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crispy peanut butter balls or bars

(5 ratings)
Recipe by
Chris T.
East Hampton, NY

I have not found anyone that doesn't love these and so many people can't figure out what makes them crispy inside. I know everyone has a "buckeye ball" recipe and some call for crushed graham crackers and some people just make them with peanut butter,butter and powdered sugar. I am NOT a fan of the weird gritty feel of the graham cracker so I was happy to find this recipe many years ago and it has never failed me. I make these bite size so this recipe makes 100+ balls. You can make them egg shaped for easter or heart shaped for Valentines day instead of buying expensive peanutbutter cups.

(5 ratings)
yield serving(s)

Ingredients For crispy peanut butter balls or bars

  • 2 stick
    butter, very soft or melted
  • 2 c
    creamy peanut butter
  • 3 3/4 c
    powdered sugar
  • 3 c
    rice krispies cereal
  • chocolate bark, for melting and coating(i have used white bark also)
  • shortening or wax if you usually use this in your melted chocolate* optional*

How To Make crispy peanut butter balls or bars

  • 1
    In a large bowl, blend together butter, peanut butter and sugar until smooth.Fold in cereal, stirring as little as possible, to prevent cereal from being crushed too much.
  • 2
    If making balls: Roll mixture into ¾” to 1” balls, and place on waxed paper lined tray. If making bars: Press the mixture into a buttered 9x13 pan.
  • 3
    Melt candy bars or chips(I break bars up into pieces and microwave until melted – you must be very careful not to overcook, or chocolate will turn into a grainy mess. Stir after the first minute of cooking on High, then keep stirring every 15 seconds until all is melted.* make sure the bowl is completely dry before putting the chocolate in it because the slightest bit of water will seize the chocolate and it will be ruined*
  • 4
    Balls:I use 2 forks or a toothpick to dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate, dipping one at a time. HINT - the chocolate will adhere much better, with less mess and dripping, if you freeze the balls before dipping them - then take out about a dozen at a time to dip. When the warm melted chocolate meets the frozen peanut butter ball, the chocolate will harden around it much quicker. Bars: Spread the melted chocolate on the peanut butter mixture.
  • 5
    Drop the ball onto waxed paper; repeat until all balls are dipped.
  • 6
    Let balls set, to allow chocolate to harden again, before storing them in a covered container, with wax paper between layers.
  • 7
    Bars:The rice crispy cereal in these tends to get “soggy’ if left out at room temperature, so I store mine in a covered container in the refrigerator, taking them out just before serving.