Easy Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

Peanut butter balls are a “must-have” on our Christmas treat tray!  

Only four ingredients, really easy and so delicious!

These make great gifts for friends and neighbors.  They are always received with huge praise.  

I received this recipe from a co-worker years ago and have been making it ever since. I consider these the BEST peanut butter balls I have ever eaten.

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls - peanut mixture melted in a sauce pan

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Balls

  • Peanut butter – We prefer smooth but if you like chunky, go for it.
  • Unsalted butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Almond bark or candy melts

Can I Use a Natural Peanut Butter?

No, you need to use a no-stir peanut butter for this recipe. The filling will not set up properly.

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the creamy peanut butter and unsalted butter together.

Prepare a baking sheet with wax paper.

Peanut Butter Balls - cooled peanut butter mixture in a sauce pan

Remove it from the heat and add the confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar).

Allow to cool to room temperature or enough to handle easily.

Peanut Butter Balls form on a wax paper lined baking sheet

Roll the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls and refrigerate to chill until firm about 30 minutes.

Peanut Butter Balls dipped in melted chocolate

This is the most time-consuming step.  Melt almond bark per the package instructions, dip each ball into melted chocolate to coat let excess chocolate drip off.

If you prefer to not use the almond bark you can melt a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips with one tablespoon of vegetable oil or coconut oil. You can melt it in a double boiler or in the microwave at 30-second intervals.

Feel free to use white chocolate, dark chocolate, or milk chocolate. It’s your choice.

Place balls dipped in chocolate on wax paper to dry completely.

Peanut Butter Balls drying on wax paper

Can You Freeze Peanut Butter Balls

Yes, allow them to set up completely. Layer in an airtight container between parchment paper or wax paper and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. (The chocolate might discolor a bit.)

These are also known as Buckeyes. Or even a peanut butter cup in ball form.

Store in an air-tight container.

Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

Peanut Butter Balls – Only 4 ingredients and so delicious! These are the perfect Holiday treat to share with friends and neighbors.
4.63 from 8 votes
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Course: Candy, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balls, buckeyes, butter, cups, peanut
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 222kcal
Author: DSTR


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 12 oz peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 1 lb confectioners sugar
  • 1 lb almond bark or candy melts


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the peanut butter and butter together.
  • Remove from the heat and add the confectioners’ sugar.
  • Allow to cool enough to handle, shape into balls. (about 1 inch) Refrigerate to chill.
  • Melt almond bark per package instructions, dip each ball into chocolate to coat, place on wax paper to dry completely.


The amount this recipe yields depends on the size you make the balls.


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I need to try and make these – my son and husband love them. My grandmother used to make them for us along with homemade fudge and peanut clusters every year but she is now 93 and unable to do it anymore.

  2. Your Peanut Butter Balls look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great holiday season!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen5 stars

  3. Yummy! We make these same PB balls a few times a year; though we’ve never heated them. Usually we just use some room temperature/ softened butter and mixed it with the peanut butter and powdered sugar. I keep saying we’re going to “mix it up” by coating them in something other than chocolate but the combination of PB and chocolate is just too much to resist!

  4. These look like Buckeyes only we don’t cover the entire ball, we leave a little peanut butter showing so it looks like the Buckeye nut, hence the name. Perfect suggestion for the smoked wings and white bbq sauce.5 stars

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