Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls – An Easy Buckeye Balls Recipe

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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball. These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.

Easy Buckeye Ball Recipe

For me, there is no other candy that screams Christmas more than old fashioned peanut butter balls. You might know them as buckeye balls, and that’s because these tasty little balls look like an Ohio buckeye straight from the Buckeye tree.

If you’ve never experienced the amazingness of a peanut butter buckeye, then I’m sorry, you haven’t really lived your life to its fullness. A peanut butter ball is the original Reese’s Cup. That’s a bold statement, but I stand behind it.

A peanut butter ball is exactly as it state –  a little ball of sweet peanut butter candy dipped on three sides in semi-sweet chocolate.

Plain Peanut Butter Balls

Our family friend Susan included plain peanut butter balls every year in her plate of Christmas candy that she dropped off around the holidays.

Susan’s peanut butter balls are plain, meaning they are made without rice krispies, without graham crackers and without chopped peanuts or any other embellishment because they are perfect just the way they are.

These classic peanut butter balls rank right up there with Susan’s Cinnamon Glazed Pecans which resemble those delicious smelling mall nuts that you can’t resist buying as you walk by while shopping.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls Ingredient List

Peanut Butter, plain

Powdered Sugar

Butter, Softened

Chocolate Chips, Semi-Sweet or Milk Chocolate

Shortening

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

There’s no baking involved in making these peanut butter buckeyes.

The peanut butter filling is just a combination of plain, creamy peanut butter, powdered sugar and softened butter. Use a hand mixer or a large stand mixer, and cream the filling.  If your butter isn’t softened, the filling won’t come out right.

The next step gives you some flexibility. Do you want a small peanut butter ball or a hearty peanut butter ball?

I tend to always fall on the hearty side. My candy and cookies are always a bit larger in size than those of my Grandma. Roll the plain peanut butter balls to your desired-size balls.

At this point, Susan inserts a toothpick into each ball and refrigerates for 30 minutes to chill. I didn’t have that many toothpicks on hand, so I poked a hole in each one using the same toothpick. This step helps when rolling the balls in chocolate later on.

You are also in control of the amount of chocolate on the classic buckeye calls. Some people only dip half the ball, others almost cover the entire ball.  I tend to dip about 2/3 of the way. If you dip more, you may need more chocolate!

Lastly, some people leave the little hole from the toothpick, while others use their fingers to fix the hole. They are great either way.

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How many cups is in a pound of powdered sugar?

One pound of powdered sugar is equivalent to 3.5 cups of powdered sugar, also known as confectioner’s sugar. This is handy when you have a 2 pound bag of powdered sugar and your recipe only calls for 1 pound.

How many cups in 16 ounces of peanut butter?

2 cups of peanut butter equals 16 ounces.

If your recipe calls for 16 ounces of peanut butter, and you have a larger container, you’ll need to measure out 2 cups of peanut butter.

Be sure to use a measuring cup for solids. I recommend using a special measuring cup that easily pushes the peanut butter out like this one.

How to Make No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for classic peanut butter balls, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Mix together softened butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar until smooth.
  2. Roll into desired-size balls, and arrange on a pan.
  3. Insert a toothpick into each ball or poke a hole into each ball using the same toothpick.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  5. Melt together chocolate and shortening.
  6. Using a toothpick inserted into the pre-made hole, dip each peanut butter ball into melted chocolate, covering half to 2/3 of the ball.
  7. If desired, use the pad of your finger to patch up the hole from the toothpick.
  8. Return to pan until set.
  9. Store in the refrigerator.

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Notes About Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

  • 16 ounces of peanut butter equals 2 cups.
  • 1 pound of powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar) equals 3.5 cups.
  • Be sure your butter is softened.
  • If your powdered sugar is clumpy, sift it first.
  • Crunchy peanut butter could be substituted for creamy, if desired.
  • Make your buckeyes as big or as small as desired.
  • Chill the peanut butter balls before dipping in chocolate to prevent the balls from falling apart in the warm chocolate.
  • Depending on how much chocolate you put on your buckeye balls, you may need to make an extra batch of chocolate!
  • You can leave the hole from the toothpick, or use your fingers to gently cover it or fill it in.
  • Peanut butter buckeyes should be stored in the refrigerator.

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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls - An Easy Buckeye Balls Recipe

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy buckeye balls, old fashioned peanut butter balls, peanut butter balls, peanut butter buckeyes
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Balls

  • 16 ounces peanut butter, creamy (see notes)
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (see notes)
  • 3/4 cup softened butter

Chocolate Dip

  • 2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Instructions

  • Mix together peanut butter, powdered sugar and softened butter.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
  • Roll into desired-size balls, and place on a pan.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
  • Use a toothpick to poke a whole in the top of each ball. Use 1 toothpick or a separate toothpick per ball.
  • Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
  • Melt chocolate chips and shortening and stir until smooth using microwave or double broiler.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
  • Use a toothpick to dip each ball into the melted chocolate covering the desired amount of the balls with chocolate.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
  • Return to the pan to set up.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
  • If desired, use your finger to fix the hole from the toothpick.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
  • Store in the refrigerator.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.

Notes

  • 16 ounces of peanut butter equals 2 cups. 
  • 1 pound of powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar) equals 3.5 cups.
  • Be sure your butter is softened.
  • If your powdered sugar is clumpy, sift it first.
  • Crunchy peanut butter could be substituted for creamy, if desired.
  • Make your buckeyes as big or as small as desired.
  • Chill the peanut butter balls before dipping in chocolate to prevent the balls from falling apart in the warm chocolate.
  • Depending on how much chocolate you put on your buckeye balls, you may need to make an extra batch of chocolate!
  • You can leave the hole from the toothpick, or use your fingers to gently cover it or fill it in.
  • Peanut butter buckeyes should be stored in the refrigerator.
  • Love Christmas candy?  Try these Carmel Puff Corn

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