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This classic buckeye balls (peanut butter balls) recipe is a family favorite no bake treat to make during Christmas time! They are easy to make with only 6 ingredients. Plus this recipe answers all of your questions about how to make peanut butter balls. Includes a video recipe too!

Buckeye balls are a family favorite no bake treat to make during Christmas time! Depending on where you live, you might know them as peanut butter balls!

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Regardless of what you call them, they taste like a giant reese’s peanut butter cup ball!

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Be sure to read the rest of the post for helpful tips. We’ll address questions like..

  • How to dip buckeye balls
  • How to store peanut butter balls
  • Can buckeye balls be frozen
  • How to fix sticky or crumbly peanut butter balls
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How to dip buckeye balls

Refer: How To Make Brown Onion Gravy | Guide to the Kitchen – Coral

Before dipping, place your peanut butter balls in the fridge for 1 hour or the freezer for 20 minutes to chill. The key to successfully dipping the balls on a toothpick are COLD buckeye balls.

To dip the balls, stick a toothpick halfway into the peanut butter ball, then lower into the melted chocolate, swirling as needed. Traditional buckeye balls aren’t fully covered in chocolate, but have a peanut butter “eye”. Gently scrap the bottom of the ball on the edge of your container that’s holding the chocolate to remove excess chocolate. Then place the dipped ball on a silicone baking mat. Use a second toothpick resting on top of the ball to help remove the toothpick that’s inserted into the ball.

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Do buckeye balls need to be refrigerated?

Yes! At least for optimal eating conditions, I recommend keeping them in the fridge. If you leave the balls out for too long, the butter and peanut butter will become soft.

How long do peanut butter balls last in the fridge?

Place buckeye balls in an air tight container with parchment paper between the layers in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

How To Freeze Buckeye Balls

  1. Flash freeze them. Place the balls on a silicone mat lined baking sheet in the freezer, and freeze until frozen.
  2. Then wrap bundles of 6-8 balls together in plastic wrap and place inside a freezer container or ziplock bag.
  3. They will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months. To thaw, place the entire bag or individual bundles in the fridge overnight. Once thawed, unwrap the bundles. There may be condensation that you need to blot with a paper towel.

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Buckeye balls will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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Peanut butter balls are too sticky to roll / or too crumbly

Too sticky: Stick the bowl of the peanut butter mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to help firm up the mixture before rolling.

Too crumbly: This generally means there’s too much powdered sugar. Try adding an additional 1/4 cup of peanut butter to the mixture.

Are buckeye balls gluten free?

Yes. Peanut butter, butter, and chocolate chips are naturally gluten free. This is a great treat to share with your gluten free friends!

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Tips

  • Do not pack down the powdered sugar. This will result in too much powdered sugar and crumbly balls.
  • To make perfectly portioned balls, use a cookie dough scoop to measure out each ball.
  • Are the peanut butter balls sticking to your hands while rolling them? Rub a little butter on your hands and reapply as necessary.
  • The key to successfully dipping the balls on a toothpick are COLD buckeye balls. Do not skip this step!
  • Line your baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. You want to create a non-stick surface for the chocolate to set on.
  • Use your finger or the back of a spoon to cover the holes left from the toothpicks.

For a step-by-step of how to make buckeye balls, watch this short video:

More Christmas Desserts

  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  • Microwave Mint Chocolate Fudge
  • Stained Glass Church Window Cookies
  • Cut Out Sugar Cookies

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