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Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + chilling

Makes

6 dozen

I make more than 40 different types of treats during the holidays for friends and family. These crispy peanut butter balls with crispy rice cereal are one of my favorite candies to give away as gifts.—Liz David, St. Catharines, Ontario
Crispy Peanut Butter Balls Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In a microwave, melt white baking chips and remaining shortening. Stir until smooth. Drizzle over candies. Refrigerate until set.
Peanut Butter Balls Tips

How do you melt chocolate for peanut butter balls?

It's easy to overcook chocolate when melting it in the microwave (this is truer still for white chocolate!), but with our steps you can avoid it. Chop your chocolate into small pieces and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Then, microwave it at 70% power for 1 minute. Remove the bowl from the microwave and give it a stir. Continue to microwave in 30-second increments, stirring frequently, until the chocolate has fully melted. Because each microwave behaves differently, it’s best to keep a careful eye on your chocolate. Here are more ways to melt chocolate, if you don't want to use the microwave.

What's the best way to dip peanut butter balls in chocolate?

Dipping these peanut butter balls with Rice Krispies can be easy with the right tools. We recommend using a chocolate dipper or a fork. Place the peanut butter ball in the chocolate and spoon some excess over it. Scoop up the ball with the tines of the dipper or fork, and lift it out of the chocolate. Shake very gently to tap off any excess, and slide the ball onto parchment paper.

How do you store peanut butter balls with Rice Krispies?

You can store peanut butter balls in a single layer in a well-sealed container in the fridge for up to a week. When you serve them, you can place each peanut butter ball in a miniature cupcake liner for a professional look, although here are more food packaging ideas if you want to get more creative. If you liked this recipe, try more of our chocolate peanut butter desserts next.

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

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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