Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Do you like Reese’s peanut butter cups? If so, you will enjoy these chocolate covered peanut butter balls. They are so easy to make.

chocolate covered peanut butter balls on a plate

Gowing up this candy was always made during the holidays. We loved the sweet, creamy peanut butter filling and rich chocolate coating.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are wonderful homemade Christmas gifts. Also great for Valentine’s Day or any day for that matter.

Note this recipe is over 30 years old and was made before there were candy melts.

For the chocolate coating, we use chocolate chips and paraffin. Paraffin is available in the canning section of your local grocery store.


This is what you need to make peanut butter balls:

  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Butter
  • Chocolate chips
  • Paraffin

That’s it!

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

  • Mix together peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter.
  • Form into balls. Chill peanut butter balls for a few hours to set.
  • Melt chocolate chips and paraffin until smooth.
  • Dip balls into chocolate.
  • Allow chocolate coating to cool and set.
  • Enjoy!

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chocolate covered peanut butter balls on a plate

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut butter balls taste just like Reese's peanut butter cups. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peanut Butter Balls
Servings: 48
Calories: 172kcal


  • 24 ounces powdered sugar
  • 3 cups smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 pound butter softened to room temperature
  • 10 ounces chocolate chips
  • 1/4 pound paraffin


  • Mix the first 3 ingredients by hand until the mixture is creamy. Shape into small balls and chill. Melt chocolate chips and add paraffin over boiling water in a double boiler. Dip balls in chocolate mixture, using a toothpick. Place on waxed paper.



Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. Robin

    5 stars
    I have been making these for over 40 years…and I got the recipe from my mother and aunt. These taste great and are a big favorite among our family and friends.
    Tip: it doesn’t take much parafin wax, only about a 1-2 inch square chopped off the wax block. I add more if chocolate starts to get too thick or as I add additional chocolate chips. I sometimes double dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate.
    **to fill the toothpick holes from dipping the balls I use a teaspoon and dip it in the chocolate and put little curls or blobs where the toothpick hole was. The curly tip is similar to the tip of a an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen. Practice and you will get your get your technique down.

  2. Kathryn Hunter

    Hi, our powdered sugar does not come in boxes here in NB, Canada, only bags. How many grams or measurement can you give me to get this right? Thank you!

    • Mebunches2001

      Hi Babar Jan. Paraffin can be found in any grocery store or the grocery section of places like WalMart. Look in the baking aisles or home canning section.

  3. jma2008

    I’m new to the cooking world so forgive me for this stupid question but…what do you mean by cooking something “over boiling water”??

    • Mebunches2001

      Hi jma2008. ‘over boiling water’ means you need two pots, or a double boiler (which is a pot that sits atop another pot). You put water in the bottom pot & bring it to boiling, then set the second pot (with the chocolate or whatever you are cooking or melting) on top of the bottom pot. This melts the chocolate or cooks the item (such as custard) without burning it. I don’t recommend using a microwave because it tends to heat the food too fast which ruins it.

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