No Bake Peanut Butter Balls
No bake peanut butter balls are made with only five ingredients—peanut butter, butter, Rice Krispies, confectioners’ sugar and chocolate. They are so easy to make and a crowd pleaser!
The 25 Days of Christmas Baking continues with Day 17. Peanut butter balls are one of the easiest treats to make. My mom makes dozens of them every Christmas and gifts them to neighbors and friends. All you need is creamy peanut butter, butter, confectioner’s sugar, Rice Krispies and chocolate.
Why this recipe works: The dynamic duo of peanut butter and chocolate is irresistible, especially with the sweet and salty combination going on. The recipe is no bake and yields plenty of peanut butter balls to share.
Overview: How to Make Peanut Butter Balls
- Make the dough: Mix the peanut butter and butter first, then beat in the confectioner’s sugar until smooth and finish off by stirring in the Rice Krispies by hand.
- Form balls: Scoop the mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Chill the balls: Place baking sheet in the refrigerator for 1 hour or the freezer for 10 minutes. This will help the balls keep their round shape.
- Melt the chocolate: Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat it at 50% power level for 1 to 2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir until melted.
- Dip the balls: Use two forks or dipping tools to dip the chilled peanut butter balls in chocolate. Add sprinkles immediately after if desired.
Tips for dipping peanut butter balls
If you want peanut butter balls to look, well, like balls then I have a few tips for you. First off, use good quality chocolate (I like Ghirardelli). The chocolate melts more evenly and comes out smooth when dipped. For tips on melting chocolate, check out my post for how to melt chocolate. If at any point the chocolate is starting to thicken up and harden, return it to the microwave for 15 seconds at 50% power level.
When dipping the balls, tap the dipping tool on the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate then use a toothpick or knife to remove excess on the bottom. The toothpick/knife also helps cleanly transfer the peanut butter back to the baking sheet. Remember to immediately add the sprinkles as the chocolate will harden up quickly.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best peanut butter to use? Creamy peanut butter is the way to go. Avoid any peanut butters that is separated in the jar (where the oil is on top). Opt for a peanut butter that is “no-stir.” I typically use Skippy All Natural. You can also use crunchy peanut butter, but the balls won’t form a perfect sphere.
Do peanut butter balls need Rice Krispies? In my opinion, Rice Krispies is what makes these peanut butter balls better than most. They add a crisp texture to each bite and makes the peanut butter slightly less overwhelming. When adding them in, stir gently and avoid over mixing so the cereal maintains its texture. If you don’t like the texture, you can leave them out.
How to store peanut butter balls: Store in an airtight container or holiday tin at room temperature for a week or in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
Can you freeze peanut butter balls? Yes, place the balls in an airtight container or plastic bag with parchment between layers so the balls don’t stick together. Freeze for up to 3 months. Alternatively, you can freeze the dough before rolling it into ball (also for 3 months).
Related peanut butter recipes
I think we can all agree that peanut butter and chocolate is the ultimate duo, right? Here are a few of my favorite recipes featuring the killer combo…
- Peanut butter blossoms are a favorite when it comes to Christmas cookies!
- Chocolate peanut butter bars have a shortbread crust, peanut butter filling and chocolate topping.
- Chocolate covered peanut butter popsicles are an easy and fun dessert year round!
No bake peanut butter balls always seem to disappear within days. If that is any indication of how good they are, then I highly recommend making them for Christmas! Don’t forget to save a handful for yourself. Trust me, you will want them!
Peanut Butter Balls
- 1 ½ cups (400 g) no-stir creamy peanut butter, (one 16 ounce jar)
- 3 cups (360 g) confectioner's sugar
- ½ cup (113 g or 1 stick) unsalted butter,, room temperature
- 2 cups (50 g) Rice Krispies
- 2 cups (350 g) dark chocolate chips,, for dipping
- In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine peanut butter and butter. Slowly add confectioner’s sugar and then Rice Krispies. Mixing just until combined.
- Place mixture in refrigerator until firm, about 45 minutes.
- Take chilled mixture and scoop a full tablespoon. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in freezer for at least 30 minutes to prevent misshaped balls.
- When ready to dip balls, prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave on 50% power level. Start with 1 minute, stir the chips. Repeat on 50% power level, stirring every 20 seconds until smooth.
- Dip balls in melted chocolate and transfer to lined baking sheet. Immediately add sprinkles if desired. Once all the balls are covered in chocolate, place in fridge to firm up. Store in an air tight container in the fridge or at room temperature.
- Measuring confectioners’ sugar: I’ve done this recipe with sifted and unsifted confectioners’ sugar—both work well! Just be sure to measure before sifting.
- Tips for melting chocolate: If the chocolate starts to firm up during the dipping process, place back in the microwave for another 20 seconds. Never add water to melted chocolate!
- Tips for dipping balls in chocolate: I use these dipping tools to dip any type of truffle in chocolate. The tools make it easier and make a nice smooth, rounded finish on each ball. Scrape the bottom of the balls with the skewer or tooth pick to remove excess chocolate before placing on prepared baking sheet.
- Store peanut butter balls in an airtight container with parchment paper between layers. Keep at room temperature or in the fridge for up to a week. Peanut butter balls can also be stored in the freezer for up to a month.