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Peanut Butter Snowballs

This recipe for peanut butter ball cookies is a nice change from the typical milk chocolate and peanut butter combination. I once prepared them for a bake sale at my granddaughter's school, and I've also put them in gift boxes to share with neighbors at Christmas. —Wanda Regula, Birmingham, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


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


  • In a bowl, combine the sugar, peanut butter and butter. Chill in freezer for 30 minutes or until the mixture is easy to handle. Shape into 1-in. balls and place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze for 30 minutes or until firm.
  • Meanwhile, melt the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Dip each ball and place on waxed paper to harden. If desired, sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • 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.
  • Save on prep time by using candy coating disks. No chopping needed!
  • Cookie scoops make quick work of shaping the snowballs. They're one of our best-loved kitchen gadgets!
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 132 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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    • Victoria
      Dec 25, 2020

      Love these! Left the pb portion in the fridge overnight. Used a cookie scoop to pack and shape before dipping in Ghirardelli melts. Super easy and delicious!

    • Nadine
      Dec 13, 2020

      NOT worth the aggravation ! Like many others, chocolate was so hard to get to stay on the peanut butter balls ! Frustrating....

    • meliss.beyer
      Dec 12, 2020

      These were easy to make with minimal ingredients. My only issue was not softening the butter enough so the dough wasn't coming together. I ended up microwaving everything for about 15 seconds and that did the trick. After freezing, it was pretty crumbly but came together when rolling it in your hands. I'd make them again.

    • Judy
      Dec 9, 2020

      These were the easiest candy I have ever made. I have already made like 8 batches for family. I used almond bark. Didn't have any problems at all. I will definitely make these every year.

    • batemanj
      Dec 6, 2020

      These are great and fun to make with grandchildren!

    • mnelle27
      Dec 3, 2020

      This is a fun recipe to do with your little ones!

    • marybigelow
      Dec 2, 2020

      Have been making these at Christmastime for many years. Family & friends really look forward to them

    • Chinita
      Dec 2, 2020

      How far ahead can I make these before I serve them? Can I make ahead?

    • tkuehl
      Dec 20, 2019

      This recipe always makes an appearance on our holiday baking trays. Very easy and they freeze well.

    • Nancy
      Dec 15, 2019

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