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Photo: Helene Dujardin; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Ohio Buckeyes

In this classic confection from the Buckeye State, creamy peanut butter and chocolate combine to create an adorable replica of an Ohio tree nut.

Cooking Light OCTOBER 2013

  • Yield: Serves 38 (serving size: 1 buckeye)
  • Hands-on: 33 Minutes
  • Total: 1 Hour, 13 Minutes


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate (60-65% cacao), chopped


1. Place first 4 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs; beat until blended.

2. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape peanut butter mixture by tablespoonfuls into 38 balls. Place balls on baking sheet; refrigerate 1 hour.

3. Place chocolate in the top of a double boiler; place over simmering water, stirring until almost melted. Remove from heat; stir until smooth. Let cool slightly.

4. Place each ball on a fork, and dip ball in chocolate until partially coated; return to parchment paper to harden.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 141
  • Fat: 8.3g
  • Saturated fat: 3.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Protein: 2.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 14.7g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Cholesterol: 6mg
  • Iron: 0.6mg
  • Sodium: 95mg
  • Calcium: 6mg

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