Peanut Butter Balls (Truffles)

These shockingly easy peanut butter balls require just 5 ingredients in the filling. Follow all my success tips for dipping into chocolate and use the video tutorial as your guide. These candies are as soft as chocolate truffles and as irresistible as peanut butter cups!

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I’ve been making these peanut butter balls for years. I actually have two variations– I published peanut butter M&Ms truffles a few years ago and buckeyes in Sally’s Candy Addiction. Buckeyes are a common treat in Ohio. They’re like peanut butter balls but only partially dipped in chocolate so they resemble nuts from a buckeye tree. My friend, Marie, lives in Cleveland and introduced me to them 15 years ago. The BEST!

Today we’re completely enrobing the soft and creamy peanut butter filling inside rich chocolate. Obviously the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is enough to convince you and obviously this is exactly what you need to make next. It’s always nice to have an easy no bake treat (that literally everyone will hoard) on your holiday cookie tray.

Honestly the Best Peanut Butter Balls (Truffles!)

And here’s why:

  • Soft + creamy
  • Easy with no baking involved
  • Pure peanut butter cup flavor
  • Only 6 simple ingredients
  • Freeze beautifully

Go ahead and double this recipe. It’s scary how quickly 32 PB balls disappear. Ahh!

chocolate covered peanut butter balls


Peanut Butter Balls Video Tutorial


Ingredients in Peanut Butter Balls

  1. Butter: You can use salted or unsalted butter. No need to adjust the added salt in the recipe– I promise these won’t be too salty even if you use salted butter.
  2. Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is the main ingredient. For best texture, use processed creamy peanut butter such as Jif or Skippy– what I recommend for peanut butter blossoms, too. I do not recommend natural style peanut butter for this recipe because the filling will be too dry and crumbly.
  3. Vanilla Extract: Vanilla adds luxurious flavor. Of course!
  4. Salt: Salt offsets the sweetness.
  5. Confectioners’ Sugar: Confectioners’ (powdered) sugar binds everything together and adds sweetness. Without this powdery sugar, the peanut butter filling would be liquid.
  6. Chocolate: Use pure baking chocolate or chocolate melting wafers. (I love the Ghirardelli brand melting wafers!) Do not use chocolate chips because they do not melt properly. Pure chocolate is sold in 4 ounce bars in the baking aisle. I usually use semi-sweet, but milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, or even white chocolate work too.

Think of these no bake candies as peanut butter bars, but in truffle form. My peanut butter bars have a bit more substance from the graham cracker crumbs. These peanut butter balls, on the other hand, have a purely creamy peanut butter filling. (And they’re even more wildly delicious than they sound, I swear.)

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How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

  1. Beat the filling ingredients together. The filling will be crumbly and look dry, but I promise it will come together with your hands as you roll the balls.
  2. Roll into balls. Use a Tablespoon scoop to measure 1 scant Tablespoon each. Roll into balls with your hands.
  3. Chill the rolled balls for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Freezing them works too, but frozen peanut butter balls are difficult to coat in chocolate because the chocolate will slide off or crack. No shortcuts here, just refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 1 day.
  4. Dip in chocolate. All my success tips below!
  5. Let chocolate set. Refrigerate the dipped truffles for 30 minutes or until chocolate has completely set.

These peanut butter balls keep well for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, but that’s honestly a joke. There’s no possible way they will last that long! To freeze the peanut butter balls, let the chocolate set, then arrange in a freezer-friendly container in layers between parchment paper. Freeze the candies for up to 3 months.

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Dipping Peanut Butter Balls in Chocolate

If you follow my recommendation and use pure baking chocolate or chocolate melting wafers, dipping peanut butter balls in chocolate is a breeze. Whenever I dip chocolate truffles or peanut butter balls, I always use this spiral dipping tool. Place the peanut butter ball in the chocolate and lift it out with the dipping tool. Quickly flip it upside down on the lined baking sheet. You can see how I do this in the video above.

If you don’t have a dipping tool, use a fork to lift the dipped ball out of the chocolate and use a toothpick (or another fork) to slide the ball off the fork onto the lined baking sheet.

