Reese’s Peanut Butter Balls are like eating a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, only better. These delicious little morsels have a velvety peanut butter center covered by a layer of rich chocolate. If you like Reese’s Cups, you’ll love these!
If you prefer milk chocolate, you can also substitute milk chocolate chips for semi-sweet chocolate chips.
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Key to Success #1 – Use Traditional Peanut Butter
This Reese’s Peanut Butter Balls recipe needs traditional peanut butter.
I suggest using a high-quality brand like Jif or Skippy.
This recipe will not work well with natural peanut butter.
I have tried it and it’s just not the same.
The peanut butter is so important in this recipe that it’s worth it to use a high-quality brand.
You can use crunchy peanut butter or smooth peanut butter. Either option will be great.
I think smooth peanut butter is more like the filling of a traditional Reese’s peanut butter cup but I like the crunch that the crunchy peanut butter adds.
Key to Success #2 – Make the Peanut Butter Balls
Just for presentation’s sake, you’ll want to make peanut butter balls that are all about the same size.
I think the easiest way to accomplish this is to use a small cookie scoop.
I have a cookie scoop that portions out about a 1/2 tablespoon of dough.
Youcould use one that is this size and do a heaping spoonful.
Or if you want a little more peanut butter filling, you could go with a 1 tablespoon-sized cookie scoop.
I like to portion out my peanut butter filling onto a wax paper-lined sheet then go back and use my hands to roll them into a tight, smooth ball.
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Key to Success #3 – Dip Them in Chocolate
After I’ve rolled up my peanut butter balls, I like to chill them in the refrigerator for an hour or more so that they will firm up before I dip them in the warm chocolate.
I put them on a wax-paper lined baking sheet and just stick them in the fridge.
My chocolate of choice for dipping many of my holiday treats is chocolate almond bark.
It’s sometimes called chocolate candy coating.
It melts smoother and it much easier to work with than melted chocolate chips.
I have a chocolate dipping tool set that is made by Ateco that works really well for dipping all different shapes of treats, including these peanut butter balls.
I find these tools to be a lot easier to use than a fork or a toothpick when dipping food in melted chocolate.
After your peanut butter balls are coated with chocolate, let them hang out on a sheet of waxed paper until they are completely cool and firm.
This will take about an hour or so.
If you need them to set faster, you can pop them back into the refrigerator for a few minutes.
Save this Reese’s Peanut Butter Balls recipe to your favorite Peanut Butter Lovers board or your Christmas Candy board.
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 lb (3 1/2 cups) powdered sugar
- 1 pkg (16 oz) chocolate candy coating
- In microwave-safe bowl, melt together the peanut butter and 2 sticks butter. Microwave on high power for 30-second increments, stirring well in between. Add powdered sugar and mix well.
- Pinch of small pieces of dough and roll into tight balls. Chill at least 60 minutes until firm.
- In a separate bowl, melt the chocolate candy coating. Dip peanut butter balls into chocolate, tapping off the excess. Place balls on waxed paper and allow to cool completely.
Use high-quality peanut butter brand like Jif or Skippy. Natural peanut butters do not work well for this recipe. Peanut butter filling can be shaped into balls or eggs before dipping in melted chocolate.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g