Melinda’s Buckeyes

Buckeyes are always a big hit at our house during the Christmas season!

As you all know by now, I don’t get to see my sister as much as I would like to, but we text, email, talk and there’s always that time when she called me at a weird not-her-usual-two-hour-time-difference time and I grabbed the phone and said, “What’s wrong?”  Then she said, “OMG – Can you believe what _____________ put on Facebook?  I mean, really, talking about airing your dirty laundry.  I’m gonna have to block them.”  Or did I say that?  Either way, it’s a sister thing.

My sister and her family

My sister and her family

The other day we were texting (my very favorite form of communication) and I asked Melinda to share her most requested Christmas candy recipe.  You know that one that’s always a given and the kids and hubby go ballistic if it’s accidentally left off the repertoire.  She told me that her Buckeyes were always a big hit at her house.  So I told her to send me the recipe.

Buckeyes aka peanut butter balls

Before I share Melinda’s recipe, I’ll tell you a little bit more about her.  You’ve met her several times through my stories, including here and here.  She hasn’t always lived in Colorado and approximately 1,400 miles from me.  She actually met her future husband when she was living in Atlanta.  She moved to Atlanta from south Georgia (yes, that is a place) after I had actually lived in Atlanta for a couple of years, got married and moved away. When she got engaged, we all thought she would live in Georgia forever.

Until her husband decided he wanted to return to the place from whence he came – Colorado.  I’m still not speaking to him for taking my sister away from me.  Just kidding.  Actually we have a joke that I’m his “sister wife” because it seems like every time someone whips out their camera, we are always seated beside each other and Melinda is nowhere to be found.  Love ya, Tim!

My sister started a babysitting service when she was a mere girl of 11!  She soon became known as the best babysitter in town and was booked solid.  She babysat just about every kid in our subdivision and during the summer months she had a full time job keeping the kids that lived to the left of us.  When they outgrew the need for a babysitter, she watched the kids to the right of us.  All of those kids are now grown with children of their own.  We can’t be that old!

By now you are asking, “What about you?”  No.  I actually didn’t like kids and (at the time) was going to be a career woman and live in a loft in NYC and never have kids (wow, such “lofty” dreams).   And during the summer all I worked on was my tan.

One time my sister found herself double booked for a babysitting job.  She cajoled, nagged, begged, bargained and threatened my very life until I gave in and babysat for her.  The kids were fine but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

During that time, we began to discuss a joint venture into entrepreneurship where we would buy an old house in town, refurbish it (An Alli and Melinda Event?) and start a child care business.  She would be in charge of the child care part (Hallelujah) and I would run the business side of it.  We wrote out a business plan and had it all mapped out.  Alas, we eventually graduated high school and our plans fell by the wayside.

Just so you don’t think that I still dislike kids, I eventually ended up with five and she has two.  Who’s laughing now?

Here’s Melinda’s Buckeyes Candy recipe.  Hope you enjoy it!

Melinda’s Buckeyes
Melinda's Buckeyes



Melinda’s Buckeyes


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ block paraffin
  • 8 oz. chocolate chips
  • Note: If you don't want to use the paraffin, you can replace it and the chocolate chips with 8 oz. chocolate candy coating such as Candiquik.


  1. Mix butter, powdered sugar, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Form into 1" balls and place on a cookie sheet. Chill balls for about 15 minutes.
  3. Melt paraffin and chocolate chips together (or skip this step if you are using chocolate candy coating such as Candiquik and melt the chocolate coating according to the instructions on the package.)
  4. Stick a toothpick into a ball and dip into chocolate mixture, coating about ¾ of the ball. Place on wax paper until firm.
  5. These can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Let sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes before eating.
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sistercollageI’m the one on the left in the above collage of pictures except for the last one.  I’m in the back.  Aren’t sisters the best?  And why was I not sitting like a southern lady in the middle pic?


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  1. Good Morning Alli, I loved the story about you and your sister, your are obviously very close sisters. The dreams and ideas we have when we are young….. aren’t they lovely.
    Thank you to Melinda for sharing her candy recipe, I am looking forward to making these little lovelies. The only think I don’t know, is block paraffin…. what is that and do I need it, could I use just melted cooking chocolate?
    Best Wishes
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    • I don’t use the paraffin. I just use the melting/dipping chocolate (like Candiquik). Paraffin is a block of wax and that’s how it was made years ago. 🙂

  2. Alli, your sister’s Buckeye’s look so delicious! I really want to try these! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and hope you have a wonderful Monday!
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  3. These look DELICIOUS! And thanks for the fun giveaway, Alli!

    ~Abby =)
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  4. Melinda Snavley says

    My favorite sister!!!!! Love you girl!!!

  5. Aww, love the sister story. I was close to my sister and lost her to cancer 2 years ago. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her terribly. You and your sister remind me of my 2 daughters. They are 2 years apart, best friends. One loves kids, the other not so much. She has said she is not going to have any. LOL…… Time will tell! 😉 ~ Jill
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    • I’m so sorry for the loss of your sister. I know you miss her and I bet you have some really good memories. Hugs to you! Your daughters sound like a lot of fun! I always said I wasn’t having children, either. Tell your daughter to be careful what she says. She may end up with 5 like I did. 🙂

  6. Nothing like great recipes and sweet sisters! Thanks for sharing!

    Take care,

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  7. Although I do not have a sister, I enjoy observing the sister dynamic in others. These Buckeyes look scrumptious and yummy too! Thanks for sharing. I’m entering to win!!!
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  8. Hi Alli! Like you, I dreamed of heading to the big city to be a super career woman! And here I am in Indiana living the Midwest life. Not so bad!! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your stories about you and your sister! We love Buckeye’s too! I usually dip the entire treat, but I really like the way you’ve only dipped a portion of it. I will definitely try that next time I make them, which will be very soon!

