Easy Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls

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Mix up an easy 5 ingredient recipe for Rice Krispie peanut butter balls. Crispy no bake chocolate covered candy perfect for the holidays!

Nothing says Christmas quite like a batch of buckeye candy or better yet, peanut butter balls with Rice Krispies. These chocolate covered candies take the smooth out of buckeyes and give them a crispy texture that is oh so scrumptious and curbs those cravings for something sweet and crunchy.

Not to mention that once again, we're marrying chocolate and peanut butter together. The two together make a delicious candy that's hard to resist.

Rice Krispie peanut butter balls in rainbow polka dot snack cup with bitten candy ball on top of pile

Chocolate crispy balls are easy to make and take just a handful of ingredients. I'll take you through the simple process, step by step, as you read further.

Kids can get in on the fun of making chocolate peanut butter balls with Rice Krispies too. I know my own kids love to help roll the balls and dip them in the melted chocolate.

While I love to make rice crispy peanut butter balls at Christmas, they make an excellent Halloween, Valentine's Day, or Easter candy.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my candy making tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the crispy peanut butter balls recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:

Keep in mind, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

Mixing Bowl

Baking Sheet with Wax Paper

Double Boiler – Or you can use a glass container, like my favorite 2-Cup Pyrex Measuring Cup, in the microwave; or make it a family affair with a fondue pot.

Toothpicks or Candy Dipping Tools

Airtight Storage Container or Festive Christmas Tin

HOW TO MAKE RICE KRISPIE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS

  1. Mix together the melted butter and peanut butter.
peanut butter and melted butter in KitchenAid mixing bowl
  1. Add the powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture, and combine.
mixing powdered sugar in with peanut butter mixture in large bowl
  1. Add and mix in the crispy rice cereal.
making peanut butter balls with Rice Krispies in large bowl on white marble countertop
  1. Mix everything together until it's blended well.
rice crispy peanut butter balls dough with red spatula in large bowl

HOW TO SHAPE THE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS

  1. At this point, you'll need to shape all of the crispy dough into 1-inch peanut butter balls. You'll take about a tablespoonful of the peanut butter mixture and begin to roll it between your hands. Shape it into as round of a ball as you can and place it on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
rolled crispy peanut butter balls on wax paper lined baking sheet
  1. Continue rolling the rest of the dough into balls.
  2. Add toothpicks for dipping to each peanut butter ball.
toothpicks added to peanut butter Rice Krispies balls on baking sheet lined with wax paper
  1. Once all of the dough is rolled into balls, chill the whole sheet in the fridge or freezer for about 30 minutes.

HOW TO MELT CHOCOLATE FOR PEANUT BUTTER BALLS

While your peanut butter balls are chilling, it's a good time to melt the chocolate and get it ready to go.

Depending on the chocolate you decide to use, you can melt it a few different ways:

  • Melt it using a double boiler on the stove – This is basically a pan inside of another pan with boiling water in the bottom pan. It allows for more even melting without burning, and it also keeps the chocolate warm for dipping.
  • Use a fondue pot and make it a family affair.
  • Melt it in the microwave – This is usually the route I go. Just follow package directions.
melting dark chocolate wafers in glass Pyrex measuring cup

Also, depending on the type of chocolate used, some people like to add shortening or paraffin wax to their chocolate as it melts. This allows for a thinner coating and stretches your chocolate a little further.

If you use a good quality chocolate, you likely won't need this step.

I started using Ghirardelli Dark Melting Wafers a few years ago, and I love them so much better than almond bark. They're so much easier to work with, and they have fantastic flavor. They also have milk chocolate wafers now.

HOW TO DIP THE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS

  1. Using the inserted toothpicks, dip every single peanut butter ball, fully immersing each one into the melted chocolate.
hand dipping peanut butter rice crispy balls in melted chocolate with toothpicks

Tip: If you don't have toothpicks… We've used a regular table fork in the past, as well as tongs. You can also use a dipping fork or tool to dip your peanut butter balls into the chocolate.

  1. Place the dipped balls back onto the wax paper lined baking sheet (or you can place the dipped balls into a festive paper cup). Remove the toothpicks, and cover over the hole by dabbing the chocolate with the end of the toothpick.
just dipped chocolate crispy balls on wax paper lined baking sheet
  1. Chill the peanut butter Rice Krispies balls 'til set, probably about 15 to 20 minutes or so.
chocolate covered Rice Krispie peanut butter balls on wax paper lined baking sheet

HOW TO STORE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS

Rice Krispie peanut butter balls are best stored in between layers of wax paper in an airtight container or a festive Christmas tin in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

CAN YOU USE WHITE CHOCOLATE OR DARK CHOCOLATE FOR THIS RECIPE?

Yes, you can. In fact, I prefer a rich, high quality dark chocolate because it's easier to work with and melts far more efficiently.

Aside from the differences in flavor, milk chocolate and dark chocolate both have different melting properties, so be sure to adjust the cook time accordingly.

