Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski
Makes 7 dozen

The term Buckeye Balls is code for delicious chocolate, peanut butter candy goodies.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat peanut butter and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until blended.

Step 2

Shape into 1-inch balls; chill 10 minutes or until firm.

Step 3

Microwave chocolate and shortening in a 2-quart glass bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring twice.

Step 4

Dip each ball in chocolate mixture until partially coated; place on wax paper to harden. Store in an airtight container.

Ratings & Reviews

Buckeyes done right

December 15, 2016
Sorry... I've been making these since the 70s and have a recipe that I've perfected over the years. I do it in a different order and my ingredients are by the pound. It's as easy as 1-2-3. 1 lb of butter (margarine works better for flavor), 2 lbs of peanut butter (Jiff smooth works/tastes best) and 3 lbs of sifted powdered sugar. I melt the butter first (slowly and over low heat) and add the powdered sugar with the butter. I also use a small amount of food-grade paraffin with the chocolate to help adherence as well as it keeps the chocolate from blooming. I've been meaning to make a video of it for some time... it's the only request my friends have for me at Christmas. 

SandyIvankovich's Review

December 19, 2012
I made this recipe as written and the peanut butter mixture never stiffened enough to make balls. I put it in the freezer and it was still was too soft to stick together. I was offered advise by others to maybe cut back on the amount of butter used. In looking around at other recipes, I have found that most of them call for half the amount of butter as this one. I had to throw the whole batch away, disappointed!!

elageman's Review

October 28, 2012
my husband & 3 boys absolutly loves these treats!!!!

RBN1122's Review

July 02, 2011
These are great. I prefer the smooth texture (without rice krispies). Easy to make and they come together quickly. Store for awhile in the fridge also. A great make-ahead option.

BabyDog1's Review

December 17, 2010
This a great recipe and I just have one hint. Put the balls in the freezer for about 15 minutes and then dip them. Much easier this way! My only alteration, and my recipe is over 40 years old, is to add melted paraffin to chocolate chips (about 1/3 cup). You cannot taste the paraffin and they hold together perfectly!

sandycg71's Review

December 15, 2010
My mom and aunt have a similar recipes...there's includes rice krispy cereal as well, which is nice for the texture. Good recipe and kids love it!

ccoop22261's Review

December 09, 2010
A Buckeye Tree is a type of Chestnut Tree

fav123's Review

December 09, 2010
I have been making these every Christmas for over 25 years and I always get requests for them! Got the recipe from McCalls magazine and they call them Chestnuts as that is what they look like!