    Have a great week!
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  9. Hi Alli! I love your sister’s Buckeyes. I’m going to try to make those. I like that I can make them ahead of time. 🙂 Happy Monday!
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  10. Mica Izzard says

    I tasted them a couple of weeks ago. They are delicious! So smooth and creamy!

  11. Mica Izzard says

    I tasted them a couple of weeks ago. They are delicious! So smooth and creamy!

  12. They look DELISH! Sisterly love is beautiful and awesome. 🙂
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  13. jessica blackwell Jay bee says

    I’m country so I just call these good old fashion peanut butter balls lol. This is very similar to my husbands memaws recipe that I use it calls for paraffin wax too. I shave just a little in. some people use a little crisco in theirs Id like to try that too.

  14. What a great post of you and your sister 🙂 I LOVE Buckeyes, and these are SO PRETTY! Mine never turn out so beautiful LOL
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  15. These look fabulous Alli!! Sadly my hubby doesn’t like peanut butter 🙁
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  16. Being from Ohio, of course I love these, but have never made them! 🙂 I pinned this!

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  17. Hey Alli,
    Thanks for sharing your sister’s Buckeye recipe and the chance to win. I don’t have a sister, but I do have lots of girl cousins and a bestest friend for over 41 years so lots of female role models to look up to. <3 ya Kim
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  18. Oh my gosh, these so remind me of my childhood. My grandma made them every holiday season. Yummy!
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  19. Thanks for offering a great giveaway!

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  20. Yum, love Buckeyes! Thanks for sharing this, and thanks to your sister too!
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  21. My kids would think she was the best baby sitter ever if she served them, yum! Pinned
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  22. marcia howington says

    Thanks Melinda for the know my family is going to love them this holiday ya and miss ya…..
    Melinda is a wonderful lady and friend..miss those crazy days at MRES…

    • Melinda is the best! I just wished we lived closer to each other. But we text and talk all the time. And any friend of hers is a friend to mine! 🙂

  23. Just wanted to say I loved the story of you and your sister. Reminds me so much of me and mine. I only have one. But she’s the next Best thing to Mama, and she’s always there when I need her. She loves to bake (not me). So I will be giving her this recipe to make for US, lol

  24. That is so nice that you and your sister are so close. And how amazing you have 5 kids now – woo! 🙂 ~Renee
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  25. Those actually look waay too be true!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!
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  26. I love buckeyes, but have never made them!!! I am so going to try this & am extremely excited about it. Thanks so much for the recipe!! <3

  27. I have never heard them called buckeyes, but I love the flavors! These are so delicious and I am definitely going to whip up some of these in the next few weeks.
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  28. I love making and eating Buckeyes. Being born, growing up, and raising kids in Ohio, making Buckeyes are a sweet treat to be made every Christmas holiday. not gonna lie, I make these all year long.

  29. It’s really cool how you guys planned to work with each other! These buckeyes look scrumptious by the way!
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  30. I keep up with my sisters and all of my family on facebook, it’s a great way for us all to stay connected. I’ve got to try Melinda’s buckeyes recipe and send your post link to my youngest daughter. She loves these so much.
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  31. My sister and I do that SO much …and we live together ha!! Nothing like a sisterly relationship : ) I love this recipe! I’m sharing it as we speak and am so going to make them! Great for the holidays and to give as favors, etc! : )
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  32. The love between sisters is so amazing. I love buckeyes and yours look so good. I am really craving them now!
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  33. First, let me say texting is my absolute favorite form of communication. I do not have a desire to talk on the phone at all!

    Sisters are the best, I don’t have any biological but I have some girlfriends that have crossed the line into sisterhood and those daily texts and calls are the best. My children love to help make recipes and these seem easy enough for little hands to help with. We’ll add these to our Christmas dessert list!
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  34. Rebecca Swenor says

    These candies are one of my favorite and my family’s during this time of year. I have not made them yet but this year I will for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  35. What a fun story – and talked about being an entrepreneur early on – and I also didn’t like kids when I was little, but I had a small baby (and I loved the babies) sitting service that I enjoyed:)

    As I also just love your recipe! Wow – yummy and a savory saver for me – Thank you
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  36. Those Buckeyes look divine. I might try and make them for thanksgiving this year. I also try and tell funny catchy stories with some of my recipes. Loved this post and looking forward to more like it. I used to live in Atlanta and did move to NYC. I stayed north and now have an 1820 farmhouse 1 hr outside of The Big Apple.


  37. Seems like a awesome little treat to make for the kids. Gotta try it out because we love anything sweet.

  38. I absolutely love buckeyes! I make these usually around Christmas time but I must admit yours look MUCH prettier than mine ever do!
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  39. Cute story 🙂 It sounds like you two got along great when you were younger! Okay so that’s a great recipe. Our family has traditional Christmas cookies too. There are three usual suspects that we have every year. BUT I’m always looking for new ones to try out. This might have to be the one! It looks super tasty.

  40. The Buckeyes really look appetizing – they make you want to pop them in your mouth. My nephew loves peanut butter – he’d like these.
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  41. I love the family shot. Such a great idea. These look so tasty. I am going to have to try them out!
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