With just three ingredients, this no bake chocolate peanut butter candies recipe is easy to make and impossible to stop eating!
Homemade chocolate peanut butter candies
A smooth dark chocolate shell surrounds a thick and creamy peanut butter filling in this super addictive chocolate peanut butter candy recipe.
If you like Reese’s peanut butter cups, you will love these peanut butter candies too!
It’s a very good thing they are so simple to prepare, because this is one recipe you will definitely want to make over and over again.
Also try this popular Chocolate Mug Cake
When to serve the healthy chocolate dessert
This chocolate peanut butter filled candy recipe is a wonderful anytime treat.
Whether it is Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or just a plain old regular Sunday, there is never a wrong time to eat this nostalgic and family friendly dessert.
Anyone who is a fan of buckeyes, chocolate peanut butter fudge, or Reese’s eggs or peanut butter cups will absolutely love these rich peanut butter chocolate candies too!
While the homemade candies will begin to melt in a warm environment, they are fine to serve at an indoor party and leave out for a few hours on the counter.
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Chocolate peanut butter candy ingredients
To make the dessert, you will need peanut butter, powdered sugar or a powdered sweetener with no sugar, chocolate chips, and optional vegetable or coconut oil.
You can substitute an equal amount of raw or roasted almond butter, Coconut Butter, cashew butter, or an allergy friendly nut alternative or seed spread, such as sunflower butter, for the peanut butter.
For refined sugar free candies, you may make your own powdered sweetener by blending unrefined coconut sugar or granulated xylitol in a blender until it has a powdery consistency.
The peanut butter chocolate treats are naturally gluten free and can easily be dairy free and vegan as long as you use plant based chocolate chips.
My preference is for dark chocolate peanut butter candies. If you are a semi sweet or milk chocolate fan, those are fine to use as well. You can even use white chocolate!
Including the optional oil in the chocolate sauce yields a smoother sauce that makes it easy to cover the candies evenly. It is fine to omit this ingredient for an oil free recipe.
Prefer not to use chocolate chips? Feel free to make your own chocolate sauce by combining two tablespoons each of cocoa powder or cacao powder, melted coconut oil, and liquid sweetener (or stevia to taste). Whisk until smooth.
Above – watch the step by step chocolate peanut butter patty recipe video
How to make chocolate peanut butter candies
Line a plate or tray with parchment paper or wax paper.
If you are using natural peanut butter, or if your jar of peanut butter is not easy to stir, gently warm it up until the contents of the jar are easily stirrable.
In a medium mixing bowl, stir the nut butter and powdered sugar or sweetener together to form a peanut butter cookie dough texture.
If not already firm, refrigerate or freeze the dough until it is firm enough to break off small pieces and form them into balls, bars, or patties with your hands.
Freeze the peanut candies while you melt the chocolate. See directly below for step by step instructions on how to melt chocolate.
Take one peanut butter ball or patty from the freezer, dip it in chocolate, then place the chocolate covered peanut butter patty on the prepared plate or tray.
Once all of the candies are coated in chocolate, chill the tray in the refrigerator or freezer to set the chocolate shell.
Store leftovers in a cool, dry place. I like to store them in the fridge or freezer.
Note: You will most likely not use all of the melted chocolate. Making a larger amount helps to more easily and evenly coat all of the candies.
Use extra chocolate sauce for Chocolate Covered Strawberries
The best ways how to melt chocolate
Chocolate can burn quickly, so it is important to melt it carefully. Here are two of the best methods for melting chocolate when making chocolate candies.
Double boiler method
If not already chopped, break up the chocolate finely with a knife.
Place the chopped chocolate in the top pan of a double boiler or a heat safe mixing bowl over a saucepan or bottom double boiler filled with about an inch of simmering (not yet boiling) water.
The water goes in the bottom pan. Be sure to not let even a single drop of water touch the chocolate chips in the top pan.
Stir the chocolate until smooth, slowly letting the steam indirectly heat and melt it.
Melting chocolate in the microwave
If using chocolate bars instead of chips, dice them with a knife.
Place the chocolate in a very dry, microwave safe bowl. Heat for twenty seconds.
Stir, then heat in ten second increments. Stir after each, to ensure the chocolate does not burn. Go slowly so the chocolate does not burn.
If adding optional vegetable or coconut oil, stir it in after melting the chocolate. Never add any water at any point in the melting or stirring process.
Can the peanut butter candies be frozen?
Yes, the sweets taste great straight from the freezer.
To freeze them, place a single layer in an airtight container. Then add a sheet of parchment paper before stacking a second layer of chocolates on top of the first.
This will prevent the homemade candies from sticking to each other.
Stored in the freezer, the chocolate peanut butter candies should last for up to six months if you somehow do not devour them all within a day!
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar or sugar free sweetener (For refined sugar free, try these Reese’s Eggs)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tsp oil (optional)
If using natural peanut butter, gently warm it until easily stirrable. Mix it with the powdered sugar to form a dough. Refrigerate or freeze until firm enough to break off pieces of dough and form into balls, bars, or patties. Freeze while you make the chocolate sauce. (See how to melt chocolate, above.) Dip peanut butter patties in the chocolate, place on a parchment-lined tray, and chill to set. Store in a cool place or in the refrigerator or freezer.