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Peanut Butter balls dipped in chocolate make for the ultimate peanut butter lovers dessert.
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  1. Peanut Butter Balls No Bake Recipe
  2. Ingredients
  3. How to  Make No Bake Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
  4. Tips for Making Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls (and making sure they are Perfect every time!)
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. More Peanut Butter Desserts
  7. No Bake Peanut Butter Balls Recipe Recipe

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!
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips – I prefer semi sweet chocolate chip but you can use milk chocolate chips.
  • Paraffin wax
  • Sprinkles
No bake peanut butter ball with a bite taken out and sprinkles on top.

How to  Make No Bake Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine peanut butter, powdered sugar (confectioners sugar), vanilla extract, and butter.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and form into small balls (or whatever size you want).
  3. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper.
  4. 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)
  5. 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.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do No Bake Peanut Butter Balls last?

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)

How do you dip peanut butter balls in chocolate?

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!

What is the difference between peanut butter balls and buckeyes?

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.”

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls with sprinkles on a white plate.
No Bake Peanut Butter Ball

More Peanut Butter Desserts

4.36 from 96 votes
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No Bake Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

Author — Shannon Johanson
Serves — 25
Peanut Butter balls dipped in chocolate make for the ultimate peanut butter lovers dessert.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins


  • 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.

Jenn’s Notes

Optional (you can substitute this with Candy Melts – then you would leave out the paraffin wax). Just follow the instructions on the package.


Nutrition Info

Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 41mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Post contributed by Shannon from The Food Cafe

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No bake peanut butter balls with sprinkles on a white plate
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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    1. I have that one.
      2 c granulated sugar
      1/4 c. Cocoa powder
      1/2 c. Butter or margarine ( can use salted or unsalted) if using unsalted, add a pinch of salt to the recipe.
      3 c. Quick cooking oats ( not instant)
      1/2 c. Peanut butter ( smooth or crunchy)
      1 tsp. Vanilla extract

      Combine sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk to a medium to large saucepan ( I normally use my Dutch oven). Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly to keep it from scorching. Boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Stir in the peanut butter and the oats and vanilla extract. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax or parchment paper or silicone mat. Allow to cool and enjoy.

  1. 2 stars
    these balls left me irritated…i had to freeze the balls before dipping into chocolate, but softened so darn fast…and i dont think the candy melts are the way to go for these…the melts are to thick so once you get the ball into the chocolate it was so thick that the balls started to flatten when i tried to roll them around to get coated…My kids liked them but they didnt turn out pretty so i hope they sell at the bake sale tomorrow

    1. Wholeheartedly agree with this review. They need to be put in the freezer before you have any chance of making a ball out of the peanut butter mix. In addition, I had to add a little vegetable oil to the candy melts or it was thick and messy. Best tasting poorly written recipe though!

    1. It is totally edible! You can try it, but your chocolate will probably be on the lumpy side when you dip it! (Use candy melts if you are leaving out the wax)

  2. Can you use Almond Bark instead? Also, your video shows 1/4 cup butter, but the recipe calls for 1/2 Cup. Just wanted to make sure what amount to use.

    1. I haven’t tried Almond Bark before – but I think it would work.
      Sorry about the error in the video. It should be 1/2 cup as stated in the recipe.

  3. 1 star
    Thanks for wasting my time, energy and money. If you think some peanut bitters won’t work, list a brand to use. If you and your followers don’t think the candy melts are the way to go, don’t recommend using them.
    What was supposed to take an hour, consumed the majority of my morning… For nothing.

    1. I’m a little disappointed. My peanut butter mix is sticky and not wanting to make into a ball. I added a tablespoon of powdered sugar but that didn’t help. I really wanted these to work!
      I was planning on using almond bark as well but I can’t even get the mix to make a ball! Do you have a solution for this?
      I used Jif brand peanut butter.

      1. 5 stars
        Hey!! I just wanted to update. After I put the dough in the fridge for about an hour, it was manageable to make into balls. Jenn says this in the first part of the post. Once I made my balls I put them in the freezer forabout 2 hours. They were no problem to dip in the chocolate at the time, and I used Almond Bark which worked beautifully.
        They were such a hit!! Omgosh sooo delicious!
        So yes, they are a little difficult to work with, but very worth it in the end.
        Thanks Jenn for a great recipe!