Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls is a delightful treat that combines velvety rich chocolate with smooth and creamy peanut butter. These balls are a celebration of flavors and textures and are made for chocolate lovers everywhere. After the first bite, you will be hooked, craving more.

Peanut Butter and chocolate is the most fabulous combination (in my opinion). Mr. H.B. Reese, the creator of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you deserve to be rich!

These peanut butter balls are very satisfying and super-rich in flavor. One ball goes a long way and will satisfy that sweet tooth.

You can make these balls as big or as small as you like. Make some in all different sizes. You never know what kind of mood you may be in for some chocolate and peanut butter.

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Why This Recipe Is Fabulous

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls (buckeye balls) are super easy to make. They only require 5 ingredients and no baking! Just mix, roll, dip, and wait. The chocolate dries quickly, so the wait time is not very long. Thank goodness!

​Flavor Fusion: The magical combination of chocolate and peanut butter creates a flavor symphony that is impossible to resist. The richness of the chocolate compliments the creamy butter and creates a taste that’s heavenly.

Bite-sized Portions: The bite-sized portions make this the perfect dessert when a craving strikes or you need a dessert for a gathering or for a small guilt-free snack.

Homemade Goodness: There is something about making homemade sweets and candies in your own kitchen. You craft the goodies to share with others or for your personal enjoyment.

Family Favorite: You might need to make a double batch of this delicious chocolate peanut butter balls recipe because they disappear rather quickly.

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients Needed for Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Each ingredient plays a crucial role in crafting this easy recipe. Chocolate-covered peanut butter balls are a delicious no-bake treat that comes together rather quickly. The simple ingredients in the peanut butter filling are well-balanced, resulting in a sweet treat melting in your mouth. Please see the printable recipe card below for more details.

  • Butter – You will need softened butter for this recipe. I have used salted and unsalted butter, and they both work fine. 
  • Peanut Butter – Crunchy or smooth peanut butter, depending on your preference. Feel free to experiment with different types of peanut butter, such as honey-roasted or natural peanut butter.
  • Vanilla – A layer of vanilla extract adds a layer of richness, enhancing the chocolate and peanut butter.
  • Powdered Sugar – Powdered sugar, also known as confectioners’ sugar, sweetens the peanut butter mixture and makes a creamy consistency.
  • Almond Bark Chocolate – Almond bark is used for the coating on these easy peanut butter balls. It melts smoothly and sets up quickly. You can choose white or chocolate almond bark for this recipe.

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

Following these instructions, you can create a batch of peanut butter balls to enjoy and savor. For a detailed printable list of instructions, see the recipe card below. I usually mix this recipe by hand, so there is no need for a hand mixer or electric mixer.

  1. Prepare the peanut butter mixture.
  2. Prepare the surface for the peanut butter balls.
  3. Shape the Peanut butter balls.
  4. Melt the chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl.
  5. Dip the balls.
  6. Place on parchment paper and allow to dry.

Recipe Tip

These are a few recipe tips to ensure you have the best outcome and delicious peanut butter balls.

  • Make sure your butter is at room temperature. This makes mixing the ingredients a lot easier.
  • Have all of your balls rolled out BEFORE you melt your chocolate. Once you melt your chocolate, you will need to move quickly.
  • Incorporate the powdered sugar gradually to prevent clumping and even mixing.
  • I recommend using almond bark for this recipe and not candy melts. The bark sets up quickly and always works well.
  • Follow the package directions on the Almond Bark.  Use a double boiler or microwave. Be careful not to overheat. Use vanilla, chocolate, or both.
  • Line your counter with parchment paper or wax paper before you begin. You may also use a cookie sheet or two if you are limited in space.
  • To make these balls more uniform, use a small cookie scoop.
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Recipe Variations

These variations are suggestions to inspire you to get creative and experiment with making this no-bake peanut butter balls recipe to suit your taste preferences. I usually stick with the basic recipe, but feel free to try something new.

  • Add Reese’s Pieces candy to the peanut butter filling.
  • Add some rice krispies to the mix for crunchy pb balls.
  • Add a pinch of sea salt to the top of each ball for an upscale dessert.

For another easy dessert recipe, try Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake. It’s made with a cake mix and is super simple.

