Old Fashioned Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

Peanut butter balls are a “must-have” on our Christmas treat tray!  These make great gifts for friends and neighbors.  They are always received with huge praise.  

Peanut butter balls stacked on a red and green plate.

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.

Seriously, they are like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups but homemade. Rich and creamy peanut butter filling with a smooth chocolate coating.

Peanut butter mixture melted in a sauce pan.

Just 4 Ingredients

Honest, only four ingredients! These no-bake peanut butter balls are really easy and so delicious!

  • Peanut butter – We prefer smooth but if you like chunky, go for it. Use brands like Skippy, Jif, or Peter Pan. Do not use all-natural peanut butter.
  • Unsalted butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Almond bark or candy melts

Tips And Variations

  • You can also use melted chocolate chips instead of candy melts. Just melt a bag of your favorite chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or vegetable oil.
  • You can use festive sprinkles for the tops. Such as chocolate sprinkles, chopped peanuts, toffee bits, or even flaky sea salt.
  • Drizzle the tops with semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate.

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.

Cooled peanut butter mixture in a sauce pan.

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

Let cool to room temperature or enough to handle easily.

Peanut Butter Balls formed 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.

Buckeyes 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.

These old-fashioned chocolate peanut butter balls are also known as Buckeyes. Or even a peanut butter cup in ball form.

FAQ

Can I Use a Natural Peanut Butter?

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

Storage

Store in an air-tight container at room temperature, or even in the refrigerator. Both work fine.

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.)

Peanut butter balls stacked on a red and green plate.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

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: Leigh Harris

Ingredients
 

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

Instructions

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the peanut butter and butter together.
    1 cup unsalted butter, 12 oz peanut butter
  • Remove from the heat and add the confectioners’ sugar.
    1 lb 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.
    1 lb almond bark or candy melts

Notes

The amount this recipe yields depends on the size you make the balls.
You can also use melted chocolate chips instead of candy melts. Just melt a bag of your favorite chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or vegetable oil. Chocolate chips are necessarily made for melting so you will need to add the oil.
StoringStore in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to one week, or even in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Both work fine.
Freezing – 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.) When thawing they might also sweat a little. Layering them between paper towels will help absorb the moisture.

Nutrition

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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18 Comments

  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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