Cherry Peanut Butter Balls

Contributor: Lauren Keating

Cherry Peanut Butter Balls are kinda like a peanut butter cup with a cherry in the middle. They take a little time to make but are so worth it.

  • Author: Lauren Keating
  • Prep Time: 4 Hours
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 24 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • ½ cup butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups and 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar, divided
  • 24 maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp. shortening


  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the peanut butter and butter then mix in the vanilla. Finally, stir in 2 cups sugar.
  2. Chill 1 hour.
  3. Pat the cherries dry with a paper towel. Lightly dust with powdered sugar. Wrap each cherry with a rounded teaspoon of dough, rolling it into a ball.
  4. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  5. In a double-boiler, melt together the chocolate chips and shortening. Holding each cherry by the stem, gently dip into the melted chocolate to coat. Place on a tray lined with parchment paper.
  6. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, until firm. Store in the refrigerator.