Peanut Butter Balls {Buckeyes} Recipe

Creamy peanut butter and crunchy quinoa cereal are coated in a smooth chocolate coating. Whether you call them buckeyes or peanut butter balls, these classic cookies are ones not to miss.
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Rather than Christmas carols, Clark Griswold is in the background stringing lights and crunching through the snow with his kids from a small laptop screen on the center of the table. Every surface in the kitchen has been overtaken by a collection of baking items. Tins in various stages of packing are set out on the table. Jam jars line the counter. Stacks of cookie sheets teeter on the edge of the stovetop. Cooling racks hold rows of cookies, and a sieve with powdered sugar rests in a bowl off to the side. The mixer spins, whirring along.

Years ago my sister and I undertook the tradition of baking cookies as my grandma did for Christmas Eve dinner. Rolling and shaping dough, filling it with preserves and nuts, dusting lightly with powdered sugar until we have enough to stack high on platters.

Peanut butter balls are something we usually include by request. My sister-in-law looks for them when I arrive at the in-laws’. My mom’s sister gets a small tin filled for her. My kids delight in seeing the shiny chocolate addition in the center of the otherwise white-dusted plate. They have become a family favorite whose presence is anticipated and expected. So without complaint, they are rolled and dipped and tucked inside tins with quaint winter scenes.

Head over to the Attune Foods blog to grab the recipe for these crunchy peanut butter ball cookies now!
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  1. These are tied with peanut butter kiss cookies as Dan’s all-time favorite holiday treat – so much so that he actually VOLUNTEERED to make them for our party this year. This is what peanut butter and chocolate can do to a man.

  2. right up my alley! YUM

  3. I’m a total sucker for these!I could eat them all!

  4. Buckeyes are my favorite!! These guys look incredible! Love all Christmas baking! 🙂

  5. Mmmmm… I grew up with a very similar recipe, except we never used the term buckeyes. You might just see them soon from a farmgirl near you. 😉 I like the cereal crunch in your version!

    • NEVER buckeyes here either. That was an editorial decision because people from east of center in the Midwest tend to call them that, or places where chestnuts grow. You’re supposed to leave off a sliver of chocolate so the peanut butter shows through, making it look like a chestnut…err, buckeye. 🙂

  6. Fun treat Shaina – I used to work with a woman who would bring these in during the holidays and they were always gobbled up.

  7. Yum! I brought these to a cookie exchange party a few years ago (had to be different!) and they were a hit. Mmmmmm…

  8. One of our favorite holiday treats! So so good!

  9. Mmmm, I bet these would be a hit with my boys.

  10. Peanut butter desserts are my all-time favorite! These looks amazing. I’d have a hard time sharing 😉

  11. I’d never heard of buckeyes until a few years ago but I can eat just about anything with peanut butter and chocolate!

  12. Looks so good. My mom used to make this every year around Christmas time and I completely forgot about them until I checked out this article. Maybe next year I’ll surprise her and make some 🙂 Thanks for sharing it.

  13. Diana Smith Hill says:

    Oh my goodness, Looks so good!

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