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).

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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

4.73 from 47 votes
Classic Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies for extra texture and crunch. A quick and easy Christmas candy recipe.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
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

          • Mary says

            Look at the recipe you have at top of your page, it doesn’t list butter but your recipe at the bottom of all the commentary does.

          • Mary says

            That’s simply a graphic with the key flavor ingredients, it isn’t the full recipe, as you’d need the instructions too. Butter and shortening aren’t included there, but they’re included with amounts to be used in the printable recipe card and throughout the writing of this post.

        • Corey L Carter says

          This is my very 1st time trying this recipe and I am beyond excited. I have family coming to town and our mother who passed away used to make these for us as kids. I’m surprising them. But I saw where to use the shortening on the 1st read. You use it with the chocolate chips to melt them.

  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 😊

      • Maurice says

        5 stars
        I’m getting ready to make these. Yes you can use Splenda or Splenda blend which is half sugar. I would reduce the Splenda by a 1/4 or 1/3rd to help with taste. Since there is no baking, it shouldn’t effect the results much.

    • 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.

    • Krista says

      Stick the batter in the freezer for a while before rolling the balls. Put the rolled balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Then stick them in the freezer for awhile one more time before dipping. Makes it all so much easier.

    • Jeanette says

      5 stars
      I first made a square of the dough and chilled it. Then I cut the dough into
      squares (like fudge) and then I rolled the squares into balls. Faster and less sticking.

    • Marjolaine Chrétien says


      I wear latex gloves and spray them with PAM……then you throw away gloves and have clean hands. I also spray the bowl makes it easier to clean. Good luck!

      Marjo, Gatineau,Québec,Canada

      • Lisa says

        5 stars
        Never thought about latex gloves. That s great idea. I always do it on bare hands when I finish making balls then I licked it up on my hand ha all done. Soo good lol

    • Stephanie Labonté says

      Exactly thats the thing she never metioned on how do you roll them into balls , its impossible. So i would say put it in the fridge for about 5min

    • Bryc says

      I addded flour to the mixture to make it easier to roll (make sure to heat treat it! I didn’t the first time, oops lol)

  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.

  15. Wendy says

    If you melt the chocolate chips at 30 second intervals in your microwave at 50 percent power and stir each time until melted, you don’t need to add anything to the chocolate. Works every time! The key is low heat and stirring often.

  16. Jenifer Talbott says

    5 stars
    These are delicious and a crowd pleaser! I use a different method to melt chocolate. I have 2- 1 Qt small crockpots (dippers) makes dipping a breeze.

    • Moxie says

      5 stars
      These are one of my favourite Christmas time treats!
      I had about 1/3 of a cup of chocolate ganache left from a previous recipe so I dumped that in there and added a 3rd cup of rice krispies.
      They turned out great!
      I use a small cookie scoop and really packed it in there before turning them out into the tray to avoid rolling them and getting my hands messy.


  17. Paula says

    I have been making these for years, but some reason when rolling it into a ball it crumbles. Maybe I didn’t measure something correctly. I just can not figure which one I did wrong.
    This has been the family favorite for the holidays

    • Mary says

      Some days in the kitchen are like that, Paula. It is hard to say where you went wrong without being there in your kitchen. My guess is you are right and you measured something incorrectly. Just try another batch.

  18. Gail Marcou says

    I thought these needed more powdered sugar. They were so sticky to roll so I added a couple more tbs of powered sugar which did help .After they were done I decided they could have used more powdered sugar because they were quite soft when eaten. The recipe made 26 balls and I used a small ice cream scoop.. I think with more powdered sugar these would be very good,

  19. Erin Jean McFarland says

    1 star
    This recipe could do without the butter, even after freezing the balls which were still a mess making, they got too melty when dipping.

  20. Anna says

    5 stars
    Alright ladies – I did it!! I solved the messy hand peanut butter ball conundrum. (It’s easiest if you have a partner to scoop but not necessary) I used a square piece of plastic wrap!!! Put a scoop in the middle and used the wrap to shape it. Then you unwrap it and plop it down on the cookie sheet . Sooooooooo easy and you can make them super round once you get the hang of it . Hope this helps!

    • Mary says

      You can do a couple of things, chill the peanut butter mixture, lightly spray your hands with cooking spray, you can also try wetting your hands with a bit of cold water. I hope that helps.

  21. Val Bristow says

    I have “Merkins” chocolate melting wafers, will that work or be too hard? I want to make these, like yesterday, but out of chocolate chips and we are in the middle of a blizzard out here. Thanks for any

    • Mary says

      We’re in the midst of a blizzard as well, so I definitely understand! The chocolate wafers will work perfectly for this. You shouldn’t need to add the shortening to the chocolate, just melt slowly.

  22. Autumn says

    4 stars
    I made these as the recipe stated, but the peanut butter mixture was so sticky and hard to roll. I ended up adding more powdered sugar and rice krispies to the mixture, which made it easier to roll. Any ideas on what happened?

    Otherwise they were really delicious! My family ate them up for Christmas!

  23. Allyson Harney says

    I wish it was clear what to do with shortening. I read the reviews for the answer after I made the mix. This should be clarified

  24. Mark Scott says

    4 stars
    When I click on Print Recipe, the page just opens a new tab. I really like this recipe. My sister made it for the holiday and I’m going to the grocery store for the ingredients now that I’m back home.

    • Mary says

      Hmm . . . it prints just fine on this end, Mark. Often people struggle with the print option if they have pop-ups blocked or other tighter security features turned on and ads disabled. You might check those settings.

