Cherry Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
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Cherry Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

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Years ago, I saved this festive recipe and made it only at Christmastime. But my grandkids loved the sweet combination of peanut butter, chocolate and cherries so much that now I mix up a batch anytime they ask or visit!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 24 to 26 maraschino cherries with stems
  • Additional confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 233 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat the butter and peanut butter until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Pat cherries dry with paper towel. Dust hands with additional confectioners' sugar. Wrap each cherry with a rounded tablespoon full of peanut butter mixture; shape into a ball. (Peanut butter mixture may need to be refrigerated occasionally while rolling cherries.) Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip peanut butter balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until set. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Editor’s Note: Reduced-fat or generic brands of peanut butter are not recommended for this recipe.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Cherry Peanut Butter Balls in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2003, p29

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laur_218 User ID: 6203807 214697
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

"I HATE making these, but everyone loves them... so I do every year. I always have leftover peanut butter mixture, which I will roll in balls and dip on their own - perfect for those people, like myself, who don't like maraschino cherries. These dress up a Christmas dainty tray very nicely!"

cz8k041a User ID: 7472195 133223
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2013

"Yummy. Yummy. Yummy!!!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1289968 54121
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"Finally made this recipe and must say, not only are they easy and fun and attractive, they are absolutely delicious. I didn't use a full TBSP of peanut butter mixture for each ball and they were still fully coated and yielded about 3 1/2 dozen. Everyone who tried them raved about them. Definitely will make them again SOON!!!"

kitkatcowgirl User ID: 5616570 137731
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"i made a bigger batch increasing all ingredients 4 times and made 100. using 8 cups of choc chips and 1 cup of shortening i had more melted choc left over. had stemless cherries so used toothpicks to dip balls into chocolate and covered up the toothpick hole with melted choc. great tasting and my family and friends just loved them this xmas"

brillig45 User ID: 2119794 112709
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"Scrumptious little morsels of goodness! These get a "WOW" on my list of favorites!"

EekCoyIck User ID: 5632588 206046
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"Yum! We were not sure if this combination was going to go together very well but we all loved them!"

MsNancy589 User ID: 1857245 53238
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"Using maraschio cherries WITHOUT the stems, I made the peanut butter balls the size of a large walnut (40 balls). I refrigerated overnight and the next morning, I used my candy dipper to dip the balls in the melted chocolate chips and shortening. After dipping, I had about 1/3 cup of chocolate remaining. I will make this recipe again as everyone enjoyed them. NOTE: These are VERY rich!"

misscleocat User ID: 257578 96861
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"These were very easy to make...came off without a hitch. They also look very pretty on a plate. I only made a couple of alterations. I only had chunkey peanut butter so I used that. And I used Hersey's special dark chocolate chips instead of the semi-sweet. Very good."

punkinqueen User ID: 3489193 147227
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"these were absolutely delicious! my husband raved every time he had one. they also get better the longer they stay in the fridge. thanks for the recipe."

penoll User ID: 1982847 140957
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2008

"What a great combination...I usually make choco covered cherries and peanut butter cups. Now this kills 2 birds with one stone! Thank you...This is a wonderful recipe"

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