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Peanut Butter Snowballs Recipe

Peanut Butter Snowballs Recipe

These creamy treats are a nice change from the typical milk chocolate and peanut butter combination. This recipe is also an easy one for children to help with. I prepared the snowballs for a bake sale at my granddaughter's school and put them in gift boxes I share with neighbors at Christmas. —Wanda Regula, Birmingham, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped


  • 1. In a bowl, combine the sugar, peanut butter and butter. Shape into 1-in. balls and place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Chill for 30 minutes or until firm.
  • 2. Meanwhile, melt the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Dip balls and place on waxed paper to harden. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: Dark, white or milk chocolate confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometime labeled "almond bark" or "candy coating" and is often sold in bulk packages (1 to 1-1/2 pounds). It is the product used for dipping chocolate. A substitute for 6 ounces chocolate coating would be 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet, dark or white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening melted together.

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Save on prep time by using candy coating disks. No chopping needed!
  • Cookie scoops make quick work of shaping cookies into balls.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 each: 164 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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    Judat User ID: 8282854 266047
    Reviewed May. 16, 2017

    "I made these for Christmas and everyone loved them. We give this recipe 5 stars."

    2124arizona User ID: 845443 265748
    Reviewed May. 8, 2017

    "Just about the easiest Christmas candy recipe I have. The first time I served these incredible truffles they were a hit!"

    [email protected] User ID: 193450 258519
    Reviewed Dec. 23, 2016

    "Super easy and very tasty!"

    crystal92780 User ID: 5984690 258314
    Reviewed Dec. 18, 2016

    "These are amazing!!!! I brought them to a Christmas party and they were gone in less than 20 minutes. I am definitely making them again!"

    mjnrs User ID: 2121717 239513
    Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

    "These are easy and delicious, melt in your mouth. We used milk chocolate for some and white chocolate for the rest.

    It makes a small batch, but was easy to double or triple."

    TheDix User ID: 607421 239207
    Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

    "Very good! I liked that they are not loaded with butter. They go together easily and quickly. I used semisweet chocolate chips for a dip."

    tamtam77 User ID: 8134720 218330
    Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

    "Very easy and rich with taste, you dont need alot to satisfy.."

    VenusDoomed User ID: 7446237 217573
    Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

    "Have been making these for years. They take a little time to get them to look pretty but they never fail to always be a hit year after year."

    az_jill User ID: 5181702 217423
    Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

    "Awesome! No other word describes these yummy treats."

    cupkake User ID: 454141 216568
    Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

    "I have been making these for a few years now, I have read other reviews and see some were having trouble on the dipping part. I always chill my dough a good few hours and even over night, then the next day shape into balls place balls on a tray and put in the freezer until they are very firm, then dip into chocolate, this will help alot on the dipping hope this helps the ones that are having trouble."

    jdog31399 User ID: 1186484 215188
    Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

    "I added 1/2 tsp vanilla to my second batch. Exactly what the recipe needed. Yummy and super easy."

    Lynnb55 User ID: 8153600 214666
    Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

    "The trick to making the coating stick is to chill them in the ball form and quickly dip and roll them into the chocolate because the peanut butter balls start to get soft and the chocolate will start to fall off. I hope it helps"

    Hot Dodge User ID: 6835688 214501
    Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

    "These are really good. I plopped little blobs on the cookie sheet and then chilled them. I rolled them into balls right before I dipped in chocolate, because at first they were smearing in my hands. They don't look like the picture because as you dip them in the hot chocolate they started to get soft and not stay in a ball shape, but they are tasty anyway. Maybe rolling into balls and then freezing them would make dipping easier, but who's got all day to do that? I sprinkled a little colored sugar on each, so then they look better."

    kathidahl User ID: 1718596 214078
    Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

    "How do you all dip is very messy...maybe there is a trick I do not know...yummy tho.."

    Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 213970
    Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

    "easy to make & a family favorite at our house! We've been making them since the recipe was printed in TOH for Christmas 1994."

    pj46 User ID: 8040677 213833
    Reviewed Dec. 2, 2014

    "These are out of this world. Very easy to make."

    chin-chilla User ID: 2872569 213797
    Reviewed Dec. 2, 2014

    "These are super yummy! I made these last year to give away as gifts for Christmas and everyone raved over them. I'll be making them again this year!"

    dcscake_OH User ID: 228890 2958
    Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

    "There are wonderful, I used dark shoc. chips and white choc. so they were black and white. They taste wonderful"

    mamashelly User ID: 6047596 3461
    Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

    "One of the best peanut butter balls I have made."

    vstern User ID: 4035754 4490
    Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

    "Yum! I used chocolate almond bark because my husband doesn't like white chocolate. Should have doubled the recipe. Didn't stay around long! Will absolutely make again"

    chica4christ00 User ID: 3221277 3647
    Reviewed Apr. 19, 2014

    "We absolutely LOVED these! I didn't have white chocolate so I used semi-sweet chocolate chips. These are just like store bought Reese's Peanut Butter Cups or Eggs.

