Whether you consider these a cookie or a candy, Buckeye Cookies are a favorite of our entire family! So of course I have to make a double batch when I make these delicious peanut butter and chocolate dipped cookies that are not baked and have no eggs in them.
I have had this recipe since I was in Jr High School. I was babysitting a little girl named Amy and found a bowl of these Buckeye Cookies in their refrigerator. The parents always said to help myself to the food and I think I ate half of the bowl of these delicious Buckeye Cookies! I was washing their dishes and next to the sink I saw the recipe! I quickly found a piece of paper and copied it down, over 40 years ago!
The ironic thing about these cookies is that when I was a child, we had a gigantic buckeye tree in our front yard. I can remember picking buckeyes up every year from that tree. I don’t think a year went by when that tree didn’t drop hundreds of buckeyes. Such a messy tree when the buckeyes dropped but the tree made beautiful flower blooms in the spring. We always made things out of the buckeyes, necklaces being my favorite. These cookies look exactly like the real buckeyes look.
In a large mixing bowl, cream
butter and peanut butter together.
Add vanilla and mix.
I do this with a mixer but it
can also be done by hand.
Add and mix the sifted powdered
sugar 1/2 cup at a time until the
peanut butter mixture doesn’t
stick to your hands and
can be rolled into a ball.
The mixture will be very soft so roll
gently for creamier Buckeye Cookies.
Place waxed paper on a baking sheet.
Roll the peanut butter mixture into small
balls, about 1″. Place the balls on the
waxed paper without touching each
other. Cover the cookies with plastic
wrap and place the entire tray in
a cold spot like the refrigerator
so the cookies will set up.
In a double boiler over medium
low heat, melt the wax.
Add the chocolate chips and stir until
completely melted and creamy smooth.
Take about 10 cookies out of the
cold and lay them on a plate.
Take each cookie and place a
toothpick in the center pushing
it about half way into the cookie.
Remove the double boiler from the
heat and place it on a hot pad.
Hold on to the toothpick and dip the
cookie into the chocolate leaving a
circle area on top uncoated.
Place the chocolate dipped cookies
onto a clean piece of waxed paper
on the counter top. Let sit for about
1/2 hour to set up. Place back onto
the baking sheet that is covered in a
clean sheet of waxed paper and put
back into the cold area again. After
an hour you can put the cookies
in an air tight bowl separating each
layer with a piece of waxed paper.
Refrigerate until ready to eat and serve.
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1# powdered sugar (approximately)
- 1/2 block paraffin wax (optional it adds gloss and makes the buckeye sturdy)
- In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and the peanut butter (I use a mixer). Add vanilla and mix until combined. This can be done in a mixer or by hand.
- Sift the powdered sugar and add it to the peanut butter mixture 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well each time you add it. You will know you have added enough powdered sugar when you can pick up a clump of the mixture and it does not stick to your hand and it can be gently rolled into a ball. Roll the mixture into 1″ balls.
- Place the balls onto a waxed paper covered baking sheet making sure they do not touch. Cover the cookies with plastic wrap and place the tray in a cold location like the refrigerator for an hour or two.
- In a double boiler over medium low heat, melt the paraffin wax. Add the chocolate chips, stir until melted and the chocolate is creamy smooth.
- Put about 10 cookies on a plate for each cycle of dipping. The rest of the cookies need to be kept cold and firm in order to dip into the chocolate. If the toothpick doesn’t stay in the cookie to dip they aren’t cold enough.
- Lay a long sheet of waxed paper on the counter.
- Using a toothpick, stab the cookie and hold the toothpick to dip the ball into the chocolate, leaving a round circle uncoated at the top of the cookie to look like a buckeye. Place the chocolate dipped Buckeye onto the waxed paper on the counter. Repeat with the rest of the cookies. Let the cookies sit for 1/2 hour to set up.
- Place the chocolate coated cookie onto a clean waxed paper covered baking sheet. Place the tray back into the cold area to set up for about 1 hour.
- Store the cookies in an airtight container (with waxed paper between the layers) in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Categories: Candy, Chocolate, Cookies, Peanut Butter
Wonderful Christmas classic. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Thank you! You are very welcome! Merry Christmas!!!
Thank you! These never last long in my house..lol
So yummy it is
Love the beautiful & shiny chocolate coat !
Thank you Megala!
Wow! These look fantastic! I will have to try them. This is an idea I am trying to spread this holiday season. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hidlnk1NC10 If you like it, please share it. Thanks, Rita
Thank you and what a great thing you are doing for world hunger.
Thank you! Can you imagine what could happen if this idea really took off?!? 🙂
It would be an entirely different world!
Love Buckeyes. One of my favorite combos – Chocolate and peanut butter, yum.
Me too such a great combination!
They look delicious!
Thank you Karin they are delicious for sure!
They’re perfect and yummy 😋
Chocolate coating is wow !
Thank you! Fun to make!
Yep! Going to make these!! Looks delicious!
Lol they are fun to make and even more fun to eat!!! Thank you shutterbug!
I have a former students who is an Ohio State grad. I think this would be a perfect treat to give her for Christmas.
Yes I also am an Ohio State fan from Ohio. These are a big hit here.
Never knew how to make these… thanks for sharing the recipe with great photos!
You’re welcome! They are easy but time consuming and well worth it!
Reblogged this on Gina Rae Mitchell and commented:
Great recipe for a cookie classic. I simply had to share this with my readers.
Aw thank you so much! This is an amazing recipe! I have made it for about 40 years! They don’t last long and I always have to maker a double batch per family orders…lol
Thanks for sharing and have a great day!
Looks so delicious
Thank you! This is the one cookie everyone loves!
I had my first Buckeye Cookie, when I visited my daughter in Ohio, and wanted to make some ever since. Now it will be one of my Christmas cookies 😊
This is deff. one I need to try 😛 Thanks Diane 🙂
Wow! I see why your granddaughter wants them all year long as you mention in your current post!
Reblogged this on Old Guy In The Kitchen and commented:
As an Ohio native, Buckeyes are a holiday requirement. This recipe from Diane looks awesome and I will be trying it very, very soon.
Hi Diane – Awesome recipe. As an Ohio boy born and raised, these are a must have holiday treat. I re-blogged on OldGuyInTheKitchen.
wow really cool , they looks adorable as well!
Thank you they don’t last long!
Looks so so yummy and easy to make! I never saw this dessert before.
They are very addicting! Thank you!
Great share Diane. I love buckeye balls. What is a buckeye?
It is a type of nut that looks almost exactly like my picture.
I can see why your granddaughter bugs you about them all year. I don’t think they would last long in my house either!
When I do make them I have to hide them in the back of the refrigerator until Christmas Day..lol
Oh these are naughty. We call them conkers in the UK 😀
Hahaha I like naughty! Never heard of conkers before….fascinating!
And I had never heard them called buckeyes, that’s so interesting. Do children put them on a string and have competitions with them? Over here, two kids will take turns trying to hit each others conkers until they shatter.
We drilled a hole through them and made necklaces out of them. People actually do that and sell them at craft shows here.
I usually skip the wax when I make buckeyes and it doesn’t seem to have a negative effect. I’m going to try adding a little vanilla next time, though 🙂
I use my homemade vanilla in them…so good!
So many great treats and so little time! I want to make them all!
Thank you Kellye, It was pretty much all I did in December. Lol