Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles are a creamy no bake dessert that can be served with a modest chocolate dipped coating or decorated and dressed up for any occasion you are celebrating.
Truffles can be made and stored in your fridge for up to a week, they travel well and present a gorgeous display for party tables making them a fabulous choice for birthday parties, holiday gatherings, weddings or themed bunco nights.
We dipped these peanut butter balls in Ghirardelli unsweetened 100% dark chocolate. You can also use white chocolate or milk chocolate and drizzle with an alternate chocolate or candy melt for a stunning contrast. Finish with sprinkles, edible luster dust, crushed nuts or a drizzle of caramel sauce for a decadent treat everyone will love.
What makes a truffle a truffle?
When speaking of a dessert truffle the name comes from the resemblance to mushroom like fungus named truffles. Wild truffles are considered a savory delicacy in the food world and can be enjoyed in their original form or made into infused dressings or drizzles.
Traditional authentic dessert truffles are made with heavy cream and chocolate with a rich ganache filling. Our peanut butter truffles would be considered more of a peanut butter buckeye ball than an authentic truffle as they do not contain cream, and they are made from a peanut butter ball that creates the filling rather than a ganache. That being said, they are scrumptious and satisfying and present a delicious truffle style treat that everyone loves.
Why are my peanut butter balls crumbly?
A crumbly, messy peanut butter ball is a common problem that many people encounter. This is most often due to the over use of powdered sugar in the recipe. If you run into this problem add additional peanut butter to the mix to bring the moisture level back up.
On the flip side you may deal with a mixture that is sticky and will not roll into neat balls. You can always add a bit more powdered sugar but be careful as this will bring the sweetness up as well. The best option is to place the bowl of mixture into the fridge or 30 minutes or so and allow it to cool. It should be firmer and not as sticky.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles:
Peanut Butter Truffles are simple to make. You can use your food processor or stand mixer to make the dough in five minutes. Once the peanut butter balls are formed and set on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat.
Melt the chocolate in your microwave. Chill them, dip them and eat them, after a quick set up time!
One thing to remember about homemade truffles. The chocolate is not tempered. this means the truffles will melt easily at room temperature.
So they are best served chilled. The idea picture above is a great way to serve these delightful treats, those paper cups help keep fingers clean and finish the look with a flair and pop of color.
After you make the basic peanut butter balls, there are many many ways you can dress them up for your party.
- You can pipe the truffles with milk chocolate, white chocolate or use candy melts in your favorite colors. It’s a simple, elegant touch. Watch our video to see how we did it.
- Even easier, crush your preferred nuts like peanuts, walnuts, even pistachio and sprinkle them on top of the truffles as they set.
- Crushed peppermint candies, Heath bits or whatever you fancy can also be sprinkled.
- Roll the balls into sprinkles while still tacky.
You can serve them plain on a colorful parchment paper as well. They are always well received.
Storing and Freezing:
Store truffles up to a week in the fridge in an air tight container. Store them in one layer or separate the layers with parchment so the truffles don’t stick together.
Freeze chocolate peanut butter truffles in an air tight container, separated by parchment up to two months. When you are ready to serve, remove them from the freezer and place in the fridge. This allows them to slowly thaw without the risk of melting. Remember they do need to stay chilled or they will become sticky and very messy.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles are easy to make and look great on a party tray. Make them ahead and store covered in the fridge. They can be decorated many ways or served plain. Everyone loves them.
- 1 Cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 Cup unsalted butter-softened
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 3 Cups powdered sugar
- 16 oz. 100% dark chocolate-unsweetened
- 3/4 Cup milk chocolate (or candy melts) for decorating as desired
- Dump the softened butter into your stand mixer. (food prcessor or hand held electric mixer can also work)
- Mix slightly until smooth.
- Mix in the peanut butter, vanilla and salt.
- Beat until smooth.
- Add half the powdered sugar and mix.
- Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
- The dough will be rather dry and lumpy looking but should hold together when pressed.
- Form the peanut butter dough into 1 inch balls.
- Set the formed peanut butter truffles on tray and chill until firm. About 60 minutes.
- Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir until smooth.
- With a fork, Dip the balls into the melted chocolate mixture.
- Return to lined tray and refrigerate 10 minutes until the chocolate is firm.
- The truffles can be served now as plain truffles or decorated. Store in fridge or freezer until serving (see notes section)
See our notes section for more ideas on decorating truffles.
- Melt the milk chocolate (either chips or chopped bars is fine) or use colored candy melts if desired.
- Place the melted decorator chocolate in piping bag(s)
- Decorate the truffles as desired.
- Set the decorated truffles in the fridge until serving.
- At serving: Line your serving trays with parchment paper.
- Transfer truffles to your serving trays and serve
- Serving idea:.
Truffles can be served with no decoration. If you choose to decorate them with melted chocolate piping follow our video to see what we did. OR try...
- Chopped nuts sprinkled over the truffles. Sprinkle nuts on the truffles after dipping and chill so the nuts stick to the truffle when they are setting up.
- Crushed candy canes also make a good topping.
- Heath bits, butterfinger bits (crushed) or other candy you may prefer.
- Roll the balls into sprinkles went the are still somewhat damp.
- You can also dip the peanut butter balls in melted white chocolate or milk chocolate rather than the dark chocolate. However, they will be considerably sweeter.
Freezing and Storing:
Store your truffles in the fridge in an air tight container up to a week. Put parchment paper between the layers of truffled to protect them.
Freeze truffles up to two months separated by parchment in an air tight container.
Serving Size1 ball
Amount Per Serving Calories 139
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