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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

chocolate peanut butter balls Before Christmas, I found this chocolate peanut butter balls recipe pictured in my Family Fun magazine. Anna Hammari sent it in, and I think she won some kind of prize for it. I have never been able to make chocolate covered peanut butter anything come out quite right, so I tried this recipe with skepticism. I didn't mess them up. Anna's chocolate peanut butter balls are creamy, diet-grieving, bites of heaven. You can't eat just one. Especially in the season of chocolate peanut butter eggs, I long for some chocolate peanut butter goodness. Actually, I think I have a Reece's egg hidden in the entertainment center right now. I digress. As usual, I rewrote this recipe to make it easier to follow.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
chocolate peanut butter balls
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chocolate peanut butter balls
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter and butter and stir with a wooden spoon until evenly blended. Add the powdered sugar and stir until the mixture has the consistency of sticky play dough.
  2. Use a double boiler to melt the chocolate chips with the shortening, stirring frequently. If you're using different types of chocolate, melt them in separate batches. White chocolate doesn't contain cocoa butter, so it requires extra shortening. The Family Fun people used 2 tablespoons for semisweet chips, and 3 tablespoons for white chocolate. (Alternately - you can melt chocolate chips in the microwave if you zap them for 15-20 seconds at a time and stir thoroughly after each time. It's riskier than a double boiler, but it's easier, too.)
  3. While the chocolate melts, roll the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls and set them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. (Reader tip: If the dough is too sticky, add more confectioners' sugar and/or wet your hands with warm water to prevent sticking.)
  4. Brilliant - Put the baking sheet in the freezer until the peanut butter balls are solid enough to pick up with a toothpick, about 5 to 10 minutes. Why have I never thought of this?
  5. Insert a toothpick into each peanut butter ball, then dip it into the melted chocolate. Set the chocolate-coated balls on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Remove the toothpicks. Immediately place a chocolate or peanut butter chip or a piece of a peanut over each toothpick hole. Cool the peanut butter balls in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened, about 5 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Makes 100 (1-inch) peanut butter balls.

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  Reader Tip: Use leftover melted chocolate to coat pretzels, or pour it into candy molds and add chopped nuts or dried fruit.  

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83 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe”

  1. I posted my recipe for these back around Christmas. They are my favorite homemade candy of all time! The main difference is our recipes, is that I use parafin wax instead of shortening with the chocolate chips.

    I also use the toothpicks and the freezer (or fridge) strategy. I used to make these with my dad when I was a kid, and he’s get very “upset” when the balls would fall in the chocolate, and this technique was a HUGE hit. And then at the end we’d spoon our leftover melted chocolate over the holes.

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    • Gretchen – I like that idea! It would give the center just a wee bit of crunch, but not so much as crunchy peanut butter. I may have to try that. 🙂

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    • Gretchen – I like that idea! It would give the center just a wee bit of crunch, but not so much as crunchy peanut butter. I may have to try that. 🙂

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    • Gretchen – I like that idea! It would give the center just a wee bit of crunch, but not so much as crunchy peanut butter. I may have to try that. 🙂

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  2. I posted my recipe for these back around Christmas. They are my favorite homemade candy of all time! The main difference is our recipes, is that I use parafin wax instead of shortening with the chocolate chips.

    I also use the toothpicks and the freezer (or fridge) strategy. I used to make these with my dad when I was a kid, and he’s get very “upset” when the balls would fall in the chocolate, and this technique was a HUGE hit. And then at the end we’d spoon our leftover melted chocolate over the holes.

    Jerri’s last blog post..Recipe of the Week: Chicken Tortilla Soup

  3. I posted my recipe for these back around Christmas. They are my favorite homemade candy of all time! The main difference is our recipes, is that I use parafin wax instead of shortening with the chocolate chips.

