Every year for my cookie party I love making homemade buckeye candy.  Isn’t that a given when you are from Ohio?  In this post, I share my easy recipe along with a great way to gift these to family and friends.

About The Buckeye

Did you know that buckeye is actually a nut from a tree you find in North America?  Growing up the neighbor had a buckeye tree that was super messy when it dropped the nuts. The buckeye is used to make various crafts, especially for those Ohio State University Fans.  The buckeye candy came on the scene in 1964 when a Virginian married an Ohioan.  Gail Lucas made these cute little peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate and her husband noted they looked like buckeyes. And there you have it… the buckeye candy was born.

Buckeye Candy Recipe

What I love most about this treat is no oven, stovetop, or candy thermometer, are needed to make this candy. Only 15 minutes of chilling before you can coat the creamy peanut butter centers in dark chocolate.  It is a win!!! 

buckeye candy

This is pretty much a ‘no-bake’ recipe but it does take some time.  Be sure to allow yourself an hour to prepare these.  The Buckeye Candy needs to set so you will have to let them harden before boxing up to take to event or gift.

Below are the ingredients you will need.  Detailed measurements are in the printable recipe below.

  • creamy peanut butter
  • salted butter softened
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar
  • chocolate melting bark


  • In your favorite mixing bowl combine peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar.  Mix until the ingredients are smooth and you are able to knead with your hands.
  • Shape the dough mixture into tablespoon-sized balls. I like to use my old Pampered Chef cookie scooper to get the right size before rolling with my hands.
  • Place the dough balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Refrigerate the balls for at least 30 minutes.
  • After the dough balls are cold, melt the chocolate bark.  Follow the directions of the package because each brand is different.  I tend to use the Aldi Brand because it taste richer to me.
  • Remove the buckeye balls from the fridge just before the last process of melting chocolate.  You want to have everything ready to go when the chocolate is done.
  • Use a toothpick to pick up each ball and dip it into the melted chocolate. Repeat with each ball.
  • Use your finger to smooth over the top of each ball to remove the mark from the toothpick. after the chocolate process is completely done on each ball. The bark hardens very fast!!! 

Buckeye Candy Printable Recipe

A printable recipe card available by request. I hope you will take advantage of and print for your own use.

I found the best little gift boxes on Amazon so be sure to check these out.  Transporting the little treats can be difficult but these boxes are just perfect!

Let’s Connect

I would love to hear about your buckeye candy adventures.  Have you ever had this tasty treat?  We make them all the time for Girl Scout events years ago.  Be sure to comment on my website. You can also tag me in your Buckeye candy share on social media using the links below.  Find me at @brenhaas on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Happy Buckeye Candy Making,

Bren Haas

3 Responses

  1. So the directions skip the salt and the vanilla ?

    1. I am so embarrassed… sorry! I fixed it. Thank you for noticing.

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