My peanut butter balls have been a family Christmas tradition for many years now. The recipe was given to me by my then neighbor’s step-mother – known to us as Granny – about fifteen years ago.
Before I share the recipe with you, I need to issue a warning. These peanut butter balls are highly addictive. They are bite size, creamy, soft with a smidgen of crunch, and utterly delicious. In short, they are dangerous to have around.
My peanut butter balls are famous in our circles. We make them as a family, and often distribute them among friends, family, and neighbors.
They make wonderful gifts.
I made my yearly batch yesterday.
Because these chocolaty treats are so delicious, we often receive requests throughout the year – not just at Christmas time. Appeals we are happy to fulfill if we are able.
On occasion, my husband whips up a batch for the guys a the fire station–a task which endears him to his co-workers.
Tips and Notes
These chocolate peanut butter balls are not troublesome to make although they can be time-consuming. The process is smoother – not to mention faster – if you have some help.
The ingredients are a cinch to find, and they are easy on the pocketbook: Rice Krispies, butter, peanut butter, sugar, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
I sometimes substitute some of the chocolate chips with an equal amount of butterscotch chips. I personally prefer my peanut butter balls coated with this mixture.
It is very okay to purchase off-brands of Rice Krispies and peanut butter.
Once your balls have been dipped, waiting for the chocolate coating to harden can be a bore. We “cheat” and simplify this process by placing our finished trays in the freezer for ten to fifteen minutes.
I must preface that waiting for them to harden on their own is probably better. Nevertheless, we’re seldom patient enough to do it. To be honest, I don’t believe we have waited once.
Note: if you are gluten-free, purchase a gluten-free brand of Rice Krispies.
Peanut Butter Balls
Note: You can also make them by hand although it’s a messy process. I use my stand mixer every time.
Add the Rice Krispies and mix well until all the ingredients are well combined.
Melt the chocolate chips over medium-low to low heat – for better and more consistent results you may also use a double boiler. Dip each ball into the melted chocolate until they are well coated and place them back on your prepared cookie sheet.
Let the chocolate harden completely before storing them (or eating them).
Makes 4 to 5 dozen.
- 3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 3 cups Rice Krispies
- 1 stick of butter ~ sotened (1/2 cup or 4 oz)
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips
- In a stand mixer - or with a hand-held mixer- combine the powdered sugar, butter, and peanut butter. Be aware this dough is pretty thick so make sure your device's motor can handle it.
- Note: You can also make them by hand although it's a messy process. I use my stand mixer every time.
- Add the Rice Krispies and mix well until all the ingredients are well combined.
- Form balls about 1-inch in diameter and place them on a parchment paper - or waxed paper or Silpat mat (my preferred method) - lined cookie sheet.
- Melt the chocolate chips over medium-low to low heat - for better and more consistent results; you may also use a double boiler. Dip each ball into the melted chocolate until they are well coated and place them back on your prepared cookie sheet.
- Let the chocolate harden completely before storing them (or eating them).
- Makes 4 to 5 dozen.