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Course: Balls, No-Bake Cookies, CandyDifficulty: Medium



These are no-bake, chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls traditional in the state of Ohio. This recipe makes a lot of Buckeyes, but the recipe can easily be halved or quartered, see note *, below.


  • 2 pounds creamy peanut butter

  • 1 pound butter

  • 3 pounds powdered sugar

  • 2 (12-ounce packages) of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Use a high quality chocolate.

  • 1/2 bar of paraffin wax (2 ounces) (see note below for substitutions **)

  • toothpicks for dipping

  • waxed paper


  • Place waxed paper onto cookie sheets and set aside. Cream peanut butter and butter until combined. Add sugar a little at a time. Make sure it is mixed well. Roll peanut butter mixture into approximately 400 1-inch diameter balls. Insert one tooth pick into each small peanut butter ball. Set all of them aside. Melt chocolate and paraffin (paraffin helps the chocolate become shiny when it cools) in a double boiler. Be careful not to over-heat the chocolate. Dip the ball into the chocolate so as to ALMOST cover the entire ball. Leave small portion of ball uncoated. Let cool on waxed paper. Store in a cool place.


  • * This recipe makes 400 buckeyes. Halve or quarter the recipe if you can’t eat or give away that many!
  • * For those who don’t like math, here are the measurements for a quarter recipe making 100 buckeyes. The directions remain the same.

    1/2 pound creamy peanut butter
    1/4 pound butter
    3/4 pound powdered sugar
    1/2 of a 12-ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips (or, 6 ounces!)
    1/8 bar of paraffin wax
  • ** Paraffin wax makes the chocolate easier to dip and gives the chocolate a glossy finish. If you are adept at tempering chocolate, you can omit this step using properly tempered chocolate. If you want to omit the paraffin but can’t or don’t wish to temper the chocolate, add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil per cup of chocolate chips.
  • Photo by CH®iS under Creative Commons license.



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These are simply awesome. A bit time consuming but worth the effort. I usually quarter this recipe.
- Mimi

I used a spoonful coconut oil instead of the wax and they turned out perfect and shiny!
- Matt W

OMG the balls are amazing I just made them they are a lot of fun to make
- Hannefah Salah

You EAT wax? If you temper your chocolate correctly you don't need wax to make it "shiny". Also, use one tablespoon of crisco to each four ounces of chocolate to get a smooth and consistent dipping chocolate.
- Jealith

I substitute half the amount of shortening for the paraffin... works great, they just need to be refrigerated with layers of waxed paper between them if you stack them up.
- Sarah
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