Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies

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Classic Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies for extra texture and crunch. A quick and easy candy recipe.

Rice Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

What do you get when you combine peanut butter, chocolate, and Rice Krispies in a simple no-bake dessert recipe? You get one happy family of taste testers.

I’ve shared my family’s Peanut Butter Balls (aka Buckeyes) recipe here before (and it’s one of my most popular recipes).

Once you’ve made them, you’ll understand our love for those chocolate peanut butter treats. And then you may find yourself making all of these variations:

Peanut Butter Pretzel Buckeyes

Peanut Butter Balls with Graham Crackers

Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns

All of these recipes make terrific Christmas Candies for gifting or for snacking. It’s a tradition in our family to make these each year.

These Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies have become another friend and family favorite over the years.

Buckeyes with Rice Krispies

I fondly remember enjoying Peanut Butter Balls with my family as a child.  It brings back happy childhood memories every time I bite into one.

I’m delighted to share this recipe with you here so you can experience the same joy with your family!

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies

Cooking Tools You’ll Need

  • Parchment paper or wax paper to prevent your cookies from sticking to the baking sheet
  • A large mixing bowl to combine your ingredients
  • Your microwave or a double boiler to melt your chocolate
Rice Krispy Peanut Butter Balls


  • Peanut butter: You have options with your peanut butter choice depending on your preference. You can opt for creamy or crunchy peanut butter for this recipe.
  • Butter: This is another essential ingredient for your recipe. It should be soft, but not completely melted.
  • Powdered sugar: Powdered sugar will add a lot of flavor and sweetness to your Peanut Butter Balls.
  • Rice Krispies cereal: The cereal will provide amazing texture to your buckeyes. You want to crush them slightly, so they’re somewhere between their original texture and a fine dust. Also, you don’t have to use the Rice Krispies brand, you can opt for an off-brand as well.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips: You can pick the chocolate chips of your choice.
  • Vegetable shortening: This recipe works best with soft vegetable shortening
Rice Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

Rice Krispy Peanut Butter Balls

You want to start by lining your cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper to prevent your balls from sticking to the cookie sheet.

Then, combine your peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl until you have a smooth and creamy mixture. A heavy-duty stand mixer makes this easy

Now it’s time to add the cereal. You will add it to your peanut butter mix until everything is combined well.

Next, you will use your mixture to create your peanut butter balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Then, put them in the refrigerator and allow them to chill for at least 30 minutes.

After your peanut butter balls chill for 30 minutes, you want to prepare the chocolate chip coating.

Chocolate Covered Rice Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

How To Melt Chocolate For Peanut Butter Balls

You have two options for melting your chocolate chips. You can place them in a microwave for 1 minute and stir, then continue heating them for 20-30 seconds. Continue to do this until your chocolate is melted.

An alternative is to use a double boiler. To do this, you boil a pot of water.  Then place a heat-safe bowl containing your chocolate chips on top of the pot.

The heat will melt your chocolate chips. Be sure to monitor your mixture closely and stir it regularly.

To avoid the white film forming on the chocolate, you’ll need to temper your chocolate which can be a little more involved. I usually skip this step, but here is a great tutorial.

After your chocolate melts, it’s time for the fun part. You want to dip your Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies into your chocolate mixture and place them on a cookie sheet until they’re firm.

Chocolate PB Balls with Rice Crispies

How to store Peanut Butter Balls

If you’re going to eat them within a few days, you should place any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep them fresh.

Alternatively, they freeze well in an airtight container for several weeks. These are a great make-ahead Christmas candy for the holidays.

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating in the recipe card. Happy Baking – or No Baking!

If you need a chocolate and peanut butter snack for one, Puppy Chow for One satisfies the craving perfectly, because resisting the temptation to gorge the entire massive bowl is a struggle!

Chocolate PB Balls with Rice Crispies

Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies

4.74 from 19 votes
Classic Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies for extra texture and crunch. A quick and easy Christmas candy recipe.
Prep Time: 1 hr
Additional Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 peanut butter balls


  • 1 cup peanut butter creamy or crunchy
  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal slightly crushed
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening


  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. In a large bowl, cream together peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar. Stir in cereal until well combined.
  • Shape into balls, place on a cookie sheet, and chill for at least 30 minutes. In a large microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate chips and shortening.
  • Heat for 1 minute and stir, then continue heating for 20-30 seconds and stirring after each interval until chocolate is almost melted. Stir until completely smooth. Dip balls into chocolate and place on a cookie sheet until firm.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for several weeks.