Don't be afraid to get creative and experiment with different melting chocolates! You can try chocolate chips, chocolate bars, almond bark, etc., to see what you prefer.

chocolate peanut butter balls with Rice Krispies piled up in rainbow polka dot snack cup with bite out of top peanut butter ball

CAN YOU FREEZE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS WITH RICE KRISPIES?

Absolutely! You can freeze them either before dipping or after dipping, and they will stay fresh for up to 3 months.

As always, be sure to store them in between layers of wax paper in an airtight container or a festive Christmas tin to avoid freezer burn.

bite out of chocolate crispy balls on wax paper

MORE PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE TREATS:

IMPORTANT TIPS THAT WILL HELP

Make sure the peanut butter you're using isn't a super greasy peanut butter. If it's too oily, the chocolate may have trouble coating the peanut butter mixture.

Put the melted chocolate in a deeper dish or measuring cup for dipping. I prefer my 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup because I can use it in the microwave, and it's the perfect size for dipping.

fingers holding rice crispy peanut butter ball with bite taken out

My chocolate covered candy sometimes has kind of a chocolate ring around the bottom. You can avoid this by letting excess chocolate drip off the candy after dipping; and just lightly press the bottom of the candy on a separate sheet of wax paper before putting it back on your cookie sheet.

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triple image of Rice Krispie peanut butter balls, including left top image of peanut butter balls on wax paper with toothpicks stuck in top, top right image of bite taken out of chocolate crispy balls, and bottom image of pile of peanut butter balls with Rice Krispies with bite taken out of top peanut butter ball

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Yield: 24

Easy Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls

Easy Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls

Mix up an easy 5 ingredient recipe for Rice Krispie peanut butter balls. Crispy no bake chocolate covered candy perfect for the holidays!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Instructions

  1. Mix together the melted butter and peanut butter.
  2. Add the powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture, and combine.
  3. Add and mix in the crispy rice cereal.
  4. Mix everything together until it's blended well.
  5. Shape all of the crispy dough into 1-inch peanut butter balls. You'll take about a tablespoonful of the peanut butter mixture and begin to roll it between your hands. Shape it into as round of a ball as you can and place it on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
  6. Continue rolling the rest of the dough into balls.
  7. Add toothpicks* for dipping to each peanut butter ball.
  8. Once all of the dough is rolled into balls, chill the whole sheet in the fridge or freezer for about 30 minutes.
  9. Melt the chocolate according to package directions.*
  10. Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer, and using the inserted toothpicks, dip every single peanut butter ball, fully immersing each one into the melted chocolate.
  11. Place the dipped balls back onto the wax paper lined baking sheet. Remove the toothpicks, and cover over the hole by dabbing the chocolate with the end of the toothpick.
  12. Chill the peanut butter Rice Krispies balls 'til set, probably about 15 to 20 minutes or so.
  13. Rice Krispie peanut butter balls are best stored in between layers of wax paper in an airtight container or a festive Christmas tin in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

*Preferably a regular peanut butter rather than a natural peanut butter, so it's not so greasy.

*Any store brand cereal works… I prefer Aldi's brand because it's gluten-free.

*Or you can use almond bark, chocolate chips, etc.

*If you don't have toothpicks… We've used a regular table fork in the past, as well as tongs. You can also use a dipping fork or tool to dip your peanut butter balls into the chocolate.

*Depending on the chocolate you decide to use, you can melt it a few different ways:

  • Melt it using a double boiler on the stove – This is basically a pan inside of another pan with boiling water in the bottom pan. It allows for more even melting without burning, and it also keeps the chocolate warm for dipping.
  • Melt it in the microwave – This is usually the route I go. Just follow package directions.
  • Use a fondue pot and make it a family affair.

Depending on the type of chocolate used, some people like to add shortening or paraffin wax to their chocolate as it melts. This allows for a thinner coating and stretches your chocolate a little further.

If you use a good quality chocolate, you likely won't need this step.

I started using Ghirardelli Dark Melting Wafers a few years ago, and I love them so much better than almond bark. They're so much easier to work with, and they have fantastic flavor. They also have milk chocolate wafers now.

CAN YOU FREEZE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS WITH RICE KRISPIES?

Absolutely! You can freeze them either before dipping or after dipping, and they will stay fresh for up to 3 months.

As always, be sure to store them in between layers of wax paper in an airtight container or a festive Christmas tin to avoid freezer burn.

2 IMPORTANT TIPS THAT WILL HELP

  1. Put the melted chocolate in a deeper dish or measuring cup for dipping; I prefer my 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup because I can use it in the microwave, and it's the perfect size for dipping.
  2. My chocolate covered candy sometimes has kind of a chocolate ring around the bottom. You can avoid this by letting excess chocolate drip off the candy after dipping; and just lightly press the bottom of the candy on a separate sheet of wax paper before putting it back on your cookie sheet.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g

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