Reese’s Copycat Peanut Butter Balls

What better way to show some love this¬†Valentine’s then by giving (sharing ūüėČ ) delicious homemade chocolates? Check out these Homemade Peppermint Patties¬†or scrumptious Almond Butter Truffles¬†too? ¬†This¬†Reese’s Copycat Peanut Butter Balls¬†recipe will be perfect for the Reese’s lovers in your life. ¬†These little morsels of sweetness have an amazing peanut butter center and¬†are packaged in a¬†thin chocolate-y coating. ¬†They are so quick & easy to make (no-bake style) and are sure to spread the love, because a batch of these babies makes over 100 chocolate balls.

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As you may already know from a few of my prior posts, my family makes homemade and hand-dipped chocolates every year. ¬†Usually around the holidays. ¬†Time crept up on me and before I know it, the holidays were over and I hadn’t shared this recipe. ¬†No worries though because what better holiday to share this peanut butter lovers dream then around the holiday of love, Valentine’s Day. So, that’s just what I’m doing.

Growing up, my mom and aunt would make a similar version of this delicious peanut butter center they would hand dip around the holidays. ¬†This kind has always been a favorite and is one of the first to go. ¬†I’ve tried many recipes that are similar with variations like graham crackers, Rice Krispies or other additives to give it a crunch. ¬†This recipe is, hands down, still my favorite. ¬†My secret… ¬†ground dry roasted peanuts. ¬†It makes all the difference. Really!

The ingredients are so simple.   I took pictures of a double batch I made so it looks like a TON because it was.  The recipe below will be for half this.

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First, mix the butter and creamy peanut butter together. ¬†Make sure you are using creamy and not crunchy. ¬†The peanut chunks in crunchy peanut butter are too big (at least¬†in my opinion). ¬†Once the butters are mixed add the ground peanuts. ¬†I like to use my blender or a food processor to finely chop the dry roasted peanuts (make sure they are dry roasted otherwise you’ll end up with a glob of homemade chunky peanut butter rather than finely chopped peanuts). ¬† The little bits of peanuts are what make this recipe so amazing. ¬†It gives these an extra peanut-y flavor and nice crunchy texture.

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Once the peanuts are all mixed in, add the powdered sugar a little at a time until the peanut butter mixture turns into a dough. ¬†It shouldn’t be sticky to the touch. ¬†If it is, add a bit more powdered sugar.

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Once all the powdered sugar is mixed in and the dough has formed it’s ready to be balled.

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I like my chocolates to be bite sized, not two- or three-biters. ¬†The smallest scoop I’ve been able to find is 0.25 fl/oz with equals about 1 1/2 teaspoons. ¬†I fill the scoop not quite full to make the ball about a teaspoon big. ¬†If made to be a teaspoon big, this recipe will make around a 100 balls, give or take. ¬†If you don’t have a scoop or would like to roll and cut them yourself, you can. ¬†Take 1/4 of the dough and roll into a 1/2-3/4 inch log (like a snake). ¬†Cut into 1/2-3/4 inch pieces. Roll until smooth.

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Once the balls are rolled, chill for 1-2 hours. ¬†This will help the chocolate coating set and harden more quickly. ¬†Dip each ball into melted chocolate and set on clean waxed paper or parchment paper to cool. ¬†Make sure the peanut butter center is completely covered or it will weep.¬† Oils from the center will leak out. ¬†This doesn’t effect the flavor but makes them look not as pretty or appetizing.

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That’s it. You are officially a Chocolatier¬†in my books!

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Here’s the full printable recipe:

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Reese's Copycat Peanut Butter Center

Reese's Copycat Peanut Butter Balls are little morsels of sweet Reese's like peanut butter center covered in a thin chocolate-y coating.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 100 teaspoon sized balls
Author Rachel

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups dry roasted peanuts ground/finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 lbs powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix butter and peanut butter until combined.
  2. Mix in ground peanuts.
  3. Add enough powdered sugar to form a dough (non-sticky to the touch). Add additional powdered sugar if needed.

  4. Form into teaspoon size balls using a scoop or forming into a "snake" and cutting.
  5. Chill 1-2 hours (this will help chocolate harden quicker).
  6. Dip chilled balls in chocolate and place on waxed paper or parchment paper to cool and set.

Recipe Notes

Only use dry roasted peanuts to grind otherwise you'll end up with homemade chunky peanut butter. Use a blender or food processor to achieve a fine chop/ground.

Do you make homemade chocolates? Here are a few more ideas we make around Christmas or special occasions.

