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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
  • Butter
  • Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • (optional) Vegetable Shortening or Coconut Oil 


First, you make the peanut butter dough…

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…

ProcessDipping 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.

You can also drizzle extra melted chocolate on top for a different look.

Peanut Butter Balls

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!
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 235 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable shortening or coconut oil optional


  • 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  made some  in a 9 by 13 pan chocolate on top. 

I bet it would be good with rice crispies mixed in too!

i put in frosted flakes it is really good!

About how much? I’m totally digging the idea of rice krispies.

This is awsome I love peanut butter so what you make n it’s easy great job n will in handy5 stars

Wow! These are absolutely amazing! I actually used Jif Honey Creamy Natural and talk about peanut butter meltaway! Will definitely be making again.5 stars

I tried to make this with bakers chocolate and monkfruit in the raw for a keto option for the topping, but the sweetener will not dissolve making the chocolate crystally. First time using monkfruit. Any suggestions?5 stars

Make sure you powder the monk fruit. Since it’s not refined sugar it doesn’t have the same melting properties. Also the ratio is less since it is sweeter than refined sugar. I would recommend using about half the amount of monk fruit and try that.

If you have a blender, try blending the dry monk fruit until powdery, let it sit several minutes before taking off the lid and that should help keep it from crystalizing.

I used the swerve confectioners sugar, since it’s the same as powdered sugar. I used less since it’s super sweet but super easy and definitely Keri friendly. I also used powdered peanut butter and added water, butter, and the sweetener since it’s less calories and carbs than regular peanut butter.

It was delicious, Jill! Thanks so very much for sharing it with all of us. It’s a new family favorite!5 stars

I have been making Peanut Butter Balls for years, but my recipe calls Rice Krispies in the balls and then we cover them with melted almond bark instead of melted chocolate chips. They are a huge hit, everyone loves them – even my son who has aversions to a lot of foods.5 stars

Coconut balls are great too

I used this recipe the other day with my little girl. They turned out so yummy.5 stars

simple to make and very tasty.5 stars

This is an easy go-to recipe for a quick treat or gift. I’m gonna try this with Cookie Butter next time. Mmmm.5 stars

These are far the best recipe for peanut butter balls.
My grand daughter loves them and they are so easy to make, she loves helping me make them. 
I changed it up just a bit by adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract in it with a little extra powdered sugar.
Both ways are delicious!
Thank you for a great recipe, I will keep it forever and generations to come.5 stars

We make these in Ohio but with a twist. When covering with chocolate, leave a small circle of the peanut butter showing. They are called Buckeyes! They look very similar to the nut of the Buckeye tree and we are the Buckeye state!

I’ll keep this family friendly:. These are AMAZING using infused butter.

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