Get ready for smiles and giggles when you add these Peanut Butter Reindeer to your Christmas cookie tray. Sweet little peanut butter balls dressed up like holiday reindeer always make everyone smile.
Do you have one particular treat or dessert that you make for every single holiday? For us, that treat would be these easy Peanut Butter Balls. Our boys ask for them all the time.
Over the years, I have started to get creative with each season and give them a new look. I’ve done bunnies and chicks for Easter, zombie eyeballs and monsters for Halloween, so it was only a matter of time before I did a Christmas version.
Since Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is one of my favorite childhood movies, I went with a cute little reindeer version this week.
I thought everyone was familiar with peanut butter balls or buckeyes. But the other week when I was getting my hair cut, my stylist and I were talking about holiday treats.
Can you believe that that she had never heard of them before???
Trust me, I had to pull out my phone and share this recipe with her right away. It’s a classic candy treat that everyone needs to experience.
What is a peanut butter ball or buckeye?
It’s a candy truffle made with butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, salt, and my secret ingredient, marshmallow fluff.
This mixture is rolled into balls, refrigerated, and dipped into melted chocolate.
To add some fun to these no bake candies, you can top them with sprinkles, drizzles of more chocolate, or candies. It’s always fun to come up with new ideas for each holiday.
Tips for making Peanut Butter Reindeer:
Make sure your butter is softened. Just slightly, not melted or room temperature. Mix this with the peanut butter, vanilla, and salt until it is creamy.
Slowly add in the powdered sugar until it forms a soft dough. Roll this into 30 even balls.
Refrigerate the peanut butter balls for about 30-40 minutes.
Melt your chocolate according to the package directions. I like to use a good quality chocolate like Ghirardelli because it will melt creamy and smooth and candies dip easily in it.
Use a toothpick to dip one ball at a time in the chocolate. You can use a spoon to cover the tops, if needed.
Place on a sheet of parchment or wax paper, and twist the toothpick out. Cover the hole with a little bit of chocolate.
Press two itty bitty pretzels into the top of the truffle. Make sure you do this right away while the chocolate is still wet, so you can get the antlers to stick.
Add a nose and two eyes before the chocolate sets up. If the chocolate hardens before you get these added, just put a tiny dab of chocolate on the back with your toothpick and attach them.
As the peanut butter balls sit out, they will warm up and it will be harder to keep them on the toothpick. Refrigerate them, if needed and continue to dip later.
Fun no bake holiday treats:
- Reindeer Snack Cakes – attach pretzels, candies, and googly eyes to the fronts of snack cakes for an easy holiday treat
- Peppermint Crunch Oreo Truffles – no bake cookie truffles and peppermint bits dipped in white chocolate
- Mint Grinch Popcorn – white chocolate and mint candies transforms this popcorn into a sweet Christmas snack mix
More Christmas desserts you may like:
- Two times the eggnog gives these Eggnog Sugar Cookie Bars a great Christmas flavor
- Cookie chunks, chocolate chips, and peppermint bits make these Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies disappear every time.
- A hidden cherry center makes these Cherry Jubilee Chocolate Cheesecakes a fun dessert to share at parties.
- The homemade brownie layer topped with pink peppermint fudge gives these Peppermint Chip Brownies a pretty color.
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- 6 Tablespoons butter, slightly softened
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup marshmallow fluff
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 - 10 ounce bag dark chocolate melts
- 60 itty bitty minis pretzels
- 60 candy eyes
- 30 black and/or red ball sprinkles
- Beat the butter, peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, vanilla, and salt until creamy.
- Slowly beat in the powdered sugar until a soft dough forms.
- Roll the mixture into 30 even balls. Place on a pan lined with parchment or wax paper. Refrigerate for 30-40 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate melts according to the package directions. Use a toothpick to dip one peanut butter ball at a time into the chocolate.
- Place on a sheet of parchment or wax paper. Twist out the toothpick. Cover the hole with a little bit of chocolate.
- Press two mini pretzels into the top for antlers. Add two eyes and a nose while the chocolate is still wet. If it sets up before you add them, just dab a little bit of chocolate on the backs with the toothpick and attach them.
*If the peanut butter balls become too soft to dip, refrigerate them a little bit longer and continue dipping later. You will need to reheat your chocolate then too.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g