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Peanut Butter Balls


4.5 from 2 votes


These delicious peanut butter balls taste similar to the peanut butter cups we are all familiar with from our youth. Easy to make, and don't require any baking. They are a great recipe for the holidays or you can make them as a fun activity with kids. And they're gluten-free!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Chocolate, Gluten Free, Peanut Butter
Prep Time 30 minutes
cooling time 1 hour
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30 balls
Author Gary Goodman


  • 12 oz Peanut Butter
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 16 oz Chocolate Chips or melted bars
  • 16 oz Sugar


  1. Combine Peanut Butter and Butter into a bowl and beat together. Add in vanilla extract and sugar and combine until you get a nice crumble. 

  2. Roll mixture into balls of about 1 heaping tbsp each. Place on baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper.

  3. Insert toothpicks into each peanut butter ball and place in the freezer for 1 hour.

  4. About 20 minutes before removing the peanut butter balls from the freezer, start melting your Equal Exchange chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave. For microwave, heat and stir the chocolate every 30 seconds. Make sure not to overheat. If using a double boiler, you can temper the chocolate to get a shiny surface. Dip each ball into the chocolate leaving a small "eye" of peanut butter at the top. 

  5. Place on wax paper to cool.

About The Author

Gary Goodman


  1. Kathi Hanson | 6th Dec 18

    Do you have a recipe that uses baking cocoa instead of the chocolate chips? I’m not sure it’s possible but if so I’d LOVE that recipe as I just bought a big bag of EE baking Cocoa last week!

    • Gary Goodman | 10th Dec 18

      Hello Kathi. Sorry, but I haven’t tried making these with baking cocoa. If you find a good recipe for making these with baking cocoa, please share with us.

  2. Marie | 6th Dec 18

    A similar recipe can be found in the book The Perfect Cookie by America’s Test Kitchen, page 330. Their recipe adds melted white chocolate chips to the peanut butter dough.

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