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Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut butter balls are a simple, no bake treat filled with creamy peanut butter and powdered sugar then dipped in melted chocolate forming the most perfect peanut butter ball!
Prep Time10 mins
Chill time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter balls
Servings: 20 balls
Calories: 271kcal


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons butter unsalted, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening Crisco or other brand
  • 16 oz. chocolate chips


  • In a large mixing bowl, with electric mixer, combine peanut butter and butter. Mix to combine. Add powdered sugar, and vanilla and stir to combine. Mix until creamy.
  • Refrigerate mixture for at least 10 minutes so dough becomes firm and can be rolled.
  • Place cookie sheet on counter.
  • Roll spoonful sized portions into balls using the palms of your hands. You will yield approximately 20 balls. Place all balls on cookie sheet and place in freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Make the chocolate right before you are going to take the peanut butter balls out of the freezer.
  • Place chocolate chips and vegetable shortening in a microwave safe bowl and melt in 30-second increments in the microwave. Stir in between each session.
  • Remove pan from freezer and pick up each frozen peanut butter ball with a toothpick and dip each peanut butter ball into the chocolate, coating all sides, and tapping on side of bowl to remove excess chocolate and to get a smooth chocolate coating. Place down on baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper and let cool. Use a toothpick or other thin instrument if you don’t have a candy making tool.
  • When all have been coated, place in freezer to harden for about 30 minutes, or in refrigerator for several hours until chocolate is set.


You can substitute coconut oil for vegetable shortening. 


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg