow or arthritis issues. If you do, I highly recommend making these right in the stand mixer. Use your regular beater attachment (not the bread dough or whisk one). Add the first four ingredients and then blend in the powdered sugar slowly. Adding the powdered sugar is what makes this dough thicker and moldable.


If you're not sure you have the right amount of powdered sugar, grab a small amount of dough and form into a ball. You should not need to add flour or more powdered sugar to your hands. If the dough doesn't stick to your hands, you're good!

If it's still sticky, add a small amount of powdered sugar at a time and continue to blend. I would add 2 Tbsp at a time. Dough should be thick and easy to work with at this point. Humidity does affect these, so the exact amount may vary.

Finally, form your dough balls and dip in chocolate candy coating. I left a few specific notes to help in this process in the recipe below, so be sure to scroll down for more info if needed.

Serve For Holidays and More:

You can leave the toothpicks in the top of your Buckeye candies as pictured below. You don't have to, but they do give everyone an instant way of picking them up with no serving dishes!

These Buckeyes are also great around the Holidays. Make a batch and add them to your cookie plates for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or to your New Years dessert tray. You won't have any complaints!


Print or View Your Buckeye Candy Recipe Here:

Yield: 24

Buckeye Candies

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These candies are a tradition in Ohio. If you love peanut butter and chocolate, try them out!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter (any brand)
  • 1 stick unsalted, softened butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (about 1/2 lb)
  • 12 oz (1 Package) Wilton Chocolate Candy Coating


In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, softened butter, vanilla. Blend until blended. You can also use a stand mixer with a dough attachment.

Slowly add the powdered sugar and knead until a firm dough forms.

Prepare a large cookie tray (or two) with wax paper or a silicone liner.

Roll dough into nickle to quarter size balls and line up on the wax paper.

If you have a second person, you can melt the candy coating on the stove over low heat in a sauce pan. Or, microwave according to package directions. If you are assembling these on your own, be sure to make all the dough balls prior to melting the chocolate.

After dough balls are ready, stick a toothpick into the top of each one. The toothpicks can stay in the Buckeye Candies if desired. These will help in the chocolate dipping process.

Dip each dough ball into the chocolate, leaving a small amount uncovered at the top to resemble a Buckeye.

Line up on the prepared cookie trays again and allow to sit 1 hour or until fully set. Serve immediately or store sealed in a cool place. (Refrigeration not necessary but helps keep the chocolate coating firm).



Any brand of chocolate candy coating should work. Chocolate chips are not recommended, but if you must use them, try adding 1 Tbsp shortening per 1 cup melted chocolate chips prior to dipping the Buckeyes. This will help the chocolate chips set up better.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 201Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 11mgSodium 110mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 4g

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These are naturally Gluten-Free, but always double check your ingredients to be sure.

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  1. My hubby is from Xenia. He introduced me to these candies by supplying the recipe and requesting I make them. They are a MUST have during football season.

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