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4-ingredient Peanut Butter Balls

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This Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls recipe is my favorite candy for the Holidays and so incredibly Easy to make! These are like little Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, but in ball form.

I’m pretty much a peanut butter fanatic and love making desserts using peanut butter including out Reese’s Cookies, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Cups, No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. If you love peanut butter like I do, you definitely want to check these out.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

How To Make Peanut Butter Balls

These are a must for our Holiday cookie plates and the most requested. They are so simple to make and the kids can make these all by themselves. They might need a little bit of help on the dipping part, or things could get a bit messy.

Ingredients you will need…

Creamy Peanut Butter

Powdered Sugar


Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

First, you make the peanut butter dough…

mixing the peanut butter filling

Then you form the dough into balls…

Forming the Peanut Butter Dough Balls

Next, you dip the balls into the melted chocolate…

Dipping the Dough in Chocolate

Now the dangerous part. Try…just try to eat one. It’s incredibly difficult because these are melt in your mouth delicious!

NO-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Add Christmas sprinkles on top of the peanut butter balls for a festive Holiday look. It’s become a family tradition to make these for holidays and parties. These are are so great because it’s a quick and easy no-bake treat when your making a gazillion other goodies. It’s a guaranteed winner for the Christmas cookie tray.

Christmas Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy

Can You Freeze Peanut Butter Balls?

Yes! These will freeze perfectly. Make sure the balls are completely set (hardened back up) and line them in a tupperware container. Add a piece of wax or parchment paper on top and repeat until full. Seal the top.

How long do They last?

You can store in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Peanut Butter Ball Tips:

  • You can use any nut butters for this recipe. Almond butter, cashew butter, etc…
  • Make sure the balls are chilled before dipping.
  • We love these Chocolate Dipping Tools, but you can always use a fork for dipping. A toothpick will also work. Expect a bit of a mess, but it will work.
  • You can melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30- second increments, or over a double boiler.
  • You can use chunky peanut butter instead of creamy if you prefer. We also like to add in Rice Krispies sometimes for some texture.
  • Add any type of holiday sprinkles, chopped peanuts, sea salt or whatever you prefer. It’s all good!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

4-ingredient Peanut Butter Balls

Published By Jill
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are my favorite candy for the Holidays and so incredibly Easy to make with just 4-ingredients!
5 from 116 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 24
Calories 107 kcal


  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp salted butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  • Mix the peanut butter and softened butter together in a mixing bowl. Gradually stir in powdered sugar until fully combined. Cover and place in the fridge for about 15 minutes to firm up.
  • Using your hands, shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Place the balls on a baking sheet, cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes (this will hold it's shape for dipping).
  • Melt the chocolate chips according to package instructions.
  • Using a fork, dip the peanut butter balls one at a time into the melted chocolate. Allow the excess chocolate to fall off. Place the chocolate balls onto wax paper, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Serving: 24gCalories: 107kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 38mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 48IUCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
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Once you try this recipe for chocolate covered peanut butter balls, it will be your go to recipe! It’s SO GOOD!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

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I have been making these for years.  A little different recipe though.  2 cups peanut butter, 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 2 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 cup butter.   I also add a tablespoon of butter crisco to the chocolate and it gives them a nice shiny sheen.  Haven’t had a complaint yet!

They are too good. Glad Christmas is only once a year. Love em.

I have been making these for years.  A little different recipe though.  2 cups peanut butter, 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 2 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 cup butter.   I also add a tablespoon of butter crisco to the chocolate and it gives them a nice shiny sheen.  Haven’t had a complaint yet!

I would not use choc. chips to dip. I would use the candy for molds. too much paraffin was will defiantly plug up your system.. the candy for molds will harden in minutes in the freezer… Gonna make some of these… thanks or the reminder… forgot about these… be blessed…

I doubled the recipe and added 1 tsp. of vanilla. I also dipped them in dark/semi sweet chocolate mixed, and then did a white chocolate drizzle. They are beautiful, and delicious! Thanks for the recipe

Sounds and looks delicious5 stars

This sound good. Love peanut butter and chocolate.

Do you use real butter or margarine?

I made those peanut butter balls…simply delicious! I added a little curry in my chocolate so yummy!

These are amazing! I made them exactly as described, and my family loves them!5 stars

For the life of me, it won’t let me print the recipe. Oh well. Good proportion of ingredients, though!5 stars

I usually make peanut butter cups. But, this recipe was so simple with only a few ingredients, i thought i would give it a try. I am so glad I did. They were so yummy! I sprinkled heath bar crumbs on some of them, and crushed salted pretzels on some others. Absolutely delicious. I now have a new favorite go to candy!5 stars

Thank you for this I am going to go to the store right now!!5 stars

Hi there, I made your peanut butter balls this morning, exactly like the recipe you 
Make and I did not …go rogue – did exactly what you said and oh my goodness, so
Very good! I looked on Pinterest and  am so glad that yours popped up!  Now I 
Have something extra for our quiet Christmas for 2 of 2020 and Congratulations
On having 3 sons! You are so lucky and it looks as if you put a lot into having a happy family. Merry Christmas, thank you for the easy recipe! So good,
Susan5 stars

I quadrupled the recipe as these always disappear before Christmas so this time to make sure I made several batches and hid them all over the house. Last year I froze them thinking that my dear family would leave them alone but no wasnt the case!! I went to get them out and found like 3 left in the container!! This year I also had them help me roll the balls showing how much tedious work that is not to mention dipping and rolling them in the chocolate they did not steal them away.5 stars

I made it keto friendly by replacing the powdered sugar to swerve confectioners replacement  and used Lily’s chocolate chips (made with stevia) for dipping- kids could not tell the difference and a perfect “sweet treat” for when I’m craving carbs!

Thank you for that idea ! I’m new to keto and wouldn’t have thought of it !!!! So excited because I almost splurged and made these because I love them but I’m going to make it this way instead!5 stars