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Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

Peanut Butter Balls

Is it candy? Is it a cookie? Does it really matter? Nope.  This is one of my favorite cookie/candy recipes that we make every year at Christmas.  It really can be a year round dessert, but it isn’t Christmas without it.  I’m not sure about the origin of this recipe.  My mom always made it, but I know it’s a common recipe that is made by many people and has been around since at least the 50’s.

Desserts: Cookies
Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls

Step 1

Using a mixer, beat the butter until soft, then slowly add in the powdered sugar, blending completely after each addition.

Step 2

Add in the peanut butter and mix completely

Step 3

Add in the graham cracker crumbs & pecans last, slowly adding and mixing completely after each addition

Step 4

For each cookie, form a small round ball with your hands (about 1 inch, size of a walnut) and place on waxed paper or parchment paper.
Note: If the ball is too large, it will break up as you dip it in the melted chocolate
Note: You can chill the balls in the fridge to make them firmer before dipping. This is optional but may be useful if you have issues while dipping

Step 5

Mix together the 1/4 block of paraffin wax and a small bag of chocolate chips in a double boiler until melted together.

Step 6

Stick toothpicks into the candy balls and dip into the chocolate coating. Lay out to cool on waxed paper. You can choose to dip them twice if you want a thicker coating, just let them cool first before doing a second dip.

My sister Judy has taken on the task of making these every year for our family.  I believe she made 100 or more this year, probably 3 batches worth.  It’s also a great dessert that can be made with your kids.  Let them roll the balls, you dip them and the kids can add sprinkles.


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