Reese’s Copycat Peanut Butter Balls
Easy Reese's Copycat Peanut Butter Balls | KitchenCents.com

Almond Butter Truffles
Almond Butter Truffles | KitchenCents.com

Homemade Peppermint Patties
Homemade Peppermint Patties | KitchenCents.com

Old English Almond Toffee
Old English Almond Toffee | KitchenCents.com

S’mores Chocolates
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Easy Reese's Copycat Peanut Butter Balls | KitchenCents.com

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35 Responses

  1. I could eat this with every meal and be just fine with life! They look fantastic.

  2. robin masshole mommy says:

    I am in heaven right now. Reese’s are my kryptonite, so I am definitely going to be making these.

  3. Silvia says:

    Oh my gosh this looks so good! My friend always talks about Oreo balls but I know she is a huge fan of Reese’s so I will definitely have to surprise her with these!

  4. Missy Burson says:

    I’m not a big fan of Reeses peanut butter cups, but I LOVE peppermint patties so will definitely be making that recipe!

  5. Debra says:

    Man, I really wish we weren’t allergic to peanuts at our house, these looks delicious!

  6. I just want to jump into that dough! Yummy! These are my daughter’s favorites. My nephew makes them for her at Christmas. This year he said he was afraid to come home without them!


  7. I just made a date with the couch and a bowl of these!!! I’ll have to hide them from my reese’s-loving husband!


  8. Ohh… I love chocolate and peanut butter. If I weren’t on a diet, I’d made these babies today! Saving the recipe for later!

  9. I make peanut butter balls every year for the holidays. They are always a hit, and one of my favorites!

  10. Vera Sweeney says:

    Peanut butter and chocolate some of my favorite things!! These look so good, what a great dessert to make up!

  11. Oh I am going to have to make these for my reese peanut butter cup loving hubby! I hope mine look as nice!

  12. Brandi Puga says:

    Peanut balls are so good when homemade, i have decided i am not really a fan of reeses anymore, but the ones you make from scratch are delicious!

  13. Katriza says:

    *Drooling* These look so good! My husband is a huge reese’s fan and so I need to make these for him for Valentine’s Day! I love how I can make a ton of these with this recipe and so making I’ll make double and hand them out to my husband’s coworkers too! Thanks so much for this recipe! I can’t wait to try it!

  14. Krystle Cook says:

    Reeses are one of my favorite candies that I like to indulge in. Thanks so much for showing me how I can make these in bulk at home!

  15. Teresa says:

    I have a slight addiction to peanut butter cups! Like I actually have to ban them from my house I eat way too many of them!! I would make this and it all in like 2 days!

  16. karen says:

    I am literally drooling looking at these tasty treats! I want to try to make these this weekend! I love peanut butter and chocolate and cant wait to dive in!

  17. Marisa says:

    I just pinned this because Reese’s anything and I’m in!!! thank you for sharing this recipe. My daughter will love it!

  18. Logan says:

    Yum! These look delicious! My grandmother makes a similar recipe every year at Christmas. They are so yummy!

  19. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    OH! I need to make these for my son who is a Reese’s PB fanatic!! How delicious do these look?

  20. Kit Stanwood says:

    Oh my goodness these look AMAZING!!! And simple enough for me to be able to make without much experience making chocolate truffles. Love it! Also love how you have other great recipes that are eye catching at the bottom of the post!

  21. Carolyn says:

    My kids would eat all these at once or I would. ūüôā They are my favorite combination of chocolate and PB.

  22. Brittany says:

    These look so scrumptious and I know that my husband would love them. I’m planning on baking him all kinds of goodies for Valentine’s Day – I think these just made the list!

  23. Angela Ricardo says:

    Wow! This is absolutely looks so yummy This is what I need right now a comfort food for my stress. I would love to try this on my own

  24. These look so yummy! Chocolate and Peanut butter is one of my favorite treat combinations!

  25. CourtneyLynne says:

    Omg can we say yum?!? I just love peanut butter!!! I must give your recipe a try

  26. AMAZINGGG. I wonder if there’s a way I can make these lighter with PB2. I’m sure it’d sacrifice the taste a bit, but still satisfy my cravings?

  27. Jazz says:

    These look great! I’m thinking of trying them with almond butter. Thanks for sharing!


  28. I love peanut butter balls I make them every xmas. I also do Oreo balls and chocolate chiop cookie dough balls & peanut butter cups (all made basically the same way) Thanks for sharing.


  29. if I made these, my husband would eat every single one before the day was over. Peanut butter is his weakness. Maybe for valentines though ūüôā

  30. katrina gehman says:

    oh yes please! i love peanut butter, those look amazing

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