Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls Recipe (2024)

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I have such an easy and delicious recipe to share with you today – Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls Recipe! These are so delicious – they are just like mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, but in ball form. They melt in your mouth. They are that good.

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You only need a handful of ingredients and a little time and you will soon be enjoying these peanut butter balls for yourself. We always put together plates of goodies for the neighbors and these little gems are very popular. Try this easy no bake recipe today.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Balls are always a hit!

It’s become a family tradition to make these for holidays and parties. It doesn’t get any easier than Peanut Butter Balls Recipe no bake! I make these every year and get asked for the recipe for peanut butter balls!

If you like these, you might also want to try our Edible Cookie Dough Bites! They are delicious and super fun to make around the holidays.

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Ingredients:

  • Creamy peanut butter – I have found that creamy works the best. You can use crunchy if want an added crunch. I do not recommend natural peanut as it separates when it’s mixed with the other ingredients to the balls don’t hold together as well.
  • Butter – Softened at room temperature.
  • Vanilla Extract – This adds a subtle sweetness that is delicious in this recipe.
  • Powdered Sugar – I don’t shift it and it works great every time.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – You can also use almond bark or dark chocolate chips as well if you prefer.
  • Shortening – This is necessary as it makes the chocolate creamy and ensures that the chocolate coating is smooth on these peanut butter balls.
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How to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls:

  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper and set aside.
  • Mix peanut butter, room temperature butter and vanilla together in a large bowl.
  • Slowly add one cup of powdered sugar to the creamy mixture, mixing well each time. *Note — I do not sift my powdered sugar. I just scoop out 1 cup full and dump it in my bowl.
  • By the time you get to the third cup of powdered sugar, the mixture will become very difficult to stir with a spoon. Take your rings off and start mixing with your hands.
  • Once all of theconfectioners sugaris incorporated into the peanut butter mixture, you can start making your balls. Simply pinch off a small amount and roll between your hands to form a small ball. I use a cookie scoop. Place the peanut butter balls on the prepared cookie sheet with waxed paper.
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How to Coat Peanut Butter Balls:

  • Once you have made all of your balls, melt the chocolate. My favorite way to do this is in the double boiler, but if you don’t have one, you can simply put a metal or glass bowl on top of a saucepan with about an inch of water in it. As the water in the saucepan begins to heat up, the steam will heat up your bowl and start melting your chocolate.
  • Be sure to add the shortening to your chocolate – this will make covering your peanut butter balls with chocolate a lot easier.
  • Then one at a time, drop your peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate chips. Lift the ball out of the milk chocolate with a fork, allow the excess chocolate to drip off and then transfer it to the waxed paper.
  • Once all of your peanut butter balls have been dipped in chocolate, put the cookie sheet in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to harden the chocolate.
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Tips for This Recipe:

  • Make sure the Peanut Butter Balls are frozen before dipping. This will make sure that the balls don’t fall apart.
  • Use a fork to dip the balls into the chocolate so that the excess chocolate will drip off the fork.
  • Do not overcook the chocolate. Overcooked chocolate will become clumpy and will not be smooth on these peanut butter balls.
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How to Decorate:

  • Holiday Sprinkles – You can decorate these peanut butter balls with sprinkles for the holidays. Red and Green for Christmas or pastel colors for Easter.
  • Drizzle Chocolate – Drizzle them with caramel or white chocolate syrup for a fun and eye pleasing treat.

Variations:

  • Use your favorite type of Chocolate – These peanut butter balls are great dipped in milk, white or dark chocolate.
  • Add Rice Krispies – You can replace half of the powdered sugar amount with rice krispies to give these peanut butter balls an added crunch.
  • Use any type of nut butter – Generally, I make these with peanut butter but if you’re allergic, these can also be made with any type of nut butter. Almond Butter, Cashew Butter or Sunflower Butter would all be delicious in this recipe.
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How to Store:

Refrigerate the peanut butter balls for up to 2-3 weeks in an air tight container.

How to Freeze Peanut Butter Balls

If you prefer to freeze the peanut butter balls, place them in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Perfect to plan ahead for the holidays.

How long can you keep peanut butter balls in the refrigerator?

Peanut Butter balls are best eaten fresh. You can keep them in the fridge up to 2 weeks as long as they are in an airtight container. You can also freeze peanut butter balls up to 2-3 months.

Peanut Butter Balls

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Chocolate covered Peanut Butter Balls recipe is so easy to make and taste great. Peanut butter balls recipe taste amazing for any occasion. Try this simple Peanut butter balls recipe. Peanut butter balls are so creamy and covered with yummy chocolate. Learn how to make peanut butter balls.

Prep Time 20 minutes mins

Cook Time 10 minutes mins

Refrigerate 15 minutes mins

Total Time 30 minutes mins

Servings 50

Cuisine American

Course Dessert

Calories 128

Author Carrie Barnard

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 oz bag of chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and set aside.

  • Mix peanut butter, butter and vanilla together in a large bowl.

  • Slowly add one cup of powdered sugar to the creamy mixture, mixing well each time. *Note — I do not sift my powdered sugar! I just scoop out 1 cup full and dump it in my bowl.*

  • By the time you get to the third cup of powdered sugar, the mixture will become very difficult to stir with a spoon. Take your rings off and start mixing with your hands.

  • Once all of the powdered sugar is incorporated into the peanut butter mixture, you can start making your balls. Simply pinch off a small amount and roll between your hands to form a small ball. Place the peanut butter balls on the prepared cookie sheet with waxed paper.

