No Bake Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

Bakers know the key to someone's heart: a plate of No Bake Peanut Butter Balls, the most thrillingly addictive candy on the planet. There's no wrong way to make them, just as long as you start with this recipe and no-bake them with all the love in your heart.

Chocolate and peanut butter forever! There are few things better. Have a peek for more recipes that feature this dynamic duo, like (better than Reese's) No Bake Peanut Butter Bars, Peanut Butter Buckeyes, or Scotcheroos.

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How can something so small, so innocent looking, be so powerful? It's hard to pick a favorite thing about old-fashioned No Bake Peanut Butter Balls. If you've never tasted one, you're really missing out.

This recipe for No Bake Peanut Butter Balls doubles and triples like a dream. Just click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls ingredients:

Here’s what you need to make them. (PS: Lots of fun variations down below, in case you want to modify for reduced sugar or dietary needs.)

  • Graham crackers. An American staple, believe it or not graham crackers are not widely available outside of the U.S. Feel free to use crushed digestive biscuits instead, or any slightly sweet, non-shortbread style cookie or tea biscuit you can find. (You can also make peanut butter balls with crushed rice krispies or rolled oats).
  • Peanut butter. Creamy or chunky, it’s up to you, but I prefer the creamy. Basically, use your favorite nut butter—even natural peanut butter you make yourself—to make the no-bake balls.
  • Powdered sugar. For a low-sugar peanut butter ball, use powdered monk fruit or your favorite no-sugar alternative.
  • Butter. Salted or unsalted, whatever you have.
  • Semi-sweet baking chocolate. For dipping. You can also use chocolate flavored melting wafers, if that's what you'd prefer. They work great, and taste just as good.
    Bakers know the key to someone's heart: a plate of No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls, the most thrillingly addictive candy on the planet. There's no wrong way to make them, just as long as you start with this recipe and no-bake them with all the love in your heart.

How to make No Bake Peanut Butter Balls:

This easy candy recipe is perfect for little hands, so gather up your helpers and get an assembly line going.

These photos take you through the basic steps without giving ingredient quantities. For exact measurements, see the recipe card below. 

  1. First, add the softened butter, graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, and powdered sugar to a large bowl. Mix everything together until smooth. You can also use a food processor or a hand mixer  to speed this part up.
    Bakers know the key to someone's heart: a plate of No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls, the most thrillingly addictive candy on the planet. There's no wrong way to make them, just as long as you start with this recipe and no-bake them with all the love in your heart.
  2. Then scoop out the peanut butter into teaspoon-sized portions and roll up into balls, placing each one on a baking sheet.
  3. Chill the peanut butter balls in the refrigerator for about half and hour. After that, you're ready to dip the balls in chocolate.
    Bakers know the key to someone's heart: a plate of No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls, the most thrillingly addictive candy on the planet. There's no wrong way to make them, just as long as you start with this recipe and no-bake them with all the love in your heart.

How to melt chocolate for dipping:

While the peanut butter balls are chillin’, melt the chocolate. The best way to melt chocolate is either using a double boiler on the stove, or in the microwave.

Tip: before you start, make sure the bowl and utensils—anything that touches the chocolate—is very, very dry. Even just a little water could seize up the melted chocolate and ruin your project.

Melting chocolate in the microwave: Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave in 30-second intervals at 50% power, stirring between each, until smooth and melted.

Melting chocolate on the stove: Place chocolate in the top of a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over— but not in— a saucepan of simmering water; cook, stirring occasionally, until melted, 2 to 3 minutes.

How to dip No Bake Peanut Butter Balls in chocolate:

It’s super easy, promise! If you like, you can turn these into Ohio Buckeyes by partially dipping each ball using a toothpick.

  1. One by one, pick up the peanut butter ball with two spoons or a toothpick, then dip it into the melted chocolate.
  2. Move the chocolate dipped peanut butter candy onto another prepared baking sheet.
    Bakers know the key to someone's heart: a plate of No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls, the most thrillingly addictive candy on the planet. There's no wrong way to make them, just as long as you start with this recipe and no-bake them with all the love in your heart.
  3. Chill the candy for a half hour or so before eating, so the chocolate has a chance to set up.

Can you use paraffin wax in chocolate peanut butter balls?

Some candy makers use paraffin wax in their melted chocolate to give a high gloss, shiny finish to the chocolate. A little wax helps the chocolate set up better and stay out at room temperature, but it’s purely optional—chances are these will get eaten up immediately no matter what.

Unlike the paraffin that’s used for candle making, food-grade paraffin wax is edible; it's made of vegetable oils, palm oil derivatives, and synthetic resins.
If you’d like to try melting chocolate with paraffin, look for something that's called baker’s wax, Parowax, or cooking wax.