    One trick I did...I used my small "sauce" crockpot and melted the chocolate in there and dipped the balls in it...made it so easy!"

    nikkiruiz User ID: 7562906 2990
    Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

    "Excellent, and easy"

    destine User ID: 2519270 2956
    Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

    "Wow! These are fantastic! They're easy to make and they look pretty too."

    kredhead User ID: 710648 2328
    Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

    "These are super easy to make, they taste very nice & look nice on a platter. I added green & red colored sugar on the tops before they dried completely for Xmas time. The peanut butter goes with white chocolate very well. I had half a bag of white chocolate melts and then mixed in white chocolate chips & a bit of canola oil into my double boiler until it was silky smooth. I ended up making two batches, I used my one inch scooper/baller & I never got 24 out of the recipe. The first time It made 21, the second 22. Will make these again, just doubling the recipe from the start."

    diandrew77 User ID: 7505915 3441
    Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

    "easy and delicious"

    DeDe71 User ID: 7539586 1630
    Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

    "Okay don't know what I was doing wrong with white chocolate , but it never got very smooth when melted. Then when I tried to dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate they got very soft and messy. They were looking nothing like the picture. So I ended up mixing everything together (including the white chocolate) and making new balls. Those taste good, just aren't dipped in white chocolate."

    Cynbars User ID: 6748287 2929
    Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

    "The recipe is very easy but do not use almond bark, that stuff is artificial, waxy and awful, use quality melting chocolate either white or dark."

    Libby1960 User ID: 7384233 1629
    Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

    "I used to make these with dar chocolate years ago. Can I use crunchy peanut butter and just use a little more? Has any one done this?"

    graumenz User ID: 7300565 2927
    Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

    "I'm thinking some Rice Krispies would be good in these!"

    Kaitboxell User ID: 7181998 3460
    Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

    "Not only do I make this at Christmas but also at Easter but using pastel colored chocolate when I make them at Easter time."

    emyluke2 User ID: 7004248 4487
    Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

    "I use this recipe every year. HUGE HIT at my house."

    Micki210 User ID: 6287482 4702
    Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

    "Great and so easy. Will certainly do these again, all my guests loved them."

    SallyJ User ID: 106160 4486
    Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

    "I made this the first time it came out in TOH magazine and been making it ever since. It is one of my kids and grandkids favorite with either white or chocolate coating. It is very easy to make. I would give it more stars if I could!! LOL"

    equestsarah81 User ID: 5110682 3440
    Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

    "These were GREAT and SO easy to make!!! They tasted like white chocolate receeses! YUMMY!!!!"

    j1mshort User ID: 1334573 3642
    Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

    "Made them for a Christmas goodie tin. I changed the white candy coating to a milk chocolate coating and they were a great big hit. Will make them again."

    sherri6332000 User ID: 2580978 5728
    Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

    "I have been making this recipe for several years now. One of my friends has to have these every Christmas or else LOL. I make milk chocolate balls too, comes out just like a round Reeses' cup"

    ChocolateJunkie User ID: 3559422 2327
    Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

    "I tripled this recipe last Christmas and put them out for family to nibble on...every last one was eaten and my nephew told me to forget the present this year and just make a big batch of these for him."

    suncow User ID: 1006644 4701
    Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

    "I have been making these since the first time I saw them in TOH. Now all my friends and neighbors can't wait for the holidays to receive them."

    mjfarra User ID: 3635997 5457
    Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

    "I made these the first time I saw the recipe in TOH and now I make them for all kinds of holidays. Depending on the holiday, I put different colored sprinkles on them right after dipping them; before the white candy coating firms up. They are wonderful and easy to make!"

    pepper6 User ID: 1017789 3640
    Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

    "I usually make a quadruple batch because they are so popular with my family and friends"

    KatieM1 User ID: 3867957 2312
    Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

    "I made these the first time I saw the recipe in TOH They are wonderful and easy to make. All my Christmas box recipients Loved them!"

    hidecogal User ID: 537730 5717
    Reviewed Nov. 10, 2008

    "Wow these sound good. I have printed the recipe and add it to all my Xmas goodies section. I have a ton of cookies and candies I make for Xmas. I have a section In my recipe files titled " Xmas recipes".

    Thanks for sharing."

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