Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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Chocolate peanut butter balls are THE cornerstone of my family’s annual holiday gatherings (we get together A LOT). These are my favorite cookies, and have been since I was a small child. Every year we make these, and every year they are gone within hours! The recipe that we have used in my family is a lot different than most recipes out there. The traditional recipe uses cow’s milk and butter. But ya’ll know how I roll, so I have veganized these babies! They are naturally gluten-free, so I didn’t have to alter the recipe for that :). The addition of plant-based milk and butter to the recipe produces a cookie that is richer and creamier in the center. These cookies also freeze really well, in case you want to make them in advance and can resist the temptation to eat them! These cookies are super easy to make, and I am sure you are going to love them just as much as my family has all of these years!

How do you make peanut butter and chocolate balls?

Peanut butter and chocolate balls (or rather, chocolate peanut butter balls) are one of the easiest cookies to make. You simply mix the confectioner’s sugar, butter, milk, granulated sugar, vanilla, and peanut butter together. Form the mixture into 3/4 sized balls and place them on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Put the baking sheet into the refrigerator, or until firm. Melt chocolate and shortening in the microwave, and then dip each ball to coat. Cover with sprinkles if desired. Then pop the balls back into the refrigerator to harden. The complete recipe can be found below!

How long do chocolate covered peanut butter balls last?

In the refrigerator, they will last two weeks. In the freezer, they will last three months. However, these chocolate covered peanut butter balls will likely not make it past two or three days :).

How do you make peanut butter balls without chocolate?

If you are not into chocolate, you can simply not coat the peanut butter balls. To be honest, I have made many batches of these and just eaten the balls as is, without the chocolate, and they still taste phenomenal. There is also the option of adding in mini chocolate chips into the peanut butter mixture, forming the balls, and then not coating them as well.

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls: Step-By-Step

1. In a medium sized bowl, mix confectioner’s sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla extract with your hands until blended.

Confectioner's sugar, granulated sugar, butter, almond milk, and vanilla extract mixed together in a medium size glass bowl on a white marble background.

2. Mix in peanut butter with your hands.

Addition of peanut butter to sugar mixture in a medium size glass bowl on a white marble background.

3. Form mixture into 3/4″ balls and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least an hour, or until firm.

3/4" uncoated peanut butter balls on a wax paper lined baking tray prior to refrigeration.

4. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a small glass cup in the microwave according to package directions. For the chocolate chips I was using, this was 45s. I did this in 3 15s increments, checking on the chocolate chips after each 15s. After 45s, the chips and shortening were just starting to melt. After a several stirs, I ended up with a nice melted chocolate. It’s important to note here, that both the glass cup and the spoon need to be perfectly dry. If any water makes it into the chocolate, it will seize (hardens) and you won’t be able to use it. The chocolate can also seize if you heat it too much.

Melted chocolate chips and shortening in a glass Pyrex measuring cup. A spoon covered in the melted chocolate is being lifted out of the cup.

5. Remove balls from refrigerator. Spear balls with a toothpick, and dip into melted chocolate. Lift out and let excess chocolate drip off. Return balls to lined baking sheet. Before chocolate sets, top with sprinkles if desired. A few notes on this step. I found it easiest to spear the peanut butter ball and then hold it in the air while I used the spoon to drizzle and smooth out the chocolate over the ball (the photo below is an inaccurate representation of what I was doing, because I needed to take a photo and I only have two hands :)). I also coated only 2-3 balls at a time, so that I could decorate them before the chocolate hardened. The sprinkles I used are a combination of Walmart brand, Harry & David, and Wilton.

3/4" uncoated peanut butter balls on a wax paper lined baking tray sit on the right. The glass Pyrex measuring cup with melted chocolate sits on the left. A peanut butter ball speared with a toothpick is being dipped and coated in the melted chocolate. Halloween decorated chocolate peanut butter balls sit on a wax paper lined baking tray.

6. After balls are coated, return balls to refrigerator for 15-20 minutes, or until chocolate is set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for 3 months.

Halloween decorated chocolate peanut butter balls sit on a wax paper lined baking tray after refrigeration to harden chocolate.

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In the center are green and brown colored chocolate peanut butter balls arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree. Near the Christmas tree is an open peanut butter ball. Sprigs of fake evergreen trees sit in the lower left and the upper right. A gold snowflake also sits in the upper right. In the lower right are more peanut butter balls on a white plate. In the upper left is an ivory colored piece of cloth with gold glitter swirls, a cluster of pine cones, and a small dark brown wooden bowl of green sparkling sugar sprinkles. Everything sits on a wooden plank background. This is the horizontal image.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

These chocolate peanut butter balls are my family's favorite! Super easy to make, and easy to customize for any holiday.

Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas cookies, gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Resting time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 24 balls
Calories 130 kcal

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Balls

  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter of your choice, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon milk of your choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Chocolate Coating

  • 1 cup chocolate chips of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix confectioner's sugar, butter, milk, granulated sugar, vanilla extract with your hands until blended.

  2. Mix in peanut butter with your hands.

  3. Form mixture into 3/4" balls and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least an hour, or until firm.

  4. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a small glass cup in the microwave according to package directions.

  5. Remove balls from refrigerator. Spear balls with a toothpick, and dip into melted chocolate. Lift out and let excess chocolate drip off. Return balls to lined baking sheet. Before chocolate sets, top with sprinkles if desired.

  6. After balls are coated, return balls to refrigerator for 15-20 minutes, or until chocolate is set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for 3 months.

Recipe Notes

To keep the balls vegan, be sure to choose sprinkles that are vegan compliant. Regarding colored balls, you will have to purchase a vegan white chocolate and then color it accordingly.

 

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls {Vegan, Gluten-Free}
Amount Per Serving (1 ball)
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 70
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.8g12%
Saturated Fat 3.1g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.6g
Sodium 28.3mg1%
Potassium 0.4mg0%
Carbohydrates 16.5g6%
Fiber 1.7g7%
Sugar 13.7g15%
Protein 1.8g4%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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