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Buckeye Fudge

Buckeye Fudge has a creamy peanut butter fudge layer covered with a thick layer of chocolate. It’s the fudge version of my favorite candy to make for Christmas.

Buckeye Fudge


Making regular Buckeyes is time consuming. You have to roll out all those little balls, refrigerate them, dip them in chocolate, refrigerate them again. Not to mention how much effort is required to mix the butter, sugar, and peanut butter together to make the peanut butter balls.

Buckeye Fudge with a layer of peanut butter topped with chocolate.

This Buckeye Fudge is much less work. The peanut butter layer only takes about 5 minutes to make. Melt together some chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and a little butter, put it on top of the peanut butter layer and you just have to wait long enough for it to set up before eating.


Once ready to slice, you’ll have to give it away in a hurry or you won’t have any left to give away.

Buckeye Fudge with a layer of peanut butter topped with chocolate.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate – What’s not to love? It’s the greatest combo ever!

Buckeye Fudge

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Buckeye Fudge

Buckeye Fudge with a creamy peanut butter layer topped with a thick chocolate layer. All the flavor of a buckeye ball with half the work.
PREP: 2 hours 10 minutes
TOTAL: 2 hours 10 minutes


Peanut Butter Layer

  • 1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cups butter, cut into 9 pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Chocolate Layer


  • Place peanut butter and butter pieces into a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 60 seconds. Stir. Microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.
  • Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Gradually whisk in powdered sugar.
  • Pour into a lightly greased 9-inch square pan. Set aside.
  • In another medium microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and 2 1/2 tablespoons butter.
  • Microwave on HIGH for 45 seconds. Stir. Microwave another 30 seconds. Whisk until smooth.
  • Pour on top of peanut butter layer and use a rubber spatula to smooth it out. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting into squares.


Be sure to buy sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk. You will need most of a 14 ounce can.
It helps if you sift the powdered sugar to remove any lumps. Otherwise you will get a really good arm workout whisking the lumps out.


Calories: 319kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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 Recipe adapted from Barefeet in the Kitchen

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64 thoughts on “Buckeye Fudge”

  1. My husband and I just finished making this, it’s in the frig now. My question is, it just seems like way too much butter, I had to get paper towels and splotch the PB layer before adding chocolate. Is there maybe a certain type of butter that should be used? I use blue bonnet sticks . Or will it not be oily once it has refrigerated?
    **We added crumbled butterfinger on the top also..
    Thank you!

  2. This recipe is FABULOUS! and soooo easy. I could barely get it into the pan because the mixtures were so good and my kids and husband kept sneaking up with spoons to scoop some out as I was mixing. I pinned and shared it immediately for my friends and family to try.

  3. the mint choc chip is good too although i use the traditional recipe just like i am making the balls and put it in a 13 by 9 pan. makes it not so thick

  4. Made these tonight and boy are they yummy!! Only one problem though…the butter separated from the mixture as soon at the powdered sugar was added and mixed in. Tried heating it for 30seconds again, but no better so just finished it hoping for the best. Once it cooled, they formed right, and they tasted amazing, but really greasy…? what do I need to do differently?

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I’m not 100% sure what caused the butter to separate but if I had to guess I would think that heating it too quickly or getting it too hot could be the cause. Glad it at least tasted good!

  5. I’m going to make this again….my Mom ask me if I would make it again..I told her I would make some soon!

  6. All,I have to say is: YUMMY and this fudge is so easy to make! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  7. Just made these they are in the fridge. So easy!!!!! I love peanut butter and chocolate and can’t wait to try them!

  8. Sheryl hankins

    Just made this, chilling as I write. The only change I would make, is to use a 13×9 inch pan. It seems very thick and could have been spread a bit thinner. Will try it in a few hours.

  9. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    I’ve never made anything ‘buckeye’ before, but after seeing this delicious fudge – it is definitely something that I need to try! You can never go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate together.

    1. Hi, I am trying to figure out the butter measurements. Is this based on what’s on the stick of butter itself, i.e. 8 tablespoons equals 1/2 cup, or is this based on the amount of butter melted? I noticed someone said too much butter, so it had me questioning.

  10. I would take this over traditional fudge any day — I love those layers and flavors! Pinned. 🙂

  11. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Yup, peanut butter and chocolate. Match made in heaven!! This sounds soooooo delicious!! I need to make fudge this year!!

  12. This fudge looks absolutely mouthwatering, Christin! I am a sucker for fudge and chocolate and peanut butter is the best combo! This would seriously be gone in no time at my house – <3 the pretty layers!

  13. My grandmother makes buckeyes every year for our Christmas Eve shindig. This recipe would be great for her, because I know that making all of those buckeyes take for.ev.er to make. I’ll be sure and give this to her!

  14. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Peanut butter and chocolate is the best combo ever!!! love this twist on buckeyes. . delicious!!

  15. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    Sooo much better than Buckeyes! More peanut butter and chocolate to love and they are no muss, no fuss! Love it! Pinned!

  16. Buckeye fudge!?! What an awesome idea! I’m still deciding what flavor to make for christmas this year … this one is calling my name!

  17. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Buckeye fudge is my favorite! Who can resist the chocolate and pb combo, yum! I definitely need to make this soon, you’ve got me craving it now, Christin! 🙂

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