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Peanut Butter Balls

One of my favorite things to make around the holidays is simple candies.

These are things where you don’t need a candy thermometer. I’m talking about recipes that are simply dipping something in melted chocolate and waiting for it to harden again.

I’ve been experimenting with these chocolate delights over the last several weeks and I found a recipe that is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted: peanut butter balls.

Some people I spoke with had heard of these before. Some even told me it was a Christmas tradition to make these. I’m feeling left out now because I had NEVER heard about peanut butter balls until I made them this year.

The best part about this candy is the textures. You’ve got extra crunch from the peanuts and rice krispies along with a silky smooth center of peanut butter.

Everything that goes into this recipe works so well together.

Pro-tip: use semi-sweet melting bars for the chocolate. Baking bars are the only things I can get to melt in the microwave, so I highly recommend them if you don’t have a double broiler (seriously, who DOES have a double broiler??). I recommend getting semi-sweet so it’s not too sweet—there’s plenty of sweetness elsewhere in this recipe.


Peanut Butter Balls

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A sweet, crispy Christmas candy that everyone will love.


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1.5 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 4 TBS. melted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 semi-sweet chocolate baking bars (4 oz. each), melted
  • Sprinkles, for topping
  • Directions

    1. In a large bowl, stir together melted butter and peanut butter until smooth.
    2. Stir chopped peanuts, powdered sugar and Rice Krispies into peanut butter mixture.
    3. Melt baking bars according to package instructions. Using wet hands, roll peanut butter mixture into 1″ balls.
    4. Using a spoon, dip peanut butter balls into chocolate and swirl around until covered in chocolate. Place chocolate covered balls onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place sprinkles on top.
    5. Refrigerate peanut butter balls for 30 minutes to an hour, or until chocolate is set. Serve.

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