Peanut Butter Balls

5 from 4 votes

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What could be better than peanut butter cups and chocolate truffles? A mix between the two. With Peanut Butter Balls you get the best of both!

I’m so happy to be sharing with you today these amazing Peanut Butter Balls! With a creamy peanut butter filling, chocolate outside and a surprise crunch, they are practically irresistible. So much so that I recommend making a double batch! Maybe one batch for now and one for later… maybe 😉

close up peanut butter ball cut in half

Ingredients Needed for Peanut Butter Balls

You only need 6 ingredients to make this Peanut Butter Balls recipe! I’ll outline what they are and the dos and don’ts for subbing ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Salted Butter – I recommend using salted butter because that is my preference. I love the salty-sweet combo!
  • Creamy Peanut Butter – I don’t recommend using crunchy or natural peanut butter; they tend to give you a dry crumbly mixture. For best results use Jif or Skippy.
  • Powdered Sugar – this sweetens the mixture as well as binds everything together to make a moldable peanut butter filling.
  • Rice Krispie Cereal – this is the surprise crunch I was talking about! With each bite, you get a crispy airy crunch that takes these treats over the top.
  • Melting Chocolate – use a good quality melting chocolate or if you are in a bind, you can always use chocolate chips (dark, semi-sweet, milk or even peanut butter chips will do).
  • Vegetable Oil – the vegetable oil helps the chocolate melt evenly and smoothly. Do not skip out on this ingredient.

Love Peanut Butter? Try these recipes: Soft Baked Peanut Butter CookiesPeanut Butter Energy BallsPeanut Butter Fudge, and No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars.

chocolate covered peanut butter balls on parchment paper

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

This is a pretty easy recipe to make. Simply prepare the filling, scoop into balls then freeze. Melt the chocolate then dip the frozen peanut butter balls into the chocolate. Then once they are all finished they chill until the chocolate hardens! For full details check out the recipe card down below.

  1. In a large bowl, measure out the butter and peanut butter. Microwave in intervals until completely melted and smooth.
  2. Stir in powdered sugar and rice Krispies and gently incorporate until fully mixed together.
  3. Scoop mixture into balls. Roll in between palms to smooth completely. Place onto a parchment (or wax) paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze.
  4. While peanut butter balls are freezing, melt chocolate and vegetable oil together in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in intervals until completely melted and smooth.
  5. Drop the frozen balls one at a time into the melted chocolate. Use a fork to roll ball evenly in chocolate. Lift ball out of the chocolate and tap gently to remove any excess chocolate. Place back on parchment paper.
  6. Continue coating balls in chocolate until they are all coated. Chill until chocolate hardens. Serve.

Chocolate Dipping Tips and Tricks

  • Dipping utensil: you could use a specialty dipping tool for these peanut butter balls but you could also use a fork just as easily! Using a fork can be a little messier but it gets the job done.
  • To thin out chocolate: if your chocolate is still too thick for dipping, add in another teaspoon of vegetable oil and mix away. Be careful though, if you add too much oil, the chocolate won’t stick to the peanut butter ball.
  • For smooth chocolate: you either need more vegetable oil -OR- the chocolate mixture still needs some microwaving to melt all the way.
  • Chocolate is hardening too fast: first things first, work quickly. Secondly, there is no shame in popping that chocolate back in the microwave for 10 seconds to get it loose again. You can do it!
  • The filling is sticking to my dipping utensil: either the filling is too cold or the chocolate is too hot! Adjust accordingly and try again 🙂
peanut butter ball with a piece cut off

Freezing Instructions

The real beauty of this Peanut Butter Balls recipe is that it can be frozen for up to 3 months! This also means you could have these bad boys ready for whenever the craving strikes.

To Freeze. Once the balls are coated, chilled and the chocolate has set toss them into a freezer-safe bag and freeze! Easy, right?

To Thaw. Simply thaw in the fridge overnight (or for at least 8 hours) then enjoy!

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5 from 4 votes

Peanut Butter Balls

What could be better than peanut butter cups and chocolate truffles? A mix between the two. With Peanut Butter Balls you get the best of both!
servings 24 balls
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 1 cup melting chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, measure out the butter and peanut butter. Microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted and smooth; should take about 1 1/2 minutes.
  • Stir in powdered sugar and rice Krispies and gently incorporate until fully mixed together.
  • Using a 2 teaspoon cookie scoop, scoop mixture into 24 even balls. Roll in between palms to smooth completely. Place onto a parchment (or wax) paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze 10 minutes.
  • While peanut butter balls are freezing, melt chocolate and vegetable oil together in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted and smooth.
  • Drop the frozen balls one at a time into the melted chocolate. Use a fork to roll ball evenly in chocolate. Lift ball out of the chocolate with the prongs of the fork and tap gently to remove any excess chocolate. Place back on parchment paper.
  • Continue coating balls in chocolate until they are all coated. Chill until chocolate hardens. Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter balls, peanut butter balls recipe
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10 Responses
  1. Marissa Rizzo

    Peanut butter balls are my weakness 😍 We make them at Christmas time every year. Instead of Rice Krispie cereal, I usually use graham cracker crumbs. I’ll have to try the cereal!

  2. Maggie A Herron

    5 stars
    Okay these are the best ever. And I have no problem converting your recipes to gluten free. For this one I used rice chex in place of the rice crispies. Surprisingly rice crispies are not gluten free. I also made your Tuna Noodle Casserole today with gluten free pasta. Amazing. Your sauce is easy and very, very delicious. You make a lot of the things we like. Don’t stop!

  3. Lee

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe!
    These were so easy to make, and I made them gluten free with almond butter. I also can’t a lot of regular chocolate at one time, but I can have a little. So I coated them with melted white chocolate, and used Gluten free Cocoa Pebbles instead of Rice Krispies. My family said, this was so good. One son said it reminded him of my white chocolate muddy buddies just inside out! lol

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