Peanut Butter Balls (Truffles) Recipe + Video


These no-bake chocolate peanut butter balls come along with a easy 5-ingredient filling, identical to these peanut butter egg candies. For the coating, use baking chocolate bars and observe all my success tricks to make dipping straightforward. These candies are as mushy as chocolate truffles and as irresistible as peanut butter cups!

overhead photo of chocolate-covered peanut butter balls with sprinkles on top.

Whereas there’s no disputing that peanut butter + chocolate is a profitable mixture, there is loads of competitors vying for the title of Finest Chocolate-Peanut Butter Deal with. Whereas I like peanut butter blossoms and these no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars—oh, and this decadent darkish chocolate peanut butter cake is a favourite special-occasion indulgence—I feel the prize for Finest All-Round goes to those easy peanut butter balls.

Actually the Finest Peanut Butter Balls

And right here’s why:

  • Gentle + creamy peanut butter filling
  • Clean + wealthy chocolate coating
  • Straightforward to make no-bake recipe
  • Make-ahead & freeze superbly
  • Recipe doubles simply, and a tin of those makes a beautiful reward
plate of peanut butter balls with one shown a bite taken out.

It’s at all times good to have a straightforward no-bake deal with to accompany your different Christmas cookies. It’s what I like about Oreo balls and rum balls, too. And since there’s no flour wanted right here, peanut butter balls are additionally a beautiful choice relating to gluten-free dessert recipes.

Consider these no-bake candies as peanut butter bars in truffle type. My peanut butter bars have a bit extra substance from the graham cracker crumbs. These peanut butter balls, alternatively, have a purely creamy peanut butter filling. (They usually’re much more wildly scrumptious than they sound, I swear.)

Finest Substances to Use & Why:

ingredients measured on marble counter including butter, salt, vanilla, chocolate, confectioners' sugar, and sprinkles.
  1. Softened Butter: Begin with room-temperature butter. Overly mushy or melted butter will sabotage your efforts from the beginning. Good rule of thumb: let the butter sit out on the counter for 1 hour earlier than starting the recipe. You should use salted or unsalted butter; if utilizing salted, no want to regulate the added salt within the recipe—I promise these are lots candy both method.
  2. Creamy Peanut Butter: As you’ll be able to guess, peanut butter is the principle ingredient. For the perfect texture, use processed creamy peanut butter equivalent to Jif or Skippy, the identical variety I like to recommend for peanut butter blossoms and peanut butter frosting. Pure-style peanut butter is great for consuming and cooking, however I don’t advocate it for this recipe as a result of the filling can be too dry and crumbly.
  3. Confectioners’ Sugar: Confectioners’ sugar binds every thing collectively and provides sweetness. With out this powdery sugar, the peanut butter filling can be too liquid.
  4. Vanilla Extract: For just a little further taste, use vanilla extract.
  5. Salt: Salt offsets the sweetness.
  6. Chocolate: Simply as should you have been making chocolate truffles, use pure baking chocolate. Don’t use chocolate chips as a result of they don’t soften correctly. I checklist all of my recommendation concerning the chocolate coating under.
  7. 1 Teaspoon Vegetable Oil: Melted chocolate could be a little too thick to easily coat the candies, so add a small splash of vegetable oil to assist skinny it out.

Non-compulsory: festive sprinkles, in fact!

The best way to Make Peanut Butter Balls

Let me present you the method, so you already know what to anticipate when it’s your flip to attempt these treats. First, while you beat the butter and peanut butter collectively, the combination can be fairly skinny (under, left). After you add the remaining filling components, count on a crumbly dough-like combination (under, proper).

mixture in glass bowl before and after adding confectioners' sugar.

I promise the crumbly dough will come collectively together with your palms as you roll.

Scoop and measure 1 scant Tablespoon (about 18g) every. Roll into balls.

peanut butter dough mixture rolled into balls on lined baking sheet.

Chill the rolled balls for 1 hour within the fridge. Freezing them works too, however frozen peanut butter balls are tough to coat in chocolate as a result of the chocolate will slide off or crack. No shortcuts right here, simply refrigerate for 1 hour or as much as 1 day.

Dip in melted chocolate. When you have any chocolate leftover, drizzle on prime. Add sprinkles, if desired, after which let the chocolate set.

melted chocolate in liquid measuring cup.
coated peanut butter balls on lined baking sheet.

These peanut butter balls preserve effectively for as much as 2 weeks within the fridge and even longer within the freezer, however that’s actually a joke. There’s no doable method they are going to final!

5 Success Suggestions for Dipping in Chocolate

I’ve made loads of coated candies, and even have an total cookbook devoted to candy-making. In my expertise, I’ve realized some *key* success suggestions for coating numerous candies. See under, apply the following pointers, and the method ought to be a breeze.