Be careful, though; although paraffin is easy to work with, it is flammable. It also melts better on the stove than in the microwave.

Use 3/4 ounce of food-grade paraffin for every 8 ounces of chocolate that you need to melt. Then melt the wax and the chocolate together in the double boiler and stir until combined before dipping.

What else can you add to No Bake Peanut Butter Balls?

If you can dream it, you can do it. The delicious options are virtually endless, especially with all the new products on the market. Switching up some ingredients help make it easy to make sweet stuff for people with dietary restrictions.

  • Coconut. Shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened, makes a nice texture mixed in with the peanut butter.
  • Ground flax. Some freshly ground flax meal added to the peanut butter give a heart healthy boost to an old-fashioned favorite.
  • No Bake Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies. For those who prefer a little crunch in their peanut butter.
  • Low carb peanut butter balls. Make the candy with a no-sugar sweetener, and coconut flour in place of graham crackers. Use a dark chocolate with a higher cacao content. You’ll never miss a thing. (It might even be keto-friendly.)
  • No Bake Peanut butter Oatmeal Balls. Rolled oats add a little bit of fiber. And fiber=health. Throw a handful of oats into the mix.
    Bakers know the key to someone's heart: a plate of No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls, the most thrillingly addictive candy on the planet. There's no wrong way to make them, just as long as you start with this recipe and no-bake them with all the love in your heart.

Do No Bake Peanut Butter Balls need to be refrigerated?

When you’re not devouring them, keep them in a cool place like a chilly garage or in the refrigerator.  If you use shelf-stable peanut butter, they may not need to be refrigerated—but if they get too soft looking, pop them back in to firm up.

How should you store Peanut Butter Balls?

Store them in an airtight container up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze No Bake Peanut Butter Balls?

Yes.  They can be frozen, dipped or undipped, for up to three months.

5 from 11 votes

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

Bakers know the key to someone's heart: a plate of No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls, the most thrillingly addictive candy on the planet. There's no wrong way to make them, just as long as you start with this recipe and no-bake them with all the love in your heart.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, peanut butter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 30 to 36 pieces
Calories 105kcal
  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter softened (1/2 stick)
  • 8 ounces semisweet baking chocolate
  • In a large bowl, add graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter. Stir until uniformly combined and smooth.
  • Shape into teaspoon-sized balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Chill at least 30 minutes.
  • Set chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water (double-boiler method) or melt in the microwave at 50% power in 30-second increments (stirring well after each increment). Using two spoons, dip peanut butter balls into melted chocolate and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Chill at least 30 minutes to set chocolate.

Recipe Notes

This recipe will yield approximately 30 to 36 Peanut Butter Balls. The recipe doubles easily, so make extra!

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcal

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  1. Tina

    I followed the recipe exactly and these turned out perfectly. I melted some white chocolate wafers and decorated the top for fun. Next time will try some of the variations for fun, too. Merry Christmas!5 stars

  2. Libi K

    I made these every year for my family when they were home. I use a small cookie dip to portion them, chocolate wafers in place of the chocolate chips and wax, and tooth picks for dipping.

    My 29 year old made these last year while he was stationed in the Netherlands for his landlord (he adds some Rice Krispies for the texture.) They loved them and were sad that he was moving before the Holiday so he made a batch just for them. This is the first year he will be home for Christmas in 13 years. I will definitely be making a batch with the grandchildren.5 stars

  3. Lindsay

    Hi Meggan
    I used to make peanut butter balls with my Nana every year, this year will be my first year making them alone because my Nana passed away last March. I couldn’t remember all the ingredients needed to make them and I found your recipe. I’m looking forward to making them but it’s a bittersweet memory of happy times with an amazing woman. Happy Holidays to all. Thanks , Lindsay

  4. Valarie P.

    Don’t know if this was received, apologies if duplicated.
    To make with rice krispies, what’s the measurements and does any ingredient measurements change or get omitted completely?? Making for Christmas this year, first time! Can’t wait. Thanks in advance for help.

  5. Valarie P.

    If I wanted to make these with rice krispies, what would be the measurement and would any of the other ingredients measurements change/be omitted?? First time making these for Christmas this year, can’t wait!! LOL Thanks in advance!

    1. meggan

      Hi Valerie, you would use 1 cup of rice krispies and no other changes! Everything else stays the same! Thank you. :) -Meggan

  6. Amanda

    My 15 year old son makes these. When he was 2 his great grandma would make them and send him home with some after she passed he tried getting aunts and cousins to make them for him but they was always busy with work. My aunt found this recipe and sent it to him 3 years ago and he has been making them ever since. I think he uses this as a coping mechanism and helps him feel close to Grandma.5 stars

  7. Ann Marie

    When you said that Graham crackers were not available outside of the United States, you were not correct. They are widely used in Canada. We call them Graham wafers.