    I also use the toothpicks and the freezer (or fridge) strategy. I used to make these with my dad when I was a kid, and he’s get very “upset” when the balls would fall in the chocolate, and this technique was a HUGE hit. And then at the end we’d spoon our leftover melted chocolate over the holes.

    Jerri’s last blog post..Recipe of the Week: Chicken Tortilla Soup

  4. Yum! We make peanut butter balls every year for CHRISTmas. They get gobbled up quick,too. 😀

    THanks for sharing!

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  5. These are really good and I often put them in the freezer, it really helps.

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  6. I love peanut butter eggs! We used to make this recipe all the time…and then we discovered that my 4th child has a nut allergy. No more peanut butter.

    So, I have to get my peanut butter chocolate fix by purchasing a candy bar at the store and eating it before I get home.

    When there’s a will, there’s a way.

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  7. Yum! We make peanut butter balls every year for CHRISTmas. They get gobbled up quick,too. 😀

    THanks for sharing!

    Sherry’s last blog post..Greek Chicken Salad

  8. Yum! We make peanut butter balls every year for CHRISTmas. They get gobbled up quick,too. 😀

    THanks for sharing!

    Sherry’s last blog post..Greek Chicken Salad

  9. These are really good and I often put them in the freezer, it really helps.

    Brenda’s last blog post..Chicken Cabbage Salad for TMTT

  10. These are really good and I often put them in the freezer, it really helps.

    Brenda’s last blog post..Chicken Cabbage Salad for TMTT

  11. I love peanut butter eggs! We used to make this recipe all the time…and then we discovered that my 4th child has a nut allergy. No more peanut butter.

    So, I have to get my peanut butter chocolate fix by purchasing a candy bar at the store and eating it before I get home.

    When there’s a will, there’s a way.

    michelle@babiesonline’s last blog post..Breakfast, Naptime, Playtime, Bath: A Poem

  12. I love peanut butter eggs! We used to make this recipe all the time…and then we discovered that my 4th child has a nut allergy. No more peanut butter.

    So, I have to get my peanut butter chocolate fix by purchasing a candy bar at the store and eating it before I get home.

    When there’s a will, there’s a way.

    michelle@babiesonline’s last blog post..Breakfast, Naptime, Playtime, Bath: A Poem

  13. Oh. my. word. These sound FABULOUS! I am so going to make some of these and not share them with anyone! Reese’s are my favorite, anything peanut butter and chocolate, so these will become a fav too I assume, thanks for sharing!

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  14. Oh. my. word. These sound FABULOUS! I am so going to make some of these and not share them with anyone! Reese’s are my favorite, anything peanut butter and chocolate, so these will become a fav too I assume, thanks for sharing!

    Ali’s last blog post..Fresh Sqeezed OJ

  15. Oh. my. word. These sound FABULOUS! I am so going to make some of these and not share them with anyone! Reese’s are my favorite, anything peanut butter and chocolate, so these will become a fav too I assume, thanks for sharing!

    Ali’s last blog post..Fresh Sqeezed OJ

  16. T and Hubby would go nuts for these! They love peanut butter. Not sure if you watch South Park – but the name reminds me of something Chef made on the show LOL!

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  17. T and Hubby would go nuts for these! They love peanut butter. Not sure if you watch South Park – but the name reminds me of something Chef made on the show LOL!

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  18. T and Hubby would go nuts for these! They love peanut butter. Not sure if you watch South Park – but the name reminds me of something Chef made on the show LOL!

    Robyns Online World’s last blog post..Comment & Win #6 – $100 Amazon Gift Card

  19. These sound perfect for a treat for friends for Easter!

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  20. These sound perfect for a treat for friends for Easter!

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  21. These sound perfect for a treat for friends for Easter!

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  22. Sounds exactly like my recipe. It goes over well at our house. Abi

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  23. Sounds exactly like my recipe. It goes over well at our house. Abi

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  24. Sounds exactly like my recipe. It goes over well at our house. Abi

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