No Bake Peanut Butter Balls
Peanut butter balls are a simple and a crowd favorite, no-bake treat filled with creamy peanut butter and powdered sugar then dipped in Merckens melted chocolate forming the most perfect peanut butter ball!
- peanut butter – creamy peanut butter is best (use your favorite brand). I would suggest NOT using natural peanut butter as it can contain too much oil.
- butter – unsalted and room temperature
- powdered sugar – I usually get 10X
- vanilla extract – use good vanilla for the best flavor. We have used Watkins, Lorann's, and Wiltons for this recipe. You can use your favorite!
- vegetable shortening – you only need a VERY LITTLE amount, but it really helps the chocolate
- chocolate chips – one bag of Merckens Chocolate (light or dark)
- Sprinkles - Wilton Santa Hat sprinkle mix is our favorite, but you can use your favorite!
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 6 tablespoons butter unsalted, room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
- 16 oz. Merckens melting wafers
In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, combine peanut butter and butter. Mix to combine. Add powdered sugar, and vanilla and stir to combine. Mix until creamy.
Refrigerate the mixture for at least 10 minutes so the dough becomes firm and can be rolled.
Place the cookie sheet on the counter.
Roll spoonful-sized portions into balls using the palms of your hands. You will yield approximately 20 balls. Place all balls on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Make the chocolate right before you are going to take the peanut butter balls out of the freezer.
Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl (ONLY plastic or silicone - NO GLASS) and melt in 10-second increments in the microwave on defrost setting. Stir in between each session.
Remove the pan from the freezer and pick up each frozen peanut butter ball with a toothpick and dip each peanut butter ball into the chocolate, coating all sides, and tapping on side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate and to get a smooth chocolate coating. Place down on a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper and let cool. Use a toothpick or other thin instrument if you don’t have a candy-making tool.
When they all have been coated, place them in the freezer to harden for about 30 minutes, or in the refrigerator for several hours until the chocolate is set.