Nutter Butter balls are peanut butter cookie truffles dipped in chocolate. They are a fabulous no bake treat that are sure to become a favorite dessert.
Turn peanut butter sandwich cookies into a delicious candy with just a few ingredients. These truffles are easy to make and take chocolate peanut butter to the next level. They are a must make at Christmas and throughout the year.
Oreo balls have been a favorite holiday goody of ours for years. It just isn’t Christmas without them.
We started by enjoying the traditional recipe made with cream cheese. Then a few years ago we switched to making Oreo balls with peanut butter.
Both version are absolutely delicious. Then this year we decided to take that peanut butter goodness to the next level.
So instead of Oreos I used Nutter Butters. Then I used a mix of cream cheese and peanut butter to hold them together.
Dip them in chocolate and top them with chopped peanuts or sprinkles and they are ready to go. They are a perfect addition to you Holiday treat trays, goodie boxes and more.
Making your peanut butter cookie truffles
Start by putting a one pound package of Nutter Butters or a similar peanut butter cookie into a food processor. Process the cookies into crumbs.
If you don’t have a food processor, you can do this in a plastic bag with a rolling pin. However this method is almost sure to make a bit of a mess.
Now add a half of a brick of cream cheese and some creamy peanut butter. It is best to use a standard jar of commercial peanut butter and not a version that you have to stir.
Use the food processor to incorporate the cream cheese and peanut butter. The mixture should come together to make a dough like consistency.
They mixture may look a little crumbly, but it should come together and be able to be rolled into a ball. If the dough is too dry, add a little bit more peanut butter.
I like using a small cookie scoop to portion out the dough. It makes getting consistent one Tablespoon balls easy.
Because you aren’t baking them, you can make them any size you want. We just think two bites each is about perfect!
Freeze the balls for at least one half hour before dipping in chocolate. This will help keep them together while rolling them in chocolate.
Dipping the cookie balls in chocolate
Using a melting chocolate makes dipping candies and truffles like these the easiest. Using melting wafers or chocolate designed for melting and coating ensures that the chocolate will be a good consistency.
If you happen to be good at tempering chocolate, you can go that route. Or melt bars of good chocolate and add a teaspoon of shortening.
Milk chocolate is Little Dude’s favorite, so that is what we used this time. I think dark chocolate would be amazing as well.
You could also use white chocolate or almond bark if you would like. Any of the chocolate coatings would be tasty.
I like to melt the chocolate in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a bowl fitted over a saucepan.
Just put a little bit of water in the bottom of the saucepan, it shouldn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Turn the stove on medium low and allow the steam to warm the bowl gently.
Be sure no water or steam gets into the chocolate, that will make it seize. You can also microwave the chocolate to melt it, but it might need warmed a few times throughout the process as the frozen balls will drop the temperature as you go.
I like to use a fork to dip the truffles. Just roll them around in the melted chocolate and give the fork a few taps on the side of the double boiler to remove the excess chocolate.
Gently deposit them on a sheet of wax or parchment paper and quickly sprinkle them with chopped peanuts or colorful sprinkles before the chocolate sets. It’s a pretty simple process and goes pretty quickly once you get started.
Storing your cookie truffles
Once your Nutter Butter truffles are completely set they can be transferred to an airtight storage container or plastic bag. They can be stored at room temperature for up to three days.
For longer storage, the cookie balls will keep for up to three weeks in the refrigerator. Or freeze them for up to three months.
If you choose to freeze them defrost them in the refrigerator overnight before you serve them.
They are delicious cold but will give you the softest most luxurious mouthfeel if served at room temperature. So I recommend putting them on your serving tray an hour or so before serving.
More fun chocolate dipped no bake treat recipes
Chocolate dipped orange cheesecake truffles are another delicious sweet treat. You can change the flavor of the centers by using different extracts if orange isn’t your cup of tea.
Soft creamy peanut butter centers wrapped in delicious white chocolate make for a delicious and easy candy treat. Peanut butter snowballs are festive for winter, but are great all year long.
Oreo balls made with sweetened condensed milk instead of cream cheese are another great option. The results are everything you would want for the to be. Make a batch this Christmas to see for yourself!
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Chocolate Dipped Nutter Butter Balls
- 16 oz. package Nutter Butters or similar
- 4 oz. cream cheese softened
- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
- 16 oz. melting chocolate
- Optional: sprinkles or chopped peanuts
- Put peanut butter cookies in food processor and pulse until they are fine crumbs.
- Add cream cheese and peanut butter. Process until it forms a dough. It may look a little crumbly, but should hold together when rolled into a ball. If it is too dry, add a tablespoon more peanut butter at a time until it holds together.
- Use a small cookie scoop to portion out 1 Tablespoon of the cookie mixture. Roll into a ball and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Continue until all of the mixture is rolled into balls.
- Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
- Melt chocolate in double boiler. Roll cookie balls in melted chocolate and place on wax paper. Quickly top with chopped nuts or sprinkles if desired. Continue until all truffles are dipped.
- Allow to set up completely before transferring to an airtight container to store.