Chocolate Dipping Troubleshooting

  • Chocolate is too thick: 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil thins out the chocolate so it’s the best consistency for dipping. If you find your chocolate is still too thick, add a little more vegetable oil. Coconut oil works too, but I recommend vegetable oil.
  • Chocolate isn’t smooth: It’s too thick. You want thinned out chocolate. See above.
  • Chocolate is hardening before I’m finished: This is an easy fix! First, make sure you are working quickly. Second, keep the chocolate fluid by re-heating in the microwave for 10 seconds or use a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, spoon the chocolate into a glass bowl set over a pot of simmering water. This keeps the chocolate slightly warm. Don’t let the water touch the bottom of the bowl.
  • Peanut butter filling is sticking: If the peanut butter filling is sticking to the dipping tool or fork, it’s actually too cold. Let the peanut butter balls sit for a few minutes at room temperature. The chocolate could also be too hot. Let it sit for a few minutes to slightly cool down, then try again.

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peanut butter balls

Wait until you taste them straight out of the refrigerator. Have you ever had a cold Reese’s peanut butter cup? It’s like that, but better.

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Peanut Butter Balls (Truffles)

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 32 truffles
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Using only a few simple ingredients, these peanut butter balls come together in a snap. Follow the recipe closely and review the chocolate dipping success tips and video tutorial above, as well as the recipe notes below before beginning.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick; 115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (185g) creamy peanut butter (not natural style)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups (360g) confectioners’ sugar
  • three 4-ounce semi-sweet chocolate bars (339g), coarsely chopped*
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • optional: sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed in a large bowl until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the peanut butter and beat until combined, about 1 minute. Add the vanilla extract, salt, and confectioners’ sugar and beat on low for 2 minutes until everything is combined. The mixture is supposed to be a little soft, yet very crumbly. (Don’t worry, the warmth of your hands will bring it together.)
  3. Roll peanut butter dough into 1-inch balls (about 1 scant Tablespoon of dough each) and place on the baking sheet. Keep working and rolling the dough in your hands until the peanut butter balls come together. You should have about 32-35 balls total.
  4. Cover and chill the shaped peanut butter balls in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. During the last few minutes of the chilling time, begin melting the chocolate and oil together. You can melt it in a double boiler or the microwave. If using the microwave: place the chocolate and oil in a medium heat-proof bowl. I recommend using a liquid measuring cup because its depth makes dipping really easy. Melt in 20 second increments in the microwave, stirring after each increment until completely melted and smooth. Let the warm chocolate sit for 5 minutes to slightly cool before dipping.
  5. Remove peanut butter balls from the refrigerator. Working with 1 at a time, submerge into the chocolate, then carefully lift out using a fork or the spiral candy dipping tool. Tap the fork/tool gently on the side of the bowl/measuring cup to rid excess chocolate. If you used a fork, use a toothpick or a 2nd fork to help you slide the ball off of the fork and onto the baking sheet. If you used the dipping tool, just invert the ball onto the baking sheet. (See video tutorial above for how I do this.) If you have leftover chocolate, reheat it and drizzle on top of the truffles. Top with sprinkles, if desired.
  6. Refrigerate peanut butter balls for 30 minutes or until chocolate has completely set before serving.
  7. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: You can start this recipe 1 day ahead of time. The shaped peanut butter balls can be chilled in the refrigerator for up to 1 day prior to coating. The coated peanut butter balls can be frozen. Freeze the coated candies for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Peanut Butter: While it’s great for cooking and eating, natural style peanut butter isn’t ideal for peanut butter balls. The filling will be too dry and crumbly. I do not recommend crunchy style peanut butter for that same reason. It’s too thick and the filling will be too crumbly.
  3. Chocolate: For the best looking and tasting peanut butter balls, use 4 ounce “baking chocolate” bars found in the baking aisle. I prefer Bakers or Ghirardelli brands. You need about 3 four ounce bars for this recipe, 12 ounces total. You can use semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, or white chocolate. Candy melts, chocolate dipping wafers (such as Ghirardelli brand) or almond bark work too. Do not use chocolate chips, as they contain stabilizers preventing them from melting into the correct consistency for coating.
  4. Coating/Melting Chocolate: See all my troubleshooting tips in the post.
  5. I do not recommend tempering the chocolate for this recipe. Tempered chocolate should not be refrigerated and due to the fresh ingredients in the filling, these candies must be refrigerated.

Keywords: chocolate, peanut butter cup, candy, no bake dessert

61 Comments

  1. These Peanut Butter Balls look (and sound!) incredible, Sally……can’t wait to make them! And I love the photos in this post – very Christmassy and perfect 😉

  2. Sally you’re killing me here with all these delicious treats! Sooo many scrumptious choices Christmas . Can I use almond butter for this instead?

