Peanut Butter Balls are a classic no-bake treat made with graham crackers, creamy peanut butter, powdered sugar, and chocolate! Perfect for the holidays!
Have Deliciously Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Balls In 30 Minutes!
It just isn’t the holidays around here without these amazing Peanut Butter Balls! This is a recipe my mother-in-law shared with me years ago, but it is a traditional holiday staple in households everywhere!
Once you’ve had this delectable no-bake treat, there’s a good chance they will become part of your holiday traditions too! Three dozen of these treats whip up using only four ingredients in just 30 minutes!
Everything To Love About Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls
Taste: Filling made of sweet graham cracker crumbs, salty peanut butter, and powdered sugar gets dipped in melted chocolate! Altogether, each dessert ball tastes a lot like a peanut butter cup!
Texture: The smooth chocolate coating gives way to a creamy peanut butter filling that’s studded with crunchy graham cracker pieces!
Peanut Butter Balls Recipe No Bake Ingredients
- creamy peanut butter
- graham cracker crumbs
- powdered sugar
- chocolate melting wafers
Creamy Peanut Butter Balls variations
When it comes to this easy-to-make treat, you do have a choice with a few ingredients! In this recipe, I chose to use creamy peanut butter since the graham crackers gave texture to the filling.
However, you can choose to use extra crunchy peanut butter if you’d like! That would give an even more delicious texture to the filling!
Another ingredient you can customize to your taste buds is the melted chocolate! My family and I love these peanut butter balls with graham crackers to be dipped in milk chocolate.
You can also make them with semi-sweet or dark chocolate to suit your taste! Even white chocolate would be delicious as well!
How To Make Peanut Butter Balls
- Preparing The Graham Crackers – The best way to prepare the graham crackers for this recipe is to use a food processor (affiliate link). Process them until fine crumbs form to give these balls the best filling texture.
- Portioning Out The Filling – I’ve found that using a medium cookie scoop (affiliate link) is a good portion size. Once I scoop the filling out, I roll it into balls to give them their 1-inch ball shape.
- Melting The Chocolate – You can melt the chocolate at 30-second intervals in the microwave or use a double boiler on the stovetop.
- Dipping The Peanut Butter Balls – When dipping peanut butter balls in chocolate, I prefer to use my favorite candy dipping tool! However, you can also use a fork or spoon if you need to! Just be sure to let any excess chocolate drip away before placing them onto the wax paper to set. You may need a little more chocolate for dipping depending on how heavy you coat them and how thick your chocolate is.
- Adding The Topping – Sprinkle the peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate with graham cracker crumbs right away! That way, the crumbs stick to the balls before the chocolate sets up.
How To Store No Bake Peanut Butter Balls
These can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
How To Freeze Peanut Butter Balls
1. Prepare your balls according to the recipe directions and let the chocolate fully set before freezing.
2. Freeze in an air-tight container or bag for up to 3 months.
3. I recommend putting wax paper between the layers of balls.
Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls FAQs
This particular recipe is not vegan, but you can easily adapt it to be. Simply substitute the graham crackers with a vegan sweet cracker or cookie and use vegan chocolate!
This is my favorite candy dipping tool (affiliate link) that I use; it’s so much easier than using a fork or toothpick!
These dessert balls are best stored in an airtight container in the fridge. They can then be enjoyed for up to 3 weeks. But I bet they won’t last that long!
No worries, you can just add the graham crackers to a large Ziploc bag with the excess air squeezed out of it. Then, use a rolling pin to crush them into a fine crumb. You can also buy the graham cracker crumbs in the box at the store for an even simpler prep!
I find that chocolate melting wafers give these dessert balls a nice, smooth coat! However, you could use chocolate chips instead, but I would recommend adding a teaspoon of shortening to them if you do! Almond bark and candy melts are another option.
Instead of crushed peanuts, you could use fun sprinkles, crushed graham cracker crumbs, crushed pretzels, or even a fun drizzle of melted chocolate!
In this recipe, it could be because your graham cracker crumbs are too coarse so they aren’t blending as well. It could also be that your peanut butter is on the drier side, I always recommend using Jif Creamy for best results.
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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls Recipe (No Bake)
- In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, and powdered sugar until fully combined.1½ cups creamy peanut butter, 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs, 1 cup powdered sugar
- Use a medium cookie scoop, about 1.5 tablespoons, to measure out even amounts of the peanut butter mixture. Roll the mixture between your palms to form balls.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave on 30-second intervals, stirring between each one until fully melted.10 ounces chocolate melting wafers
- Dip the peanut butter balls in chocolate and place on wax paper to set, sprinkle the tops with extra graham cracker crumbs or sprinkle, if desired.
- Crunchy peanut butter may also be used.
- Additional chocolate may be needed for coating, depending on the brand and how thick it goes on.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week or in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. You can also store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.