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Chocolate and peanut butter.  They go together so well.  Here’s my super simple and relatively quick recipe for 28 buckeyes. 

There are only 4 ingredients.  Stay tuned, I’m refining this recipe…so don’t make this one yet!  I figured it out.  The original recipe was too soft so it didn’t really work.

  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter 1.5 cup of crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter (at room temperature) 1 tsp of butter (at room temperature) — OPTIONAL
  • 1 1/2 cup of chocolate

Cream the peanut butter and powdered sugar.  Make sure it’s very well mixed because you don’t want to get a clump of any of these ingredients.  If you notice it’s not coming together, add the 1 tsp of butter.  

4 Ingredient Buckeye Dough 

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls.  If you want, you can put toothpicks in the middle so you can pick up and dip into chocolate.  I chose not to though and just hand-dipped.  Put in the freezer for about 30 minutes-1 hour until firm. 

4 Ingredient Buckeye Dough   4 Ingredient Buckeye Dough

Create a double boiler to melt the chocolate.  You can do this in the microwave, but make sure to watch it carefully! 

Now dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate and put back on parchment paper.  Let the chocolate harden and then enjoy!

4 Ingredient Buckeyes  4 Ingredient Buckeyes  4 Ingredient Buckeyes

Peanut butter, chocolate, and butterscotch — what else do you want in a dessert?  What a delicious combination and top it off with the fact that you don’t have to bake it means it’s a perfect summer treat!

Here’s the recipe for no bake chocolate scotcheroos.  I can also imagine this would be a great recipe to do with your kids (or nieces, nephews, cousins, younger children, whatever). 

No Bake Chocolate Scotcheroos  No Bake Chocolate Scotcheroos

Well I’m a moron.  I accidentally put the marshmallows in the bowl where I melted all the other ingredients.  But I did use up all the marshmallows I had in my cupboard! 

This recipe for no-bake chocolate, peanut butter & marshmallow bars was incredibly simple and would be perfect for any summertime picnic.

No Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Mixture  No Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Bar  No Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Bar

The last of the peanut butter was used up with this recipe.   As with most no-bake recipes, these were very easy to make.  They were pretty good — sweet and crunchy. 

While they don’t necessarily look beautiful, you can do something fun with the chocolate to make it a bit “prettier.” 

I keep waffling on whether I’d make these again.  I think there are other no-bake recipes with peanut butter and chocolate I’d make instead.  Plus, now that I’m thinking about it, I wouldn’t bring these to a dinner party…so I guess I’m going to say no to making them again.

No Bake Peanut Butter Logs w Chocolate No Bake Peanut Butter Logs

I had a lot of peanut butter and honey in my cupboard and so I went on a rampage to use it all up.  Thankfully, I used a lot of my honey and all of the peanut butter.  Phew!  You’ll start to see all those recipes soon!

Anyway, I found this recipe for these peanut butter snack balls.  With only 4 ingredients and being no-bake, they are of course, very easy to make.  

No Bake Simple Peanut Butter Snack Ball

They kind of reminded me of my puppy chow mix but without the chocolate (the best part!). 

Next time, I’d add a little more cereal so they’re a bit more crunchy and also make them smaller.  I rolled them into the size of golf balls.  And it might be fun to drizzle some chocolate over them too. 

They were really sweet (a little too sweet for me), but can see how kids would like to make and eat them.

I think it’s an upper Midwest thing, because I didn’t know what “puppy chow” was until we moved.  And it was a memorable meeting.  Yum.  I remember growing up when it wasn’t a party unless someone brought puppy chow.  BTW, I’ve heard it’s also called “chicken feed.” 

It’s quite possibly the easiest snack/dessert in the world and it’s pretty darn tasty.

My recipe:

  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 4 chocolate bars (you want to have a cup of chocolate so if it’s a standard Hershey bar at about 1 oz, you’ll need 4 of them.  I used Trader Joe’s big dark chocolate bar and used four or five rows of chocolate)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 6 cups of rice cereal

Melt the peanut butter, chocolate, and butter over low heat until completely melted.  Put the rice cereal into a big bowl (I use the turkey roasting pan).  Pour the melted mixture over the rice cereal and stir until everything is coated.  Then let it cool (about 5 minutes). 

Put 3/4 cup of powdered sugar into a plastic seal-able bag.  Then pour the rice cereal into the bag.  Then pour the remaining powdered sugar on the top.  Shake the bag really well until the cereal is white.

Puppy Chow Chocolate Mixture  Puppy Chow

Enjoy — it’s a great sweet mix that will have everyone wanting, well, a doggy bag.