Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls

A Delightful No-Bake Treat



Preparation Phase & Tools To Use

Tools Needed:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Double boiler or microwave (for melting chocolate)
  • Fork or toothpick (for dipping)

Ingredients & Their Roles

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter – Forms the base of the balls, providing a rich, nutty flavor.
  • 2 cups powdered sugar – Adds sweetness and helps solidify the peanut butter mixture.
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened – Ensures the mixture is creamy and binds well.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract – Enhances the flavor complexity.
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips – The outer coating, offering a smooth, rich contrast to the peanut butter.
  • 1 tbsp shortening (optional) – Helps thin the chocolate for easier dipping.


Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Mix Peanut Butter Base: In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, powdered sugar, softened butter, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth and well blended.
  2. Form Balls: Scoop out teaspoon-sized portions of the mixture and roll them into balls. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If the mixture is too sticky, chill it in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes before rolling.
  3. Chill: Freeze the peanut butter balls for 20-30 minutes, or until firm. This makes them easier to dip in chocolate.
  4. Melt Chocolate: Using a double boiler or microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the shortening (if using). Stir until smooth.
  5. Dip Balls in Chocolate: Using a fork or toothpick, dip each peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate, ensuring it’s completely coated. Let the excess chocolate drip off before placing the ball back on the parchment paper.
  6. Chill Again: Refrigerate the chocolate-coated balls until the chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.
  7. Serve: Enjoy these peanut butter chocolate balls as a delicious treat. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Timing & Nutritional Information

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Chill Time: 50 minutes (total)
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Servings: Makes about 30 balls
  • Kcal: Approximately 150-200 kcal per ball (varies based on size and chocolate type)



Nutritional Information & Health Benefits:

While high in calories, these peanut butter chocolate balls offer the health benefits of peanut butter, including healthy fats, protein, and various vitamins and minerals. Opt for dark chocolate to increase antioxidants.

Common Mistakes To Avoid & How to Perfect the Recipe

  • Not Chilling Enough: Ensure the peanut butter mixture and formed balls are firm enough before dipping in chocolate to avoid them falling apart.
  • Overheating the Chocolate: Melt the chocolate gently to prevent it from seizing. If using a microwave, do so in short bursts, stirring in between.
  • Making Balls Too Big: Keep them bite-sized for easier coating and a balanced ratio of peanut butter to chocolate.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls are a simple, no-bake dessert that combines the irresistible flavors of peanut butter and chocolate in one bite-sized treat. Perfect for holidays, parties, or a sweet snack, they’re sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Enjoy crafting these delightful treats and the joy they bring to every occasion.

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