  1. Use actual chocolate. For the BEST wanting and tasting candies, begin with actual chocolate. Use the 4-ounce “baking chocolate” bars you could find within the baking aisle of the grocery retailer. I want Baker’s or Ghirardelli manufacturers. You must chop up three 4-ounce (113g) bars for this recipe, or 12 ounces (339g) complete. Melting wafers additionally work, and for these, I like to recommend Ghirardelli model. You should use milk, semi-sweet, darkish, and even white chocolate. Be warned that utilizing all white chocolate will produce a VERY candy sweet. As an alternative, I like to recommend darkish/bittersweet or semi-sweet candies. Don’t use chocolate chips. Save them in your chocolate chip cookies!
  2. Soften the chocolate correctly. You should use a double boiler, however I normally simply use the microwave. Place the chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl or glass liquid measuring cup. Microwave in 20-second increments, stirring after every. Chocolate is temperamental, so at all times soften with care. I don’t advocate tempering the chocolate for this recipe. Tempered chocolate isn’t refrigerated, and because of the butter within the filling, these candies ought to be refrigerated.
  3. Let the chocolate calm down for a couple of minutes. In any other case it’s going to soften the chilly filling.
  4. Use a dipping device to assist. I exploit this spiral dipping device for dipping chocolate truffles and Oreo balls, and it really works simply as effectively right here. Place a peanut butter ball within the melted chocolate, and elevate it again out once more with the dipping device. Shortly flip it the wrong way up onto a lined baking sheet. For those who don’t have a dipping device, merely use a fork to elevate the dipped ball out of the chocolate and use a toothpick (or one other fork) to slip the ball onto the lined baking sheet.
  5. Enable the chocolate to set. Prime the still-wet chocolate with sprinkles, if utilizing, and when you have leftover chocolate, be happy to drizzle it on prime—you need to use a spoon or squeeze bottle for that. Place the baking sheet with the chocolate-covered peanut butter balls within the fridge to set the chocolate.
plate of peanut butter balls candies coated in chocolate and some pictured with Christmas sprinkles on top.
Why is my peanut butter filling too mushy?

In case your butter was too mushy or if the peanut butter you’re utilizing is just too skinny, the filling can get just a little mushy and sticky as you’re rolling. The fridge can repair that—cease what you’re doing and chill the bowl of filling for quarter-hour within the fridge earlier than making an attempt once more to roll into balls.

Why is my filling is just too crumbly?

If the filling will get just a little crumbly, preserving molding it and mashing it between your palms. The heat of your palms may also help convey it again collectively.

Why is the melted chocolate too thick?

1 teaspoon of vegetable oil thins out the chocolate so it’s the perfect consistency for dipping. For those who discover your chocolate continues to be too thick, add just a little extra vegetable oil. Coconut oil works too, however I like to recommend vegetable oil for finest outcomes.

Why isn’t the melted chocolate easy?

It’s too thick. You need thinned-out melted chocolate. See above.

Why is the melted chocolate hardening earlier than I’m completed dipping?

That is a straightforward repair! First, ensure you are working shortly. Second, preserve the chocolate fluid by re-heating within the microwave for 10 seconds or use a double boiler. For those who don’t have a double boiler, spoon the chocolate right into a heatproof glass bowl set over a pot of simmering water. This retains the chocolate barely heat. Don’t let the water contact the underside of the bowl.

Why is the peanut butter filling melting when dipping?

The chocolate is just too sizzling. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to barely calm down.

Why are the peanut butter balls dropping their form after I’m dipping them?

If the peanut butter balls are softening and dropping their form as you’re dipping, put them again within the fridge (on the lined baking sheet) for five–10 minutes after which attempt once more.

peanut butter ball with bite taken out.

Wait till you style them straight out of the fridge. Have you ever ever had a chilly Reese’s peanut butter cup? It’s like that, however higher.

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peanut butter ball with bite taken out.

Peanut Butter Balls (Truffles)

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  • Prep Time:

  • Cook dinner Time:
    0 minutes

  • Complete Time:
    1 hour, half-hour

  • Yield:
    32-35 balls

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  • Technique:
    No Bake

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Utilizing only some easy components, these peanut butter balls come collectively in a snap. Observe the recipe carefully and evaluate the chocolate dipping success suggestions, in addition to the recipe notes under earlier than starting.


