Ingredients For Peanut Butter Balls
To make the no-bake peanut butter balls, you’ll start with some simple ingredients. Let’s break down each one!
- Unsalted Butter: Since the peanut butter will have a little bit of salt in it, I suggest sticking with unsalted butter. Make sure to set your butter out ahead of time so that it can come to room temperature.
- Peanut Butter: You’ll want to stick with a no-stir peanut butter like Jif or Skippy so that these set up properly.
- Powdered Sugar: The powdered sugar helps to sweeten the peanut butter filling and firms it up so it’s easier to roll into balls.
- Vanilla Extract & Salt: The vanilla adds a little flavor.
- Semi-sweet Chocolate: The chocolate comes after you’ve mixed up the filling. I used semi-sweet chocolate bars for this recipe, but feel free to swap the semi-sweet chocolate for your favorite kind.
How To Make Peanut Butter Balls
You’ll start by mixing the butter and peanut butter together until well combined. Then mix in the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. I suggest stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
Once you’ve mixed up the filling, you’ll scoop the mixture and roll it into balls. I like to use a one tablespoon measuring spoon or cookie scoop for this part because it makes the perfect sized peanut butter balls.
As you’re rolling them, I suggest placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper because you’ll need to freeze these before you coat them in chocolate. I find that about 20 minutes is enough time for them to firm up and make it easy to dip.
Once the balls are frozen, you’ll coat them in some chocolate. I used semi-sweet chocolate for this recipe because it’s not too sweet and not too bitter. If you love white chocolate or dark chocolate feel free to use that instead!
If you don’t have any dipping tools, you can easily coat the peanut butter balls in chocolate using a fork and toothpick. Simply toss each one into the chocolate until fully coated, use a fork to lift them out of the bowl, tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate, then use a toothpick to slide them off of the fork onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Once they’re all coated in chocolate, you will want to refrigerate them for 45 minutes to an hour so the chocolate can harden. Once they’re ready, you can either enjoy them or leave them in the refrigerator or freezer until you’re ready to serve them!