Christmas Peanut Butter Balls are one of my favorite Christmas treats! They are fun to make, albeit a little sticky, but worth the small mess you might make when creating these delicious bite size desserts.
You may know this dessert by another common name, buckeyes or buckeye balls. Christmas Buckeyes are a traditional peanut butter and chocolate dessert, but you can eat them any time of year.
One of the best things about peanut butter balls is that no baking is necessary! That is one extra step that is eliminated, making the process that much easier. And it’s one less pan to clean!
If you are a chocoholic, check out these other Christmas Chocolate Desserts.
Christmas Balls Ingredients
Most of the items for Peanut Butter balls should be in your pantry already, so the shopping for this recipe is simple.
- Creamy Peanut Butter: alternatively, you can use chunky peanut butter to add a little crunch.
- Unsalted Butter
- Powdered Sugar
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Coconut Oil
- Holiday Sprinkles
How to Make Peanut Butter Balls
To make Christmas Peanut Butter Balls, you will need basic baking tools such as parchment paper and mixing bowls. No special tools are needed for this no bake dessert.
- Combine peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar in a large bowl and mix until it forms a smooth dough.
- Shape the dough into one-inch balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This is where it can get a little sticky. I will rub flour on my hands if the “dough” is sticking to my hands too much.
- Refrigerate the peanut butter balls for at least 30 minutes.
- Microwave the chocolate chips and coconut oil in 30 second intervals or until smooth and melted.
- Take the balls out of the refrigerator and dip a portion of the ball in the melted chocolate. You can dunk the whole peanut butter ball in the chocolate, if you prefer.
- Add sprinkles to the chocolate and set on parchment paper to dry.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set.
How to Dip Peanut Butter Balls in Chocolate
Buckeye – In this version, you only partly cover the balls with chocolate. You can use your fingers to dip these, but I find using a toothpick much easier. Just use your finger to smooth over the hole that the toothpick leaves behind.
Chocolate covered – To cover the entire ball with chocolate, just roll the ball around until it is totally covered. I used 2 spoons to let the excess chocolate drip off.
Christmas Buckeye Balls can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator for a few days. Just keep them in an air-tight container.