Peanut Butter Balls are an easy chocolate covered peanut butter candy similar in taste to a peanut butter cup. This Peanut Butter Ball recipe takes just 4 ingredients and they make great gifts!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate are such a classic American candy. It’s a fun to prepare no bake dessert. The candies are easy to bring along to parties and other gatherings, which probably lent to their popularity.
The candies are a simple 3 ingredient peanut butter mixture formed into balls, then coated with a chocolate shell.
If you want something even easier to prepare than this truffle style candy try my Chocolate Peanut Butter Meltaways. They are just poured into liners and cooled. My Unicorn Candy is prepared the same way.
Difference from Buckeye Balls
Buckeyes are essentially the same candies, with one primary difference. While peanut butter balls are fully covered in chocolate, Buckeye candies are dunked into melted chocolate, but not fully covered. A spot of the peanut butter mixture is purposely left exposed. Buckeyes are typically served with the exposed circle of peanut butter face up.
The name is in reference to their similar appearance to the nuts of the Buckeye tree.
How to Make Peanut Butter Balls
Here is a visual walk though of making these chocolate peanut butter candies. The printable recipe card can be found below.
Yields : 2 dozen
Ingredients for Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
Here are all the ingredients you need to make these easy peanut butter balls.
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter – Get the standard kind, not the natural style peanut butter that is prone to separating.
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter – softened
- 1 cup confectioners sugar – Also known as powdered sugar.
- 8 oz chocolate almond bark – Almond Bark is easier to work with than most melting chocolates. It also has better flavor than most wafer candy melts.
- parchment paper
- a couple toothpicks
Preparation of the Candies
Now to get to the actual preparation.
Start by mixing together the peanut butter and butter in a medium mixing bowl, until creamy.
Then slowly mix the powdered sugar into the peanut butter mixture and continue, until well combined. The dough will appear super crumbly at first, keep mixing and it will all start to come together.
Form the peanut butter dough into a ball. Place the ball in a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for a few hours, until firm.
Once ready, scoop 1 inch balls of the dough and roll them into a sphere shape. Place each on a cookie sheet. Put them into the freezer for about 20 minutes, while you melt the chocolate.
Using the double boiler method, place a heat safe bowl on top of a saucepan filled with water. Turn the heat to boil and place the chocolate bark into the bowl. Stir the chocolate until completely melted.
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Remove the balls from the freezer. Stick a toothpick into each ball and begin dipping.
Immerse each fully into the chocolate. then pull out and tap your wrist a few times with your other hand. This causes the excess chocolate to drip off.
Drop the coated balls onto parchment paper (or waxed paper) lined baking sheet.
Drizzle the remaining chocolate over the peanut butter balls. Leave the candy out and allow the chocolate to harden at room temperature. Once the chocolate coating has hardened the candies are ready to serve or store. The peanut butter balls can be stored on the counter or in the refrigerator.
The candies are now ready to eat or gift.
More Sweet Treats
- Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
- Peanut Butter Eggs
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- Earthquake Cake
- Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter – avoid the natural peanut butter with oils
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter - softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 8 oz chocolate almond bark
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together the peanut butter and butter until creamy. Slowly mix the powdered sugar into the peanut butter and continue to mix until well combined. It will appear super crumbly at first, keep mixing and it will all start to come together.
- Cover the peanut butter ball in a small bowl and refrigerate for a few hours.
- Once ready, scoop 1 inch sized balls, roll them to shape and place them on a cookie sheet. Place into the freezer while you melt the chocolate.
- Using the double boiler method, place a heat safe bowl on top of a saucepan filled with water. Turn the heat to boil and place the chocolate bark into the bowl. Stir the chocolate until completely melted.
- Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer and begin dipping by sticking a toothpick into the ball, dip into the chocolate and tap your wrist a few times with your other hand and it will release some of the drippings.
- Drop the coated balls onto a sheet of wax paper and allow the chocolate to harden. Once hardened, place the balls into a container and store either on the counter or the refrigerator.