  1. Line a big baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Put aside.
  2. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high velocity till creamy and easy, about 2 minutes. Add the peanut butter and beat till mixed, about 1 minute. For those who discover any small chunks of butter, don’t fear—the combination will easy out. Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and salt, and beat on low velocity for two minutes till every thing is mixed. The combination can be just a little mushy and crumbly.
  3. Roll peanut butter dough into 1-inch balls (about 1 scant Tablespoon or 18g of dough every) and place on the baking sheet. Hold working and rolling the dough in your palms till the peanut butter balls come collectively. You must have about 32-35 balls complete. The combination could be a little crumbly, however the heat of your palms will convey it collectively. For those who discover the peanut butter combination turning into too mushy to deal with, chill within the fridge for quarter-hour. Alternatively, you’ll be able to powder your palms with confectioners’ sugar, which helps stop the filling from sticking to your palms.
  4. Chill the formed peanut butter balls within the fridge for no less than 1 hour and as much as 1 day. Throughout the previous few minutes of the chilling time, start melting the chocolate and oil collectively. You may soften it in a double boiler or the microwave. If utilizing the microwave: place the chocolate and oil in a medium heat-proof bowl. I like to recommend utilizing a liquid measuring cup as a result of its depth makes dipping very easy. Soften in 20-second increments within the microwave, stirring after every increment, till utterly melted and easy. Let the nice and cozy chocolate sit for six–8 minutes to chill barely earlier than dipping, in any other case it’s going to soften the formed peanut butter balls.
  5. Coat with chocolate: Take away peanut butter balls from the fridge. Working with 1 at a time, submerge into the chocolate, then fastidiously elevate out utilizing a fork or the spiral sweet dipping device. Faucet the fork/device gently on the aspect of the bowl/measuring cup to rid extra chocolate. For those who used a fork, use a toothpick or a 2nd fork that can assist you slide the ball off of the fork and onto the baking sheet. For those who used the dipping device, simply invert the ball onto the baking sheet. (See video tutorial for the way I do that.) I reheat any leftover chocolate and use a spoon or squeeze bottle to drizzle on prime of the coated balls. If desired, evenly sprinkle every with sprinkles whereas chocolate continues to be moist.
  6. Refrigerate coated peanut butter balls for half-hour or till chocolate has utterly set earlier than serving.
  7. Retailer in an hermetic container at room temperature for two days or within the fridge for as much as 2 weeks. The filling can get just a little mushy, so that they style finest proper out of the fridge. We love them proper out of the freezer, too!


  1. Make Forward & Freezing Directions: You can begin this recipe 1 day forward of time. The formed filling will be chilled within the fridge for as much as 1 day previous to coating. The coated peanut butter candies will be frozen. Freeze the coated candies for as much as 3 months. Thaw in a single day within the fridge.
  2. Particular Instruments (affiliate hyperlinks): Electrical Mixer (Handheld or Stand) | Baking Sheet | Silicone Baking Mat or Parchment Paper | Medium Cookie Scoop or Digital Scale | Double Boiler or Liquid Measuring Cup  | Sweet Dipping Device | Squeeze Bottle
  3. Butter: I exploit unsalted butter on this recipe, although I’ve made them loads of occasions earlier than with salted butter. No want to regulate the salt within the filling, although be happy to style the filling earlier than including the salt and solely add a pinch if desired. As a result of the filling and coating are so candy, I by no means regulate the salt if utilizing salted butter.
  4. Can I Use Crunchy Peanut Butter? Creamy/easy is finest as a result of crunchy yields a really crumbly filling that’s tough to mildew. If crunchy is all you’ve, you may make it work in a pinch—simply be warned the filling combination can be tremendous crumbly and also you’ll actually should work it together with your palms to mildew into balls.
  5. Chocolate: For the perfect wanting and tasting candies, use 4-ounce “baking chocolate” bars discovered within the baking aisle. I want Bakers or Ghirardelli manufacturers. You want 3 4-ounce bars for this recipe, 12 ounces complete. You should use milk, semi-sweet, or bittersweet candies. You might additionally use chocolate melting wafers, equivalent to Ghirardelli model. Sweet melts or almond bark work too, however they don’t style like actual chocolate. Don’t use chocolate chips as a result of they include stabilizers stopping them from melting into the proper consistency for coating.
  6. Coating/Melting Chocolate: See all my troubleshooting suggestions above within the publish.
  7. Oil: Vegetable oil helps skinny out the chocolate so it simply coats the candies. For those who’re utilizing chocolate melting wafers, you do not want so as to add oil. Coconut oil works, however the chocolate isn’t fairly as skinny. I’ve discovered vegetable oil it the only option. Don’t use butter.
  8. Do Not Mood: I don’t advocate tempering the chocolate for this recipe. Tempered chocolate shouldn’t be refrigerated and because of the contemporary components within the filling, these candies should be refrigerated.
  9. Replace in 2023: I barely up to date the filling in 2023. The recipe used to name for 8 Tablespoons butter (113g) and three cups confectioners’ sugar (360g). I diminished each barely to the quantities you see above, for much less sweetness, and extra peanut butter taste. The filling now matches my fashionable peanut butter eggs.

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