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.

Chocolate covered peanut butter balls stacked on top of each other with a bite taken out of one of the balls.

How do you make easy peanut butter balls?

We are going to show you with this easy recipe. It is so simple and this recipe is truly the best. I’m certain it will become a family favorite for you as well!

Peanut butter and chocolate fans will love this recipe. They taste just like peanut butter cups.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

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 great recipe today.

Chocolate covered peanut butter balls stacked on top of each other on a white plate.

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.

Ingredients to make this recipe.

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.
Close up of Chocolate covered peanut butter balls stacked on top of each other with a bite taken out of one of the balls.

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 the confectioners 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. I use a cookie scoop. Place the peanut butter balls on the prepared cookie sheet with waxed paper.
Photos showing how to make the peanut butter balls.

How to Coat the 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.
Photos showing how to make the chocolate coating.

Easy Peanut Butter Balls Recipe is so creamy and yummy. 

What do you think? Try these peanut butter balls for yourself.

If you are lucky, you will still have some left over tomorrow. Once I set these on the counter, they were gone. Everyone is my house love these.

Chocolate covered peanut butter balls stacked on top of each other with a ball of peanut butter balls behind it.

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.
Chocolate covered peanut butter balls stacked on top of each other with a bite taken out of one of the balls with a blue linen behind it.

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.
Chocolate covered peanut butter balls stacked on top of each other with a bite taken out of one of the balls.

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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Peanut Butter Balls

4.83 from 52 votes
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 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Refrigerate 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 50
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 128
Author Eating on a Dime

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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  1. These are A-MA-ZING!! I used to buy these at the candy shop but they were always so waxy! These are perfectly creamy and oh-so-good!!

  2. 5 stars
    Hubby and I make these for Christmas every year. So simple to make and they taste sooooooooooo good.

  3. 5 stars
    These are amazing ! I love having them around for grandkids or friends stopping by and needing a snack. Like a Reeses but not as many calories!!

  4. 5 stars
    I made these balls for xmas eve. The family loved them and they were easy to make. I eat low carb so I also made some for myself that were low carb. The recipe was so easy to adapt. I used monkfruit powdered sugar & coconut oil in place of shortening. I dipped them in sugar-free chocolate but added stevia drops to it. They are delicious & I don’t have to feel guilty for eating them since they fit my low carb lifestyle. Even my grandkids like the low carb ones.

  5. 5 stars
    Made these with the kids last weekend. I was going to freeze some, but they didn’t last long enough! My husband & boys ate them ALL!!

  6. AWE I have to make these for my grandson & son all the time. I found after you mix the butter,sugar& peanut butter, refrigerator them. It’s easier to work with cold dough.I buy melting chocolate @a party store. You don’t need to use shortening. Oh also after I make the balls, I put them in the freezer, so they are once again easier to work with. Using butter helps them to harden in the refrigerator.

  7. These are awesome! I remember making these as a child, one little extra thing I added was about a half teaspoon of fine salt to the peanut butter mix.
    Sweet and salty combination always works well and the salt brings out sweetness especially in peanut butter! ?

  8. Carrie, could you offer a sustitution for shortening in your peanut butter balls chocolate perhaps butter?

  9. If not eating these peanut butter balls right away, how should they be stored and how long will they keep? Is it best to refrigerate until the next day? And/or will they keep in frig a week or should they be frozen?

  10. I think that you can use vegetable oil instead of shortening to help make the melted chocolate creamy.

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