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Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

I make over 40 different types of treats during the holidays for friends and family. These crispy peanut butter balls are one of my favorite candies to give away as gifts.—Liz David, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6 dozen


  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon shortening, divided
  • 1/3 cup white baking chips


  • In a large bowl, beat peanut butter and butter until blended; gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in cereal. Shape into 1-in. balls. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and 1/4 cup shortening; stir until smooth. Dip balls into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on a waxed paper-lined pan. Let stand until set.
  • In a microwave, melt white baking chips and remaining shortening. Stir until smooth. Drizzle over candies. Refrigerate until set.
Editor's Note
Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 133 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Creampuff47
    Nov 17, 2014

    I only have crunchy peanut butter. Can it be used instead of creamy?

  • 2princesses2luv
    Dec 24, 2013

    I make these every year for Christmas. Once I get the balls made, I put a toothpick in each one, put in the freezer for a bit & then it's so easy to dunk them in the chocolate. I just pull the toothpick out after dunking them & use it to quickly smooth over the hole.

  • cindiak
    Oct 25, 2013

    These are terrific. Reminds me of a cross between a cookie and a truffle.

  • trumpet21
    Dec 27, 2011

    These turned out great and tasted great as well. You definitely need to use shortening and not butter for the chocolate coating.

  • bvbdutt
    Dec 11, 2011

    Took these to a company Christmas Party and had lots of requests for the recipe! They were a hit!

  • mikejean
    Dec 1, 2011

    Oh so yummy. Spray hands with Pam when rollling balls less sticky

  • HeatherHH
    Apr 29, 2011

    These are SO good! I love the crunch to these and will definitely make them again. I don't think I'll ever go back to plain buckeyes!

  • debbido
    Feb 20, 2011

    I had quite a bit of trouble melting the chocolate chips and margarine. I tried twice & the chips never dip get thin enough for me to dip the balls. I ended up smashing the peanut butter balls flat onto the pan & spreading the chocolate over them, thus bars instead of balls

  • Sewingcat
    Feb 9, 2011

    I have made these before. Now I would use a gluten free crispy rice cereal to my daughter that is Celiac could enjoy them with us.

  • kriserickj
    Dec 17, 2010

    SO Yummy! SO Easy!