Easy Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

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"These simple saucepan cookies are a snap to make," assures Marg Mitro of Grafton, Ontario. "In fact, I can whip them up in 10 minutes for school lunches. The little treats are a big hit with any crowd—young or old," she adds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:39 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 39 servings


  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 to 5 cups cornflakes

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 83 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the corn syrup and sugar to a boil. Add the peanut butter. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and cornflakes.
  2. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 6-1/2 dozen, 39 servings, 2 per serving.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Drops in Quick Cooking January/February 2001, p8

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mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 34450
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"It really is that easy! Just a few ingredients and you will have a ton of treats in no time. I have substituted cheerios a few times- not as crisp as the cornflakes but still very good. I, too, on occasion simply spread into a 9x13. Just be certain not to compact the flakes too tightly or it will be difficult to cut."

missnatlynn User ID: 1069302 89189
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"quick & easy for when the kids need a treat, and there's not much in the house!"

CharBraith User ID: 6503501 33794
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"Instead of dropping them on wax paper I like to put them in a 9x13 pan, let them cool, and cut them into bars. They are delicious!"

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