Whenever you hear the word “Buckeye,” many of us automatically think of football at Ohio State University. It’s only natural, especially if you’re from the midwest like I am. The second thing that comes to mind, though, is my absolute favorite dessert to make and eat. If you’re a fan of Reese’s peanut butter cups (like I am), these are somehow a hundred times better.

The buckeye dessert gets its name because it looks almost identical to a buckeye nut, which is what you’ll find on may of the official state trees of Ohio. These candies are all over the place in Ohio where they originated, but thankfully I’ve started seeing them in pretty much all parts of the country. In fact, they’re so popular in Ohio that one candy company in Columbus, Ohio sells more than 100,000 pounds on a yearly basis. Another interesting fun fact; the largest buckeye ever made weighed in at 271 pounds!

Not only does almost everybody seem to love these buckeyes every time I make them, but they’re also incredibly easy to make. There aren’t many desserts that you can make without preheating the oven and baking for an extended period of time. Instead, the only time you need the oven is to melt some of the chocolate; a process that takes just a couple of minutes.

Clean-up, preparation and eating buckeyes are all super easy, and we have a recipe that allows you to make 30 of them. If you don’t feel like slaving over the stove but have a big gathering, these buckeyes are the way to go. They’re also great if you want to help teach younger people how to make a dessert without giving them something too complicated.

It’s not the lowest calorie treat in the world, but it’s definitely worth it for the taste. Speaking of taste, it doesn’t matter which college football team you root for, these buckeyes will be a hit at any tailgate or watch party. You just might want to avoid bringing them to a party if you happen to find yourself in Michigan!

With this easy to follow recipe,  you’re only going to need a handful of ingredients, many of which you’ll already have in your home. That’s another reason to like buckeyes, as I could make them today without even going to the store. You just need some peanut butter, chocolate chips, sugar, butter and vanilla extract. It’s really that easy!

Just follow along and you’ll only need about 10 to 15 minutes of actual prep time to make these buckeyes, while most of the time is spent waiting for them to cool off in the refrigerator. It will be pretty hard to wait while the buckeyes are in there, but allowing it to get to the perfect temperature and texture makes this delicious treat that much better. There’s plenty to pass around for your next get together, and they hold up pretty well in the refrigerator if you just want to make them for your own home. No matter your intentions with these buckeyes, you’re sure to enjoy them!

Preparation Time: 45 to 50 Minutes

Serves: 30 People

Nutrition (Per Serving):

Calories: 330
Fat: 19 g
Protein: 4 g
Carbohydrates: 40 g
Sodium: 105 mg
Cholesterol: 15 mg

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 ½ Cups of Peanut Butter
  • 4 Cups of Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup of Butter, Softened
  • 6 Cups of Confectioners’ Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Cooking Directions:

  1. To make our buckeyes, we’ll start by grabbing a large mixing bowl. In the bowl, add in your 1 and ½ cups of peanut butter, as well as your cup of softened butter, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and six cups of confectioners’ sugar.
  2. Don’t worry if the dough looks too dry, as it will end up looking fine in the end! After making the mixture, take out a cookie sheet, lining it with wax paper. With that ready, take out the mixture and roll it into one inch balls, placing them on the cookie sheet.
  3. On each ball, take a toothpick and poke a hole into the top. Keep the toothpicks in the balls, and then place the sheet into the freezer. You’ll want to wait until they’re completely firm, which usually takes about 25 to 30 minutes depending on your freezer’s temperature.
  4. Using a double boiler or a bowl over a pan of simmering water, pour in your four cups of chocolate chips. Keep stirring them until you get a smooth mixture. Once you’ve gotten the mixture that you want, take the peanut butter balls out of the freezer.
  5. Using the toothpicks as handles, dip the peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate one by one. It can be tempting to coat the entire peanut butter with chocolate, but make sure to leave a little bit of the peanut butter exposed so that it actually looks like a buckeye nut!
  6. Once all of the peanut butter balls are coated with chocolate, place them back onto the cookie sheet and then back into the refrigerator. They should be ready to eat almost right away, but they’re best served chilled for optimal texture! You should have 30 in total, allowing everyone to have enough for your event. Enjoy!