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Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
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Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

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"The first time I made this candy, I knew it was going to be a big hit," writes Janice Brightwell, Jeffersonville, Indiana. "My husband and friends agree it's the best they've ever tasted. It's quick and simple to prepare. I've been asked for the recipe countless times."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 1-1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1-1/2 cups (9 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 teaspoons shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 123 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 59 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter and marshmallow creme; add cereal and stir until well coated.
  2. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Roll cereal mixture into 1-in. balls. Dip in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on a waxed paper-lined pan. Refrigerate until set. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls in Quick Cooking November/December 2003, p61

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Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"These are fabulous! The crisp cereal gives them a wonderful crunch, different from any other peanut butter ball I have tried. Made them into an egg shape and pastel sprinkles for Easter."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"These taste pretty good! I did add about 3/4 cup of finely crushed graham crackers to the mix. Makes quite a few...great for Christmas giving."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"This is on the "must make" every year for Christmas, since I found it in 2003! it is my husbands favorite."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"I've had different versions of peanut butter balls, these are by far the best!"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"These were good, but we didn't care for the consistency. Nothing crunchy at all about the filling! I'm not sure what happens to the rice cereal, but it must just disintegrate and get swallowed up by the pb and marshmallow. The filling was very marshmallowy feeling. Tasted fine, just wasn't our favorite. Maybe crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth would have helped a bit."

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