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Peanut Butter balls dipped in chocolate make for the ultimate peanut butter lovers dessert.
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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

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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 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 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
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  1. Hello. I’m going to make these today and use Bakers block chocolate for the outside of the truffles. By any chance, do you know approx how many truffles this 1 recipe makes with a normal sized cookie scooper? Thank you for your help.

  2. I wanted to love this recipe because it was so easy but the peanut butter mixture never set/became thick enough for us to roll and dip. It basically melted in my hands. Tastey but very messy!

  3. 4 stars
    Hi there!
    I love how simple the recipe is! My only concern is using paraffin wax! Isn’t paraffin wax toxic? Do you mean coconut oil?

  4. 5 stars
    I don’t usually post on recipe blogs, but I just had to say how delicious this was. I made it exactly as the recipe states, and it was just absolutely divine. Making it again this weekend for a friend who doesn’t eat dairy. Thanks so much!

  5. 2 stars
    Sorry – wanted to like these. My thoughts on how to make them easier: Refrigerate the mixture for at least an hour, wet your fingers a little to keep it from sticking when making balls, put balls on cookie sheet and freeze before dipping in warm chocolate, have a second pair of hands for sprinkles because chocolate will set almost immediately when cold PB hits it. Add some peppermint to the mix for a different flavor other than Reeses cups which is basically what you are making.

  6. 3 stars
    Well I wish I had read through the comments before I made them😂 definitely will not look pretty but I am sure they will be tasty. Used Jif and melts, chocolate was fine to work with but my peanut butter mix was a messy situation. They are in the freezer now! Next time will chill the peanut butter mix first.

  7. You will not be able to roll these in balls unless you add more confectioners sugar. I added one more cup. I suggest you add that to your recipe. Note the comments from others.