Buckeyes are an Ohio state staple and family tradition

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First Posted: 12/15/2014

This recipe is in every home of every person who lives in Ohio. OK, that might be an exaggeration. Buckeyes are easy to make. They are just chocolate and peanut butter. What they symbolize to families across Ohio is anything but simple.

Named for their resemblance to the nut of the Ohio state tree, the Buckeye, they also symbolizes the Ohio State Buckeyes. These desserts are made for tailgates and weddings and are a staple at any cookie table.

The recipe is simple and can include the whole family. I can remember many Christmases where I rolled the peanut butter balls, getting powdered sugar every where even though it started on my hands. We would bring Buckeyes to parties and gift them to those out of state. They are a part of my holiday tradition and though I don’t live in Ohio anymore, I wanted to bring a little bit of the Buckeye state to the Keystone state.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • toothpicks
  • wax paper


  1. Mix the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt in large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low until blended. You can also hand stir if you don’t have an electric mixer.

  2. Add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating until blended.

  3. Shape into 1-inch balls. A melon scoop makes the ball perfect. Unfortunately, my mother didn’t tell me this until after I made gigantic Buckeyes. However, no matter the size, they will taste perfect.

  4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

  5. Put chocolate chips and shortening into a heatproof bowl that fits snugly over a pot of barely simmering water.

  6. Stir occasionally until the chocolate is melted and smooth; remove it from the heat. Don’t let water come in contact with the chocolate, and be sure the bowl and spoon or spatula are perfectly dry.
  7. Insert toothpick in peanut butter ball.
  8. Dip 3/4 of ball into chocolate, leaving the top uncovered to resemble a buckeye. Remove excess.
  9. You can reheat the chocolate as needed while coating peanut butter balls. Just microwave it on medium for 30 seconds. Stir.
  10. Place on wax paper-lined tray. Remove toothpick. Smooth over holes. Refrigerate until firm.

The buckeyes turned out a little messy but were delicious. I need help on my measurements because my inch is a very large inch. You can freeze the treat if you made to many. They do not get freezer burn and are just as delicious when thawed out.