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Holiday Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter BallsEasy Holiday Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls That Everyone Will Love

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls have been a holiday tradition in Mrs.CBB’s family ever since she was a little girl.

She would help her nanny make these peanut butter balls covered in chocolate for the Christmas Holidays.

When her nanny no longer could make this recipe for peanut butter balls she passed it down to Mrs.CBB.

We have made these chocolate peanut butter balls together for the past 11 years since we’ve been married.

I’ll warn you right now, it’s hard to stop at 1 or even 3 chocolate peanut butter balls.

Pretty much the entire holiday season there are platters of Christmas cookies on the dining room table and everyone helps themselves.

The great thing about this peanut butter balls recipe is that it is a no-bake recipe and fairly inexpensive to make.

If you don’t have an oven and wanted or needed to bring a homemade Christmas treat to a party you could make these on the stovetop.

It can get messy when melting chocolate and dipping the Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls also known as Buckeyes.

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.

If you don’t fancy peanut butter how about using Almond Butter or alternative nut butter?

As long as you have a nut butter that you like this recipe is quite versatile.

How Do You Make Peanut Butter?

Peanut Butter Balls
Mr.CBB’s Peanut Butter Balls

I didn’t make the peanut butter for this recipe however I thought I might talk about how easy it is to make.

Years ago I remember when peanut butter would cost $1.99 for a jar now it can run upwards of $7.99 kg.

My advice: When you find peanut butter on sale stock up or you can buy peanuts in bulk and make it yourself.

Making homemade peanut butter is far healthier than store-bought because you know what goes into it.

Not to mention peanut butter is easy to make in a food processor.

Buy the number of roasted peanuts that you need and put them in a food processor with your oil of choice, salt, and sugar and whiz away.

If you do not want added sugar and just nuts peanut butter than add nothing more than just nuts and process it.

Personally, I would add a bit of oil to make the peanut butter come together like traditional peanut butter.

The oil that we use is avocado oil and we’ve used peanut oil or coconut oil as well.

If you find peanuts that aren’t roasted all you do is put them on parchment paper with a little oil and salt and roast them in the oven until golden.

Let cool then process them as above.

It’s that easy.

How To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Christmas Peanut Butter Balls

Printable Recipe Below- Scroll down.

For our chocolate peanut butter balls recipe, we have red and green cherries, walnuts, pure vanilla, chopped dates, peanut butter, butter and icing sugar.

That’s it, not too many ingredients and the best part is if you don’t like dates, cherries or nuts you can leave them out.

You do need the peanut butter though, haha!

To dip the chocolate peanut butter balls we used a fork, toothpicks and about 2 boxes of semi-sweet Bakers Chocolate.

In the past, we have used 2 bags of milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips to coat the chocolate peanut butter balls.

If you are looking for sugar-free chocolate chips either Lily’s or Krisda are the only two we use.

It’s up to you what type of chocolate you buy to coat your peanut butter balls.

We were fortunate to find Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate at Dollarama for only $2 compared to $3.99 at the grocery store.

Peanut Butter Balls Ingredients
Peanut Butter Balls Ingredients

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls 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 eliminate 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 confectioner’s sugar also known as icing sugar
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 boxes of semi-sweet Bakers Chocolate or Bags of Chocolate Chips

Preparation: Yield Approx: 36 Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

  • Chop all of your cherries, dates and nuts into small pieces 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 the cherries, dates, walnuts and stir until combined
Peanut Butter Balls
All Ingredients in Mixing Bowl for Peanut Butter Balls
  • Following the completion of the recipe, we take the bowl of raw 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 the batter 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
  • After you have the balls rolled and on the tray put the tray into a freezer to freeze for about 1 hour.
Peanut Butter Ball Dipped in Chocolate
Peanut Butter Ball Dipped in Chocolate
  • When they are 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.
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.

Holiday Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
 
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Recipe type: Christmas Baking
These Holiday Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls recipe has been passed down through our family after being made for generations. Filled with nuts, cherries and delicious peanut butter than dipped in creamy chocolate.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of red maraschino cherries chopped small
  • ½ cup of green maraschino cherries chopped small
  • ½ cup of fresh dates chopped small then soaked in water for 10 minutes then drain (if you don't like dates eliminate 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 confectioner’s sugar also known as icing sugar
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 boxes of semi-sweet Bakers Chocolate or Bags of Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Chop all of your cherries, dates and nuts into small pieces and have them ready in bowls
  2. In your mixing bowl add the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and icing sugar and stir until combined
  3. Add the cherries, dates, walnuts and stir until combined
  4. Take the bowl of raw 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 the batter when it's cold.
  5. On parchment-lined baking sheets start rolling small-medium sized balls uniform in shape.
  6. Don't make them too big as they are meant to be bite-size or two-bite peanut butter balls.
  7. After you have the balls rolled and on the tray put the tray into a freezer to freeze for about 1 hour.
  8. When they are frozen you are ready to dip.
  9. 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.
  10. 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. Use all the chocolat chips or Baker's Chocolate to melt.
  11. Lower the heat once the chocolate is melted and you can stream it off your spatula.
  12. You don't want to get any water or steam into your chocolate or you risk it seizing up.
  13. Lightly 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. We freeze the peanut butter balls for about 2 hours or until solid.
  17. 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.

That’s all 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 super-easy to make Holiday Coconut Balls.

Discussion Question: What are some of your favourite holiday treats?

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38 Comments

  1. 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?

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…..

    1. 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

  4. 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!

    1. 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

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

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