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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

"It's a tradition for my sister and me to bring these chocolaty confections to functions and family gatherings," notes Rhonda Williams of Mayville, Michigan.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + chilling
  • Makes
    about 5-1/2 dozen


  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup shortening


  • In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter and butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat.
  • In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and cereal. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal; toss to coat. Roll into 1-in. balls; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate mixture; allow excess to drip off. Return to baking sheets; refrigerate until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 138 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • cheinze945
    May 25, 2015

    I find these so easy to make and my grandchildren really look forward to them. I love making them almost any time. YUMMY!

  • jieastcott
    Dec 22, 2011

    Made these earlier in the week and they turned out great! My husband left the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave too long, but a bit of milk and more warming fixed it right up. Will definitely make more!

  • jhammer9780
    Dec 22, 2010

    This recipe was awful! Too crumbly. I couldn't hardly make the balls. I'll find a different peanut butter recipe. Granted I love peanut butter balls, but I wouldn't make this kind again. Sorry.

  • pawprintcris
    Dec 13, 2010

    They're very simple to make and taste so good. Great for giving as homemade Christmas Gifts.

  • GStaelens
    Apr 9, 2010

    No comment left

  • GoldenAng
    Jul 7, 2009

    This recipe took FOREVER to make!!! Everone but me loved them. I think I was just sick of looking at and smelling these. I probably would have liked them if someone else made them:)

  • lilmouthy
    Apr 12, 2008

    Thanks for posting such a GREAT Recipe. Made these yesterday and the whole family LOOOVED them. They really are great!!