    1. meggan

      Hi Ann, I had no idea! Thank you. Sorry about that! -Meggan

  8. Melanie K Cox

    I am making peanut butter balls for the first time and I saw this recipe and thought it might be really easy for me to follow and make the peanut butter balls. I will comment after I make them and tell if it was easy enough to make and if my family enjoy them.

    1. Lisa

      I make them every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. My family loves them. Super easy to make.5 stars

  9. Heather

    My autistic 7 year old and I made these together. We used half chocolate rice crispies and half normal as he is gluten intolerant and left out the butter because I didn’t realize I was out until we had the other ingredients in the bowl. He loves them! This is very exciting because he eats almost nothing so I just wanted to let you know how happy we are.
    Thank you.5 stars

    1. Meggan

      Thanks so much Heather! I just love hearing stories like these. I hope you can continue to find great recipes that you can make together through the years. :) -Meggan

  10. Michelle

    Hi Meggan, I made this recipe today I am in Australia and I used Mc Vities Digestives as suggested by Fi from Scotland as we do not have graham crackers this worked out well. Your recipes are amazing. Happy Thanksgiving to all in America

  11. Hope Crowder

    Couldn’t you set up a chocolate fountain to dip your candy in if you have one ?? If you’re doing for lots of people or for a big party or a wedding…. it’s just an idea if only one person is doing this !! Thanks Meggan for the site 

  12. Fi

    We made these and used McVities Digestive biscuits (I am in Scotland) We made a batch using smooth peanut butter, and one with crunchy, both delicious, but will ALWAYS use crunchy in the future. Loved them, and son in law has requested we make a huge batch for Christmas, we made them together and it was so nice to spend time in the kitchen with him5 stars

    1. meggan

      This makes me SO HAPPY!!!! Everything – the crunchy peanut butter, the fact that you liked them, the fact that you are in Scotland making food from the US, and especially that you spent time cooking with your son. All wonderful things. I’m touched. Thank you so much for the comment. -Meggan

  13. Karen

    Can you use chunky peanut butter? I have a large had for making my peanut butter cookies. Thank you!

    1. meggan

      Yes! It will change the text of course, but in my opinion, only in a good way! Go for it. Thank you Karen! If you need anything else just let me know.

  14. Ray

    I’m from England and you can’t get graham crackers here. Can I just use any kind of digestive biscuit instead?

    1. meggan

      Hi Ray, it’s worth a shot. I have never had them so I don’t know exactly what the flavor is, but I can’t imagine they would taste bad. I am going to order some digestive biscuits on Amazon so I can test the recipe with them and know for myself. Is McVitie’s a common brand? Thanks!

  15. Brenna

    I ended up drizzling the caramel on top, it tasted very good still!5 stars

    1. meggan

      That’s awesome!!!! I do that with my Oreo cookie cookie balls, a little salted caramel drizzle. Thank you for reporting back! And take care.

  16. Breanne

    I was just wondering if I could use camel instead of chocolate…wasnt sure if it would still taste good!

    1. meggan

      Hi Breanne! I’m sure it would still taste good, I just cannot provide the exact caramel recipe you’d need to use to set up correctly. But you cannot go wrong with caramel and peanut butter! :D Good luck and thanks for the question!

  17. Sabrina Elliott

    Made them over the holidays they were a complete hit I dipped them in s’mores chocolate ,cookies and cream chocolate and dark chocolate thought I was making one batch but ended up making 4 batches cause every time I made them they magically disappeared lol.  Thanks so much for sharing this recipe it was truly a hit!  Hope you had an amazing holiday!5 stars

  18. Dawn

    You can buy chocolate wafers for candy making and melt in the microwave. These dip well and form quickly. 5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hi Dawn, YES! With chocolate wafers it’s nearly impossible to screw things up. And they actually taste really great! Good idea. Thank you so much!

  19. Sabrina Elliott

    Awesome thank you ☺️   Can’t wait to make them !

  20. Sabrina Elliott

    Hi there 2 questions can you use salted butter instead and also I wanted to give them as gifts so can they just stay in an airtight container and not in the fridge ?
    Thanks so much 

    1. meggan

      Hi Sabrina! YES to salted butter, that’s what I always use and I will change the recipe to reflect that. My mother would never in a million years use unsalted butter so that’s just a typo. They can definitely stay in an airtight container but not in a warm place. If you happen to live in a cool climate, feel free to stick them in your garage or outside or something like that! But otherwise they will be fine if they don’t get warm. I hope this is helpful!

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