Sara Jane’s Buckeyes

Summary: I got the recipe for this fabulously indulgent chocolate-peanut butter treat from a dear friend who grew up in Ohio. The name refers to the Ohio state tree; these goodies look like the nuts of the Buckeye.

Yield: about 55


  • one 18-ounce jar of all-natural, no-sugar-added, creamy peanut butter
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 pound of powdered sugar
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • dash of vegetable oil


Mix the peanut butter, butter and sugar by hand until all ingredients are moist and crumbly. Then beat with an electric mixer until smooth(ish). With a teaspoon, scoop batter and roll into small balls. Place on a waxed paper-covered baking sheet, and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

In a double boiler, melt chocolate. Once melted, add a dash of vegetable oil (this makes the dipping easier without adding paraffin).

Make sure your peanut balls are very cold. It helps to dip a half sheet's worth at a time so that the others stay cold. Using a toothpick inserted into each PB ball, dip into the chocolate, leaving a round PB "eye" in the middle. Place back onto the waxed paper to set.

Refrigerate or freeze.