Church Pot Luck Recipe: Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls

I know these look hard to make, but they are so much fun that even little ones can make them! Itโ€™s like playing with Play Doh! Great for Church Potluck!


1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter or 3 tablespoons margarine, softened
1 lb. Bakerโ€™s Dipping Chocolate


1- Stir together powdered sugar, peanut butter and butter until well blended using mixer.
2- Shape peanut butter mixture into 1 inch balls, placing them on a baking sheet covered with waxed paper.
3- Let balls stand for 20 minutes until dry.
4- Melt the dipping chocolate according to package directions.
5- Drop balls one at a time in melted chocolate.
6- Using a fork, remove from the chocolate, letting excess chocolate drip off.
7- Place back on the waxed paper.
8- Let stand until dry.
9- Store tightly covered in a cool dry place.

Yield: 30 pieces

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Copyright 2012 Laura Grace


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Laura Grace was a special education teacher years ago and has taught CCD for 16 years. She has been a contributor at since 2006, is part of the Gospel Reflections Team, and creates lesson plans for religious education and homeschooling. In 2008 Laura started her own blog, The Catholic Toolbox where she posts activities, crafts, games, worksheets, puzzles, lesson plans, classroom tips, etc. for all ages.


  1. I love peanut butter balls…but since my son is allergic to peanuts, I definitely have not made them recently. Be sure to put a sign up for the name (peanut butter balls) when serving them at church events to warn parents and older children who can read but are allergic. I wonder if it would work to make them with Sunbutter instead? Maybe I’ll try that!

  2. This was actually very difficult to make! The consistancy of the peanut butter “paste” as I will call it was literally IMPOSSIBLE to make into balls, I had to put them in the freezer for 4 hours and even then they didnt harden enough to make them perfect balls. Not to mention when putting them in the melted chocolate they started to melt as well if you are not quick enough with this part they will all mix together and ruin the melted chocolate. NOT recomended for people who are impatiant, looking for something easy or something kid friendly. If my child were to help me with this it would be a horrible disaster. Sorry. But gotta let people know… (P.S for those who think oh you just didn’t do this right or you didn’t try this… Trust me I did. I have made others before oreo cheescake, peanut butter (different type) etc. and they have turned out extremely well compared to these ones!)

    • If you put more powdered surgar in them they will be easier to deal with and make into balls and it really ain’t all that hard cause when you put more surgar the chocolate and peanut butter don’t run together as bad

  3. Amazing Grace on

    Barrie- So sorry that this did not turn out for you. I made this by myself the first time when I was in middle school and had no problems.

    • carrie-lynn on

      First time making these today and they are awesome!!!! My husband will be delighted when he gets home!! Thankyou for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I made these with a 2 and 6 year old we had great fun and found them really easy we also sprinkled nuts and other things on the outside we all loved them really tasty ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Amazing Grace on

      Chez- Oooooooooo sprinkling nuts and other things on the outside sounds yummy!!! I have never done that, but I shall try it next time. I am so glad you and the kids enjoyed making and eating them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Anne,
    My son is allergic to peanuts/treenuts as well. I tried making these with wow butter, and they turned out great. I had to add in a bit more icing sugar to get the consistency just right. I second your suggestion about the note on them at a function. People just don’t get it. Peanuts could kill my son.

  6. I have frozen many times, just take them out of the freezer for a while for them to not be so hard before serving. The time will depend on how long they have been in there. So easy to make and so good to eat.

  7. I made these for our Christmas party, but ate the first Batch myself! Had to make more, and it set them out during the party and they disappeared before my savoury appetizers!

    No problem making them. Or eating, they melt in your mouth.

  8. I put mine in the fridge before rolling out the balls, when rolled then I put a toothpick in them then froze them. That works great when u coat them with the choc

  9. Annette Mckessor on

    I was just wondering if you could use soy-butter instead of peanut butter? I’m sure you may have to use a little more powdered sugar as the soy-butter is a little more oily than that of peanut butter. Peanut allergies are very common now days and soy or almond butter seems like a good choice. We’ll give it a try and let you know. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Soy-nut butter would be a good alternative–there is a company called I Am Healthy that makes it free of peanuts and tree nuts (and milk). It’s not made with nuts or butter; that’s just the name. You’d have to ask at your parish if there are children with allergies (including soy). It’s such a blessing to keep things safe for allergy families, if there are some in your parish. My son has food allergies that cause anaphylaxis. We miss a lot of special church events because I just get tired and drained of trying to keep things safe for my son. I know of one local protestant church that had one child with a peanut allergy, and they make all of their functions and rooms peanut-free–a very kind sacrifice indeed. Certainly, if there are no peanut allergies at your parish or in your family, I bet this recipe is great!

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