  25. marianne McEvoy says

    5 stars
    A friend made these and shared six of them in a Santa Box. I ate them all! So very delicious! Being a peanut butter fan I’m not sure why I never had any before.

  26. Judy Nachtigal says

    5 stars
    I love this recipe. So easy to make, delicious, and stores well in the refrigerator. Actually I think these need to be kept cold, or they get soft (though I have one friend who likes them that way, lol.) I’ve made them with creamy and with chunky peanut butter, and I prefer the creamy, so I use that if I have it. I think creamy makes the rice krispies more evident. I use a fork to dip the balls in the chocolate and it works well.
    Thanks for this recipe!

  27. Tina says

    5 stars
    everyone love them I did however add more Rice Krispies cuz it was a little on the soft side added some Heath bits to it also they disappeared delish

  28. Shawnee Turek says

    5 stars
    My Aunt used make these for Easter. I absolutely love them! I am so glad to have found a recipe for them. THANK YOU!

  29. Jada says

    5 stars
    this is the best and easiest recipe I have found have made these numerous times my go to for sure I do mush the crispies as im adding them and only use about a cup and half we like less crunch and more peanut butter thanks for sharing

  30. Amy says

    5 stars
    I made this recipe with about 2/3 cup of Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips to 1 1/3 cups of milk chocolate chips and with coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. I also sprinkled a little bit of sea salt on top of the chocolate peanut butter balls right after I dipped them in the melted chocolate. For the peanut butter mixture, I added about a 1/16 tsp. of sea salt and mixed it in with the butter and peanut butter before adding the rest of the ingredients. These modifications make for a delicious recipe. I keep mine in the fridge.

    • Mary says

      Glad to hear that these recipes are becoming a favorite, Mary. I hope you love the peanut butter balls even more the second time! Enjoy, and happy cooking.

  31. Theresa says

    Why doesn’t the video match the recipe? You have no use of rice Krispie’s in the video, but have it in your ingredients.

    • Mary says

      Hi, Theresa. I don’t have the ability to make videos for every single recipe I shoot, so sometimes a close substitute video gets used instead. It’s not really supposed to replace the recipe, just to provide other options. I hope you love the peanut butter balls!

  32. Tonya Crawford says

    5 stars
    These are great, I have been making them for years. The only thing we do differently, is we don’t use chocolate chips, we have always used candy coating / almond bark as the coating. Every time I make them, friends and coworkers ask me to make more for them. I have done them with crunchy peanut butter, creamy peanut butter and with and without rice crispies cereal. Our family favors creamy peanut butter with rice crispies cereal. I just started a double batch tonight. I let it sit in the refrigerator overnight before I roll the balls to cut down on the stickiness.

  33. Penney says

    5 stars
    I’m so glad I found this recipe! This is an old family recipe (but we use an X-Large Hersheys chocolate bar and paraffin wax) but I lost the recipe card which I had titled “Aunt Marilyn’s good cookies” (in my third-grade handwriting. I’m pretty sure this is the same recipe.

    This has become my “go to” for a cookie exchange. The first year I made them we each received 8 cookies from 5 other friends. Everyone raved about these cookies. And, two of my friends who are some of the most giving, generous people I know told me that they did not share my peanut butter/rice krispies treats with their family — they hid them and ate every single one!

    • Mary says

      Hi, Stacy. Once you combine everything, the mixture shouldn’t be that sticky, but you can wear disposable gloves if it’s still an issue.

  34. Mildred pilgrim from Canada.made these so easy and delicious I use poly gloves . They worked well no stick also I crushed the Rice Krispies says


  35. Donna says

    What “process” do you use for “dipping” the balls in the chocolate?

    Eg. Put on a slotted spoon, use a fork etc.

    Thanks so much for your reply!

    • Mary says

      I typically either stab them with a toothpick and dip them that way or transfer the dipped peanut butter balls back and forth between forks.

  36. Nancy says

    3 stars
    They taste good but the peanut butter rice krispie centers were very sticky and hard to work with. Had to store in the frig or they got to soft. Will stick with my buckeye candies recipe.

    • Mary says

      Thanks for letting me know, Nancy. You’re the second person who has commented they had some issues with this one, so next time I make them I’ll double check the ingredient amounts just to make sure everything is written correctly. Glad they tasted good and that you were able to keep them nice in the fridge!

  37. Maurice says

    5 stars
    I have done these years ago. Your ratios are perfect for taste. I did have to use a little more chocolate chips since my batch was almost 50. A couple of things I do that make this easier…
    I put my mix in the frig for a while to make it firm enough to roll balls easily. Once they are formed, I put them in the frig for about half and hour, then separate them into grouos of ten and place them in the freezer, taking them out one group at a time to keep them firm. I use a toothpick to pick each one up, dip them until covered, and then place them into a shallow ice water bath so the chocolate doesn’t spread out as much in their base on the wax paper. I’ll typically leave up to 3 in the bath rotating them put to give them more time to firm up. As I put them on the paper, I twist the toothpick to pull it out. If it leaves a bare spot, I drizzle a touch of the chocolate to cover them.
    Hope this helps anyone trying.

  38. Janet says

    5 stars
    My family went crazy for these!! I followed the recipe exactly. WOW, so easy and a really big hit. I used chipits (50% dark) I think next time I would use a better quality chocolate, (only because I’m a chocoholic) everyone else thought they were perfect!

  39. Lena says

    5 stars
    These were delicious! If I had a gripe, it’d be that when you rolls these between your palms into a ball, they’re a bit difficult to keep together and the peanut butter would stick to my palms. BUT, I made do and made up about 2 dozen and they are wonderful!! Once refrigerated and dipped in chocolate, they’re perfect! Definitely a keeper!!