Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls – EASY, NO-BAKE treats that are a holiday favorite!! They have it all: Salty, sweet, crunchy, with chocolate and peanut butter! Great for cookie exchanges or impromptu parties!!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls - EASY, NO-BAKE treats that are a holiday favorite!! They have it all: Salty, sweet, crunchy, with chocolate and peanut butter! Great for cookie exchanges or impromptu parties!!

Back in October I asked on my Facebook page and on Instagram for family favorite holiday recipe submissions from all of you.

I said that if I thought the recipe looked good I would make it and possibly post it on my website in December. And here we are.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls - EASY, NO-BAKE treats that are a holiday favorite!! They have it all: Salty, sweet, crunchy, with chocolate and peanut butter! Great for cookie exchanges or impromptu parties!!

This recipe comes from Ashley C. and she told me she and her mom make these every year and said about the recipe, “I think it is from a church cookbook of my Grandma’s. They are sort of like buckeyes – but crunchy and so much better!”

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I loved the crunchy peanut butter twist as well. It gave them great texture and I also added sprinkles. Because of course I couldn’t resist holiday’ifying them even more.

It’s such an easy recipe and it’s no-bake, which I especially appreciate around the holiday season when I am already baking so much. They remind me of the Chocolate Peanut Butter Stacks I made last holiday season that went viral on social media. Peanut butter, chocolate, sprinkles, no-bake, easy.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls - EASY, NO-BAKE treats that are a holiday favorite!! They have it all: Salty, sweet, crunchy, with chocolate and peanut butter! Great for cookie exchanges or impromptu parties!!

The original title of this recipe was Martha’s Candy (aka Peanut Butter Balls). I did some digging and there are recipes out there for ‘Martha Washington Candy’ and this seems to be very similar to many of those. The ratios of peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, etc. vary slightly.

I halved the recipe that Ashley sent and still made 48 balls. That was plenty of rolling and dipping for my daughter and I on a Saturday morning but if you’re making these for a cookie exchange, the recipe is easily doubled, tripled, etc.

I also didn’t need to add any additional nuts like the pecans she uses because my mixture was on the dry side and it couldn’t have handled any more dry ingredients. But that could be because I used extra crunchy peanut butter. If your mixture is too wet/too dry, that’s easily rectified with more graham cracker crumbs or nuts/more peanut butter.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls - EASY, NO-BAKE treats that are a holiday favorite!! They have it all: Salty, sweet, crunchy, with chocolate and peanut butter! Great for cookie exchanges or impromptu parties!!

I definitely recommend using a peanut butter like Jif or Skippy rather than a natural peanut butter because you don’t want it separating.

I included the original recipe in the Notes/Tips section below if you’d like to see the little tweaks I made.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls - EASY, NO-BAKE treats that are a holiday favorite!! They have it all: Salty, sweet, crunchy, with chocolate and peanut butter! Great for cookie exchanges or impromptu parties!!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls – EASY, NO-BAKE treats that are a holiday favorite!! They have it all: Salty, sweet, crunchy, with chocolate and peanut butter! Great for cookie exchanges or impromptu parties!!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup (about 6 ounces) crunchy peanut butter (I used extra crunchy)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, if necessary or desired
  • about 8 ounces chopped chocolate or as needed, melted (see item 1. in the Notes and Tips below)
  • holiday sprinkles, as needed

Directions:

  1. To a large bowl, add the melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, vanilla, optional salt, and stir to combine. Depending on how dry your mixture is, you may not need to add the pecans but play it by ear. If the mixture is on the wet side, definitely add them and/or add additional graham cracker crumbs.
  2. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop (highly recommended for ease and speed), scoop out approximately 48 equal-sized balls, and place them on a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Roll each between your palms to smooth them out and compact them. Set aside in the fridge while you chop and melt the chocolate. I place the chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 15 seconds bursts until it can be stirred smooth; use a double boiler if you prefer.
  3. Using two forks or a toothpick, dip each ball in chocolate, shaking off the excess, and place on the parchment. Repeat until all balls have been dipped.
  4. Evenly sprinkle the balls with sprinkles, to taste.
  5. Allow chocolate to set up at room temperature or place the baking sheet in the fridge to speed it up.

Adapted from Ashley C.

Recipe Notes and Tips:

  1. I used half Trader Joe’s 72% Pound Plus and half Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Pound Plus. Semi-sweet chocolate chips may be substituted although I prefer chocolate in bars because it doesn’t set up as fast and melts smoother than chocolate chips do.

Original Recipe that I adapted:

2 sticks melted butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 box powdered sugar
1/2 cup pecans
1 12 oz jar crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla

6 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
paraffin wax

1. Mix together first 6 ingredients  and roll into balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes (or more).

2. Melt 1 6-oz package of nestle semi-sweet chocolate bits and 1/2 of 1 stick of paraffin wax in top of double boiler.  Then dip balls (using toothpick) in choc mixture and place on waxed paper to cool.

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24 comments on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls”

  1. We love buckeyes around here and these do look even better. The graham cracker crumbs and crunchy peanut butter are what caught my eye. Jon would go crazy for these!!

  2. Oh girl, these look fabulous!!!! Holy yumminess!

  3. If I made these, I don’t think I’d share. With anyone. Mmm.

  4. Do these have to be kept in the fridge or can they be left in a container on the counter?

  5. I’ve been thinking all week on what to make for Christmas treats I will be making some of these recipes thank you so much for your help they all look amazing

  6. Could I make ahead and keep in the freezer? Does anyone know? Thanks

  7. Awesome recipe! so festive. almost too beautiful to eat. almost.

  8. Love these balls, baby. Adorable holiday presentation!

  9. I am quite the fan of your blog! I stumbled on it at Thanksgiving and tried a recipe. You made me look like a gourmet cook without the hassle! You really do a nice job from your photos to the solid recipes that you provide. I love everything about your blog! Outstanding job!

    • Thank you for the lovely compliments! One of my personal goals as a blogger is to provide recipes for people that make them look like gourmet cooks without the hassle and I am glad you feel I deliver! Thank you and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  10. Why have I never made peanut butter balls??!!! I need to!

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