Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

Chocolates are a delicious way to show you care and even more so when you’ve made them yourself. Here’s a perfect recipe for gift giving this holiday season. Today’s dish comes from Saveur Magazine, and these truffles are every bit as scrumptious as their commercial cousins. Plus they’re completely salt free! So eat to your heart’s content! NOTE: Unsalted peanut butter is readily available at natural food stores and supermarkets nationwide.

Yields about 4 dozen.

SODIUM CONTENT: scant trace per truffle


2 c. sifted powdered sugar
3/4 c. creamy unsalted peanut butter
4 T. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 t. pure vanilla extract
6 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 t. vegetable oil


Line a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside.

Put the sugar, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir well to combine – you may find it easier to abandon the spoon after the initial mixing and just use your hands. Combining the ingredients while the butter is still warm also makes it easier to stir.

Once combined, roll the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls and place the balls slightly apart on the cookie sheet. Freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.

Melt the chocolate and vegetable oil in a small bowl, either over water on the stove, or carefully in the microwave. Remove from heat, place on the counter and stir well to combine.

Remove frozen peanut butter balls from freezer. Carefully dip (using inserted toothpick) or drop (using spoon) one at a time in the chocolate, coating well, then gently place ball back on the waxed paper. Repeat until all balls are chocolate coated.

Place sheet in the refrigerator until chocolate has firmed and set. The truffles keep well sealed in a cool place for up to 1 week and up to 2 weeks if stored in the fridge. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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12 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

  1. Jessica says:

    THANK YOU. I’ve been looking for a good peanut butter chocolate recipe as part of my plans for Valentine’s Day (it is our first as a married couple, so I want to make it super special for him). I can’t wait to try it! Looks easy enough. 🙂

  2. Christy says:

    Jessica, you are so welcome! They’re super easy to make and come out so well. You could even decorate with melted red or pink chocolate and then sprinkle with coordinating jimmies or little hearts, etc. Check a craft store like Michaels or AC Moore, or even Target or the supermarket and see what you can find. Wishing you and your husband a wonderful Valentine’s Day!! All the best, Christy

  3. Kim says:

    my family makes something like this around easter time… being is vday and my hubby LOVES the peanut butter balls i make for him (pb, powdered sugar, rice crispies) i think this will be a nice romantic twist on them! im going to make a small batch today to test them.. omg yummy! thanks again!!(( not to mention the endless photo possibilities with them decorated with white chocolate!!))

  4. Christy says:

    Hey Kim! Terrific! Really hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  6. Emma says:

    How much Shortening is used? I don’t see it listed in the ingredients!

  7. Christy says:

    Hi Emma, great question. I went back just now and looked at the recipe. It’s a typo, it should say melt chocolate and vegetable oil though you can use an equal amount of vegetable shortening if desired. Sorry about that! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. Nallely says:

    Can i use regular peanut butter instead of unsalted?

    • Christy says:

      HI Nallely! Absolutely, as long as you don’t have an issue w/ salt or sodium, feel free to use regular peanut butter – or even other nut butters. Whatever you have on hand should be fine. ENJOY! 😀

  9. Marti says:

    I just made these and LOVE them! They were so easy to make and are absolutely delicious!

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