Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Mr.CBB's Peanut Butter Balls

Mr.CBB’s Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls have been a tradition in Mrs.CBB’s family ever since she was a little girl. She would help her grandmother make these peanut butter balls covered in chocolate, so delicate for the Christmas Holidays. When her granny no longer could make this recipe for peanut butter balls she passed it down to Mrs.CBB who has made them ever since. Now we have made them together ever since we’ve been married. We have made a few changes to granny’s recipe by adding in some green cherries and vanilla although it really is a no fail recipe.

The great thing about peanut butter balls recipes are that they are a no-bake recipe and budget friendly. So if you don’t happen to have an oven to bake and wanted or needed to bring a Homemade Christmas Treat to a party you could easily make these on the stove top. I warn you it can get a bit messy when melting chocolate for dipping the Peanut Butter Balls sometimes called buckeye balls candy.

Alternatively you can switch the recipe up and instead of peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate you could make white chocolate covered peanut butter balls instead. You could do both and they would look lovely on a tray together or gift wrapped for your mates.

How Do You Make Peanut Butter?

Well I didn’t make the peanut butter for this recipe although it is getting costly in some shops but still affordable. I remember when it $1.99 for a huge jar now it can run upwards of $4.99 or $3.99 on sale. Considering the price to make these homemade are far cheaper than if you buy them from the shop. If you wanted to make your own peanut butter because you don’t want to invest in a container you could easily buy what you need at the bulk store or make it yourself. It’s an easy inexpensive recipe to make and much healthier. We already had some jars on hand from a food study we did so we decided to use them up.  Buy the amount of roasted peanuts that you need and put them in a food processor with some peanut oil or vegetable oil, salt, and sugar and whiz away. It’s that easy. Check out the full recipe on how to make peanut butter and try it for yourself.

Directions to Make Peanut Butter Balls

In our peanut butter balls recipe we have red and green cherries, walnuts, pure vanilla, chopped fresh dates,peanut butter,butter and icing sugar. That’s it, not too many ingredients. To dip the chocolate peanut butter balls we used a fork and toothpicks and about 2 boxes of semi-sweet bakers chocolate or we have used 2 bags of Hershey milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips. It’s up to you what you like chocolate wise. We were fortunate to find the bakers semi-sweet chocolate at Dollarama in 2 different cities for only $2 compared to $3.99 and up at the shops.

Here we Go!

Peanut Butter Balls Ingredients

Peanut Butter Balls Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of red maraschino cherries chopped small
  • 1/2 cup of green maraschino cherries chopped small
  • 1/2 cup of fresh dates chopped small then soaked in water for 10 minutes then drain (if you don’t like dates elminate them)
  • 1 cup of peanut butter * yes you can use chunky if you like
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts ( make these small so bang about if you have to in a plastic zip bag)- great way to get frustrations out.. beat your nuts!
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar also known as icing sugar
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 boxes of semi-sweet Bakers Chocolate or Bags of Chocolate Chips

Tools:

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Metal bowl or double boiler for chocolate
  • toothpicks
  • fork
  • Parchment Paper
  • 3 Baking Sheets
  • Spatula

Preparation: Yield Approx: 36 Balls

  • Chop all of your ingredients that need to be chopped small and have them ready in bowls.
  • In your mixing bowl add the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and icing sugar and stir until combined
Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter, Icing Sugar, Butter Vanilla in bowl

  • Add in the cherries, dates and walnuts and stir again until combined
Peanut Butter Balls

All Ingredients in Mixing Bowl for Peanut Butter Balls

  • Once we make the recipe we take the bowl of ingredients and pop them into the refrigerator for about an hour to harden the mix up a bit. It makes it easier to work with when it’ s cold.
  • Take the bowl out and on parchment lined baking sheets start rolling small-medium sized balls uniform in shape. Don’t make them too big as they are meant to be bite size or two-bite peanut butter balls.
Peanut Butter Balls

Frozen Peanut Butter Balls on a Tray

  • Once you have the balls rolled and on the tray put the tray into a freezer to freeze for about 1 hour. I know seems like a lot of hours to make these and it is but it’s super easy to make and worth the effort.
Peanut Butter Ball Dipped in Chocolate

Peanut Butter Ball Dipped in Chocolate

  • Once frozen you are ready to dip. We take a few out of the freezer at a time so they are still frozen when we dip as it yields the best results for us. Drop one into the melted chocolate which you melt in a double boiler or in our case a metal bowl over a pot of boiling water. Lower the heat once the chocolate is melted and you can stream it off your spatula. You don’t want to get any water or steam into your chocolate or you risk it seizing up.
Toothpick with Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Toothpick with Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

  • Drop your peanut butter ball inside the chocolate and with your fork gently pick it up (don’t stick the fork in the peanut butter ball) have the ball sit on the fork. Stick the toothpick into the top and once the toothpick is secure you can twist the peanut butter ball off with your fingers from side to side on the baking tray lined with parchment paper.

