Also known as buckeyes, Easy Peanut Butter Balls are a delicious peanut butter and chocolate no bake treat made up of just five simple pantry ingredients. Perfect for the holidays or any time at all!
‘Tis the season for holiday baking – or in this case NOT baking! I have been on a mission to find the easiest most delicious treats for my holiday table and these Easy Peanut Butter Balls are perfect. I really love the no bake concept. These are surprisingly easy to make and everybody loves them!
How to Make Easy Peanut Butter Balls
These little bites of deliciousness are a traditional holiday treat, but that’s not to say that you couldn’t make them anytime you want a sweet little treat. Like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, these are addicting!
Other than the chocolate coating, there are four ingredients to the peanut butter balls. Yup. Four. And they all go into the bowl of an electric mixer. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer for pretty much everything but you could also use a hand mixer if that is easier for you.
Combine the peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on low speed just until blended.
Once the peanut butter mixture is combined, start rolling it into balls. You can choose to make them any size you like. Using a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon is a sure way to keep them all the same size.
Using your hands, roll the batter into balls and set them on a silicone lined or wax paper lined baking sheet. If the dough seems too sticky, dust your hands with some powdered sugar before rolling. This makes it much easier! Place the baking sheet into the freezer for 20 minutes or until firm.
Once firm, melt a package of candy melts according to the package directions in the microwave (or you can use a melting pot that will keep the chocolate melted).
Please note: There is also a way to do this with chocolate chips and coconut oil but this way is so easy and they turn out perfect every time so I am sticking with what works.
Coat each peanut butter ball completely, returning each one to the parchment or silicone lined baking sheet after coating.
If you want to add sprinkles, do before the chocolate is set so they stick. I chose to drizzle cookie icing so that they would look a little different.
Once everything is dipped and decorated, pop them into the refrigerator to get everything to firm up and then serve.
Mine are going into cute little baking cups and then will become part of the holiday trays I pass out to the neighbors, after my family has taken their share. I just hope there’s some left! Enjoy!
Other Holiday Treat Recipes You May Like
Small Batch Gingerbread Friends – soft in the middle, crispy on the edges, perfect gingerbread cookies!
Christmas Pretzel Candy – pretzel and toffee covered in a thin layer of chocolate. Yum!
Brown Sugar Candy – Chocolate covered or not, this old fashioned treat is amazing!
Christmas Pretzel M&M Hugs – brighten up any table or holiday tray!
Rolo Turtles – salty pretzel, sweet caramel, and buttery pecan in one delicious bite!
Easy Peanut Butter Balls
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 package chocolate candy melts
- In the bowl of an electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), combine peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
- Mix just until blended.
- Roll into bite sized balls and place onto a Silpat or wax paper lined baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet into the freezer for 20 minutes or until firm.
- Melt candy melts according to package directions and coat each peanut butter ball completely, returning to baking sheet after coating.
- Decorate with sprinkles if desired.
- Chill in refrigerator until chocolate is set. Enjoy!