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Fall Treats: Best Brown Butter Buckeye Bites

Best Brown Butter Buckeye Bites

The buckeye balls from your childhood, reimagined.
Cook Time 20 mins
Chilling Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


Base Ingredients:

  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 8 oz creamy peanut butter (you should try Smooth Operator brand)
  • 1/2 pound powdered sugar (you can make it in your Vitamix)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Topping Ingredients:

  • 4 oz chocolate
  • 1 T butter unsalted
  • 2 T heavy cream
  • 1 T coconut oil melted
  • 1 T corn syrup
  • Flake salt such as Maldon


  • Line a 9 x 9 inch square baking pan with a sling made from parchment paper and lightly grease both pan and paper.
  • In a light-colored pan, melt butter and then continue to cook until browned, but not burnt. Pay close attention to this process. Allow to cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, combine brown butter with remaining base ingredients. Spread the “dough” in the prepared pan, smoothing the top as much as possible. Chill for at least 1 hour, and up to overnight.

Make the Topping:

  • In a large glass measuring cup, combine the chocolate and butter and microwave on low for 10-15 seconds at a time until melted. Stir in cream, coconut oil and corn syrup until smooth. Pour over the chilled peanut butter layer and chill for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from refrigerator, sprinkle generously with salt flakes, and return to the refrigerator until fully set, about 1 hour.
  • Use the sling to remove from the pan and then slice chilled buckeyes into your desired size bite.
Keyword celebrations, quick and easy, snack, treats