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Peanut Butter Balls – 4-Ingredients Easy No-Bake

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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!
5 from 17 votes
Servings: 24

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are my favorite candy for the Holidays and so incredibly Easy to make with just 4-ingredients!


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


  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. Melt the chocolate chips according to package instructions.

  4. 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.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Amount Per Serving (24 g)
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 38mg2%
Potassium 77mg2%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 48IU1%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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  1. Cream cheese is a must in this recipe instead of butter ,NOW try and eat just one

  2. Has anyone made the peanut. Part with sugar free Stevie powder ???

    • I’m from ohio and we call these Buckeyes. We dont cover the top in chocolate leaving some of the peanut butter exposed so they look like Buckeyes Ohio’s state tree. We make these all the time for any occasion!

    • I have made them with swerve powdered sugar, delish. 

  3. My mom used to make these egg shaped for Easter!

  4. Those look so good, I can’t wait to make them…and eat them !!!

  5. Can you freeze them?

  6. Love this site. My ho to now.

  7. Those are called and have been called Buckeyes for many many years. O-H……I-O
    Small tip dont cover whole peanut butter ball, leave a small piece showing at the bottom so it looks like a Buckeye and people with peanut allergies can see the peanut butter.
    And yes they are a big holiday treat here in Ohio. Although we do make them for other special occasions as well.


  9. Great receipes

  10. Could u send this recipe to my email please

  11. Can chunky peanut butter be used?

  12. Correctly called Buckeyes. Yummo!

  13. Ive cut out some of the pb and added powdered creamer and espresso powder…not quite as rich and very delicious!!!

  14. Love the recipes. 

  15. How can l copy or share this recipe so l will be able to have it on my timeline?

  16. Gonna make the peanut butter balls. Cant wait. Thank you

  17. Love all your recipes, I can do most of them with my Granddaughter. We have so much fun making this stuff & of course getting it also. Lol.

  18. Can’t wait to make these thanks for sharing

  19. I’ve made these using white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. They were all delicious.

  20. You have to add a little bit of paraffin wax to chocolate chips to make sure it sticks and hardens to peanut butter balls. And I dip mine using tooth pucks or wooden skewers. 

  21. I use a recipe for these my BFF gave me over 30 years ago. I add a block & a half of of parafin wax melted with the chocolate. Also use tooth picks in them to dip. No messy fingers lol

  22. Delicious

  23. I just wanted to ask for your recipes thank you.

  24. These are called Buckeyes, not peanut butter balls.

  25. If adding rice cereal, how much?

  26. i like the recipes so easy and fast

  27. This sounds good and looks easy to make I’ll try it

  28. If you use a toothpick and only dip them most of the way, leaving a small circle of peanut butter showing, they look like buckeyes!  I’ve been making these for years.  I also add paraffin wax to the melted chocolate to keep the chocolate from melting in your fingers.

  29. What is the yield on this recipe?

  30. I also add about one quarter cup of very fine crumbled graham cracker crumbs to hold them together better.

  31. Yummy Recipe

  32. Hi if I don’t use peanut butter as I would like different flavours , what would I use instead .  Years ago my mom made chocolates at Christmas but some were mint, chocolate, orange, strawberry , vanilla, lemon and so on.  We ate them frozen lol straight out of freezer! 

    • My mom made the same thing and they were wonderful! I don’t know if there would be an ingredient to replace the peanut butter…maybe just the butter and powdered sugar with food coloring and extract for flavor??? 

  33. I add crushed Rice Krispies to my recipe. These have been our recipe favorite for years!!

  34. Are incredibly delicious. Thank you!

    • We make sure the peanut butter mixture is dry enough to roll into balls, then freeze them. Two or three of us roll balls, one or two place round toothpicks in them, two shave wax, one melts chocolate chips. We use several jelly roll pans lined with wax paper. It’s like a production line. Everyone loves them gets to take some home. We make the balls rather small so you can pop one in your mouth. As soon as the chocolate/wax hardens, they are packaged and ready for the freezer. 

  35. I’m on my way to the store now for the chocolate chips. Now I know what i’ll be doing this afternoon.

  36. This also works great with milk chocolate chips, too. You can put jelly in center, cherry or strawberry. I even like a bit of peppermint candy cane inside.

  37. I would like to make the peanut butter balls but it doesn’t say how much of each ingredient to use unless I missed it could you let me know thanks

    • Hi Kathy, scroll down to the recipe box where you will get the full recipe and you can also print it. Thanks.

  38. These look delicious  i would love the recipe for keeps

  39. can you use dipping chocolate chips and not chocolate chips?

  40. So much fun to make.yielded ,2 dozen per recipe is that about right,??

  41. I am making these.

  42. Going too get buckeyes done ✅ thanks an there the bomb  

  43. this is by far the best recipe yet last year i made them to sweet but this recipe sounds amazing.

  44. Love this!

  45. The PB Balls freeze well IF you have any left over.

  46. Funny……made these since I was a little girl and I’m almost 60. Yes! Buckeyes, for sure! We have hosted overnight guests from all over the US and internationally. One of our favorite gifts to give is a small box of Buckeyes. If you aren’t from Ohio or know someone who is you are likely unfamiliar with these delicious morsels. We even had one guest tell us that Buckeyes are poisonous and didn’t want to eat them! (Real buckeyes are.) These are sooo delish!

  47. Looks as if they will taste lovelyxxxxx

  48. Just wondering why you have to use sugar in these. seems the peanut butter and the butter would be enough and then just cover them with chocolate.

  49. Excellent… easy to make…

  50. Been making these for many years and they are delicious. Enjoy.

  51. I Love any recipes with Peanut butter too!! And then u add Chocolate Wow.. and then someone added Cream Cheese instead of butter even more Wow!! :))

  52. I made these this year for Thanksgiving. I used dark chocolate and sprinkled sea salt on top. They were so delicious and were a big hit. I am making them tonight for a Christmas party tomorrow. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  53. Just found ur recipe wish me luck.thanks for sharing.

  54. I’m curious I’d powdered erithrytol could be substituted.

  55. I’ve always cut the powdered sugar with some Whole Wheat Flour…less sweet and more like a Reese’s. First time I’ve shared this secret. People have asked and asked why mine are so so close to a Real PB cup and now you all know

  56. O-H-I-O …. Buckeyes these are!

  57. Ok so after making them and letting the chocolate harden, how do you store them until ready to use? In the fridge? Or on the counter in a container? Thanks 

  58. I used to make my son peanut butter candy – 1/3 peanut butter, 1/3 dried milk, and 1/3 honey – seems like this would also work for the insides. My experience with dipping things in melted chocolate is that you need to add either lard or coconut oil to thin it out somewhat – I’ve gone back to using chocolate almond bark.

  59. I just made these for the first time. They are yummy! But it only made about 20 peanut butter balls so I’ll make more in the morning. I have 8 people for Christmas Eve and I don’t think 20 will be enough! So I suggest you double the recipe.

  60. Made 100 of these fabulous little buggers last night!

  61. 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!

  62. 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!

  63. 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…

  64. 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

  65. Sounds and looks delicious