Chocolate covered peanut butter balls are an easy delicious addition to any holiday dessert platter. These buckeye balls are full of deliciously creamy peanut butter and chocolate. This no bake dessert recipe will be a hit with anyone who loves peanut butter and chocolate!
Peanut butter and chocolate. Is there a better combination than that? I don’t think so.
It’s a classic and definitely one of my favorites and I combine these flavors often like when I make buckeye brownies.
I adore Reese’s peanut butter cups. But you know what’s better than a store bought peanut butter cup? A homemade chocolate covered peanut butter ball of course!
I love making these for buckeye balls for the holidays.
They are also fun to make for Valentine’s Day and Easter.
Really, is there any occasion that a homemade peanut butter candy can’t improve? I don’t think so!
How to Make Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
Making homemade buckeye balls really isn’t difficult.
Unlike other candy recipes, you don’t have to worry about tempering anything or getting the candy to exact right temperature.
To make chocolate covered peanut butter balls, mix together the softened butter and peanut butter until it’s nice and creamy.
Then gradually mix in the powdered sugar and keep mixing until it is well combined.
At first, the peanut butter mixture will be crumbly after adding the sugar. But keep mixing and it will come together.
Now, comes the tricky part! You have to cover the peanut butter and let it sit in the fridge for a couple hours.
Once it’s ready, scoop 1 inch sized balls and roll them to make them nice and round. Then put them onto a cookie sheet.
When you’ve got all the balls rolled out, put the cookie sheet into the freezer while you get the chocolate ready.
To melt the chocolate, make a double boiler by putting a heat safe bowl on top of a saucepan filled with water. Bring the water to a boil and place the chocolate in the bowl.
Keep stirring the chocolate until it is completely melted and smooth.
Once the chocolate is melted, you can take the peanut butter balls out of the freezer. Stick a toothpick into a ball, and dip it into the chocolate.
Tap the hand holding the peanut butter balls gently a few times to release some of the extra chocolate.
Put the coated balls onto a sheet of wax paper while the chocolate hardens.
Once the chocolate sets, store the balls in a container on your counter or in your fridge.
Tips and Tricks for the Easiest Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls Ever
Making these buckeye balls is very easy. However, following my tips and tricks will help make sure you find them as effortless to make as I do.
- Make sure you aren’t using natural peanut butter or chunky peanut butter. The natural peanut butter doesn’t have the right consistency and the chunky peanut butter will be unpleasantly crunchy when you bite into it in these balls.
- Don’t skip refrigerating the peanut butter mixture before you make the balls. Refrigerating it will allow the mix to firm up a bit, making it easier to work with. If you skip it, it gets really messy really fast.
- Make sure you freeze the balls before you dip them. Again it makes them easier to work with.
- I prefer using a double boiler for these buckeye balls instead of melting the chocolate in the microwave because the double boiler keeps the chocolate warm the entire time you dip the balls. If you use the microwave method, you need to work very quickly because the chocolate starts to firm up as you dip if it’s not on a heat source.
- You don’t have to use a toothpick to dip the balls in the chocolate, but I find this method is the least messy and coats the balls better than using a spoon or a candy dipper.
- Add a little extra pizzazz to your peanut butter balls by sprinkling sprinkles or sanding sugar on top of the chocolate before it sets.
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These no bake chocolate covered peanut butter balls are a delightful treat to serve on any dessert tray or gift this holiday season. Make them today and find out how yummy homemade buckeye balls are!
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- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter avoid the natural peanut butter with oils
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 8 oz chocolate bark
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together the peanut butter and butter until creamy. Slowly mix the powdered sugar into the peanut butter and continue to mix until well combined. It will appear super crumbly at first, keep mixing and it will all start to come together.
- Cover the peanut butter ball in a small bowl and refrigerate for a few hours.
- Once ready, scoop 1 inch sized balls, roll them to shape and place them on a cookie sheet. Place into the freezer while you melt the chocolate.
- Using the double broiler method, place a heat safe bowl on top of a saucepan filled with water. Turn the heat to boil and place the chocolate bark into the bowl. Stir the chocolate until completely melted.
- Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer and begin dipping by sticking a toothpick into the ball, dip into the chocolate and tap your wrist a few times with your other hand and it will release some of the drippage.
- Drop the coated balls onto a sheet of wax paper and allow the chocolate to harden. Once hardened, place the balls into a container and store either on the counter or the refrigerator.