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A chocolate dessert on a plate, with Peanut butter
This peanut butter balls recipe has been passed down in our family for several generations. There's not a Christmas that goes by that we don't make them.
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Rich and buttery, these old-fashioned peanut butter balls are a “no bake recipe” straight from grandma’s recipe box. Rice Krispie treats are crushed and mixed with smooth peanut butter and powdered sugar to create an irresistible filling before being coated in melted chocolate.

Psst, you can also make a low-carb version with these keto chocolate peanut butter balls.

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PEANUT BUTTER BALLS INGREDIENTS

You will need:

  • 1 ½ cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Swap Ingredients: You could use Cornflakes or oatmeal flakes instead of Rice Krispies. You could also use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy. I have a friend who adds a touch of honey or cream cheese to the filling mix as well.

Change the Chocolate: I typically use melted milk chocolate for dipping these balls but you could use dark chocolate or white chocolate as well.

Fun Toppings: You can serve them plain or add sprinkles on top for a festive finish for a party dessert or DIY gift. Everyone will beg you for this simple recipe because it’s the best!

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HOW TO MAKE THIS PEANUT BUTTER BALLS RECIPE

STEP ONE: Place the cereal in a baggie and use a rolling pin to crush it.

STEP TWO: In a medium bowl add peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar.

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STEP THREE: Add crushed cereal on top of ingredients.

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STEP FOUR: Mix ingredients until completely combined. It should form a dough-like ball.

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STEP FIVE: Roll into small balls. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

STEP SIX: Melt chocolate chips in the microwave 2/3 cup at a time. Add a splash of corn oil to melted chocolate, if needed, to thin it out.

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STEP SEVEN: Roll the balls in melted chocolate and place on parchment paper.

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STEP EIGHT: Add the sprinkles and gingerbread men candy while the chocolate is still wet, optional.

STEP NINE: Ready to eat when chocolate is set! You can pop them in the fridge to help speed up this process if you’d like.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze peanut butter balls for up to 3 months. Just make sure to store them in an airtight, freezer-safe container. I would suggest putting them in the freezer on the parchment paper on a cookie sheet until they’re totally frozen. Once you’re ready to eat more, just remove and allow to thaw in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.

close up shot of peanut butter balls covered in chocolate

Looking for a simple homemade candy? Peanut butter balls are it! This recipe is totally no-bake. The filling is crushed Rice Krispies with smooth peanut butter and powdered sugar. Then, they’re dipped in melted milk chocolate and chilled. I know you’ll enjoy these rich, delicious homemade peanut butter balls!

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A chocolate dessert on a plate, with Peanut butter

Peanut Butter Balls

5 from 7 votes
This peanut butter balls recipe has been passed down in our family for several generations. There's not a Christmas that goes by that we don't make them.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 30

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 bag chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Place cereal in a baggie and use a rolling pin to crush it.
  • In a medium bowl add peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar.
  • Add the crushed cereal to the top of ingredients.
  • Mix ingredients until completely combined. It should form a dough-like ball.
  • Roll into small balls. Place in fridge for at least 2 hours.
  • Melt chocolate chips in the microwave 2/3 cup at a time. Add a splash of corn oil to melted chocolate, if needed, to thin it out.
  • Roll balls in melted chocolate and place on parchment paper.
  • Add the sprinkles and gingerbread men candy while the chocolate is still wet, optional.
  • Ready to eat when chocolate is set! You can pop them in the fridge to help speed up this process if you'd like.

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Nutrition

Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Melanie Allen says

    These look delicious. I’m going to make them today. Do they need to be stored in the fridge or can they be stored at room temperature?

  2. Melissa says

    Hi! I made these today since they looked absolutely delicious and easy to make. However, my “dough” was very crumbly and did not hold together well. Any suggestions or tips?

    Thank you!

    • Amy K says

      5 stars
      We have a family recipe very similar to this. Ours has us melt the butter and peanut butter and then pour it over the powdered sugar and cereal. I find this helps the binding. Hope it helps!

  3. Lynn Newbern Morris says

    5 stars
    I made these and dipped 1/2 in dark chocolate and 1/2 in milk chocolate. Very good. I will make them again.

  4. Sheena says

    Hi, could you tell me how much more I would need of everything to double the recipe. I will be making these for about 40 people. Thanks!

  5. Mary C says

    Our family recipe is equal parts: extra crunchy PB, powdered sugar and crushed graham crackers! Roll into balls , dip into melted chocolate bark or ambrocious, cool and enjoy!

  6. Karen says

    5 stars
    These are wonderful! We are planning to ship some holiday cookies to our family and friends this year. I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions (or warnings) about shipping these. Thanks!

  7. Bonnie says

    5 stars
    My 9 yr old daughter and I made these, they are very easy to whip up and are so yummy! Taste like Reese Peanut Buttercups Love this recipe!! 😋

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