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This peanut butter balls recipe is perfect for every peanut butter-chocolate lover. These decadent bites are SO easy to whip up!

At first glance, these bite-sized treats look just like our Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies but are actually a chocolate-covered version of our yummy Peanut Butter Snowballs.

Peanut butter balls stacked on a white plate.

Why We Love Them!

We’ve already established that chocolate + peanut butter is a flavor match made in Heaven.

If you need proof, look no further than our Buckeye Brownies or today’s Peanut Butter Balls recipe that we love so much (and make every Christmas!)

Here’s why we love them:

  • Quick. The prep is quick, they just need to chill!
  • Simple. There are ONLY 4 ingredients, and they’re easy to make.
  • Perfect for gifting. They are great for gifting and for adding to cookie plates for the holidays.

If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, I think you’ll love these treats too!

Peanut butter dough in a glass bowl.

Just 4 Ingredients!

  • peanut butter Use regular creamy or crunchy peanut butter. Natural peanut butter has a different consistency and does not work as well.
  • butter – We use unsalted but salted butter works as well.
  • powdered sugar
  • chocolate candy coating Candy coating is different from simply melting chocolate and almond bark. Use any of the types of coating just be sure to follow the package directions to melt it properly. Try colored candy coating too!
  • Sprinkles (optional) Have fun with colorful or holiday sprinkles.
Peanut butter balls filling on a parchment lined baking sheet.

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

  1. PEANUT BUTTER. Combine peanut butter, butter, and sugar in a large mixing bowl and stir until dough forms.
  2. SHAPE + CHILL. Shape the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls (using a cookie scoop to scoop first helps) and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. CHOCOLATE. When done chilling, melt candy coating until smooth and dip balls coating with candy until smooth and all over. Place back on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet, sprinkle with sprinkles, and chill for an additional 15-20 minutes.
Peanut butter balls dipped in milk chocolate on parchment paper.

Recipe Tips

  • Dipping. Using a homemade double boiler keeps the coating melted without worrying it will burn. If you start to run low, simply add more chocolate to the bowl.
  • Dipping tools. Stick a toothpick into the balls before chilling. Dip in chocolate and remove the toothpick for the final chill.
  • Candy foot. To remove the excess chocolate:
    • While the chocolate is still warm use a utensil to cut and drag the excess chocolate away from the PB balls.
  • Drizzle. Add a drizzle to set PB balls. Use the same brown candy coating or a different color. Melt the coating then use a spoon to drizzle or put the melted coating in a piping bag with a small tip.
Peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate stacked on white plate.

Storing Info

  • STORE this easy peanut butter balls recipe in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for 7-10 days. 
  • FREEZE in an airtight freezer-safe container for 1-2 months. Be aware that when thawing they may “sweat” so line them with a paper towel to help absorb the moisture.
No bake peanut butter balls recipe on a white plate.

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Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Simple peanut butter balls are perfect for every peanut butter-chocolate lover. These decadent bites are SO easy to whip up!
Servings: 14
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Chill: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 pound chocolate candy coating
  • sprinkles
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Instructions 

  • Combine peanut butter, butter, and sugar in a bowl mixing until dough forms.
  • Shape into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet lined with wax paper. Chill for 30 minutes.
  • When done chilling, melt candy coating until smooth and dip balls coating with candy until smooth and all over. Place back on waxed paper-lined baking sheet, sprinkle with sprinkles, and chill for an additional 15-20 minutes. ENJOY!

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Notes

  • STORE this easy peanut butter balls recipe in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for 7-10 days. 
  • FREEZE in an airtight freezer-safe container for 1-2 months. Be aware that when thawing they may “sweat” so line them with a paper towel to help absorb the moisture.

Nutrition

Serving: 14g, Calories: 294kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 73mg, Potassium: 61mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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48 Comments

  1. Terri Adams says:

    5 stars
    Making these today for my 94 year old father.

  2. Kelly Gunchon says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made these for years, and everyone loves them. What I do differently:
    – I use chocolate chips with some paraffin instead of the chocolate coating. I like the idea of drizzling the coating at the end and will give that a try!
    – I use a skewer instead of toothpicks Because I make several dozen of these, I would hate to waste that many toothpicks.
    – If I want them to be true buckeye balls, I use a candy dipping tool and leave a small circle of exposed peanut butter on the top to replicate horse chestnuts.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Thanks for sharing what you do!

  3. Marty Taylor says:

    5 stars
    I could eat a whole plate of these! This recipe makes them so easy to make and so delicious!

  4. Tammie Blevins. says:

    5 stars
    Looks very easy and yummy. Will be making them!

  5. Kristi Meyer says:

    5 stars
    So easy and delicious! A Christmas time MUST have.

  6. Elaine Loreto says:

    5 stars
    Quick and easy recipe. Great treat for the kids.

  7. Nicole jones says:

    5 stars
    Perfect for the Christmas plate! Yum