Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

Peanut Butter Balls are the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate! This simple, no-bake recipe makes peanut butter balls that everyone loves!

Peanut Butter Balls Recipe - the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate! This simple, no-bake recipe makes peanut butter balls everyone loves! //


Few things go together as well as peanut butter and chocolate. It has to be one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations and one that I talk about a good bit for recipes.

Growing up, my Grandmother would make little peanut butter balls that looked just like little buckeyes. She’d mix all of the ingredients together and roll the peanut butter mixture around to form these little bite sized treats. Then, she’d carefully dip them into her chocolate leaving just a bit of the peanut butter peeping through at the top.

Now, her buckeyes were wonderful treats that I surely love still, but when Sam and I were making them when he was younger we decided not to fool around with all that special dipping for our peanut butter balls. And by request, we decided to make them a little bit bigger.

Okay, a good bit bigger.

I don’t think she’d mind and I know she’d love the changes.

Peanut Butter Balls Recipe - the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate! This simple, no-bake recipe makes peanut butter balls everyone loves! //

Here’s how my family makes our peanut butter balls.

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Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
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Peanut Butter Balls are the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate! This simple, no-bake peanut butter ball recipe that everyone loves!
Serves: 50 pieces
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 12-ounce package chocolate chips (dark, milk, or semisweet)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening or coconut oil
  1. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Mix together peanut butter, confectioner's sugar, butter, vanilla extract and salt with an electric mixer until well combined. Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop individual balls and place onto the parchment paper. Place in freezer for 15 minutes to harden.
  3. Melt chocolate chips and shortening or coconut oil together in microwave for 1½ - 2 minutes at 50 % power.
  4. Dip each hardened peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate using a spoon and then place back onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet to dry.
  5. Store in an airtight container.
Recipe updated December 2015.

Recipe time includes time for chilling peanut butter balls to firm before dipping in the chocolate as well as the time for the chocolate to dry.

This recipe makes a wonderful make-ahead treat that you can easily store in an airtight container in your freezer if made well in advance. To serve, simply remove from the freezer and allow to reach room temperature.

Robyn xo

Peanut Butter Balls Recipe - the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate! This simple, no-bake recipe makes peanut butter balls everyone loves! //

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives, originally posted 2011.

39 comments on “Peanut Butter Balls Recipe”

  1. Love peanut butter and chocolate…how easy to get both in one bite! This will be going on New Year’s Eve party tray!!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!!!

  2. I can never get enough Peanut Butter Balls during the holidays. Now I have an excuse to make more 😀 Recipe testing is such a good excuse xo

  3. I’m totally trying this!!

  4. awsome!!!!

  5. I don’t know who in their right mind wouldn’t love these! I think if I made these, my husband might just love me forever 😉

  6. Oh my gosh! These peanut butter balls look delicious! 🙂 Great pictures!

  7. Oh gosh, I cannot wait to try these. I am usually the cookie queen at work but this year for some reason I just don’t have time to bake like I usually do… so I’ve been looking for super simple recipes to keep my coworkers from staging a mutiny! These look so, so good – they’ll love them!

  8. These are scrumptious! I made some for our upcoming Super Bowl party. One question I have, though, is what is the purpose of the coconut oil or shortening that is mixed with the melted chocolate? I mostly dipped my balls in melted chocolate that did not have the oil/shortening added, and they seemed to set up just fine. Thanks!

  9. These were so yummy. . .Seeing them brought back fun memories of my girls years ago (now they have “littles” of their own). When they were little, I started making my own peanut butter. . .Often I would make PB balls, similar to yours, for their snacking but rolled them in different things like granola or chopped nuts, and of course chocolate for a treat. . .they loved them !! We all did. You reminded me of a fun time many years ago. . .and that I should really make again, for my “grand-littles” this time, and of course. . .for the “BIG” kids too.

  10. Can we freeze right after dipping and then put them in an air tight container? Then to store can we keep them in the fridge?

  11. These are perfect!!! Peanut butter is my favorite. Love the simplicity of this tasty recipe.

  12. I’ve had these so often always love them. Some that I’ve had seemed to have a crunch in the peanut butter. Is that because crunchy peanut butter was used or were rice crispy’s mixed in? Either way they are very addicting and am glad I only see them at the holidays.

  13. Love this simple version of the buckeyes! Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate together!
    I’m making these tonight then freezing for the holidays. (if I can keep my hands off of them!)
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  14. I am having problems with even getting these rolled into balls. Dough is very soft even after spending the night in Fridge. If I don’t get these made soon, I will eat all of the dough! Help! More powdered sugar???

    • Is the peanut butter too oily? I’d say try more sugar. Worst case, you can press it all into a jelly roll pan and spread the melted chocolate on top, freeze and cut into petit-four sized squares. Still delicious!!!

  15. These are delicious! But don’t skip the part about freezing the rolled peanut butter ball before dipping… it’s essential! The longer you freeze, the better the results!!

    • Agreed! Much easier to roll from the freezer. I was heartbroken when Lindt Chocolate discontinued their peanut butter truffles! I was looking for something similar and came across this recipe. I cut the recipe in half (never again since we ate them all in one day) and used melted Lindt milk chocolate bars. So easy and delicious!

  16. Was so excited to try to make these but mines turned out ito be peanut butter discs . They froze as balls but melted while I was dipping so my sister got a kick out of that . So now they are in the fridge and one is all you need , guess that is a plus .Will try again !

    • I wonder what could have happened? Maybe the chocolate was just a bit too hot?
      At least it sounds like you had a good time with your sister! Thanks so much – I hope you like them and try them again. xo


  18. Very good recipe the entire family loves them every body wants the recipe that try it out here at my house. Thank you so much

  19. This is now my favorite recipe for peanut butter balls! Thank you

    Rating: 5

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