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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 combo. It's also an easy one for children to help with. I've made them for a bake sale at my granddaughter's school and tucked them into holiday treat boxes for neighbors. These are easy peanut butter balls no baker should go without. —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 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 balls 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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    • 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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    • Colleen
      Dec 12, 2019

      So good, and addicting. Fun and festive looking as well.

    • rjbspzgranny
      Dec 12, 2019

      I made these when it first came out in TOH. My husband loved them. Life happened and I haven't made them for a number of years. I know if I can get to them this year, my grandchildren will want them every year no matter what I coat them with.

    • skp1952
      Dec 11, 2019

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      Oct 25, 2019

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      Nov 14, 2018

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    • mjlouk
      Dec 24, 2017

      Yummy. These were so easy. I will double or triple the recipe next time! I love simple recipes like this that turn out so well!

    • Chery
      Dec 10, 2017

      I’ve been baking for years but never attempted candy until last year, that was funfetti fudge with a cake mix so this was my first. I made 2 separate batches, first one I had paced balls in freezer and the chocolate either cracked or a hole erupted and they leaked. So second batch I chilled in frig for 30 minutes, no cracks but I still have a leaky pin hole in about 1/2 the batch.