Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are a favorite holiday treat in our house, and since this recipe is no-bake, it is even better in my opinion. Any special candy treat I can make at home instead of buying is preferred. Being able to do so without slaving over a hot stove makes it even more desirable.
Everyone in this house loves peanut butter so much that sometimes a snack is just a teaspoon of peanut butter. Pair that love with some confectioners sugar (powdered sugar) and a chocolate coating? You know you have a winning combination!
Just like everyone’s favorite peanut butter cups but a bit easier to make, in my opinion. With this recipe, the only cooking you will do is to melt a bit of chocolate for dipping. That means you can safely and easily include your kids in this recipe development easily.
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How Do You Make Peanut Butter Balls
You’ll create your peanut butter mixture with your choice of creamy or crunchy peanut butter, confectioners sugar, and a lot of mixing. Once you get the right consistency, you’ll roll these into balls and put them into the refrigerator or freezer. This makes them so much easier to dip into the milk chocolate.
There are many ways to dip them without making a huge mess. It is easy to use a skewer inside the peanut butter ball to dip it into the melted milk chocolate. You may also prefer to use a couple of forks or even just your hand. Practice until you find the method that works best for you.
These chocolate peanut butter balls are a delicious no-bake treat that are so easy to customize. You can use dark chocolate, semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or even white chocolate to create a great flavor combination everyone will enjoy. Really, they make some of the best peanut butter balls without a lot of work.
How Long Are Peanut Butter Balls Good For
You can store your freshly made chocolate peanut butter balls in an airtight container on the counter or in the fridge. We’ve found that after 2 weeks, the peanut butter and the chocolate started getting a bit stale.
I know you’re asking how you’ve kept them in the house for over 2 weeks, and I admit it’s tough! I’ll generally make a couple of batches at one time and then freezer at least half of them. If you let them thaw in the fridge, they don’t get the condensation that tends to ruin them. Heck, who am I kidding? We just love to eat them frozen!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
- 2 Cups of Powdered Sugar
- 1 ½ Cups Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 Package of chocolate chips
- ¼ Cup of Butter or Margarine
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract, optional
- Microwave safe bowl
- Wax Paper
- Tooth picks
- Melt butter or margarine in microwave safe bowl
- Add to the melted butter the peanut butter and powdered sugar (you can also include a teaspoon of vanilla extract if you like)
- Mix well until all ingredients are combined and mixture is smooth. It will be a bit stiff.
- Roll tablespoon sized drops into a ball and place on a lined cookie sheet
- Freeze or refrigerate until hard (roughly 20 minutes to half an hour)
- Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Stop and stir every 30-45 seconds. You can add a bit of shortening to the melting process if you're having a hard time getting it thinned out (but not to thin).
- Once chocolate is melted and free of lumps it is ready for coating!
- Using a toothpick dunk the chilled peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate
- Use a spoon to make sure they are completely covered in chocolate
- Place coated balls back on the lined cookie sheet
- Chill until chocolate sets, 20-30 minutes
- Serve and enjoy!
Feel free to use any kind of chocolate chips for this recipe. We've played with Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Semi Sweet and even white chocolate chips.