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Buckeye CandyRecipe is a simple, no bake dessert. The fudge-like peanut butter ball is dipped into melted chocolate to make this classic treat.
What is Buckeye Candy?
Buckeye Candy is a super simple no bake peanut butter ball that is dipped in chocolate, leaving the top portion of the peanut butter ball exposed. The finished treat resembles the nut that falls from a Buckeye Tree! Hence the name, Buckeye Candy.
Ingredients for Buckeye Candy
To make Buckeye Candy you will need the ingredients and equipment listed below.
- 1/4 cup butter, softened (I generally use salted butter)
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter (make sure it isn’t the natural kind)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tsp vegetable shortening
- medium sized bowl
- small bowl
- wooden spoon/silicone spoon
- small Cookie Scoop
- parchment paper
- cookie Sheet
How to make Buckeye Candy
Making Buckeye Candy is very simple. To start, we will focus on the inner peanut butter ball. The peanut butter ball is made up of just a few ingredients and can come together with just a spoon and some elbow grease! You can use a stand mixer if you’d like though.
It is important to start with room temperature butter and peanut butter. Mix those together until smooth. Next we will add 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar. Reserve that last 1/2 cup for later. Also add in the vanilla and salt.
Mix and stir until it becomes crumbly. At this point, turn it out onto the counter and knead by hand. This is where that remaining powdered sugar comes into play. Slowly knead in the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar until you have a nice and smooth mixture. The texture should be similar to a stiff cookie dough.
Use a small cookie scoop to portion out the peanut butter mixture evenly. Roll the balls until smooth. You may need to put some powdered sugar onto your hands to help this step.
Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.
While the peanut butter balls are in the freezer, microwave the chocolate chips along with the shortening until melted. I recommend microwaving for 30 second intervals, stirring after each one, until smooth.
Use a toothpick to help while dipping the peanut butter balls into the chocolate. For best results, scrape the chocolate off of the bottom of the peanut butter ball. This will help so the chocolate doesn’t pool around the bottom.
Once all of the balls have been dipped, freeze for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from the freezer and use your finger tip to smooth over the hole that the toothpick left.
How to Store Buckeye Candy
You do not need to store these in the fridge, however I recommend it because they are so much easier to eat when the chocolate isn’t half melted. 😉 Just store in a zip top bag in the fridge. They will stay good for up to 1 week but, really, they won’t last that long!
Love No Bake Treats? Try these other recipes!
- Puppy Chow
- Reese’s Fudge
- Microwave Peanut Brittle
- Egg Free Monster Cookie Dough
- No Bake Cheesecake
- Cookie Dough Bites
- Oreo Pie
- In a medium sized bowl using either a wooden or silicone spoon, combine the peanut butter and butter until smooth.
- Add in 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix as well as you can and then turn onto the table and knead.
- Slowly knead in the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.
- Use a small cookie scoop to divide up the peanut butter mix evenly. Roll into balls.
- Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate and vegetable shortening for 30 second intervals in the microwave until smooth.
- Use a toothpick to hold the top of the peanut butter ball while dipping in chocolate. Dip into the chocolate, leaving the top of the peanut butter ball exposed.
- Return to the parchment paper and repeat with remaining peanut butter balls. Use the tip of your finger to smooth over the hole the toothpick created.
- Freeze for an additional 15 minutes, until set. Enjoy!