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5 from 11 votes

Peanut Butter Balls

Easy to make!
Prep Time18 mins
2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 18 mins
Course: candy
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Peanut Butter Balls
Servings: 10 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 2 cups crunchy peanut butter could use smooth
  • 1 stick butter or margarine or 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons
  • 2 cups confectioners powdered sugar
  • 2 cups rice krispies
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening Optional (This is solid shortening like Crisco and you cannot substitute butter or margarine)


  • Melt the peanut butter and butter together. (You can do it over low heat on the stove or in the microwave. I do mine 2 minutes in the microwave) Mix together the powdered sugar and the rice krispies.  Mix the sugar and krispies with the melted peanut butter and butter.  I just use a wooden spoon to mix them together. Form into balls about 1 inch in size or whatever size you like.
  • Cover a baking sheet with wax paper and place peanut butter balls on the sheet and chill in the refrigerator for about an hour.  Melt the chocolate and shortening either on the stove or in the microwave. I do it in the microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes and stir well.  Dip peanut butter balls into chocolate and place back on cookie sheet. Keep chilled until firm or about an hour. Makes 3 dozen depending on size you make them.


The addition of shortening creates a smoother and more manageable consistency than melted chocolate alone. Doing this helps to make a more evenly coated product.