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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe is sweet and smooth with a crispy crunch. This No Bake family favorite is easy and delicious and always the first to disappear.

Side view of a stack of chocolate balls sitting on a white cake stand.

Peanut Butter Balls recipe is the first recipe that we make for the holidays. If we gave our family the choice for one holiday treat, this would be their choice.

This quick no bake recipe is easy to make ahead of time and can be doubled or tripled!

While No Bake Peanut Butter Balls are great any time of year, they make a great holiday gift and no cookie platter would be complete without them.

Our family has been making Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls for over 30 years!

Chocolate covered Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies are sweet and smooth with a delightful crispy crunch.

Top down view of three chocolate covered balls on a white plate with chocolate chips scattered around it.

Why we love Peanut Butter Balls.

  • They’re quick and easy to make.
  • There are a variety of ways to dress them up.
  • They don’t get stale like traditional cookies.
  • You can make them just as big or small as you want.
  • They can be made ahead of time.
  • They freeze beautifully.

Ingredients and Variations

  • Peanut Butter – We use smooth but crunchy would be delicious too.
  • Butter – We use real butter but you can use an alternative.
  • Powdered Sugar – We wouldn’t substitute. It blends well into this recipe.
  • Rice Krispie Cereal – There are variations of this cereal such as gluten-free and brown rice. We like the size, texture, and crispy crunch that this cereal adds so we don’t substitute.
  • Chocolate Chips – We used semi-sweet. Feel free to use milk chocolate or dark chocolate. You could also use chocolate almond bark, bar chocolate, candy melts, or chocolate wafers.
  • Paraffin wax – This is an optional ingredient that we use when using chocolate chips. We haven’t used it with chocolate chip alternatives. We will explain more about it.
  • Sprinkles or other decorative toppers – totally optional!
Top down view of chocolate peanut butter balls on a white cake stand over a blue and white napkin scattered with chocolate chips.

Why use Paraffin Wax in chocolate?

We’ve always used paraffin wax in our Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls recipe. Paraffin wax adds a glossy shine when melted with chocolate chips. It also helps the chocolate remain solid at room temperature.

Is Paraffin Wax safe to eat?

Food Grade paraffin wax is used in canning and making chocolate treats. Food Grade Paraffin wax is made with ingredients that pass through the body undigested and it has no nutritional value.

We use Gulf wax which is food grade and food safe.

Side view of a stack of chocolate balls sitting on a white cake stand over a blue and white napkin with chocolate chips scattered.

How to melt chocolate for dipping

You can use a double boiler, in a saucepan on the stove, or microwave for melting chocolate. We prefer to use a double boiler.

Note: Make sure that any equipment that you are using is totally dry. Water will cause chocolate to seize up into a clumpy mess.

To get smooth melted chocolate on the stove, melt slowly over low heat stirring occasionally in a double boiler.

When you use a double boiler, you want to fill the bottom pan with water but make sure the top pan isn’t touching the water. It should hover just above the water.

You can also make your own double boiler by setting a heatproof metal or glass bowl over a saucepan. Make sure you get a good fit so the top doesn’t slide. Sliding can cause an accident or cause burns from hot steam. Again, you want to put water in the bottom pan but don’t allow the top to sit in the water.

If you use your microwave, heat the chocolate at 50% power for 30-second intervals stirring in between.

If using paraffin wax, melt the wax and then add the chocolate chips.

The reason we prefer a double boiler is that once the chocolate is melted you can put it on a hot pad and it will keep the chocolate warm while you dip them. We are finished before our chocolate cools and becomes too solidified to dip.

How to dip Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

When the chocolate is melted, dip the chilled peanut butter balls into the chocolate. Turn the balls until thoroughly coated.

We remove them lifting them with a fork or tongs. We don’t pierce them which would cause them to crumble in the chocolate. 😢

Place the chocolate coated balls on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.

Allow the dipped balls to dry in a cool area, uncovered.

A chocolate peanut butter ball cut in half sitting on a white plate over a blue and white napkin.

How to make Peanut Butter Balls

  1. In a large bowl, add the melted butter and peanut butter. Stir in the powdered sugar and Rice Krispies cereal. Mix everything together. We use our hands to do this because the mixture is thick.
  2. Roll the filling into balls. You can make them as big or as small as you like. We prefer to make them about 1 tablespoon in size which is 2 to 3 bites and use a cookie scoop to speed them up.
  3. Chill for 30 minutes or make them one day and dip the next!
  4. Melt the paraffin wax (if using) and then add the chocolate, stirring occasionally until melted.
    • If you aren’t using paraffin wax, melt the chocolate using one of the methods described above.
  5. Dip the chilled balls into the melted chocolate and place them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.

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Can you freeze No Bake Peanut Butter Balls?

Absolutely! We will often make them in November and use them for our Christmas cookie platters.

They defrost at room temperature very quickly, but we love nibbling on them frozen too.

Not that I would know, but you can hide them in the freezer so none go to waste. They will last for several months in an air-tight container.

Pin this delicious chocolate treat!

Two photo collage for Pinterest. The top photo is a side view of a stack of chocolate balls sitting on a white cake stand and the bottom photo is a chocolate peanut butter ball cut in half sitting on a white plate.

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Side able of a stack of chocolate balls sitting on a white cake stand.
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5 from 3 votes

Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe is sweet and smooth with a crispy crunch. This No Bake family favorite is easy and delicious and always the first to disappear.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Chill time 30 mins
Servings 50
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

Filling

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 cups Rice Krispie Cereal

Chocolate

Instructions

Filling

  • In a large bowl combine the melted butter and the peanut butter and stir togather.
  • Add the powdered sugar and the Rice Krispies to the peanut butter mixture and stir together by hand.
  • Roll the filling into 1 tablespoon sized balls and place them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Chocolate coating

  • Melt the paraffin wax in a double boiler. When melted, add the chocolate chips. Heat over a low heat stirring occasionally until melted and smooth.

Assembly

  • Submerge the chilled peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate. Remove each ball with a pair of tongs or fork.
  • Place each chocolate peanut butter ball back on the wax paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Store in a cool place.

Notes

Peanut Butter Balls can be stored in a cool place in an airtight container or frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 221IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




MICHAELA KENKEL

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

made these yesterday and they were sensational! I loved that I could make them ahead and freeze them for my cookie trays!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

We love them too! Thank you!

Nikki Lee

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

These are the perfect sweet treat! We love peanut butter and chocolate at the Lee house!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Thank you! We love them too!

Deb Clark

Friday 20th of November 2020

I love the paraffin wax tip, I did not know that would make the chocolate so shiny! Great recipe, this is the perfect sweet treat!!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Thanks, Deb! We've always done it that way and love the shine it adds.