Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are a favorite treat during the holidays, but they can be time-consuming! There may be fifty ways to leave your lover, but there’s only a few ways to make the perfect chocolate covered peanut butter balls recipe. To make sure you’re doing it right, here’s my How to Make Peanut Butter Balls Dipped in Chocolate guide!
I have liked the combination peanut butter and dark chocolate for a good long while now. This is probably not a big surprise to anyone. And so when I first started finding my way to the kitchen, making a chocolate covered peanut butter ball recipe was definitely high on my list.
They seem like they would be easy to make. But it didn’t take long before I realized that there are some complexities involved. What’s the right ration of peanut butter? What kind of chocolate should I use? What can I add to the chocolate to make it the right consistency for dipping?
I’m answering all these questions and more in today’s post on how to make chocolate covered peanut butter balls.
How to Make Peanut Butter Balls
First, let’s discuss the peanut butter. There are several ways to achieve a sweet peanut butter filling. I began by simply adding powdered sugar. It works and it creates a nice, creamy center.
But it didn’t take long before I started mixing things up a little. Here are links and ideas for my sweet peanut butter filling meanderings:
Vegan Peanut Butter Balls — made with peanut butter and powdered sugar. This is a straight-forward recipe that leads to a creamy, smooth peanut butter center. It can get a bit messy, but as long as you keep the plain peanut butter balls refrigerated before rolling, it’s all good.
Naturally Sweetened Peanut Butter Balls — Today’s recipe features a peanut butter filling sweetened with figs. I happen to love the flavor of figs and peanut butter together, especially when it’s coated in chocolate. However, you can substitute dates too.
Almost Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups — In this recipe I used dates to sweeten the peanut butter filling…to amazing results I might add!
Molasses Peanut Butter Cups — I cannot believe how much I love molasses and peanut butter together. It’s such a bold flavor! If you’re looking for more recipes to use up some of that molasses, this is a great one!
Graham Crackers — I have seen people add crushed graham cracker crumbs to their peanut butter filling for a sturdier filling. If you’re interested in that, simply add around 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs. This can also make the filling easier to roll!
Rice Crispies — If you’d like to continue with the crispy, crunchy theme, adding some rice crispies to your your peanut butter filling can add some fun to every bite. Peanut butter balls with cereal are absolutely delicious! Add about 1 cup of rice crispies to the peanut butter filling and get ready for some snap, crackle, and popping!
I once read a bumper sticker that said, “I do what my rice crispies tell me.” Makes me laugh every time I think about it!
Tips for the Dip
The next big question to ask is how to get melty chocolate. I typically add a tablespoon of coconut oil to 1 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips. I do that because coconut oil is solid at room temperature and therefore it is perfect for peanut butter balls.
My mom always added a little bit of food-grade paraffin wax to her chocolate and I confess to continuing with her tradition. I add just a teensy bit of wax to the chocolate as it’s melting because the wax adds a nice sheen to the finished chocolate.
Is it safe to eat paraffin wax? In the small quantities you would use in this recipe, paraffin wax is safe to eat and in fact, more than likely passes right through!
Easy Peanut Butter Balls
I think dipping the homemade peanut butter balls in chocolate is probably the hardest part. Here are some of my favorite tips to make this process easier.
- Freeze the PB Balls. Freeze the peanut butter balls by using this process: roll the peanut butter dough into “messy” balls on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Then put the pan in the freezer. When you’re ready to dip, remove the pan and then re-roll the now firm peanut butter balls to get a nice, perfect round shape.
- Microwave-Melted Chocolate. You can microwave the chocolate to make this process go faster. First, stir in the coconut oil and a tiny sliver of paraffin wax (if using). Then microwave that for about one minute. Next, remove the bowl from the microwave, cover and let it sit for a minute. That’s usually all it takes for the chocolate to get all melty. Give it a final stir it and then you’re ready to roll!
- Use a Wire Rack. If you have a wire rack like the kind used for cooling cookies, you can use that for this recipe too. Place the wire rack over the bowl with the melted chocolate (or an empty bowl) so that when you’ve rolled the peanut butter balls, you can put them directly on that rack and let the excess chocolate drip off. After it sits for around 30 seconds or so, use a fork to transfer it to a pan or tray lined with a sheet of waxed paper. That keeps the chocolate from pooling around the base.
- Chill. No one wants to wait around for the chocolate to set! So, once all the peanut butter balls are dipped, transfer the whole pan to the fridge to speed up the chocolate setting process.
Storing Peanut Balls Recipes
Once the chocolate is firm, transfer the finished peanut butter balls to an airtight container. I highly recommend keeping these refrigerated as the chocolate can get soft. They will keep in the fridge for up to 10 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
There’s nothing like reaching in the freezer for a frozen peanut butter ball! Be sure to let them set at room temperature for at least a minute or two, otherwise they can be hard on the jaws!
As you can imagine, these peanutbutter balls go fast!
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That’s it for this recipe for peanut butter balls.
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Peanut Butter Fig Balls
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup dried figs stems removed
- ½ cup ground flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Place the peanut butter, figs and ground flax seeds in a food processor and pulse until a crumbly texture forms.
- Add the vanilla and pulse until relatively smooth.
- Roll the dough into balls. Place on a tray and refrigerate.
- In the meantime, melt the chocolate by combining the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl with the coconut oil. Stir to coat the chocolate chips. Microwave for one minute. Remove from the oven and cover with a plate. Wait for a minute. The chocolate should be melted. Stir until smooth.
- Dip each peanut butter ball in the chocolate and place on a tray or pan covered with waxed paper. Once all the peanut butter balls are coated, return the tray the fridge until the chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Whatever peanut butter delights you’re downing, enjoy!