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Holiday peanut butter whiskey balls

Peanut butter whiskey balls are an easy, no bake holiday treat for grownups. A variation of my traditional rum ball recipe, these boozy bites are made with peanut butter cookies and rolled in cinnamon sugar. They are perfect for holiday gatherings and shipping to friends and family.

This simple no bake sweet comes together in no time and because the flavor develops even more overnight, it’s the perfect make ahead treat for Christmas.

Peanut butter whisky balls in small white bowl on red tablecloth.

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Peanut butter whiskey balls

Earlier this year, a friend of mine gifted me a bottle of peanut butter whiskey for my birthday. I was skeptical, because, I’ll be honest, it sounded unappealing. Boy, was I wrong. It is actually quite tasty!

However, I’ve barely made a dent in it. So, instead of letting this perfectly good bottle of booze collect dust, we’re making whisky balls.

Whiskey balls coated in sugar in small bowl with Christmas lights.

I’ve made my fair share of rum ball recipes over the years, so it wasn’t much of a leap to start including different spirits.

No peanut butter whisky? No problem! Swap in your favorite rum in place of the whisky to make peanut butter rum balls. This recipe, like all of my rum ball recipes, is made entirely in the food processor.

Bowl of peanut butter whiskey balls on wooden board.


Here’s what you’ll need to make these peanut butter whiskey balls:

  • Peanut butter sandwich cookies (I used Nutter Butters)
  • Peanuts or pecans
  • Powdered sugar (also known as confectioners sugar or icing sugar)
  • Peanut butter whiskey
  • Salt
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter
  • Cinnamon
Peanut butter balls with whisky on a baking sheet.

I’ve made several batches of these no bake cookies, swapping out different nuts and spices.

The peanuts obviously give them the most peanut flavor, but if you only have pecans or walnuts for holiday baking, feel free to use them. To give them added peanut flavor, you could increase the peanut butter by a tablespoon.

The cinnamon goes really well with the honey and peanut butter, but allspice or nutmeg is also nice here. There are no shortage of ways to change up this recipe to make different variations.

How to make peanut butter whiskey balls

First, grind the cookies and nuts in the bowl of a food processor. Next, mix the powdered sugar, whiskey, honey, and peanut butter together in a separate bowl.

How to make whiskey balls in food processor.

Then add the cookie mixture to the powdered sugar mixture and stir until it is uniform. Cover and refrigerate to let it firm up a little – this makes it easier to scoop and roll.

Scooping whiskey balls and rolling in sugar.

Use a small cookie scoop to portion the peanut butter whiskey balls, then roll in your hands to smooth them out and make them perfectly round.

Toss in cinnamon sugar to give them a bit of sparkle and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Boozy whiskey balls in bowl with trees in background.

They make excellent homemade gifts for friends and neighbors, and they are ideal for shipping.

These simple, no-bake cookies are perfect for Christmas parties. Grab a few friends and make a double batch for all of your holiday gatherings or cookie exchanges.

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Peanut butter whiskey balls

Cheryl Bennett
Easy, no-bake peanut butter whiskey balls are the perfect make ahead holiday treat for grownups.
4.50 from 10 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 30 pieces
Calories 133 kcal


  • 10 ounces peanut butter sandwich cookies like Nutter Butters
  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter whiskey
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • *See note for cinnamon sugar coating


  • In the bowl of a food processor, process peanut butter cookies and peanuts (or pecans) until finely ground. Set aside. (You may have to do this batches if you have a smaller food processor)
  • In a large bowl, sift together powdered sugar, salt and cinnamon.
  • Stir peanut butter, honey and peanut butter whiskey into the powdered sugar mixture until completely incorporated.
  • Add cookie and nut mixture, then stir until it is uniform. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon (see note!). Whisk to combine and set aside.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, portion whiskey balls and roll with your hands to smooth and shape. Toss in cinnamon sugar, a few at a time, to completely coat.
  • Set on baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving to allow sugar to adhere.



Cinnamon Sugar Coating:

Combine 1/4 cup granulated and 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Toss whiskey balls in sugar, a few at a time, to full coat.


Serving: 1whiskey ballCalories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 58mgFiber: 2gSugar: 11g
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  1. I would have thought the same thing, peanut butter whiskey, hmmm? And yet, these look amazing!! And I cannot wait to make them!

  2. Looking for a sugar free version. I have some diabetics in the family. I made a rough version. They were yummy. The sugar is a bit overwhelming. Loving the whiskey.

    1. Catherine, I’ve substituted Swerve for the sugar in some desserts with success. Each brand of sugar substitute is different, some are sweeter than others. As with everything, you may need to adjust amounts to suit your personal preferences. I’m glad you liked them.

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