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Rich peanut butter cream sandwiched between two layers of milk chocolate- Buckeye Bark! Make this quick version of the classic peanut butter buckeye balls for a crowd!

Buckeye Bark Recipe

It’s that time of year again! There’s a chill in the air. Crowds of people are gathering. Families are divided. You know what I’m talking about… COLLEGE FOOTBALL!

Spending more of my life here in Ohio we root for the Buckeyes of course! And there is no shortage of creative buckeye recipes out there. While I like a classic buckeye ball candy I certainly don’t mind taking a shortcut and making this Buckeye Bark. Perfect flavor in half the time! And this is perfect for the holidays, as I’m sure most all Ohio families enjoy buckeyes at Christmastime.

Buckeye Cheesecake and Buckeye Bark

These little Buckeye Bark bites (recipe below) are perfect for gift giving around the holidays or for setting out while you watch the Buckeyes WIN BIG! Of course you could take it a little further and use them as cupcake toppers or on these delicious Peanut Butter Buckeye Cheesecakes I shared in partnership with the Ohio Poultry Association.

Buckeye Cheesecake with Buckeye Bark Recipe

We have been a peanut-free home for nearly 5 years now due to an allergy in our family, so sadly I had to prepare these somewhere else and didn’t even get to take any home. Do me a favor and eat a piece for me if you make them! Deal?

Buckeye Bark

Rich peanut butter cream sandwiched between two layers of milk chocolate. Make this quick version of the classic peanut butter buckeye balls for a crowd!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 pieces


  • 4 Cups melted milk chocolate I recommend chocolate discs
  • 1 16 oz jar creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Cups powdered sugar
  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Line the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet. Set aside.
  • Melt half of the chocolate according to package directions and pour into lined pan. Spread the chocolate into an even thin layer and set aside to firm up (can be placed in the refrigerator or freezer if desired).
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla until smooth. Set aside 1/4 - 1/2 cup of the peanut butter mixture.
  • Press the rest into an even layer onto the chocolate layer. Use hands as necessary to flatten. Use remaining 1/4 - 1/2 cup peanut butter mixture to roll into small buckeye balls about the size of a dime.
  • Melt the remaining chocolate and pour it over the peanut butter layer. Drop the mini buckeye peanut butter balls all over the pan. Set aside to become firm.
  • Once chocolate is set, use a large knife to break up the bark into pieces. Store in the refrigerator. 

Buckeye Bark Recipe

- Katrina

4 Responses to “Buckeye Bark”

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    Heather — November 26, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Another family with food allergies here – You should try using creamy soy nut butter (if that is ok for your family). Works great in recipes that call for peanut butter. This looks yummy!!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 29, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Thanks Heather! Unfortunately my son doesn’t like soy, and we don’t do other nut butters in our home. However we do use Biscoff spread and I make a Biscoff Buckeye recipe in my cookbook. I appreciate you commenting and I hope that you have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday!

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    Linda — November 30, 2016 at 4:35 am

    This looks so delicious and you make the picture look so great. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 21, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    ohmigosh you poor peanutty free thing-I hope you ate a piece before you had to go de-peanutify. This bark is like…the best bark of all. Because BUCKEYESSSS!

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