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 spending time at my Amish grandma's house before the Christmas holidays. Every year, we went to her house for a 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 kinds of 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 for Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies
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. Then place them onto a parchment-lined tray.
The balls need to be nice and firm before dipping. So you can either freeze the balls for fifteen to twenty minutes or refrigerate them for an hour or more. They can also be mixed a day ahead and refrigerated overnight.
Dipping Rice Crispy Peanut Butter Balls into Chocolate
Once your peanut butter balls are well-chilled, coat them in melted chocolate.
Chocolate bark, or wafers that are designed for melting, is the best to use for dipping.
I used semi-sweet chocolate bark for this recipe because it’s not too sweet and not too bitter. However, if you prefer, you can use milk, white, or dark chocolate instead.
If you're going to use chocolate chips, make sure to use a good brand. (I don't recommend using store-brand chocolate chips, as they don't melt properly.) And you may need to add a teaspoon of Crisco to help create a smooth texture.
Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at thirty-minute intervals, or use a double boiler to melt it. 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, and 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 about 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 reheating it 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 though.
- Peanut butter filling is sticking: If the peanut butter filling is sticking to the dipping tool or fork, it’s 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.
I hope you enjoy these old-fashioned peanut butter balls! Let me know in the comments below.
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Homemade Rice Crispy Peanut Butter Balls
- 3 Tbsp. melted butter
- 1 c. creamy peanut 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.3 Tbsp. melted butter, 1 c. creamy peanut butter
- Add confectioners sugar and stir to mix.1/2 c. powdered sugar
- Add Rice Krispies and mix until incorporated.1 c. rice crispy cereal
- 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).2 c. melted chocolate, for dipping
- Dip the chilled peanut butter balls in melted chocolate. Place onto parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Perhaps you addressed this but I did not see it. May I make this recipe as bars (in a square pan) instead of balls? I am afraid I will not do an adequate job making peanut butter balls dipped in melted chocolate. I would appreciate your response and I shall thank you in advance. I really want to make this.
I suppose you could try it. But I will say, they are probably a bit soft and messy to eat with your hands without the chocolate coating. If I wanted bars, I'd probably find a different recipe. Did you see my Crunch Bars Recipe? It has a thin cake on bottom, then topped with marshmallows and peanut butter, rice krispie, chocolate topping.