One of my all-time favorite desserts growing up was Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies.
If you like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you will love this recipe because homemade tastes so much better.
This no-bake dessert is perfect for any sweet tooth and has only 5 ingredients!
I love making these for special events and for the holidays.
In preparation for spring, I made them a little festive.
A Family Favorite Candy
My Iowan grandmother used to make these and shared the recipe with my mom who made it for us growing up.
Over time, this recipe has been adapted significantly from the one shown on the Rice Krispies website here.
I don’t use shortening, margarine, or wax, and I take advantage of the microwave for ease!
I use 5 ingredients: powdered sugar, crunchy peanut butter, Rice Krispies, real butter, and semi-sweet chocolate.
How I Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Here’s what I typically do. I melt a stick of butter for 30 seconds in the microwave. Then, I put the 2 cups of crunchy peanut butter in the same bowl as the butter and melt it for 15 additional seconds.
I stir the mixture up, then add 3 1/2 cups of Rice Krispies and 1 pound (about 3 1/2 cups) of powdered sugar into the warm peanut butter concoction.
After mixing all the ingredients together, I start to crunch the mixture into little balls. This is the most time consuming part, but it can be therapeutic for some.
Once done, I put the peanut butter balls in the fridge to chill or in the freezer until I am ready to use it a week later.
When I am ready, I coat the outside with semi-sweet chocolate using a double broiler.
I usually don’t decorate the outside, but Easter is coming up, so this time I decided to beautify my candy.
Chill your chocolate peanut butter balls in the fridge until hardened.
- 1/2 C unsalted butter (1 stick)
- 2 C crunchy peanut butter
- 3 1/2 C Rice Krispies
- 1 lb. powdered sugar (about 3 1/2 C)
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips for melting
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Melt butter for 30 seconds in microwave.
- Add peanut butter and heat 15 additional seconds.
- Mix together the butter/peanut butter concoction with Rice Krispies and powdered sugar.
- Mix ingredients by hand or with a mixer until well incorporated.
- Form mixture into little balls (smaller than a golf ball).
- Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Melt chocolate in a double broiler.
- Roll each peanut butter ball into the chocolate one by one (or a couple at a time).
- Place chocolate balls onto a parchment-lined cookie pan.
- When done, chill in fridge until hardened.
Make it festive by using decorative sprinkles.
What To Do When …
If you don’t have a double broiler, no worries.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t have one until this year. I used to put a heat safe bowl into a pan of boiling water.
Sometimes, I wouldn’t even do that.
I would melt the chocolate into a regular pan on low and work quickly to avoid it burning. I have even added a tiny bit of milk to stop it from drying up and have used a microwave to melt chocolate too.
The best way to do it is in a double broiler though, so I would recommend this option first and foremost.
However, if you don’t have one, try your best to not burn the chocolate or your fingers!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.
What is your favorite homemade candy or dessert? Have you had any homemade chocolate peanut butter balls before?