If you are thinking this is a tedious job it is, but again, worth it as you just can’t buy homemade like this.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Finished Peanut Butter Balls on Tray Filling In Gaps with Chocolate

  • Once dipped and back on the parchment  paper we use a toothpick dipped in chocolate to fill in any gaps that we may have missed and the hole where the toothpick was.
Finished Peanut Butter Balls Ready to Serve

Finished Peanut Butter Balls Ready to Serve

  • We freeze the peanut butter balls for about 2 hours or until solid. Take your balls out about 1 hour before serving to bring them to room temperature although we are known to pop them in our mouth straight out of the freezer.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Congratulations to Jennifer Taylor for winning my Facebook Contest. When I shared my picture of my chocolate peanut butter balls I asked the fans to comment what their favourite Holiday Treat was!!

Jennifer Taylor -My favourite holiday treat is my home-made chocolate marshmallow log! It’s so yummy! ~Congrats on the 2500 fans & Thx for the contest!

That’s it my friends! I hope you give our Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls a try and let me know what you think. Next week we move on to Coconut Balls… don’t miss that Sunday Recipe. Happy Holidays from my family to yours!
-Mr.CBB

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I’m from the UK and now a recent permanent resident in Canada. I bought my first house at the age of 21 after University then my second at the age of 24. I’ve always been fascinated with personal finance, savings, learning to make money and watch it grow while combating debts along the way. Canadian Budget Binder is a place where I get to share my experiences with personal finance and learn about yours along the way. I hope you stick around and check me out on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest where I am active on all social media sites. Cheers, Mr.CBB
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Comments

  1. Mary F Campbell says:

    Thanks for sharing a family heirloom recipe…and please thank Mrs CBB!

  2. Bahahahahaha!!! “beat your nuts!”……………………….. You kill me! lol Thanks for the recipe! I think I’d make these minus the cherries :-) lol

  3. thanks for sharing this recipe I’m going to try to make it with dark chocolate so that my brother in law can eat them, being unable to eat dairy he gets the short end of the stick at holidays.

  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe Mr. CBB! If I could grab one through the computer I think I would. :)

  5. They look delicious! I’m definitely going to be trying this recipe before Christmas!

  6. I would have thought making peanut butter was going to be more expensive than buying, but healthier. Nuts are so expensive those days. Good to know it is so easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

    • I can pick up a bag on sale for $2.49 at Shoppers Drug Mart and it’s a big bag. It always depends on where the person lives as prices differ all over. I’ve seen nuts and pb prices up and down all over the shop. Cheers! Mr.CBB

  7. This one is going on the top of my list. I love anything with peanut butter. Thanks for the recipe Mr. CBB!

    • You are welcome… you can essentially remove the nuts and cherries and dates…. melt chocolate, line a cupcake liner with melted chocolate, let it harden in the refrigerator, fill with PB mix, then top with more melted chocolate, put back in the refrigerator to harden a couple of hours, peel off the muffin liner and you have yourself a ginormous peanut butter cup! Maybe I’ll make it for the blog one day! Cheers Mr.CBB

  8. Okay: for THIS I go off my diet!

  9. I really will have to try these
    mmmmmmmmmmmmm

  10. Christine Weadick says:

    This is something I might try as everyone else here likes peanut butter but me. We have the peanut butter but the trick will having them last long enough to coat with chocolate. We have 2 legged rats here…..

  11. Hi There, yes I came by to pick up my cookies. LOL You thought I would forget, NOT A CHANCE!!! Have a Great Week Ahead ;-)

  12. Eeee! Those look scrumptious. I’ve died and gone to heaven.

  13. kimateyesonthedollar says:

    I would not have guessed to put cherries, but they make them really pretty. I think I’d have to leave out the dates. I’m not even sure they sell those here, but I’ve never looked.

  14. These look freaking amazing!!! I wish I hadn’t read this so far away from lunch :D

  15. This looks like your best recipe yet! There is no way we aren’t making this for Christmas this year. *favourites page immediately*

  16. debtandthegirl says:

    Mmmm..these look good. I wish i had some right now :)

  17. worksavelive says:

    I bet you like to beat your nuts! lol. I’m TOTALLY going to make these CBB (although I’m going to skip out on the dates and may eliminate the walnuts). Where can I find the maraschino cherries? Are they in cans or in the produce section?

    • they are in the baking ing section.. sugar.. etc… in jars. Yes you can eliiminate the dates, add more cherries or use pecans if you like… they are pretty much hard to muck up… haha.. let me know how it goes.

  18. Now that’s a true holiday treat! Love this recipe, CBB! Can’t wait for the coconut balls.

  19. I love balls….er I mean peanut butter chocolate balls. lol!! No seriously, my favorite combination!!

  20. Yum they look so delicious!

  21. …Mmmm…Mmmm…Good !!!!

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