Once you make Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls, you will be hooked. This homemade treat melts in your mouth for a delicious dessert anytime of the year.

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If you love Reese’s peanut butter cups, you will love this recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter balls. They taste just like them but in bite size form. We love making these for Christmas, birthday parties and anytime we get the chance.

They are simply amazing and everyone always loves them. They melt in your mouth and each bite is decadent. Chocolate and Peanut Butter combination makes the best dessert.

Simple ingredients make this holiday treat so flavorful. This no bake treat is one that everyone looks forward to. Add to your favorite holiday dessert trays or give them to your friends and family.

If you love chocolate and peanut butter combination, then you must try Chocolate Covered Ritz Crackers.

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What are Peanut Butter Balls?

Peanut Butter Balls is usually made during the holidays. They are rich and decadent dessert that combines chocolate and peanut butter together.

They taste amazing and are a no bake treat that is easy to make. It only takes about 20 minutes to prepare.

What are Peanut Butter Balls made of?

Peanut Butter Balls are a mixture of creamy peanut butter that is mixed with powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla. This mixture makes a creamy ball to be covered with melted chocolate.

You can add sea salt or sprinkles to make this holiday treat more festive.

Ingredients for Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls:

  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Butter, softened
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Shortening
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How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls:

  • Step 1 – First, line a baking sheet with waxed paper and set aside.
  • Step 2 – Next, mix peanut butter, butter and vanilla together in a large bowl.
  • Step 3 – Slowly add one cup of powdered sugar to the creamy mixture, mixing well each time. By the time you get to the third cup of powdered sugar, the mixture will become very difficult to stir with a spoon.
  • Step 4 – Once all of the powdered sugar is incorporated into the peanut butter mixture, you can start making your balls.
  • Step 5 – Simply pinch off a small amount and roll between your hands to form a small ball. We like to use a cookie scoop to make this easy and each peanut butter ball uniform.
  • Step 6 – Place the peanut butter balls on the prepared cookie sheet with waxed paper.

Melt Chocolate for the Peanut Butter Balls:

  • Step 7 – Once you have made all of your balls, melt your chocolate.
The process of mixing the ingredients and rolling into balls. Then dipping in chocolate
  • Step 8 – 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.
  • Step 9 – As the water in the saucepan begins to heat up, the steam will heat up your bowl and start melting your chocolate.
  • Step 10 – Be sure to add the shortening to your chocolate – this will make covering your peanut butter balls with chocolate a lot easier.
  • Step 11 – One at a time, dip your peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate. Lift the ball out of the chocolate with a fork and then transfer it to the parchment paper.
  • Step 12 – 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 hardened.
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Tips for chocolate covered peanut butter balls:

  • Cookie Scoop – You will want to use a cookie scoop so that each peanut butter ball is uniform. It makes it so much easier and everything goes much faster. You can make a bunch of them very quickly thanks to the cookie scoop.
  • Chill Peanut Butter – Make sure that the Peanut Butter Balls are placed in the refrigerator before dipping. This will make sure that the balls don’t fall apart.
  • Dip with a Fork – Use a fork to dip into chocolate. This makes sure 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.
  • Room temperature ingredients. This recipe will be easier to mix if you use room temperature butter.
  • Sticky Peanut Butter – If peanut balls get sticky slowly add in more powdered sugar.

Homemade Peanut Butter Balls Variations:

  • Use your favorite type of Chocolate – These peanut butter balls are great dipped in milk, white chocolate or dark chocolate.
  • Use any type of nut butter – I usually make these with peanut butter any type of nut butter will work. Almond Butter, Cashew Butter or Sunflower Butter would all be delicious in this recipe. You can also use crunchy peanut butter.
  • Add Sprinkles – Before placing the peanut butter balls in the refrigerator, sprinkle them with your favorite holiday sprinkles.
  • Drizzle chocolate on top – This is optional but looks really pretty. I like to drizzle extra chocolate on top or use something different such as white chocolate. It makes the peanut butter balls look so fancy.
  • Melting Wafer – Use melting wafers instead of chocolate chips. There are many different colors of melting wafers that you can use.

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.

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How to Freeze Peanut Butter Balls:

Yes, you can freeze these peanut butter balls. This is a great candy to make ahead of time to save time for all your holiday baking.

  • Place prepared chocolate peanut butter balls on a baking sheet.
  • Then place in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  • Once they have frozen, you can then transfer to a zip lock bag or a freezer safe container.
  • They will last up to 3 month in the freezer.
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Chocolate peanut butter balls

4.88 from 24 votes
Once you make Chocolate peanut butter balls, you will be hooked! This homemade treat melts in your mouth for a delicious dessert anytime!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Refrigerate 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 197

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups 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.
  • By the time you get to the third cup of powdered sugar, the mixture will become very difficult to stir with a spoon.
  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 197kcal, Carbohydrates 18g, Protein 4g, Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 108mg, Potassium 105mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 16g, Vitamin A 118IU, Calcium 8mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    These are so good that my family wanted me ti make them some for xmas they are a big hit in my family. The bomb

  2. 4 stars
    Question –
    If you freeze them (for Christmas) after removing from freezer and thawing how long are they good for then and I assume you must keep them in the refrigerator? These would be for gift giving. Thank you

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