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How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Updated on November 17, 2015
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Two Tastes That Go Together Naturally

Who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter? These two have been good together at least as long as the candy industry has been going strong.

These chocolate peanut butter balls are easy to make. They are a great party dish and make wonderful holiday gifts. Whenever I give them as presents, they are a big hit.

Kitchenware Needed

Cookie sheet

Waxed paper

Mixing bowl

Electric mixer

Microwave safe dish for melting chocolate or double boiler

Metal or wood skewer

The Ingredients

Hope You Weren't Expecting a Low-Cholesterol Snack

For this recipe you will need:

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 16 ounces creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 12-ounce packages semisweet or milk chocolate chips

Some old recipes call for paraffin to help thin the chocolate and help it set. Newer recipes often use shortening to be more palatable. I don't use either and I've never had a problem. But I do keep them in the fridge and remove them immediately before I serve them. They don't tend to last too long on the counter.

Melted chocolate chips, however, will coat the peanut butter balls thickly. Be sure to use food-grade wax if you are going to experiment with this. You can also use special melting chocolate such as the Wilton brand or that found in your local grocery baking section.

Mixing it All Up

Beat together peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth.

Cover and chill the mixture for 1/2 hour to make it easier to roll into balls.

Just Get Rolling

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Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and place on sheet. They don't have to be sculpted perfectly. Just make them roundish. Chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. I've also put them in the freezer with good results.

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Now For the Fun Part

Start with one bag of chocolate chips as you might not use both bags. Melt them in the microwave in an appropriate dish. I usually use a glass measuring cup.

I've used a double boiler and the microwave on separate occasions to melt the chocolate, and both methods worked nicely for me.

When melted, use a skewer to dip the balls in the chocolate. Cover them as much as you can then use a spoon to cover the top with chocolate.

You might want to use two baking sheets and keep some of the candies in the fridge while you are dipping the rest in chocolate. This helps keep the peanut butter mixture from warming too much and becoming difficult to work with.

How Long Will They Last in Your House?

Voila, you now have deliciously rich chocolate peanut butter balls. These candies need to be kept in the fridge. I have even frozen them for about 6 weeks, and they kept very well.

Melt Your Chocolate Perfectly

You can use a double boiler or melting pots specifically for chocolate to make the job easier.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Trivia

Did you know that the famous chocolate and peanut butter candy Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups sold in the 1920's for one penny a cup?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 16 ounces creamy peanut butter
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar
  • Two 12-ounce packages semisweet or milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Use electric mixer to blend peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter in a large mixing bowl at medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  2. Cover and chill the mixture for at least 1/2 hour for easy handling.
  3. Roll peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet lined with wax paper. Chill for at least half an hour in fridge or freezer.
  4. Melt half a bag of chocolate chips at a time in a double boiler or in the microwave. Use a skewer to dip balls in chocolate and place back onto lined baking sheet. Chill to set. Use spoon to cover the tops of the candy with chocolate and chill to set again.
  5. Store in refrigerator until ready to eat. These freeze well.
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Perfection = Chocolate and Peanut Butter Together

Perfection = Chocolate and Peanut Butter Together
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Can you choose?

If you were stranded on a desert island and you had to choose between chocolate or peanut butter, which would you choose?

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    • LaraineRoses profile image

      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Reeses Peanut Butter Cups! I've just got to try this recipe! Thank you for this and angel blessings to you!

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      awakeningwellness 4 years ago

      For some reason I find the proportion of chocolate to peanut butter is better in the Reeses Easter eggs and Christmas trees then in the regular cups. :)

      This recipe looks really yummy!!!

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      any thing peanut butter. Love PB pie and candy Reeses but I like the Easter Egg the best better PB:choc ratio.

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      You're going to make me decide?

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      MJSchrader 6 years ago

      The peanut butter pie... which is not a candy but it's a giant Reese's PB cup... make it with the chocolate cookie crust, peanut butter and cream cheese and chocolate melted over the top... INSANE!!!

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      ArdenBaird LM 6 years ago

      In our family we have a similar recipe but we add graham cracker crumbs and sometimes roll them in shredded coconut after the chocolate bath. Oh boy, now I'm hungry. sigh.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      It was Reeses till I saw your recipe. Now the jury's out again. Can't wait to try them.

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      arcaneradio 8 years ago

      Reeses Peanut Butter cups, hands down