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Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

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Our peanut butter balls recipe features creamy sweetened peanut butter smothered in dark chocolate. Best of all it only uses 5 ingredients!

You can never go wrong with homemade candy, especially during the holidays.

Today, we’re sharing Kim’s decadent and sweet peanut butter balls recipe.

It’s a dark chocolate truffle that’s sure to please any peanut butter lover. Needless to say, these didn’t last long in our household.

A peanut butter truffle with a bite removed to show the filling.
The peanut butter filling is so tasty!

Similar to buckeye balls, these little truffles are loaded with peanut butter and chocolate.

Since they only use 5-ingredients, the hardest part is waiting for the candy to chill.

So, if you’re looking for a holiday treat to share with your family, then look no further.

Let’s get started!

A close-up view of truffle with a bite removed.
These peanut butter truffles make for a great holiday gift.

Looking for more holiday treats? Then take at a look at our new turtle candies recipe.

How do you make peanut butter balls from scratch?

First, place softened unsalted butter and creamy peanut butter into a large mixing bowl.

Afterward, use a hand mixer to combine them into a smooth mixture.

Unsalted butter and peanut butter combined in a mixing bowl.
You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer to combine the butters.

Next, add in the graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar. Again, use your mixer to combine the ingredients.

Once a thick filling forms, turn off your hand mixer. Go ahead and line a large baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.

Powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs added to the mixing bowl.
The graham crackers will thicken the filling.

Now, use a spoon to measure out 1-1.5 tablespoons of peanut butter filling.

Using your hands, roll the filling into a large ball and place it on the prepared baking sheet.

Continue making peanut butter balls until all the filling is gone. It may take more than 1 baking sheet.

The butter mixture and sugar combined to create a thick filling.
Kim used a cookie scoop to measure out the filling.

Then, place the pan(s) into your fridge to chill for about 45-minutes.

When the filling has chilled for at least 30-minutes, pour the chocolate into a heat-safe (microwave safe) bowl.

After that, place the bowl into your microwave and melt the chocolate using the high power setting.

However, be sure to stir the chocolate every 15-20 seconds to keep it from burning.

Truffle filling rolled into balls and placed on a lined baking sheet.
Make sure to chill the truffle filling before dipping the balls in chocolate.

Once the chocolate has melted, use a fork to dip the peanut butter balls into the warm chocolate.

Roll the balls around to coat the truffle on all sides. Return the peanut butter truffles to the baking sheet.

Again, repeat the process until all the truffles have been coated in dark chocolate.

The dipped peanut butter balls placed on a lined baking sheet.
Drizzle the extra melted chocolate over the peanut butter truffles.

Last, return them to your fridge to chill for at least 30-minutes before serving.

That’s it, your peanut butter balls recipe is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy the candy and wish you all the best 🙂

Recipe Tips and FAQ’s:

  • If you don’t have parchment or wax paper, you can use a silicone mat to prevent the peanut butter truffles from sticking to your baking sheet.
  • Make the sure the unsalted butter is softened, at least to room temperature.
  • You don’t have to use dark chocolate, feel free to use semi-sweet chocolate or even white chocolate if you want.

How do you make truffles that don’t melt?

We use tempered chocolate for two reasons. First, it remains solid at room temperature (so the truffles don’t melt).
Second, tempered chocolate creates a shiny exterior on your homemade candy.

Does peanut butter harden after being melted?

To an extent. Most commercial peanut butters are solid at room temperature. So, once melted, they will regain their solid form after they cool.

The finished truffles served in a holiday tin.
This recipe creates 35 peanut butter balls.

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The finished truffles served in a holiday tin.

Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

Yield: 35 Balls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 22 minutes

Our peanut butter balls recipe features creamy sweetened peanut butter smothered in dark chocolate. Best of all it only uses 5 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • ¾ Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 15 Ounces Dark or Semi-Sweet Chocolate (We used Ghirardelli Melting Wafers.)

Instructions

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, use an electric mixer to combine the peanut butter and butter until smooth and creamy. Add the powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs. Continue to mix until a thick mixture forms.

Use a cookie scoop or a spoon to scoop out about 1 - 1 ½ tablespoons of the mixture, and roll it into a ball. Place the ball onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining peanut butter mixture. Refrigerate the peanut butter balls for 30 minutes to an hour.

Just before removing the peanut butter balls from the refrigerator, melt the chocolate. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl, and microwave on high while stirring 15 to 20 seconds until melted and smooth.

Use a fork to dip each peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate, and shake off the excess. Return the chocolate dipped peanut balls to the baking sheet. Drizzle the dipped balls with excess chocolate, then return to the refrigerator to set for at least 30 minutes.

Serve, and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 peanut butter ball. Actual calories will vary. For more information and tips, please refer to the post.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 35 Serving Size: 1 Ball
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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