    1. Our family recipe for peanut butter balls uses Wheaties for crunch. The process is basically the same but the filling is made up of the following ingredients:
      1lb confectioners sugar
      18oz jar peanut butter (we’ve tried both creamy and crunchy)
      1 stick butter

      I didn’t do the conversion to see how the ingredient ratios compare to Sally’s recipe, but somewhere between Sally’s recipe and this should work with Rice Krispies.

  3. Hi Sally,
    These look fantastic & I even have that dipping tool you suggest but never used it. Can I use any of the following for the chocolate as I purchased them for something else which I will not make:
    Ghiradelli Intense Dark 92% cocao moonlight mystique 3.17 bar
    Lindt 90% cocoa Dark Chocolate bar 3.5 oz
    Lindt 90% cocoa Supreme Dark bar 3.5 oz
    Lindt Hazelnut Milk Chocolate 4.4 oz bar
    Maybe I could mix 2 different bars?
    If not a good idea, any suggestions for using them besides eating them?
    Thank you so much. Your recipes and instructions and illustrations are great.
    Merry Christmas!
    Kathy

    1. Hi Kathleen, I would chop and melt all the Lindt bars you have together as the coating for these. Merry Christmas to you as well!

  4. I make these every year using dark chocolate melting wafers, and they are the first “cookies” to disappear form the cookie platter! I have been using the two pronged dipping tool for dipping the balls in the chocolate, but will try the spiral tool this year, thanks Sally!

  5. Could Nutella be used in place of the peanut butter? One of my family members has a serious peanut allergy so we of course avoid peanuts, but these still look like a decadent little treat 🙂

  6. Hi Sally, I have a recipe that I’ve made almost my entire life, also called Peanut Butter Balls. Mine have graham cracker crumbs and coconut, along with all the ingredients you’ve listed, although in mine, you melt the butter. Mine is so old, you melt the chocolate with 1/2 a paraffin bar. My mom was the Den Mother for my brother’s Cub Scouts, that’s when we first made them. Long time ago. Try it, I think you’ll like it! Not the paraffin, you can leave that out….haaha In this recipe there’s 1/2 lb. Graham crackers and 1 lb powdered sugar, 1 can of Angel Flake coconut…etc…I have, for years now, dumped some of this, some of that, add a little melted butter, mix with my hands, give a taste…mmmm~

  7. I made these today. To die for! My chocolate was a bit thick I think now looking back. Pooled at the base. I didn’t have the fancy dipping tool but will get it for next time I make these. I used two forks and while messy it worked fine. I double the recipe otherwise followed exactly. Thanks Sally.

  8. I just did Nutella! I’d already started before realizing I’m out of PB and had just enough Nutella. They’re delicious!

  9. My balls are definitely not rolling out as smoothly as yours in the photo above. I know they will still be delish, but wondering if there is a trick? I followed recipe exactly. Can’t wait to try one!

    1. Hi Lauren! Keep rolling. Roll roll roll. The warmth of your hands will smooth them out. Make sure you’re not over-measuring the powdered sugar either.

  10. just made these- they are perfect! I may splurge on a dipping tool sometime, but two forks worked. only made a little mess. I have some decorative mini muffin papers, so I’m going to put each one in a wrapper. when I make my trays, it keeps things neater.

  11. These came out perfect. I am bringing them to a gathering tomorrow, if we don’t eat them tonight. Lovely recipe—thank you.

  12. These truffles are amazing! I did roll the balls in pecans and refrigerated them for 1 day…I used a glass bowl over simmering water to keep the chocolate warm and used a Mellon baller to roll and remove them from the chocolate ad it was a breeze! Thanks Sally…I love your recipes! ❤️

  13. Delicious, but I had so much chocolate left over, even after drizzling with the extra (I think it was about 2/3 of a cup). I feel like just two 4-oz bars of chocolate would have been plenty, but I wonder if there’s a good reason for melting so much that I’m just not seeing? I hated wasting all that extra 🙁

    1. Hi Kathy! Did you get the same amount of truffles? I usually have only a few drizzles leftover, after generously coating each. Was your chocolate layer extra thin? You can definitely use only 2 4 ounce bars next time if needed.

  14. I’m excited to learn that these freeze well! Looking forward to making them (maybe with almond butter, too) and then putting them away for when I need a sweet bite 🙂

  15. These were just beyond perfect. I used Baker’s semi-sweet and Jif.
    A great way to control your dessert intake because they keep so well in the fridge and you can just have one.

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