No Bake Peanut Butter Balls {Sweet & Crunchy!}


Peanut Butter Balls are one of those treasured Christmas cookie recipes that will end up being a family tradition. This recipe is our favorite with a creamy peanut butter filling (that get a crunch from rice krispies) wrapped in a chocolate coating. 

Similar to buckeyes but with a delicious crunch, dip them in chocolate as you would a chocolate truffle or even add a few sprinkles on top. You’ll definitely want to add this recipe to your Christmas Cookie Favorites!

Peanut butter balls piled up on a plate.

Easy No Bake Treats

Fudge and candies like Oreo Truffles and toffee are a favorite around here. Of course, we love to bake traditional favorites like chocolate crinkle cookies or shortbread cookies, but filling in your holiday baking with no-bake favorites will free up the oven!

Tips For Peanut Butter Balls

  • The dough will be soft and sticky and it must be chilled before rolling.
  • If it’s still too sticky, add more powdered sugar.
  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler for best results. (If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a bowl and a saucepan. See below for directions)
  • Do not get water in your chocolate or it will seize up.
  • Dough can be made days ahead of time and refrigerated.

Left image - dry ingredients in a glass bowl with melted peanut butter mixture being poured in. Right image - peanut butter ball ingredients all mixed together.

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

In just a few easy steps these sweet morsels will be ready to freeze… or sample!

  1. Melt butter and peanut butter together in a saucepan on med/low heat.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar, rice krispies, graham crumbs. Roll into 1-inch balls and chill.
  3. Dip Peanut Butter Balls in melted chocolate, according to recipe directions below! Chill and serve.

Peanut butter balls being dipped in chocolate.

How to Dip Peanut Butter Balls

Melt Chocolate

Double Boiler is my preferred method as the chocolate is smooth and it says melted longer.

  • If you don’t have a double boiler, place a glass bowl in a pot with water. Ensure the water is not touching the bowl and allow the water to simmer. The steam will heat the bowl melting the chocolate perfectly).

Microwave melting is another option.

  • Place chocolate in a microwaveable bowl with coconut oil or butter.
  • Melt on 60% power stirring every 20-30 seconds.
  • Remove when chips are almost, but not entirely melted, and stir until lumps disappear.

To Dip

Make sure your dough is cold! The best way to dip these peanut butter balls in chocolate is to use a fork (unless you have these fancy dipping tools, of course). If you don’t have a slotted spoon, just balance peanut butter balls on a fork and dip, or, use two toothpicks, skewers or chopsticks.

Be sure to allow any excess to drip off and place on a parchment lined pan.

Other Toppings

You can fancy up this candy to make a super holiday treasure!

  • Drizzle with white chocolate or peanut butter chips.
  • Get creative and use food coloring to dye melted white chocolate red and green! Using a piping bag, create pretty designs like holly, berries, or candy cane stripes.
  • After dipping, sprinkle each candy with pretty sprinkles, nonpareils, coarse salt or crushed Oreo crumbs. Anything that goes with chocolate and peanut butter is an option!

Peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate and set on a baking tray to harden.

How to Store Them

These delicious no-bake delights can be stored at room temperature on the counter, especially if you used shelf-stable peanut butter. If they get melty looking, just pop them back in the fridge to firm them up!

  • Fridge: Store for up to two weeks in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  • Freezer: These are great make-ahead treats; they can be frozen in tins or Tupperware for up to 6 months. Line the container with wax paper first, and make sure to put a sheet between layers, as well.

Peanut Butter Balls

Chill 2 hours

Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Servings 24 peanut butter balls

Peanut Butter Balls are one of those treasured Christmas cookie recipes that will end up being a family tradition.

  • 2 cups peanut butter creamy or chunky
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1/3 cup graham crumbs
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

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  1. Combine peanut butter and butter in a saucepan and melt over medium heat.

  2. Stir in powdered sugar, Rice Krispies and graham crumbs.

  3. Roll into 1″ balls and place on a baking sheet. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

  4. Melt chocolate chips at 50% power in the microwave until almost smooth. Stir in coconut oil.

  5. Dip peanut butter balls into the chocolate mixture allowing excess to drip off. Place on a parchment lined pan and cool completely.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 305, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 154mg, Potassium: 230mg, Carbohydrates: 25g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 18g, Protein: 7g, Vitamin A: 281%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 21%, Iron: 2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Peanut Butter Balls

Chill 2 hours

Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Servings 24 peanut butter balls

Peanut Butter Balls are one of those treasured Christmas cookie recipes that will end up being a family tradition.

  • 2 cups peanut butter creamy or chunky
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1/3 cup graham crumbs
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

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  1. Combine peanut butter and butter in a saucepan and melt over medium heat.

  2. Stir in powdered sugar, Rice Krispies and graham crumbs.

  3. Roll into 1″ balls and place on a baking sheet. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

  4. Melt chocolate chips at 50% power in the microwave until almost smooth. Stir in coconut oil.

  5. Dip peanut butter balls into the chocolate mixture allowing excess to drip off. Place on a parchment lined pan and cool completely.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 305, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 154mg, Potassium: 230mg, Carbohydrates: 25g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 18g, Protein: 7g, Vitamin A: 281%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 21%, Iron: 2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Peanut butter balls piled up on a plate.
Right photo hows peanut butter balls piled on a plate. Top right shows a ball being dipped in chocolate. Bottom right shows the balls setting on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Top photo shows dry ingredients in a glass bowl with melted peanut butter mixture being poured in. Bottom photo shows peanut butter balls piled on a parchment lined plate.





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