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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.
Prep Time30 mins
Resting time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, gluten-free, vegan
Servings: 24 balls
Calories: 130kcal


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


  • In a medium sized bowl, mix confectioner's sugar, butter, milk, granulated sugar, vanilla extract with your hands until blended.
  • Mix in peanut butter with your hands.
  • Form mixture into 3/4" balls and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least an hour, or until firm.
  • Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a small glass cup in the microwave according to package directions.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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.


Serving: 1ball | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.5g | Protein: 1.8g | Fat: 7.8g | Saturated Fat: 3.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.6g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 28.3mg | Potassium: 0.4mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 13.7g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1.9mg