Serving: 1g · Calories: 124kcal · Carbohydrates: 12g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 8g · Saturated Fat: 4g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g · Cholesterol: 4mg · Sodium: 53mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 9g
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{originally published 8/21/19 – recipes notes and photos updated 6/22/21}

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    • Heather stocklin says

      I just made these but without the butter and shortening bc it didn’t say why to use those, or I just scrolled past them. But they turnt out to be delicious anyways.. definitely a keeper for sure. Thank you

      • Mary berkenstock says

        4 stars
        Heather I agree I used the butter, but it never mentioned where you use the vegetable shortening read recipe 3 times never mentioned when to use so I made mine without the shortening and they where good but I wish the recipe would tell you where to use the shortening

  1. Kelly says

    5 stars
    How on earth have l never had these in 60+ years? Thanks you for postIng an easy to make, ridiculously delicious recipe. This is a keeper and now l have lots of lost time to make up! Thank you from Canada.

  2. Kate Nadeau says

    5 stars
    I chose this recipe because way less powdered sugar than others and I used Cocoa Krispies cereal. Super happy how they turned out.

  3. Michele J ROSS says

    Can you use Splenda instead of powered sugar for diabetics ??
    Please let me know , Thank you 😊

    • Mary says

      Hi Elena! The shortening is melted with the chocolate chips in the microwave. It is part of step 2 in the recipe instructions. Enjoy!

  4. Ashley Leiker says

    Will this recipe work without the vegetable shortening. I have all the ingredients except for that and I really want to make these.

  5. cathy conners says

    5 stars
    I don’t know how they will turn out, I just finished rolling out the balls. My question is how can you get them not to stick to your hands when rolling? My goodness what a mess. LOL can’t wait to see how they turn out.

  6. ChyAnn Stroh says

    Hi, I haven’t made this recipe yet. Hoping to this weekend. If you don’t use the chocolate in the peanut butter balls do you still need the vegetable shortening?

  7. Amy says

    5 stars
    This is my moms exact recipie, except she would put bakers wax in the chocolate to melt instead of shortening … it’s for the sheen on the chocolate balls and worth adding! Thanks for posting!

  8. Sandii Nauss says

    3 stars
    I found that I had to use more icing sugar to make the peanut butter “batter” stiffer and even then they didn’t form/roll as nicely as they should have…

  9. Jen says

    I have a family recipe for these kind of bon bons. However the butter is melted. The chocolate is Hershey bars and parrafin wax. It’s a family favorite!

  10. Ann Boles says

    5 stars
    I went with a half recipe and it made 12 versus 18. Then chilled my cookie tray and scoop while making the balls. I also chilled the scooped out mixture prior to rolling into balls. Helped a bit but probably not by much. Excited to have our family try them as a special treat!!

  11. Erin says

    3 stars
    These needed a lot more krispies, the consistency is very soft and sticky. I expected them to harden after chilling and I even chilled them for longer, but they didn’t. The flavor is good, but they were hard to form and hard to coat.

    • Mary says

      You can certainly add more rice krispies to your preference, Erin. We like them soft with just a bit of crunch. They should’ve firmed up a bit in the fridge too.

  12. Mom of boys says

    5 stars
    This is the recipe I have been searching for!!! Chocolatey and crispy with peanut butter goodness! It is a new fave with my boys! They are requesting them for the weekend they’ll be away for wrestling. Thank you so much for sharing!!! They are amazing!!!❤️

  13. Colleen says

    5 stars
    Have received nothing but rave reviews on these! I’m a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate. Sooooo tasty!

    • Mary says

      Lisa – Thank you for asking. In step 2 of the instructions, you melt the shortening with the chocolate chips.

  14. Lynn says

    I think I am going to try making them as a bar cookie. Press them into a baking sheet lined with parchment like with rice krispie treats. Don’t want to take the time to make balls.

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