Spicing Up Ohio’s Original Buckeye Recipe

If you love Buckeyes then you're in for a real treat! Try these unique and tasty recipes!

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Emma Holt


Jan 21, 2021

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There’s no doubt that Buckeyes are a delicious treat that no one can resist. Since they’re so delicious, we’ve decided to compile a list of different recipe variations to get creative with your Buckeyes! These treats are so good, you’ll have to double the recipe just to make them last longer than a day. Chances are, you can recite this recipe from memory if you’re from Ohio. If you’re not, find your next dream home and begin a Buckeye tradition in your family!

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Original Recipe

If you’re from Ohio, you most likely have this recipe engrained in your mind forever. But, just in case you don’t or if you need a little refresher, we’ve provided it for you! You’ll need:

  • 1 ½ cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, you’ll begin by mixing the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them on waxed paper-lined cookie sheets. You’ll want to place a toothpick into the top of each so you can dip them later! Chill in the freezer until firm for about 30 minutes. When they’re ready, melt chocolate chips to dip the frozen peanut butter balls in. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to get the Buckeye look!

Chocolate peanut butter buckeye desserts
The OG

Dark Chocolate

For this yummy recipe, all you’d have to do is switch out the semi-sweet morsels for bittersweet chocolate chips! Stick to the same ingredients as the original and you’ll have rich, dark chocolate Buckeyes in no time!

White Chocolate

White chocolate Buckeyes are as easy to make as the original and dark chocolate recipe. And, you’ve guessed it, just swap the chocolate! Creamy peanut butter paired with silky white chocolate is an irresistible combination. People go nuts for these guys and with good reason.  

White chocolate buckeyes
White chocolate

Peanut Butter Oreo

This recipe is truly one of a kind. Take your peanut butter Buckeye to the next level by adding a surprise Oreo cheesecake filling. You’ll need:

  • 20 oreos
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups icing or powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups dark chocolate (or milk chocolate if you prefer)

Get your cookie sheet ready and begin with the oreo filling. Pop your oreos into a food processor until they resemble fine crumbs. Then mix in the softened cream cheese and continue mixing until it becomes soft. Roll them into balls and place them in the fridge while you make the rest of the filling. Add the peanut butter, butter, icing sugar into a large mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer until it’s nice a smooth. Next, get the oreo balls out of the fridge and wrap a piece of the peanut butter around it until you can no longer see the oreo. Refrigerate for another 20 minutes until firm. Finally, dip them into the melted chocolate holding onto the toothpick and refrigerate once more until you’re all done! Pure bliss.

Peanut butter and oreo buckeyes
Peanut Butter Oreo

Gingerbread Buckeyes

Gingerbread buckeyes are perfect for the holiday season! Add this creative recipe to your list of Christmas treats that’ll be a new tradition. You’ll need:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup crushed gingersnaps
  • 16 oz white chocolate candy

Start by mixing peanut butter, powdered sugar and softened butter into a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Gently stir in gingersnaps and roll the mixture into balls. Chill for 30 minutes. As always, dip them in the melted white chocolate and let them harden before digging in!

Gingerbread buckeyes with butterscotch

Butterscotch Buckeyes

Doesn’t this sound like a dream? For this tasty recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 ounces butterscotch chips
  • 2 tables shortening

For butterscotch Buckeyes, you’ll follow the same procedure as the others and dip the peanut butter balls into melted butterscotch chips! Delicious!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Buckeye

We have no doubt that you will love this one! You’ll need:

  • 1 ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ cup flaxmeal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the peanut butter and oats as the base and dip them into the melted chocolate after they are frozen! By now you know the drill!

Peanut butter oatmeal buckeyes dipped in chocolate
Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Cookie Dough Buckeyes

Last, but certainly not least, the delightful cookie dough Buckeyes! Gather:

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 16 ounces candiquik (or other chocolate melting candy)

First, mix together the butter and sugar until smooth and add the remaining ingredients (except the candiquik) until creamy. Scoop the mix into cookie dough balls and freeze. Don’t forget the toothpicks for dipping!

cookie dough buckeyes, dipped in chocolate
Cookie dough

By now you’re a Buckeye expert! Try one or all of these different tempting recipes and don’t forget to let us know which one is your favorite!

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