Peanut Free Buckeye Balls

Buckeyes: the fruit of Ohio’s state tree and the favorite dessert of any Ohio State Buckeye fan.

Everyone deserves to enjoy the wonderful taste of buckeyes. Here's a peanut free alternative for those allergic to peanuts!
Everyone deserves to enjoy the wonderful taste of buckeyes. Here’s a peanut free alternative for those allergic to peanuts!

 

(This post contains affiliate links. Learn more.)

Oh, Buckeyes. If you grew up in Ohio you are familiar with buckeye candy. Sugary ball of peanut butter coated in chocolate to look like buckeyes from the buckeye tree. If you grew up in Columbus you may be familiar with the 235-pound buckeye candy on display at Anthony Thomas. College football is a big thing in Ohio, especially in Columbus, and with football comes buckeye candy.

I grew up in a Buckeye obsessed family where OSU games were a family ordeal every weekend during football season. Buckeye candy was the prized candy every year. I would sit around and watch everyone munch on snack and buckeyes and cheer at the TV as the Buckeyes made a touchdown. My grandmother spent most of the game trying to coach the team through the TV. It was always a good time. However, I’m not a huge fan of football but I love the food that my family makes every football game. Unfortunately for me, I could never have those delicious looking buckeyes due to my peanut allergy.

A couple of years ago I was introduced to the magic of biscoff cookie butter. It looks like peanut butter but it is nothing but sweet, delicious biscoff cookies in the form of a spreadable butter. It has changed my life and opened new doors to the baking world. This is what inspired these peanut and nut free buckeyes. The only downside is that cookie butter contains soy flour.

IMG_9051EC

AuthorDaniCategory

Yields40 Servings

 1 stick Butter
 12 oz Cookie Butter
 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
 12 oz Powdered Sugar
 16 oz Chocolate Chips

1

Let the butter soften. Once butter is soft, mix butter and cookie butter together. Stir in vanilla.

2

Add in powdered sugar. You may not need all of the sugar so add it in a little at a time. You want the dough to be the consistency of playdough.

3

Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a lined tray with wax paper or a silicone mat. Stick toothpicks in the center of each ball. Let the balls sit in the freezer for about an hour.

4

In the microwave or double boiler, melt chocolate. I prefer using a double boiler since it will keep the chocolate melted the entire time you are working with it.

5

Take dough out of the freezer and dip the balls into the chocolate.* You want to leave an uncovered circle at the top so only cover 3/4ths of the ball with chocolate. Set the chocolate covered buckeyes in the freezer to set

*You may have to keep putting the dough back into the freezer to harden again. It is easier to cover with chocolate when they are frozen rather than soft.

6

Remove toothpicks and keep cold before serving. You can let them sit out for a bit and smooth over the toothpick holes if desired.

Ingredients

 1 stick Butter
 12 oz Cookie Butter
 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
 12 oz Powdered Sugar
 16 oz Chocolate Chips

Directions

1

Let the butter soften. Once butter is soft, mix butter and cookie butter together. Stir in vanilla.

2

Add in powdered sugar. You may not need all of the sugar so add it in a little at a time. You want the dough to be the consistency of playdough.

3

Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a lined tray with wax paper or a silicone mat. Stick toothpicks in the center of each ball. Let the balls sit in the freezer for about an hour.

4

In the microwave or double boiler, melt chocolate. I prefer using a double boiler since it will keep the chocolate melted the entire time you are working with it.

5

Take dough out of the freezer and dip the balls into the chocolate.* You want to leave an uncovered circle at the top so only cover 3/4ths of the ball with chocolate. Set the chocolate covered buckeyes in the freezer to set

*You may have to keep putting the dough back into the freezer to harden again. It is easier to cover with chocolate when they are frozen rather than soft.

6

Remove toothpicks and keep cold before serving. You can let them sit out for a bit and smooth over the toothpick holes if desired.

Peanut Free Buckeyes

Every time I make these they end up going pretty fast. I’ve been told that they even taste better than the peanut butter ones. I wouldn’t know.

Comment below and let me know if you make these and what you think!