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Small Batch Peanut Butter Balls

These peanut butter balls are reminiscent of classic school lunchroom treats. This no bake dessert is made with just three ingredients and are so easy to make. This small batch recipe yields the perfect amount for one or two people.

Peanut butter balls stacked in a dessert dish.

These peanut butter balls certainly do bring back memories of elementary school. I remember the lunch ladies in our school cafeteria serving up peanut butter balls for dessert to hungry students a couple times a week. They were always my favorite food item on the tray and if we were especially nice to the serving ladies, we might be lucky enough to get a second peanut butter ball added to our plates.

Easy No Bake Treats

When my kids were little, we would make peanut butter balls together. It's the perfect dessert for little hands. Kids can help mix the ingredients and roll the peanut butter "dough" into balls.

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I still enjoy making this easy dessert. It's wonderful not to have to heat up the oven. Peanut butter balls can be made in minutes and enjoyed immediately or they can be placed in the refrigerator for a quick chill until they firm up a bit.

This small batch peanut butter balls recipe is the perfect one to keep on hand when you're craving a little bite of something sweet.

Taking a bite out of a peanut butter ball with several peanut butter balls in a jar.


See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • peanut butter
  • honey
  • powdered milk (instant dry milk powder)

How To Make Peanut Butter Balls

This peanut butter balls recipe will yield approximately six to eight peanut butter balls depending on how large you roll the balls.


  • Mix the peanut butter, honey and dry milk together in a bowl (I find it easier to use a hand mixer).

The dough will look crumbly but will form properly when you roll it into balls.

Peanut butter dough in a bowl next to a handheld mixer on a wooden table.
  • Form into balls with your hands or a small cookie scoop and place on waxed paper.
Six peanut butter balls on a plate
  • Store in a covered container and refrigerate.

Pro Tip: To make chocolate peanut butter balls, dip the balls in melted chocolate and refrigerate (also called buckeyes).

How To Store Peanut Butter Balls

Store these balls for up to a week in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Can You Freeze Peanut Butter Balls?

Yes! You can absolutely freeze peanut butter balls. This is a small batch recipe so you might not have any trouble eating the entire batch. However, this recipe can easily be doubled. If you'd like to freeze the remainder, place the balls in an airtight container and freeze. These balls can be stored for up to three months.

Tips For Making The Best Peanut Butter Balls

  • Peanut butter "dough" should be firm enough to make a ball that holds together. Additional powdered milk may be needed. Just add a half tablespoon or so until the correct consistency is reached.
  • Warm hands will make the dough soften. If the dough begins to soften, return it to the refrigerator to firm up a bit before proceeding.


I like the simplicity of plain peanut butter balls. However, you could make this dessert even fancier by considering any of these easy ideas:

  • Drizzle milk chocolate or white chocolate over the peanut butter balls.
  • Use food coloring to color white chocolate with festive colors such as red for Valentine's Day or red and green for Christmas and dip the balls in the colored chocolate.
  • Roll the balls in crushed cookies, powdered sugar or sprinkles.

Other Peanut Butter Recipes

If you like this dessert, you might also like to try these single serving and small batch peanut butter recipes:

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Small Batch Peanut Butter Balls

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keywords: peanut butter,
Servings: 6 balls
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cups dry powdered milk

How To Video

Easy Peanut Butter Balls Recipe - Small Batch
Watch this video on YouTube.


  • Mix the peanut butter, honey and dry milk together in a bowl with a hand mixer.
  • Form into balls with your hands or a small cookie scoop and place on waxed paper.
  • Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to enjoy.


Serving: 1ball | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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