These peanut butter balls are a treat that are great to make with kids! No baking required!
I have a secret. Okay, it’s not really a secret since I mention it on my About Me page, but it’s one of those facts that always seems to surprise people – I don’t like peanut butter.
I know, I know. It’s just not been something that appealed to me, and despite trying it in many ways over the years, I still don’t enjoy it. However, in my house and probably in the country, I am the distinct minority – even our dog loves peanut butter!
My husband hails from Ohio, and Buckeyes are a big deal there. I don’t know that I ever heard these peanut butter balls referred to as buckeyes until I met him, but now that’s what we call them in our house.
One of the best things about these is how simple they are to make! No baking, relatively little mess… and perfect to get kids helping in the kitchen.
My daughter loves to make these, and has progressed to being able to do most of the process on her own. I help measure the sugar (mostly so that my kitchen doesn’t end up looking like it snowed), and heat the chocolate – but she handles most everything else on her own. She’s especially fond of the ball rolling step – and sneaking a few into her mouth before they hit the sheet pan.
I got this recipe from somewhere years ago – and truthfully I don’t remember where it came from. I usually half the quantity because only Joe and Pickle eat them and I don’t need them turning into Augustus Gloop from Willy Wonka.
If you’re a fan of peanut butter and chocolate – you’ll love these, I promise!
- 1 1/2 cup creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 1-2 bags of chocolate chips
- Cream together peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar.
- Mixture should be crumbly, and not sticky. Add additional sugar if this is not the case.
- Roll mixture into balls (approximately 1 tbsp) and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Place pan into the freezer for 10-15 minutes or until firm.
- Melt 1 bag of chocolate chips in the microwave.
- Using a toothpick, dip each ball into the chocolate covering all but the top.
- Place the buckeye back on the baking sheet and repeat until all the balls have been dipped. You may need additional chocolate, so I like to have two bags on hand.
- Put baking sheet into the fridge to firm the chocolate for approximately 15 minutes.
- You can use any chocolate that you'd like. We prefer dark or milk chocolate chips for this recipe.