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Chocolate peanut butter footballs are a great treat for game day and Super Bowl Sunday. Make them ahead of time and serve them to your hungry fans that are craving a sweet treat.

Toss the football around and then enjoy throwing a few chocolate peanut butter footballs into your mouth! You’ll score a touchdown with your football loving crowd with this recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Footballs Recipe

These chocolate peanut butter footballs are easy to make. Prepping ahead of the big game is always a plus, and these can be made a few days ahead of time and enjoyed as football desserts for tailgating or celebrating at home.

 

Anytime you can make a dessert ahead of time is always a good play. Entertaining is always made easier when your dessert is prepped and ready to serve.

Chocolate peanut butter footballs are not only festive, but will hit the spot when watching your teams battle it out on the gridiron, or watching those funny commercials!

Making these desserts are as enjoyable as eating them. They’re simply easy to make, creamy, and delicious. This is the recipe I use for my buckeyes, but today we’re making them into footballs!

We served them at our pizza party at home and they were a hit!

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Footballs

Because you’re not using any ingredients that need to be baked, this is perhaps the simplest recipe to make. If you love peanut butter cups, you’re going to love these.

As a matter of fact, I like these peanut butter balls even more than the best peanut butter cups on the market. They’re delicious!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Footballs Recipe

What Kind of Chocolate For Peanut Butter Balls

Most people and most recipes for this type of chocolate-covered peanut butter dessert call for semi-sweet chocolate chips or bars.

When have you ever got a candy bar or peanut butter cup that was covered in semi-sweet chocolate? Never? Yeah, that sounds kinda gross, doesn’t it?

Rather than semi-sweet chocolate, I use these milk chocolate chips. They taste much better than knawing on baking chocolate, that’s for sure.

Can You Make Them Ahead of Time

Making chocolate peanut butter footballs ahead of time is a great perk. You can make these football desserts a couple of days in advance. This works perfectly for making them the day before Super Bowl Sunday to be prepared for your hungry guests.

Store them in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to 5 days. I’d recommend only storing them for a day or two, but they’ll last quite some time in the fridge.

Chocolate peanut butter football tailgating desserts

How To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Footballs

To make these chocolate peanut butter footballs you’ll begin with the ingredients. Mix together peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, pure vanilla extract, salt, and melted butter with an electric mixer. (scroll down for the complete recipe)

Form the mixture into balls, like making buckeyes, and then shape them into footballs. Chill the footballs in the freezer before melting and dipping them into the chocolate.

The final step is adding the laces with white icing. As I said, they’re really easy to make and your football fans will gobble them up and be asking for another!

This recipe makes about 20 footballs. Make as many batches as you think you’ll need for your game day party.

Serve them chilled or at room temperature. Personally, I think they’re so much better at room temperature because they’re very creamy and practically melt in your mouth.


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5 from 1 vote

Chocolate Peanut Butter Footballs

Chocolate covered peanut butter footballs.
Prep Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Author: Scrappy Geek
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar sifted
  • 1 cup smooth, creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tbsp salted stick butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp vegetable shortening
  • white icing / cookie icing

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. With a mixer, beat peanut butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, butter, and salt in a medium bowl until well combined. Mixture will be wet-crumbly looking. Using your hands, roll 1 inch balls and form them into footballs with your fingers; place them on the baking sheet. Freeze for 10-15 minutes to firm up.
  • Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a small microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals. Stir and use a pressing motion with a spoon between intervals, until melted and smooth - about 4 cycles of 30 seconds each.
  • Slide a toothpick into the end of the peanut butter footballs, dip them in chocolate. Use a spoon to help coat the footballs with chocolate, allow extra chocolate to drip off before placing them back on the baking sheet. Remove the toothpick (A fork tine helps with this!) and add a bit more chocolate over the toothpick hole. Repeat with remaining footballs. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Once chilled, remove from refrigerator and pipe on icing to form the laces; allow icing to firm up, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve at room temperature or chilled; refrigerate in air tight container for up to 5 days

Notes

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Footballs

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