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Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

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.

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.

Peanut Butter Balls

Serves 36
Prep time 45 minutes
By author Unknown Source, via Dish Ditty


  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 cup Pecans (chopped)
  • 8oz Butter
  • 1lb Powdered Sugar
  • 4oz Kitchen Paraffin Wax
  • 12oz Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips


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.

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