Thursday, December 8, 2011

peanut butter balls party!


Don’t you just love how a recipe can recreate memories of the past . That is one of the things about cooking that brings me joy. Peanut butter balls are a Christmas tradition that I’m passing on to my daughter. Make these once & they will become a tradition at your house too.

Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate? These have a smooth rich center and chocolate coating just like Reese’s peanut butter cup. They are no-bake so your little ones will love helping.

This delicious holiday treat will disappear fast! We like them best COLD from the fridge! Crank up the Christmas carols & go make these!

Peanut Butter Balls

makes 4 dozen


1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar, see * in step 1
12 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening


1. Using electric mixer, cream the peanut butter, butter & vanilla together. Add the powdered sugar a cup at a time & mix well after each addition. * BEFORE adding the last half cup of powdered sugar, test the mixture. You want it to be stiff, not too sticky, and NOT CRUMBLY. It needs to hold together in a ball. You may need more or less powdered sugar depending on how creamy your peanut butter is.You may not need the last half cup of powdered sugar, depending on how creamy your peanut butter is.

2. Roll into balls. I use my smallest cookie dough scoop to measure, which holds about 2 teaspoons. Place balls on wax paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate or freeze for about 30 minutes to firm up.

3. Melt chocolate chips & shortening. I melt half the chocolate/shortening to start & melt the rest as needed . I use the microwave on medium power, cooking for 1 minute & stirring, repeating until melted and smooth. I use a small plastic bowl. You can use a doubler boiler instead of the microwave.

4. Take pb balls out of the fridge & dip into chocolate. I used to have THESE TOOLS, which I loved when I first started dipping chocolates. Now I've found that a fork is just as easy for me. I put a pb ball into the chocolate & scoop some chocolate over the top of it. Then lift the chocolate covered ball out with a fork, tap the fork on the side of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. You can also carefully scrape the bottom of the fork on the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Then use a toothpick to carefully scoot the chocolate covered pb ball off the fork & onto the wax paper.

5. Allow to sit for an hour or pop them in the fridge to set up quicker.


  1. Oh my. Maybe I should just stay up all night and make truffles and peanut butter balls? Yum. :)

  2. I havent even made the balls and its crumbly!!:(

    1. Hi, if your mixture is crumbly, don't worry, you can fix it! Just add an extra 1/2 cup or so of peanut butter & 2 T extra softened butter. I just added some extra notes in step 1 about the last cup of powdered sugar. Peanut butter varies on the creaminess. If you use extra creamy soft peanut butter you will need a little more powdered sugar to firm it up. If you use less creamy peanut butter you will need less powdered sugar.

      Before you add the last cup of powdered sugar, scoop out a spoonful and roll it in a ball. It should stick together nicely and not be too sticky & should NOT be crumbly! Only add the last cup of powdered sugar or part of the last cup of powdered sugar if you need it. Hope this helps! :)

    2. Thank you! Instead of extra peanut butter we added nutella and it turned out to be REALLY good!

  3. Question: How much butter? It only says 1/2 is it half cup of half stick?

    1. oops, it's 1/2 CUP! Thanks so much for asking! I updated the post! :)

  4. Your stuff is awesome! I cant seem to do any work with all these amazing recipes of yours! :)


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