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This buckeye dip recipe uses all the ingredients of your favorite buckeye peanut butter balls. With cream cheese, and mini chocolate chips, it’s an easy, smooth and creamy dip. Serve it with pretzels, honey and chocolate graham crackers, or even apples. This dip is perfect for parties, holidays, or game day!
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Who said dips are only meant to be savory? This Buckeye Dip takes those favorite peanut butter and chocolate flavors to a whole new level of enjoyment in this dessert appetizer.
What is a Buckeye?
Buckeyes (aka Peanut Butter Balls) are a homemade candy made of peanut butter, butter, and vanilla mixed with powdered sugar, that is shaped into balls that are dipped almost completely in chocolate.
Buckeye candy is made to resemble horse chestnuts from the Ohio state tree, the Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra).
A buckeye is also the mascot for Ohio State University’s football team. And since it’s football season, why not focus on the peanut butter and chocolate buckeye combination for a game day dip?
This recipe for buckeye dip is almost identical to the candy with the addition of cream cheese and uses mini chocolate chips so you get chocolate in every bite.
Peanut butter balls typically use a lot of powdered sugar. I wanted to keep this dip on the lighter side so I could dip graham crackers in it, without it being too rich and indulgent.
I used PB2 Pre + Probiotic Peanut Powder because it’s got that delicious roasted peanut butter flavor. And because it’s a powder, I wouldn’t need as much powdered sugar to create a thick-enough dip to stick to a cracker.
Plus, those Pre and Probiotics are great for digestive support, and no one will notice the difference. Desserts with benefits are always a win!
The possibilities of what you can dunk into your Buckeye Dip are up to your imagination. We used pretzels, honey graham crackers, and chocolate graham crackers (my favorite). You could also do apples, bananas, chocolate covered pretzels, or anything else you can think of.
My family went crazy for this buckeye dip! We already can’t wait to make more. It’s perfect to serve while tailgating, entertaining guests, for holiday parties, or as an after school snack, etc. Everyone will be a big fan!
- 12 Tbsp (3/4 cup) PB2 peanut powder
- 6 Tbsp water
- 8 oz (1 brick) Neufchatel cream cheese, room temperature
- 8 Tbsp (1 stick) butter, room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
- Mix the PB2 and water together in a large bowl until combined.
- Add the cream cheese and butter to the bowl. Use an electric hand mixer to beat ingredients until smooth.
- Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Mix until combined. Fold in mini chocolate chips.
- Serve immediately with pretzels, graham crackers, or fruit.
*If making ahead of time, keep refrigerated. Can be served cold or brought to room temperature 20 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 2 Tbsp
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168