Peanut Butter Truffles

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Peanut Butter Truffles

“Christmas is not as much about opening presents as opening our hearts.” -Janice Maeditere

If you have been following along, we are up to day 11 in the 12 days of Christmas baking. I went with a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen for these peanut butter truffles. If you are familiar with Ohio’s favorite candy, the buckeye, you will know these are delicious. The blend of peanut butter and confectioner’s sugar dipped in chocolate, is fabulous to begin with, but then you add in the America’s Test Kitchen modifications and you have a delicious piece of candy. They add a small amount of cream cheese to give the filling a pleasant tang, yet it keeps the sweetness.

The only thing I would change on this recipe is to temper the chocolate. Due to time constraints and the difficulty of tempering chocolate, they chose to keep it simple. They wanted the shine of the chocolate, without the effort of tempering. Which they achieved by adding a small amount of oil to the chocolate. They have you store these in the refrigerator until serving time, which is what we did. You can see from the images, the condensation that is on the chocolate when you do that. Which is fine, it slowly goes away as the candy warms up. But the flavor is best when the peanut butter center is chilled.

We used creamy peanut butter in this recipe, but you can also go with chunky if you prefer that. I kept with the creamy because we put chopped peanuts into the truffle, and I didn’t want it too crunchy.

I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do. It’s such a simple no bake recipe, that everyone loves. I suppose technically it should not be on the Christmas baking list, but hey…It’s my list and I can add it if I want to.  As always, we would love to hear how you do with the recipe, and don’t forget to save some for yourself.

Peanut Butter Truffles

Peanut Butter Truffles

Ingredients

    America's Test Kitchen - Peanut Butter Truffles
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons salted dry-roasted peanuts, chopped coarse, plus 20 peanut halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Line a large plate with parchment paper.
  2. Stir sugar, peanut butter, cream cheese, chopped peanuts, and vanilla in bowl until uniform.
  3. Roll mixture into twenty 1/2 inch balls; space balls evenly apart on prepared plate. Freeze, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  4. Microwave chocolate and oil in bowl, covered, at 50 percent power, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 2-4 minutes.
  5. Using a fork, pick up 1 ball and dip in chocolate to coat, letting excess chocolate drip back into bowl.
  6. Return ball to plate, and immediately place peanut half on top. Repeat with remaining balls.
  7. Freeze balls uncovered, until chocolate has hardened, about 10 minutes.
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Five peanut butter truffles

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  • robin rue December 12, 2017, 6:42 am

    Those truffles sound so good. Chocolate and peanut butter is my favorite combo of all time!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:40 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m also a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter

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  • Laura @ MommyDearest December 12, 2017, 7:49 am

    I’m loving this recipe. I’ve been looking for a recipe like this. So excited to make these. Going to stock up on baking supplies tomorrow once the weather becomes more forgiving and getting my bake on.

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:41 pm

      Enjoy!

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  • Melissa Chapman December 12, 2017, 1:41 pm

    These look so good I am not the best cook but you make it seem so simple and I love America’s Test Kitchen. If I get inspiration I might just try this for a party.

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:42 pm

      After working with them for a while, I’m still a huge fan of ATK. Love the recipes

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  • Angela Tolsma December 12, 2017, 1:45 pm

    I have never made truffles as they’ve always seemed like so much work. But no bake is so much better sometimes and I should really give it a try!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:42 pm

      If you are a peanut butter and chocolate fan, this one is definitely worth making.

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  • Krystal Butherus December 12, 2017, 1:53 pm

    We love truffles! These might make the snack table on Christmas Day. They look so delicious!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:42 pm

      Thanks so much! Enjoy!

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  • Melissa December 12, 2017, 2:53 pm

    Oh my these look delicious! Definitely pinning them to make them for before the year ends. Chocolate and peanut butter for the win.

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:43 pm

      Ha! I couldn’t agree more!

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  • Dean December 12, 2017, 3:35 pm

    The first thought that popped in my mind when I saw your image… THOSE LOOK LIKE BUCKEYES. 🙂 I haven’t had buckeyes in so long, and you’re right they are so yummy. My husband introduce them to me years ago, I’ve never forgotten them.

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:25 pm

      They are buckeyes! I think it just depends where you live as to what you call them.

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  • Rachel December 12, 2017, 8:02 pm

    Peanut butter truffles are some of my mom’s most favorite treats. I have been trying to figure out what to get for her her, so maybe I will just make her some of these.

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:43 pm

      These make such a great gift. She will love them

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  • Cindy Ingalls December 12, 2017, 8:40 pm

    These remind of Buckeyes, which are one of my favorite indulgences. Well, really, I just love anything with chocolate and peanut butter, especially when it comes in a bit size portion.

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:44 pm

      They are technically buckeyes. I think it just depends where you live as to what you call them.

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  • AnnMarie John December 13, 2017, 2:48 am

    It would be nice to temper the chocolate if you have time, I’m sure it would make a huge difference to the results. But it still looks so good! And peanut butter is always a win!

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  • Terri Steffes December 13, 2017, 8:26 am

    These look so good. Truffles are my mom’s favorite candies. I’ll make some up for her.

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  • Erica December 13, 2017, 9:43 am

    Peanut butter with chocolate is one of my favorites. So I will have to give these a try. Though I must admit, I really am a sucker for crunchy peanut butter. So I might have to choose to substitute with the crunchy.

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  • brianne December 13, 2017, 5:41 pm

    Wow these look so yummy and festive! I’ve never attempted truffles before, but think I will have to try!

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  • Ut Minh December 14, 2017, 1:03 am

    I’m looking for recipe sources for Christmas. I love this recipe. Don’t know if I can make this dish as beautiful as you? I will try this weekend!

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    • serena December 14, 2017, 7:28 am

      We have tons of holiday recipes on the blog. Give them a try and enjoy 🙂

      Reply
  • Jean December 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

    These truffles look so yummy! I think they’d make a great Christmas gift wrapped up nicely 🙂 I think I might just have to make them!

    Reply

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