Recipes of Youngstown: Aunt Jean’s Buckeyes

The perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate, Aunt Jean’s Buckeyes are sure to be a favorite at any gathering.

“In memory of my Aunt Jean McNulty Nankivell. Everyone in the family always looked forward to Aunt Jean’s Buckyes at Family Picnics, graduations and weddings. She was also know for bringing an abundant amount of fresh picked strawberries to events when in season. A lot of people make buckeyes and I have tried a few, but I always loved Aunt Jean’s the best. When she retired from teaching, she gave me a wonderful monetary gift to put toward my dream of going to Ireland and I am pleased to say that dream came true two years ago. So here is my homage to my dear Aunt Jean and her wonderful buckeyes. Her daughter Jeanine gave me the recipe and told me the name brands listed are a must!!!” –Marie McNulty


  • 2 c. Land of Lakes margarine (room temp.)
  • 2 c. Jif peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 to 3 lbs. powdered sugar
  • 18 oz. Nestle semi-sweet morsels
  • 1/4 lb. paraffin wax
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla


Combine Margarine, peanut butter and powdered sugar together. Use judgement– if too tacky, more powdered sugar; if too dry more peanut butter. roll into small balls– about 1 inch. Melt Chocolate chips, paraffin wax and vanilla in a double boiler. Use toothpicks to dip the “buckeyes” in the chocolate. remember to leave the top exposed to look like a buckeye. Place on parchment or wax paper to dry.

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