Crispy Peanut Butter Balls
Total TimePrep: 40 min. + chilling
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 cups crisp rice cereal
- 4 cups (24 ounces) 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 NoteReduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts1 piece: 133 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
Nov 17, 2014
I only have crunchy peanut butter. Can it be used instead of creamy?
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.
Oct 25, 2013
These are terrific. Reminds me of a cross between a cookie and a truffle.
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.
Dec 11, 2011
Took these to a company Christmas Party and had lots of requests for the recipe! They were a hit!
Dec 1, 2011
Oh so yummy. Spray hands with Pam when rollling balls less sticky
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!
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
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.
Dec 17, 2010
SO Yummy! SO Easy!