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Peanut Butter Coconut Balls Recipe

Peanut Butter Coconut Balls Recipe

This recipe has been a family "secret" for generations. But I think it's too good to keep to ourselves. A glossy chocolate coating hides a crunchy coconut filling. —Jennifer Dignin, Westerville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling YIELD:82 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2-1/2 cups (15 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 teaspoons shortening
  • Chopped nuts or sprinkles


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter until light and fluffy Beat in vanilla. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and mix well. Stir in the cracker crumbs, walnuts and coconut. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place on baking sheets; cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • 2. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth.
  • 3. Dip balls into melted chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Roll in nuts or sprinkles. Place on waxed paper until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 7 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 120 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 55mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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Ruth Campbell User ID: 4504504 66890
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"jI have made this recipe for many years. I got the recipe out of a Junior League cookbook from a small town in Arkansas. It is my favorite candy recipe and requested by family and friends."

Robinlaw55 User ID: 5723168 98792
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"This is almost like my grandmothers with a few other ingredients, I like and yes I would give this recipe to a family or friend."

JillAndLea User ID: 1675407 64462
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"Peanut Butter Coconut Balls = YUM!"

shaunco User ID: 3072071 151357
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"This recipe is so easy and always a crowd favorite. I always have people asking me to make these. I like variety in the chocolate so I sometimes use almond bark or white chocolate...I've also melted down crunch bars and it turns out great!"

jlauchma User ID: 4337489 66886
Reviewed May. 13, 2010

"I used creamy peanut butter and they came out great and very easy. the graham cracker crumbs add a good texture and taste."

jenschlegel User ID: 1455203 207047
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2010

"These were very easy to make. I actually cut the recipe in half b/c I didn't need so many. They are delicious and I got many complements!"

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