The People's Reciplex


These delicious cookies are enjoyed year-round in Ohio, the Buckeye State (aka Birthplace of Aviation, Mother of Bad Presidents). The buckeyes that grow on trees are poisonous to humans but the cookies that resemble them are nearly harmless &#8212 making only a small contribution to the extra padding sported by many of us midwesterners.


  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter (the higher the quality of peanut butter, the better!)
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 12oz packages semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Mix the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar.
  2. Roll into small balls and place them on a baking sheet covered with wax paper. Put them in the refrigerator.
  3. In a double boiler, melt chocolate and shortening. Turn off the heat.
  4. Use a toothpick to dip each ball in the chocolate, leaving a small circle around the toothpick uncovered by chocolate. When the chocolate cools, it will get difficult and messy to dip the peanut butter balls in it, so reheat the chocolate if necessary.
  5. Use your finger to smooth over each toothpick hole.
  6. Refrigerate for thirty minutes until chocolate is firm.

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This entry was posted on Saturday, February 6th, 2010 at 6:37 pm and is filed under desserts.

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2 Responses to “Buckeyes”

  1. Ned says:

    No Flour? No Oats?
    Might not fit the “cookie” definition. Could be a fudge or candy.

  2. danar says:

    Yeah these are basically peanut butter fudge balls, dipped in chocolate. People call them buckeye cookies but what do “people” know about the definition of a cookie?

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