peanut butter buckeyes

by Amy on 23 November 2010

buckeyes differ from traditional chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls in that a bit of the peanut butter center is left undipped, so the candy resembles the buckeye tree nut. while i love buckeyes, sometimes i find them a bit heavy, so i altered the recipe to add rice krispies to the peanut butter center. this way, instead of a peanut butter fudge-like center, you have a lighter crispy peanut butter center instead.

i used a toothpick to dip these in the melted chocolate – if you’re bothered by the tiny hole this leaves in the top of the buckeye, add a bit of softened peanut butter to fill it. these are a wonderful dessert for parties + super quick to make – they took less than 15 minutes to put together + about an hour for the chocolate to harden. if you’re still looking for ideas for thanksgiving, these might be perfect for you!

note: mini muffin cups are the perfect size for buckeyes + make for a chic, neat presentation of them.


makes 3 dozen buckeyes, adapated from yankee magazine


1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup rice krispies cereal
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate


mix first four ingredients in a large bowl until well-blended, then roll into small balls, about 1” tall (or larger if you prefer).

melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler. dip balls into chocolate, then place on foil + refrigerate to harden.

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1 Nashville Nosher November 23, 2010 at 9:17 am

Love the idea of adding rice krispies! I’ve thought about adding crushed salty pretzels before for a sweet and salty flavor.

2 amy November 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm

ooh, the crushed pretzels are an interesting idea. i think i am going to play around with different things to add in, may give that one a try!

3 Beth November 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I love buckeyes! In my family we just call them peanut butter balls though. It’s a tradition in our family to make them at Christmas, and I even served them at my wedding reception!

4 amy November 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm

they are a christmas tradition for lots of families, i think, but i like ’em year round. =) so cute that you served them at your wedding reception!

5 Sheri November 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Definitely making these as one of the dessert nibblers for Thanksgiving. Great idea using the rice krispies :)

6 amy November 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm

fantastic! i can’t wait to see pics of all the things you make for thanksgiving!

7 daina November 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

i made these yesterday and they were a big hit at my work, got 2 requests for the recipe:) the rice krispies are a nice surprise when you bite into them. luvd them.

8 amy November 19, 2012 at 7:26 am

that’s great, daina! so glad they were a hit. =)

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