The Best Buckeyes Candy


Peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate resemble the nut from the Ohio Buckeye tree. Native Americans used to mash the toxic nut-seed and toss into fishing watering holes to stun the fish for easier catching. Legend also says buckeyes bring good luck.

These are one of my favorite treats. I don’t make them often though because they are messy and loaded with fat and sugar. For years I’ve been experimenting with different recipes trying to get the dough to be ┬áless creamy and messy and more crumbly and dry like a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Yes, I take my peanut butter and chocolate concoctions seriously. The results have always been disappointing.

But then it hit me one day to try using dry roasted peanuts instead of peanut butter. One simple ingredient switch and I was able to cut back on the sugar and butter. Compare to the original recipe which calls for a pound of sugar and a stick of butter! Amazingly the texture is now similar to Reese’s peanut butter cups, which I prefer. Enjoy this recipe. I can’t promise these buckeyes will bring you good luck but they will bring you joy!

The Best Buckeyes Candy Recipe

  • 16 oz jar of roasted, lightly salted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 11.5 ounces milk chocolate chips

Process peanuts in a food processor until mixture is crumbly and begins to stick. Be careful not to over process. You do not want to make peanut butter. Add butter and sugar and pulse mixture to blend thoroughly. Dough should be a bit dry but easily rolled into balls. Scoop out by tablespoons and form balls. Place balls on a tray lined with wax paper. Freeze for 30 minutes. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler and dip balls into chocolate using a toothpick, return to tray. Once all balls are dipped into the chocolate, freeze until chocolate hardens. Enjoy! Makes about 2 dozen buckeyes.