  • Once you have made all of your balls, melt your chocolate. My favorite way to do this is in the double boiler, but if you don’t have one, you can simply put a metal or glass bowl on top of a saucepan with about an inch of water in it. As the water in the saucepan begins to heat up, the steam will heat up your bowl and start melting your chocolate. Be sure to add the shortening to your chocolate – this will make covering your peanut butter balls with chocolate a lot easier.

  • One at a time, drop your peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate. Lift the ball out of the chocolate with a fork and then transfer it to the waxed paper.

  • Once all of your peanut butter balls are coated, put the cookie sheet in the fridge for 15-30 minutes. This will ensure the chocolate coating is completely hardened.

Recipe Notes

Dress up this dessert by drizzling either dark or white chocolate on top!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 128kcal, Carbohydrates 13g, Protein 2g, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 56mg, Potassium 50mg, Sugar 12g, Vitamin A 70IU, Calcium 12mg, Iron 0.2mg

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FAQs

Why are my Peanut Butter Balls too soft? ›

If your butter was too soft or if the peanut butter you're using is too thin, the filling can get a little soft and sticky as you're rolling. The refrigerator can fix that—stop what you're doing and chill the bowl of filling for 15 minutes in the refrigerator before trying again to roll into balls.

What are Peanut Butter Balls made of? ›

Making Peanut Butter Balls couldn't be simpler. The filling ingredients (creamy peanut butter, butter, vanilla extract, and confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar) are just mixed together, rolled into small balls, chilled, and then dipped in melted chocolate.

How many calories in a peanut butter ball? ›

There are 121 calories in 1 serving of Peanut Butter Balls.

How do you keep peanut butter firm? ›

It's quite simple actually. All you have to do is store the peanut butter jar upside-down in the fridge. Once you're ready to spread or scoop just flip the jar over, open it, and scoop—no stirring required!

How do you make peanut butter more solid? ›

Some obvious ways:
  1. add a little starch — use a cooked or pure starch (Wondra, potato starch, etc.)
  2. add a little gelatin and beat like heck.
  3. drain the peanut butter — set it in cheesecloth or something similar, in a colander, a...
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What is the white goop in peanut butter? ›

Occasionally, you may find an oily substance at the top of your jar of natural peanut butter. This is the oil separating from the natural peanut butter.

Are peanut balls good for you? ›

A peanut ball can provide so many benefits to you or your child's physical therapy exercises. They can help develop and build gross motor skills, bilateral coordination, core muscle strength, postural stability and balance.

What happened to Reese's peanut butter balls? ›

Reese's Bites was a product of Hershey Foods Corporation (later renamed The Hershey Company in 2005) as part of HFC's Bites lineup. This product, and the entire Bites lineup were all discontinued due to a choking hazard.

Is Skippy a peanut butter? ›

Skippy® Peanut Butter is a deliciously smooth and creamy American style peanut butter packed with peanutty goodness. We use sweeter American style peanuts that are milled finer to provide a finer and creamier texture.

Can dog eat peanuts butter? ›

Dogs can eat – and many really enjoy – peanut butter. But beware, some peanut butter brands contain an ingredient called xylitol, which is toxic to dogs and even eating small amounts can be fatal. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is often used in foods to keep the product sugar-free.

What is the healthiest way to eat peanut butter? ›

Ideas to Try:
  • Add into a bowl of oatmeal.
  • Dip apple slices in peanut butter.
  • Add banana slices to a toasted PB&J.
  • Spread on a rice cake or cracker.
  • Add to a smoothie.
  • Dip celery or carrots in peanut butter.
  • Mix with yogurt.
  • Top a stir fry with peanut butter sauce (see Peanut Noodles with Tofu recipe below).

Are energy balls actually healthy? ›

No bake energy balls are a perfect healthy snack, treat, and breakfast on the go. They are balanced with healthy fats, fiber, and protein. Energy balls for runners, kids, grandma, and anyone between!

Is peanut butter powder anti inflammatory? ›

Unlike traditional peanut butter, however, there are no fats in peanut butter powder which can lead to inflammation in those with conditions such as arthritis or other autoimmune diseases – while some studies suggest nuts can have anti-inflammatory effects overall – these effects are not found when consuming a powdered ...

How much sugar is in a peanut butter ball? ›

365 Everyday Value
Nutrition Facts
How much sugar is in Peanut Butter Balls? Amount of sugar in Peanut Butter Balls: Sugar 11g-
How much fiber is in Peanut Butter Balls? Amount of fiber in Peanut Butter Balls: Fiber 2g8%
How much protein is in Peanut Butter Balls? Amount of protein in Peanut Butter Balls: Protein 4g
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Why are my buckeyes soft? ›

Not chilling the peanut butter balls long enough.

Not giving the peanut butter ample time to chill and firm up in the fridge is one of the top reasons buckeyes get a bad reputation for being so messy to make.

Why are my peanut butter balls not forming? ›

The mixture should be easy to roll into balls that stay together while not being sticky. If it is sticky, add just a little more powdered sugar. If it won't form into a ball, add just a little more peanut butter.

How do you harden soft peanut brittle? ›

I have experimented heating the candy between 285-300 degrees. I like heating to 300 if it is immediately taken off the heat and cooled. It hardens quickly if you go over 300 even a little bit. Most people have had success with the brittle at any temp in between 285-300, but like I said, I prefer closer to 300 degrees.

How do you make peanut butter less hard? ›

Stir in some oil

The easiest way to salvage dried-out peanut butter is to stir some oil into the mix.

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