Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Footballs are a fun game day treat. Creamy peanut butter shaped footballs dipped in dark chocolate and topped with white chocolate “laces”, these easy footballs are the perfect tailgate dessert!
Football Shaped Peanut Butter Balls
If you like peanut butter balls (aka buckeyes), you’ll love them even more when they’re dressed up for game day as footballs!
I am not much for sports but I am a fan of creating a football themed food menu (check out my collection of crockpot tailgate recipes). Give me all the snacks!
After a spread of appetizers and savory (often spicy) game day food, this football shaped dessert is the perfect ending to the meal.
Why you’ll love these Peanut Butter Footballs 🏈
- They’re adorable – even if you don’t like football, everyone can appreciate football shaped desserts!
- They’re no-bake, which means they’re easy.
- They can be made ahead of time.
- Portable desserts are great for tailgating.
- Kids and adults love them.
Equipment needed to make Football Shaped Peanut Butter Balls
- Mixing bowls – make sure they’re microwave safe
- Hand mixer – or a stand mixer with a paddle attachment
- Cookie scoop – to portion out the peanut butter mixture
Ingredients for Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Footballs
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
- Peanut Butter – Creamy or crunchy peanut butter, but avoid natural peanut butter. I use Skippy or Jif.
- Butter – Unsalted butter at room temperature. If using salted, you may want to omit the additional salt.
- Powdered Sugar – Sometimes called confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar.
- Salt – To balance the sweetness.
- Vanilla Extract – I know it is expensive but try to use a good quality vanilla extract instead of imitation. I buy it in bulk from Sam’s Club or Costco.
- Chocolate – You’ll need both dark chocolate and white chocolate. I like Ghirardelli. Candy melts can also be used but flavor will be affected.
- Oil – Optional but you may need oil to thin the chocolate for dipping. Use vegetable oil or coconut oil.
How to make Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Footballs
- STEP ONE: First, combine the peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla until it holds together. If crumbly, add more peanut butter. If too loose, add more powdered sugar.
- STEP TWO: Then, using approximately two tablespoons, form the mixture into football shaped and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Chill in the fridge for approximately an hour (or the freezer for 30 minutes).
- STEP THREE: Next, melt the dark chocolate and dip each football in, letting excess drip off and placing back onto the baking sheet. Move back to the fridge/freezer to set.
- STEP FOUR: Finally, melt the white chocolate, place it into a piping bag or sandwich bag, snip the tip, then draw on the laces to the chilled footballs. Let set and then enjoy!
Tips for success
- Chilling between steps takes a bit of time, but makes the peanut butter footballs easier to work with.
- Avoid natural peanut butter as it is not as sweet or smooth. I use & recommend Skippy or Jif.
- Candy melts can be used in place of actual chocolate but it greatly affects flavor and I don’t recommend it.
- These footballs are best served chilled.
What to serve on a football themed food menu
Alongside these peanut butter footballs, to really fill out the football theme, you could also serve more football shaped desserts like: touchdown brownies, football shaped Oreo truffles, chocolate chip cheeseball, or football puppy chow.
For savory options, a guacamole football, then game day staples like buffalo chicken dip, air fryer chicken wings, homemade tortilla chips, pineapple teriyaki meatballs, and crockpot hot dog chili.
How to store peanut butter footballs
How to store leftovers
Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Can I freeze them?
Yes, they can be placed in a freezer bag and stored in the freezer for up to a month.
Football Shaped Peanut Butter Balls FAQs
Can I prepare them ahead of time?
Yes, you can prep them up to a month ahead of time. Follow the recipe up until chilling the balls in the fridge. Instead, cover and place them in the freezer until fully frozen. Once frozen, move the footballs to a freezer bag and store up to a month. When you are ready to serve them, proceed with dipping them in chocolate and decorating.
Do I have to let them chill between the steps?
Yes, the peanut butter balls need to chill between the steps so they are easier to work with. I know it’s a bit tedious but it is important that the balls be firm before dipping them in the chocolate.
To slightly speed it up, instead of chilling them in the fridge for an hour, you can chill them in the freezer for a half hour.
After dipping in chocolate, you can place them in the fridge for the chocolate to set faster.
Can I use candy melts instead of dark chocolate?
You can use candy melts but it will change the taste. Candy melts are not chocolate and I prefer actual chocolate.
Need more tailgate desserts? Try these:
Peanut Butter Brownie Bites
Reese’s Stuffed Cheesecake Bars
Kitchen Sink Cookies
Peanut Butter Bars – same flavors, slightly less work
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