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Over the last several months, I’ve seen various recipes for buckeyes popping up around the Web. And, while all of them share the same signature look to imitate that of the buckeye nut, not one of those recipes is “right” in my book. You see, my husband is from Ohio, so we will always root for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Browns. My mother-in-law, who was also born and raised in Ohio, has always made this special treat with Rice Krispies – so that’s the way I’ll always make them, too. Of course, mine are made with SunButter rather than peanut butter since I’m allergic to peanuts/nuts, but you can substitute peanut butter directly in this recipe. These are another great make-ahead treat that also freezes very well. Make them this weekend for the big game – your guests (or fellow guests) won’t be disappointed!

Recipe adapted from my mother-in-law.

  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups SunButter (I used crunchy)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 cups Rice Krispies
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted

In a large bowl, mix together the melted butter and the SunButter.

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In another large bowl, mix together the Rice Krispies and powdered sugar.

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Pour the cereal mixture into the SunButter mixture, and stir until combined.

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Form into 1″ balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Place the sheet in the freezer for 10-15 minutes so that the buckeyes firm up.

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Dip the buckeyes in the melted chocolate, and then return them to the refrigerator for about 20 minutes or until the chocolate is set. Makes about 30 buckeyes.

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32 Responses to “Buckeyes”

  1. 1 Victoria (District Chocoholic) Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Interesting – I’ve never seen a recipe for these with Rice Krispies!

  2. 2 JenniferA Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Oh I bet the rice crispies give them a nice light texture. I’ve never tried sunbutter but it sounds good even though I can eat peanut butter. I might just have to check it out.

  3. 3 Pamela Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I’ve never seen Rice Krispies ones! Very fun; I love new variations. I’m from Cleveland (and lived in Columbus for 4 years) and am married to a Buckeye. :) Go Bucks! WOOF!

  4. 4 stephchows Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    ooo I’m loving your version!! Anything with rice krispies is going to be better if you ask me :)

  5. 5 Maria Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I have to make this, like now:)

  6. 6 Lori @ RecipeGirl Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I’ve always wanted to make these little treats. They look delicious!

  7. 7 Cookbook Queen Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    YUM!! My family is from Ohio also…GO BUCKEYES!! I’ll have to try this recipe…Looks GREAT!!

  8. 8 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    You know, I’ve never made buckeyes, but I have made peanut butter rice krispie treats, which were amazingly delicious. I’m sure these treats are nothing short of that, either! :)

  9. 9 Jennifurla Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I have never seen this version but I really like it, nice crunhc and texture.

  10. 10 naomi Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I love the added texture of using rice krispies!

  11. 11 Jenny Flake Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    YUMMY! Love this combo of flavors!

  12. 12 carolinaheartstrings Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Those look really amazing. I will have to give this recipe a try.

  13. 13 Jessica @ How Sweet Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Ah! Love buckeyes. I love the crispy twist!

  14. 14 doughmesstic Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    These look so good! I’ve never made them with cereal before…nice idea!

  15. 15 Raina Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    These look so yummy! I have only had them with plain peanutbutter. I love the idea to add rice crispies. They sound even better this way. My kids would go nuts for them:)

  16. 16 Christina Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    You know…I’ve never heard of buckeyes..they look good!

  17. 17 bridget {bake at 350} Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Ooo….love the Rice Krispies! So smart!

  18. 18 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I’ve never used Sunbutter before, but I’ve always been interested. I love peanut butter but I’m always up for trying new things!

  19. 19 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    These look great! I’ve seen lots of buckeye recipes, too… Now I need to give them a try!

  20. 20 Katrina Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    The rice krispie addition sounds awesome! Great idea!

  21. 21 Mo'Betta Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Awesome! My 2 y/o son and I are also allergic to peanuts, so it’s nice to see alternatives used in recipes! I’m always experimenting. (of course, he is also allergic to eggs, which makes baking a little more difficult!)

  22. 22 Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Go bucks! I love buckeyes! Yummy! I have never tried it with rice krispies, I bet they are delicious! :)

  23. 23 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Can’t wait to try these! Yum!

  24. 24 Crustabakes Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    YUMM! these are the most perfect no bake treats. I have never tried sun butter before, but they look amazing!

  25. 25 Leanne {The Bugs' Mama} Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I can’t wait to try these! What a fun variation. We’re also from Ohio and have never seen these… just the classic PB covered in chocolate. O-H!

  26. 26 Cookin' Canuck Says:
    February 6th, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I have seen buckeyes numerous times, but have never made them myself. They would be a huge hit with my kids!

  27. 27 Eliana Says:
    February 9th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Hmmmm – really really love the combination of flavors and textures in these buckeyes. They look super super delish.

  28. 28 Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) Says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I’ve never eaten nor made buckeyes, but these pictures are making me crave one immediately. Bookmarked on my stuff to try list!

  29. 29 Sheri Says:
    January 26th, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I was reading about your sun butter buck eyes and was wondering if you’ve ever made the peanut butter cookies with Hershey’s kisses using sun butter? My daughter has a peanut allergy, but my husband LOVES my peanut butter cookies. I’m not crazy about even having anything with nuts, peanuts, or peanut butter in the house anymore, but all of my favorite treats that I used to bake seem to have PB. Just wondering if the sun butter works in those cookies. Thank you!

  30. 30 Tracy Says:
    January 26th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Sheri – I sure have! That recipe can be found here. Enjoy!

  31. 31 Sheri Says:
    January 26th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Wow! That was quick! Thank you!!

  32. 32 Tina Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I am from Columbus Ohio and have never seen them made with rice crispies…sounds wonderful.

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