No Bake Peanut Butter Truffles are similar to Ohio’s favorite candy, buckeyes. Sweet peanut butter centers are enrobed in chocolate and topped with a peanut for a lovely holiday presentation. Everyone will love to receive a box of these Peanut Butter Chocolate 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, also known as peanut butter balls. If you are familiar with Ohio’s favorite candy, the buckeye, you will know these are delicious and very similar. Buckeyes are made from a peanut butter fudge partially dipped in chocolate to leave a circle of peanut butter visible on the top. These truffles are fully enrobed in chocolate.
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.
Ingredients in Peanut Butter Chocolate Truffles
These 7-ingredient no bake peanut butter truffles are so easy to make and you probably already have all the ingredients on hand.
- Confectioner’s sugar
- Creamy peanut butter
- Cream cheese softened
- Salted dry-roasted peanuts
- Vanilla extract
- Semisweet chocolate chips
- Vegetable oil
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.
How to Make No Bake Peanut Butter Truffles
- Combine the sugar, peanut butter, cream cheese, chopped peanuts, and vanilla and roll into 1/2 inch balls.
- Place on a parchment-lined plate and freeze for 15 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate as directed.
- Use a fork to dip the peanut butter truffles into the chocolate and place them back on the plate and top with a peanut.
- Freeze for about 10 minutes until hardened.
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.
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I hope you enjoy this peanut butter chocolate truffles 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
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
- Line a large plate with parchment paper.
- Stir sugar, peanut butter, cream cheese, chopped peanuts, and vanilla in bowl until uniform.
- Roll mixture into twenty 1/2 inch balls; space balls evenly apart on prepared plate. Freeze, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
- Microwave chocolate and oil in bowl, covered, at 50 percent power, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 2-4 minutes.
- Using a fork, pick up 1 ball and dip in chocolate to coat, letting excess chocolate drip back into bowl.
- Return ball to plate, and immediately place peanut half on top. Repeat with remaining balls.
- Freeze balls uncovered, until chocolate has hardened, about 10 minutes.
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