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Easy Buckeye Turtles Recipe

Easy Buckeye Turtles Recipe combines the best buckeye candy recipe with a turtle topping drizzled over top to make a decadent, yet simple, homemade chocolate candy!

Course Dessert, gluten free dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword buckeyes, candy, caramel, chocolate, pecans, turtles
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 33
Calories 136 kcal


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil or shortening
  • 20 squares unwrapped caramels (about 1/2 11 oz. bag)
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • fleur de sel, for garnish, optional
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  1. In a large bowl mix together peanut butter, butter, vanilla extract, brown sugar, and powdered sugar using a hand held mixer or stand mixer. Scoop out a tablespoon and roll into a smooth 1" ball. Place on wax paper lined baking sheet. Place in baking sheet in freezer for 15 minutes once all the dough has been shaped.

  2. In a microwave safe bowl place chocolate chips and vegetable oil. Microwave on high for 30 seconds - 1 minute until melted and smooth, stirring occasionally.

  3. Spear a toothpick into the top of each frozen peanut butter ball and holding the toothpick, dip each ball into the melted chocolate about halfway up. Set dipped peanut butter ball back on the wax-paper lined baking sheet, removing the toothpick.  

  4. Once all the peanut butter balls have been dipped, set aside. Place unwrapped caramel squares and tablespoon of milk into another microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, or until caramels are melted and smooth, stirring occasionally. Add chopped pecans and stir.

  5. Spoon a small amount of melted caramel / pecans on the top of each buckeye. Sprinkle immediately with fleur de sel, if using. Put baking sheet in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to set chocolate and caramel. Store at room temperature in an airtight container. 


Recipe Notes

Buckeye recipe adapted from Sugar Spun Run


Nutrition Facts
Easy Buckeye Turtles Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Potassium 93mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.9%
Calcium 1.1%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.