How To Dip Peanut Butter Balls

There are no special dipping tools required. Use a fork to dip the balls into the chocolate. Place the balls on top of a fork and dip them into the melted chocolate. Allow some excess chocolate drip off before placing it on the wax paper. You can use a toothpick to help slide the balls off the fork. Your finger will work, but it is a little messy.

Allow the chocolate to cool and harden before you eat. This is the hardest part, especially if you have onlookers waiting for the season’s first peanut butter ball.

How To Store Peanut Butter Balls

Once the chocolate has hardened on the PB balls, store them in a zip lock bag, an airtight container, or decorative tin on the counter for up to 2-3 weeks. I would say longer, but mine never seem to last that long. If your house is warm, place them in the refrigerator.

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Are Homemade Peanut Butter Balls Just For The Holidays

While these peanut butter balls are a delightful holiday treat, there is no need to limit them to just that time of year. They are versatile treats and can be enjoyed as a pick-me-up during the day or to cure a sweet tooth craving. They can also be served at parties, gatherings, on dessert tables, or as a homemade gift for any time of the year. 

For another no bake dessert, try these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. Easy to make and delightful to share.

When To Serve This Treat

This chocolate peanut butter balls recipe is a testament to the joys of making homemade treats. This no-bake dessert is perfect for the holiday season. Here are my favorite ways to share these delightful treats.

Dessert Table: Make these treats the star of your dessert table. They are perfect for parties, weddings, showers, or any holiday or special event. 

Sweet Gift: Package these in a beautiful tin and give them as a gift.

Mid-day Pick Me Up: Treat yourself to a mid-day treat with one or two balls and a cup of coffee.

Movie Night: Add some peanut butter balls to your snack tray.

A Perfect Gift

These make a perfect gift. Who can resist a peanut butter ball wrapped in a chocolate coating? Any chocolate and peanut butter lover would welcome this as a gift, and it is the perfect way to share a homemade gift with friends and family. The key to a homemade gift is the thought and effort you put in to make it special. You might consider giving these as a birthday gift, a friendly neighbor gift, or a holiday gift.

Pretty Package: Place these balls in a pretty bag or small box or arrange them on a decorative plate. Add a personalized touch with a handwritten note or small card.

Gift Basket: You might also make a small gift basket with these pb balls, some homemade cookies, or fudge.

Care Package: Add these balls to a decorative bag along with other “get well” items. Chocolate always makes me feel better.

More No Bake Desserts

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Pumpkin Pie

No Bake Kool-Aid Pie

Ice Cream – Vanilla Ice Cream, Blueberry Ice Cream, Oreo Ice Cream

More Desserts

White Chocolate Christmas Crack

Chocolate Brownie Trifle

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Carrot Cake

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Gina Abernathy
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls are very satisfying and super-rich in flavor. One ball goes a long way and will satisfy your sweet tooth.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 40 Balls

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter softened at room temperature
  • 2 cups peanut butter creamy
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 24 ounce package Almond Bark Chocolate Coating white or dark chocolate (or both)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the peanut butter mixture. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter, 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla. The mixture will become stiff. 
  • Gradually add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix well.
  • Lay out parchment paper or wax paper for the rolled balls.
  • Shape the peanut butter balls into about one inch balls or use a small cookie scoop to make all of the balls uniform size. I usually place these on the prepared paper. Set aside.
  • For the next step, you will need to work quickly. Melt chocolate over double boiler or microwave. Follow the directions on the package. Dip each ball into the melted chocolate. (See notes below) Place the balls on the prepared paper and allow to dry.

Notes

Use a fork to dip the balls into the chocolate. Place the balls on top of a fork and dip into the melted chocolate. Allow some of the chocolate to drip off before placing it on the wax paper. You can use a toothpick to help slide the balls off of the fork. Your finger will work, but it is a little messy.
I usually mix the ingredients by hand and do not use a hand mixer or electric mixer. 
Keyword Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls, no bake, chocolate, peanut butter, holiday
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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

22 Comments

  1. Nothing better then PB and chocolate! And no bake is my favorite! Plus white chocolate oh my. All of my favorites wrapped up in these perfect little balls of love. I cannot wait to make these.

  2. this is divine! I love peanut butter balls as my energy balls before and after running! never thought of it as being coated with white chocolate. Thanks for this 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Yum! These chocolate covered peanut butter balls are so delicious! You really can’t beat the flavor of chocolate and peanut butter!

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