Peanut Butter Balls

 

close up shot of Peanut Butter Balls stacked on top of each other in a bowl
Chocolate peanut butter balls are an irresistible treat that is incredibly easy to make. This old-fashioned no-bake candy is rich and delicious.
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Table of Contents
  1. Peanut Butter Balls Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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Peanut Butter Balls are a rich candy treat, that is incredibly easy to make with just 5 ingredients. These no-bake truffle candy treats are chocolate coated, peanut butter filled, and feature a satisfying crispy rice crunch. 

If you can’t get enough of peanut butter and chocolate together, you’ll want to make chocolate peanut butter brownies, chocolate peanut butter pie, or no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies

close up shot of Peanut Butter Balls stacked on top of each other in a bowl

Peanut Butter Balls Ingredients

You will need:

  • 1½ cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1⅔ cups powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 bag chocolate chips

Substitutions and Additions

CEREAL: You could use Cornflakes or oatmeal flakes instead of Rice Krispies for this candy treat. 

PEANUT BUTTER: Choose your favorite peanut butter brand for this peanut butter truffles recipe. You could also use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy peanut butter. We’d recommend avoiding natural peanut butter because the natural oils sometimes make it hard to get the peanut butter to set the way you need it to.  

MIX-INS: I have a friend who adds a touch of honey or cream cheese to the filling mix as well.

CHOCOLATE: I typically use melted milk chocolate for dipping these balls but you could use a different kind of chocolate such as dark chocolate, white chocolate, or semi-sweet chocolate chips as well for these easy peanut butter balls. 

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 great recipe because it’s the best! 

How to Make This Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

PRO TIP: This recipe is super easy to double, freezes really well, and makes excellent gifts to share. 

STEP ONE: Place 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.

butter, sugar, and peanut butter in a bowl

STEP THREE: Add the crushed cereal to the top of the ingredients.

crushed cereal added to the peanut butter mixture

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

peanut butter mixture folded together until combined in a bowl

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

PRO TIP: If you are rolling the balls with your hands and are finding that it is sticky work, cover your hands with a light dusting of powdered sugar to prevent the peanut butter from sticking to you.

STEP SIX: Melt chocolate chips in the microwave ⅔ cup at a time. Add a splash of corn oil to melted chocolate, if needed, to thin it out.

chocolate melted in a bowl

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

peanut butter balls dipped into a bowl of melted chocolate then placed on parchment paper

STEP EIGHT: Add the sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet, optional.

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

PRO TIP: The chocolate has to be quite hot and the peanut butter balls really cold for the chocolate to stick properly. If you find it is taking too much time, you may want to keep the peanut butter balls in the fridge and only take a few out at a time to work with.

How to Serve

These old-fashioned peanut butter balls are perfect for sharing with family and friends, or eat them all yourself! Easy to make, peanut butter balls made a tasty edible gift for the holidays. You can also serve them on a platter with other finger food desserts at your next party. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Place this chocolate peanut butter treat in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze this delicious treat 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 a Peanut Butter Balls showing the inside peanut butter layer

Chocolate peanut butter balls are an irresistible treat that tastes as if they came straight from Grandma’s house. Crispy rice cereal is crushed and mixed with smooth peanut butter and powdered sugar to create an irresistible filling that is then coated in melted chocolate. This simple, no-bake candy is rich, delicious, and easy to make.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I store these peanut butter balls? 

These peanut butter balls should be kept in a cool place and would hold up best in the fridge.

Can I freeze peanut butter balls? 

This easy candy recipe can be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months.

Do I have to use creamy peanut butter or can I use crunchy? 

Crunchy peanut butter would work fine and give you even more crunch alongside the Rice Krispie cereal.

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close up shot of Peanut Butter Balls stacked on top of each other in a bowl

Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate peanut butter balls are an irresistible treat that is incredibly easy to make. This old-fashioned no-bake candy is rich and delicious.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 servings

Ingredients
  

  • cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1⅔ cups powdered sugar
  • 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 the 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 ⅔ 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 while the chocolate is still wet, optional.
  • They are 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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Notes

  • This recipe is super easy to double, freezes really well, and makes excellent gifts to share.
  • If you are rolling the balls with your hands and are finding that it is sticky work, cover your hands with a light dusting of powdered sugar to prevent the peanut butter from sticking to you.
  • The chocolate has to be quite hot and the peanut butter balls really cold for the chocolate to stick properly. If you find it is taking too much time, you may want to keep the peanut butter balls in the fridge and only take a few out at a time to work with.

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