Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls (Amish Candy Recipe)

Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Balls

Crispy Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls are a traditional Amish Christmas holiday treat made with only four ingredients: peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, and Rice Krispies. Shape the peanut butter mixture into balls and dip them in your favorite chocolate.

These chocolate-covered peanut butter rice crispy treats are very easy to make and a great addition to any cookie or candy platter. And, of course, you can enjoy these delicious treats at any time of the year. There’s no need to wait for Christmas to come around.

An Amish Christmas – Amish Christmas Candy

For as long as I can remember, my family made homemade chocolates for Christmas. And I have fond memories of days spent at my Amish grandma’s house before the Christmas holidays. Every year, we went to her house for candy-making day. We mixed up several different kinds of candy and dipped everything in melted chocolate.

Amish peanut butter balls, Ritz cracker peanut butter sandwiches, and chocolate pretzels are three of the homemade chocolates that we made every single year. And I still make them every year for Christmas.

Click here to read my post about the Amish Christmas traditions that we had when I was growing up.

Recipe of Peanut Butter Balls

This recipe for no-bake peanut butter chocolate rice crispy treats is similar to peanut butter cups with an added crunchy texture. And they are super easy to make. Mix the peanut butter, melted butter, and powdered sugar. Add the Rice Krispies and stir until mixed. Refrigerate the mixture until chilled to make it easier to handle.

Using a small cookie scoop or a spoon, divide the peanut butter mixture into about twenty-five balls. Gently roll them a bit with your hands to form a nice ball. Place them onto a parchment-lined tray. Now you can freeze the balls for fifteen to twenty minutes or refrigerate them for an hour or more, to get them nice and firm before dipping. These can also be mixed a day ahead and refrigerated overnight.

peanut butter balls ready to be dipped

Dipping Rice Crispy Peanut Butter Balls into Chocolate

Once the old-fashioned peanut butter balls are well-chilled, coat them in melted chocolate. I used semi-sweet chocolate bark for this recipe because it’s not too sweet and not too bitter. If you love white chocolate or dark chocolate feel free to use that instead! But I recommend using chocolate bark, or wafers that are designed for melting. You can use Nestle or a better brand of chocolate chips, but you may need to add a teaspoon of Crisco to get it smooth. Do not use store-brand chocolate chips, as they do not melt properly.

Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at thirty-minute intervals, or use a double boiler to melt the chocolate. Never use wet tools with melted chocolate (chocolate will not melt properly if it gets exposed to water).

If you don’t have any dipping tools, you can easily coat the peanut butter balls in chocolate using a fork and toothpick. Simply toss each ball into the chocolate until fully coated. Use a fork to lift them out of the bowl, tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate. Then use another fork or a toothpick to slide them off of the fork onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (While the chocolate is still soft, you can decorate them with Christmas sprinkles.)

Once they’re all coated in chocolate, you will want to refrigerate them for thirty minutes so the chocolate can harden. If desired, drizzle your old-fashioned peanut butter balls with a different color of chocolate. And once they’re chilled, you can either enjoy them or leave them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them!

Chocolate Dipping Troubleshooting

  • Chocolate is too thick or not smooth: 1 teaspoon of Crisco or oil thins out the chocolate so it’s the best consistency for dipping. If you find your chocolate is still too thick, add a little more Crisco.
  • Chocolate is hardening before I’m finished: This is an easy fix! First, make sure you are working quickly. Second, keep the chocolate soft by re-heating in the microwave for 10 seconds or use a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, spoon the chocolate into a glass bowl and set it over a pot of simmering water. This keeps the chocolate slightly warm. Don’t let the water touch the bottom of the bowl.
  • Peanut butter filling is sticking: If the peanut butter filling is sticking to the dipping tool or fork, it’s actually too cold. Let the peanut butter balls sit for a few minutes at room temperature. The chocolate could also be too hot. Let it sit for a few minutes to slightly cool down, then try again.

More Amish Christmas Treat Recipes…

The Best Amish Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Soft and Chewy Amish Gingersnap Cookies Recipe

Date and Nut Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Sand Tart Cutout Cookies Recipe

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Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Homemade Rice Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

These Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Balls feature a smooth and creamy peanut butter filling, with an added crunchy texture from Rice Krispies, inside of a chocolate coating. Incredibly easy to make with just five simple ingredients!
Prep Time 15 mins
Chill: 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Candy, Snack
Cuisine Amish
Servings 25 balls
Calories 170 kcal


  • 1 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. rice crispy cereal
  • 2 c. melted chocolate, for dipping
  • sprinkles (if desired) or extra chocolate to drizzle on top


  • Melt the butter. Add peanut butter and stir until creamy.
  • Add confectioners sugar and stir to mix.
  • Add Rice Krispies and mix until incorporated.
  • Cover and chill for 30 minutes (to make it easier to handle).
  • Using a small cookie scoop or a spoon, divide the mixture into about 25 balls. Carefully roll between your hands to create balls. Place onto a parchment-lined tray.
  • Freeze for about 15 – 20 minutes, or refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
  • Melt chocolate (see above for more detailed instructions).
  • Dip the chilled peanut butter balls in melted chocolate. Place onto parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Enjoy!


Optional add-in: 1/2 c. chopped nuts
To add a festive touch, sprinkle with Christmas sprinkles while chocolate is still soft. Or chill the dipped balls and drizzle with white chocolate.
Keep stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to several weeks.


Serving: 1ballCalories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 109mgPotassium: 74mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 674IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Amish Candy Recipe, Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls, Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats
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