Old-fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

The two classic flavors of peanut butter and chocolate create the most loved holiday treat – perfect old-fashioned peanut butter balls. Peanut butter and chocolate is the flavor combination that makes so many favorite dessert and candy recipes utterly amazing.  Creamy sweet peanut butter centers drenched in semi-sweet chocolate are my favorite way to enjoy these two flavors.  This is the ultimate chocolate and peanut butter dessert.  If you love peanut butter and chocolate too, then you will probably also not want to miss my recipe for FROZEN PEANUT BUTTER CUP PIE.

This recipe is simply the classic version that has been around even longer than I have been making it.  There is no reason to alter this simple yet perfect recipe in any way.  These old-fashioned peanut butter balls are easy to make with powdered sugar, a little butter, and of course the chocolate and peanut butter. Make it modern? Add Rice Krispies to peanut butter balls? Why mess with it?  Please, just make it as is and enjoy everything wholesome and old-fashioned about it.

Many people make buckeye balls which is similar. The only difference is they are not dipped and coated on all sides. Buckeyes are traditionally dipped in the chocolate leaving a top section of peanut butter exposed, thus looking like a buckeye. (nuts from the buckeye tree common in Ohio).  I like more of chocolate to peanut butter ratio,  so fully drenched is how I roll.  We cannot have Christmas in our house without chocolate covered peanut butter balls.


Old-fashioned peanut butter balls
Old-fashioned peanut butter balls

No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls are a Holiday Classic

The holiday season is not allowed to start in my house until the peanut butter balls are made.  For over 3 decades I have made these every holiday season and they are still the #1 requested and craved item by my family and friends every December.   Just a few ingredients bring so much joy to so many people each year.  This is on the goodie plates that I deliver to our neighbors every year. My neighbors are some lucky people if I say so myself.


How to Make Old-fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

You only need four ingredients to make old-fashioned peanut butter balls. Simple enough they are:

  1. peanut butter
  2. powdered sugar (also known as confectioners sugar)
  3. salted butter
  4. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Why salted?  Why not!   The salt content in the butter is low enough to not make it taste “salt”. Rather the salt just balances out all that sugar.

Peanut butter balls also need plenty of powdered sugar. Not to be confused with regular white sugar.  This not only makes them sweet but also acts as a binder for the creamy peanut butter and butter. As they combine, the mixture holds up well to roll and eventually coat in the melted chocolate.


Old-fashioned peanut butter balls ingredients
Old-fashioned peanut butter balls ingredients


Combine the softened butter with the peanut butter and half of the sugar.

Old-fashioned peanut butter balls mixing
Mix softened butter, peanut butter, and powdered sugar



Stir to combine.  Add remaining sugar and combine thoroughly.

Old-fashioned peanut butter balls
Mix the powdered sugar in slowly in batches


Once the peanut butter mixture is ready, place the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Old-fashioned peanut butter balls
The mixture is ready to chill in the fridge



On a lined baking sheet, roll peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls.  There will be about 30 balls on the baking sheet once complete. Place the baking sheet of peanut butter balls into the refrigerator for another 30 minutes to set the balls. This will ensure they hold up once they start to dip into the warm melted chocolate later.


rolled Old-fashioned peanut butter balls
Roll into 1-inch balls



In a double boiler melt the chocolate until smooth. Be sure to do this over a low simmer to ensure the chocolate does not seize up. I do not have your own one and you do not you can easily make one at home if you have the right items. I use a glass bowl over a saucepan, as seen below.

melt chocolate for Old-fashioned peanut butter balls
melt chocolate in a double boiler



Once the chocolate is melted, remove the peanut butter balls from the refrigerator.

Old-fashioned peanut butter balls
Melted chocolate and chilled peanut butter balls ready for dipping



Begin coating each ball one at a time in the melted chocolate. I use two spoons to roll and move the ball back and forth to coat all sides.

Old-fashioned peanut butter balls
Using two spoons dip and roll


By twisting the spoons over and under the peanut butter ball, the spoon not only coats the balls but also helps keep the round shape.  Work quickly or get some help. You want to do this with warm chocolate and before the peanut butter balls start to come to room temperature.

Old-fashioned peanut butter balls
Coat each ball evenly with chocolate


Let the peanut butter balls cool and the chocolate hardens at room temperature or put the baking sheet back into the refrigerator.

Old-fashioned peanut butter balls
Chocolate coated peanut butter balls


Ready to enjoy!


Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a month. They will store for even longer in the freezer.  I am one of those people that LOVES frozen peanut butter and chocolate treats.   I warn you that you may need to hide these since they will be eaten fast if discovered.   Enjoy and share with your loved ones. Nothing says I Love You and Merry Christmas like homemade old-fashioned peanut butter balls!


Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls
Old-fashioned Peanut Butter Balls




Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls
Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls PIN



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Old-fashioned peanut butter balls


The two classic flavors of peanut butter and chocolate create the most loved holiday treat.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30


  • 1 C peanut butter
  • 6 TB salted butter softened
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 12oz-pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine the peanut butter, softened butter, and half of the powdered sugar. Mix to combine. Add the remaining 1 C of powdered sugar and stir to combine.
  • Refrigerate about 30 minutes so the mixture is not so sticky and soft.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Roll peanut butter mixture into 1-inch sized balls and place them on the baking sheet. It should make about 30 in total.
  • Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes to set.
  • In a double-boiler bring the water to a rolling boil. Turn the heat down to low to have a very low simmer on the water under the top boiling pot. Add chocolate to the top of the double-boiler and stir constantly until the chocolate is evenly melted. Do not turn the heat up, it should melt slowly. Once completely melted remove from the water and turn off the heat.
  • Remove the peanut butter balls from the refrigerator and dip one at a time coat in the melted chocolate. I use two spoons that I rotate back and forth and over the peanut balls as the chocolate coats it.
  • Place each coated ball back on the lined baking sheet. Let sit at room temperature or in the refrigerator until chocolate hardens.
  • Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. They can store for up to a month or even longer in the freezer. (but NO WAY they are not enjoyed much faster than that)
Keyword chocolate, christmas, holiday, peanut butter, valentine's day


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