Having a cheat day this weekend? Why not indulge in these easy-to-make, no-bake Peanut Butter M&M Balls?!
After being good all week, these chocolate coated peanut flavoured balls are sure to put a smile on your face. Perfect timing for the end of month lull we’re currently all suffering through.
We’re talking crumbly, peanut butter filling, crunchy, chunky pieces of M&Ms, all covered in lovely, lovely chocolate. How can you not want to make these?!
Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Balls
1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup (185g) creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups (360g) confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup (100g) mini M&M’S
16 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed in a large bowl until creamy – about 2 minutes. Add the peanut butter, vanilla, and salt. Beat on high until combined and creamy. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat on low for 2 minutes until everything is combined. The mixture is supposed to be a little soft, yet crumbly. Using a rubber spatula (or your hands), work the M&M’s into the peanut butter dough.
Begin rolling peanut butter dough into 1-inch balls and place on the baking sheet. You should have about 32-35 balls total.
Chill peanut butter balls in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until firm. During the last few minutes of the chilling time, begin melting the chocolate. If using a microwave to melt the chocolate: place it in a medium heat-proof bowl. Melt in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring after each increment until completely melted and smooth. Let the warm chocolate sit for 5 minutes to slightly cool before dipping.
Remove peanut butter balls from the refrigerator and dip them in the chocolate (if you have one, use a dipping tool).
Place balls back onto the baking sheet after you dip each one. Allow chocolate to completely set in the refrigerator before serving.
Make ahead tip: Layer truffles between sheets of parchment or wax paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
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