Peanut Butter Balls


This peanut butter balls recipe is delicious for anytime of the year, but a must-have when Christmas season rolls around. Keep this 4-ingredient candy recipe on hand so you can make peanut butter balls (in less than an hour!) for all your holiday gatherings.

overhead view of peanut butter balls
Photo: Andy Lyons
Hands On Time:
45 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 1 cup peanut butter

  • 6 tablespoon butter, softened

  • 2 cup powdered sugar

  • 12 ounce chocolate-flavored candy coating (almond bark), cut up


  1. Line a tray or baking sheet with waxed paper. In a large bowl stir together peanut butter and butter. Gradually add powdered sugar, stirring until combined. If necessary, knead with hands until smooth. Shape peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls; place on prepared tray.

  2. In a 2-qt. heavy saucepan melt candy coating over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Remove from heat; let cool 5 minutes. Using a fork, dip balls, one at a time, into coating, allowing excess coating to drip off. Return to waxed paper; let stand 10 minutes or until set. If desired, after coating has set, drizzle with additional melted candy coating to decorate.

To Store

Place balls in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 month or freeze up to 3 months. If frozen, thaw at room temperature before serving.

Dip It

Place one ball on the tines of a fork. Lower the fork into the candy coating; turn as necessary (or use a spoon to drizzle candy coating over the ball). Lift the ball out, letting coating drip off so you don't end up with a pool of coating on the waxed paper. Repeat for all.

Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

Prepare as directed, except stir 1 cup crisp rice cereal into peanut butter mixture before shaping into balls.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

105 Calories
7g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 105
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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