No Bake Peanut Butter Balls are hands down chocolate and peanut butter heaven. Rich dark chocolate that is melted and surrounds creamy delicious peanut butter balls will be love at first bite.
If you love the peanut butter and chocolate combination as much as I do, you should check out these Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars, Peanut Butter Brownies or our Peanut Butter Oreo Icebox Cake.
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Peanut Butter Balls No Bake Recipe
- Chunky or creamy peanut butter – feel free to substitue your favorite nut butter!
- Powdered sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Chocolate chips – I prefer semi sweet chocolate chip but you can use milk chocolate chips.
- Paraffin wax
How to Make No Bake Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
- In a large mixing bowl combine peanut butter, powdered sugar (confectioners sugar), vanilla extract, and butter.
- Mix all the ingredients together and form into small balls (or whatever size you want).
- Place them on a rimmed baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper.
- Melt chocolate chips with a little paraffin wax or use chocolate candy coating melts and dip each ball into the melted chocolate to cover. Once all balls have been dipped in chocolate let harden in the freezer. (you can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate)
- Store in an airtight container with wax paper between layers in refrigerator or freezer.
Tips for Making Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls (and making sure they are Perfect every time!)
- If the balls are not holding together well enough, add a little more confectioners sugar (powdered sugar). Add a tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
- If dough becomes to sticky to roll, just put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. It is much easier to work with the dough when it is cool. (you may even want to consider putting the dough in the refrigerator for a few minutes before you begin rolling.
- When dipping the balls into the melted chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip off for just a moment before placing on wax paper or parchment paper.
- I like to use this cookie scoop to keep my peanut butter balls uniform in size.
Frequently Asked Questions
Peanut butter balls can be kept in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in an air-tight container. You will want to place a layer of wax or parchment paper between them. One super bonus about this great recipe is that you can freeze them and they will last up to typically 3 months. (just let defrost for a few hours until brought to room temperature)
1. Melt chocolate chips using a double boiler and 2 tablespoons of paraffin wax. Bring water to a boil then reduce to a slow boil. Add in chocolate chips and wax and stir until melted. NOTE: you can substitute this with Candy Melts – then you would leave out the paraffin wax.
2. One by one using a spoon or a skewer to hold the peanut butter ball, dip the balls one at a time in the chocolate to cover the peanut butter ball completely then place on a rimmed baking sheet or cookie sheet lined with a silicon baking mat, wax or parchment paper.
3. You can add holiday-themed sprinkles on (think Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter) or don’t! Either way they are delicious!
Peanut butter balls and buckeyes are essentially the same however when dipping your peanut butter balls to make buckeyes you leave a small part of the peanut butter showing at the top to make a “buckeye.”
More Peanut Butter Desserts
- Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownie Bar
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
- Tiger Butter Fudge
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes
- No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
- Peanut Butter Oreo Cookie Bars
- Reese’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars
- Reese’s Cheesecake
- Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Clusters
- Snickers Peanut Butter Cookies
No Bake Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
- 1-1/2 cups chunky or creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup butter softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 12 oz bag of chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp paraffin wax, grated NOTE: you can substitute this with Candy Melts – then you would leave out the paraffin wax.
- sprinkles optional
- In a large bowl add peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Mix to combine.
- Form into 25 peanut butter balls. Using a double boiler bring water to a rolling boil and add chocolate chips and wax. Stir until smooth.note: if you use the candy melts, leave out the wax and follow the directions on the package)
- Using a spoon dip each peanut butter ball into chocolate to cover. Place dipped balls on a rimmed sheet pan lined with wax or parchment paper.
- Sprinkle with holiday themed sprinkles or drizzle with white chocolate (optional)
- Place in freezer to harden about 30 minutes.
Post contributed by Shannon from The Food Cafe
A very nutritious recipe. Thank you.
I tried it and it turned out amazing great recipie
This chit chat is endless mindnumbing, nonfunctional baby talk. Con waste money and ruin your chocolate chips with nasty parts n, folks! Instead, use a tablespoon of Crisco added to your melting chips, and they will set very nicely. See how easily I just said that?!
I have made this same recipe for years & make them to look like buckeyes since I live in Ohio! They are always a hit with everyone! I started making them with my granddaughter every Christmas along with other candies to give as gifts! It’s a great memories maker with your grandchildren.
I do this but dip my in Almond bark, gives it a nice taste.
love love love this, I am 48 yrs. old I love peanut butter balls my friends always gave as holiday gifts but I never had the chance to make them myself although I love to cook & bake. I never even looked at the actual recipe but always planned on making them one day, my favorite recipe just always seemed to escape my menu when planning holiday or special occasions to make myself so my husband and I are really excited to get the chance to try this oh so popular recipe this holiday season! thank you princesspinkygirl recipes! Merry Christmas & a Blessed 2023 New Year to all!