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peanut butter balls

Peanut Butter Balls

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Are you in search of a delicious dessert recipe that is easy to make and perfect for gifting? Look no further! Here’s a sweet treat that’s a favorite around the holidays: peanut butter balls. Made with five simple ingredients, these chocolate peanut butter balls are creamy on the inside and coated in a delectable layer of delicious chocolate!

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 40 balls 1x


  • 1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening or coconut oil


  • Cream the peanut butter and softened butter together in a stand mixer
  • Add powdered sugar one cup at a time until well combined
  • Roll peanut butter mixture into 1-2 inch balls and place on waxed paper.
  • Place them in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in a double boiler and stir until well combined.
  • Remove the balls from the freezer and dip each in the chocolate mixture with a toothpick. Let the excess drip off, then return to the wax paper.
  • Drip some chocolate on top with a spoon to cover the toothpick hole.
  • Keep them in the fridge until ready to eat.


  • When dipping the balls in chocolate, place them on wax paper ON a baking sheet that will fit in your freezer. This makes it easier to transfer them back and forth!
  • In the olden days, paraffin wax was added to this recipe to help thin the chocolate and give it a shiny coat. It’s not frowned up to use this, but don’t tell… I sometimes still use maybe a Tablespoon or two, just for good measure.
  • Author: Laura
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Freezing Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American