Easy Buckeye Recipe (Peanut Butter Balls)

Quick and easy buckeye recipe, also known as chocolate peanut butter balls that are no bake and made with a few simple ingredients. They are soft and fudgy!

*Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring today’s post so that I can share this easy buckeye recipe with all of you. As always, all opinions are mine.*

These buckeye recipe has been in the family for generations and all our friends request it during the holiday season.

They are rich and fudgy and packed with peanut butter and chocolate flavors.

I am sharing the CLASSIC easy peanut butter balls recipe recipe today but I have seen some wonderful TWISTS on this classic like buckeye recipe with rice krispies or with graham crackers or with with white and dark chocolate.

This buckeyes recipe is:

  • Easy to make
  • Requires basic ingredients from your pantry
  • Ready in 30 minutes.
  • Great as a homemade gift during the holiday season

Easy Buckeye Recipe (30 Minute Peanut Butter Balls)

How to make buckeyes? How do you make buckeye balls? how to make peanut butter balls? How do you make homemade peanut butter balls?

The process is very SIMPLE. Start off by mixing together peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Then, gradually add powdered sugar and continue mixing until you have a cookie dough- like consistence. Freeze this mixture for about 20 minutes. Then, scoop out small portions and roll into balls. Place them on a sheet of wax paper. Stick a toothpick into each ball and chill again if necessary. Then, dip into a bowl of melted chocolate three quarters of the way and place these peanut butter buckeyes on wax paper again. Remove the toothpicks gently and use your finger to smooth out the little holes. Enjoy!

How do you dip peanut butter balls in chocolate?

Stick a toothpick into each ball and then chill it until it sticks well. Then, dip it in melted chocolate and tap to remove excess chocolate. Place balls on wax paper and then gently remove the toothpick and smooth out the tiny hole with your fingers.

Are buckeyes edible?

Yes, they are absolutely edible and delicious.

Easy Buckeye Recipe (How to Make Peanut Butter Balls)

Here are some TIPS for making chocolate peanut butter balls:

  • Don’t replace butter with shortening since butter has so much more flavor than shortening.
  • Use UNSALTED butter.
  • Use UNSWEETENED peanut butter since you will already be adding a lot of powdered sugar
  • Use CREAMY peanut butter since it is easy to mix together.
  • You must CHILL the peanut butter mixture to make it easier to form balls.
  • This recipe for peanut butter balls is very VERSATILE and my Mom has tried some fun variations like replacing peanut butter with other types of nut butters or dipping them in white chocolate rather than milk chocolate. So, have fun with it!
  • If your buckeye mixture is too SOFT, you can chill for longer or you can add more sugar (1-2 tablespoons at a time).
  • If your buckeye mixture is too THICK, add a little milk to thin it into a cookie dough consistency.

No Bake Buckeye Recipe (Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls)

I like to add a scoop of Vital Proteins collagen peptides to give these no bake peanut butter balls a boost of nutrition.

Obviously, it doesn’t suddenly transform them into protein balls but a little additional nutrition sneaked into recipes is always a good idea, at least for me…hehe.

This time, I used the vanilla/coconut variety and it had a heavenly fragrance and subtle flavor, which my family LOVED, especially the kiddo.

Vital proteins peptides vanilla coconut flavor

Well, that’s all for today.

If you liked this best buckeye recipe of mine, you may also like some of these other peanut butter recipes:

Easy Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe

Homemade granola bars recipe (Peanut Butter Granola Bars) 

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

I also adore making round ball shaped desserts/ snacks. Here are some of my favorites:

Chocolate Date Balls (Energy Balls)

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Energy Balls

Rainbow Cereal Balls

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Easy Buckeye Recipe (Peanut Butter Balls)

Prep Time: 10 mins
Chill time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Quick and easy buckeye recipe, also known as chocolate peanut butter balls that are no bake and made with a few simple ingredients. They are soft and fudgy!
Yield: 40 Buckeye balls


  • 2 cups Peanut butter, Creamy
  • 1/3 cup Butter, Unsalted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, Vanilla/coconut flavor
  • 1 cup Chocolate, Melted, dark or semisweet
  • 1 cup Peanuts, Roughly chopped


  • In a mixing bowl, add peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract and mix everything until smooth. 
  • Add powdered sugar and protein powder gradually and continue mixing. 
  • Freeze this mixture for about 20 minutes so that it's easier to handle. 
  • Scoop out small portions of the mixture and roll them into balls. 
  • Place them on a cookie tray, lined with wax paper and stick a toothpick in the center of each ball. You may need to chill the tray in the freezer for another 10 minutes if the balls have started to become too soft and the toothpick is not sticking securely. 
  • Dip each ball three quarters of the way into a bowl of melted chocolate and place them on a cookie tray, lined with wax paper. 
  • Optional: Dip the ball in chocolate first and then roll them around in a bowl of chopped nuts and then place them on wax paper. 
  • Remove the toothpicks gently and smooth out the hole with your fingers and enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers should be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 



Calories: 185kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 74mg, Potassium: 123mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 45IU, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Calories: 185
Author: CakeWhiz

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

13 comments on “Easy Buckeye Recipe (Peanut Butter Balls)”

  1. I love how easy this recipe is! I will have to try making this soon!5 stars

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