Table of Contents
  1. What ingredients are in this recipe?
  2. What is a peanut butter ball?
  3. Watch how to make these peanut butter balls
  4. Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

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All foods we consume have some sort of food memory. Christmastime adds an entire extra level of nostalgic memory and these peanut butter balls are my favorite memory of my grandma. Grandma did not make endless amounts of Christmas candy, but she did spend time making peanut butter balls.

Any baked good or candy can become a Christmas staple when you remember it being made around the holidays. For me, these are still only made at Christmas in my house as a special homage to Grandma. I think we save things that take a little extra time at Christmas because it makes them all the more special.

Top down view of chocolate peanut butter balls with sea salt flaked on top all on wood board

What ingredients are in this recipe?

  • Peanut butter. This is not a time to get all foodie and use artisan peanut butter. The traditional, smooth and creamy peanut butter works best here. Traditional peanut butters will have stabilizers and provide the best texture. Artisan varieties could separate and degrade.
  • Butter. Since there are few ingredients in these, good quality butter goes a long way in making sure the flavor is present. The butter also keeps the candy at the correct consistency so it is always a perfect bite.
  • Powdered sugar. Aside from sweetening the candy, powdered sugar is what binds all of the ingredients together for a firm but soft filling.
  • Rice cereal. If you haven’t had rice cereal in peanut butter balls, this may be a unique addition. This ingredient adds a perfect, crackly crunch to the candy and a break from a dense heavy filling.
  • Chocolate. Quality is also key when it comes to chocolate. Good bittersweet chocolate will offset the sweet filling and give an intense chocolate flavor without overpowering the filling.
Hand holding peanut butter ball covered in chocolate with bite taken out with other peanut butter balls sitting on wood board

What is a peanut butter ball?

Peanut butter balls are the original peanut butter-filled chocolate candy we all know and love. The best part is that this candy recipe has more flavor than store-bought varieties. There are two types of this candy:

  • The first is more of a buckeye-style peanut butter ball, which is partially dipped in chocolate exposing some of the filling to look like a buckeye. The filling on this version is pretty dense.
  • The second is a fully dipped peanut butter ball with a filling that could be either dense or made with rice cereal for added texture.

This recipe is made with rice cereal. And if you ask me, once you have these, you’ll want nothing else!

Peanut butter ball covered in chocolate cut in half and sitting on wood cutting board with other peanut butter balls all around

Watch how to make these peanut butter balls

Peanut butter ball cut in half sitting on wood board

Peanut Butter Balls

4.38 from 40 votes
There's something special about simple ingredients that turn into a decadent treat. That's exactly what happens with these peanut butter balls made from smooth peanut butter, rice cereal, and chocolate. These are perfect for the holidays!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 60 servings


  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 cups rice cereal
  • 1 lb bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil


  • In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter and melted butter. Stir until combined and smooth. Stir in the vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix until incorporated. Add in the rice cereal and combine until evenly mixed.
    2 cups peanut butter, ½ cup butter, 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract, 3 ½ cups powdered sugar, 3 cups rice cereal
  • Using a 1 tbsp-size cookie scoop, make the balls. Roll in hands to create smooth, even balls and set on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Once all balls are made, set in the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes.
  • While the balls are chilling, melt the chocolate with coconut oil in a bain-marie.
    1 lb bittersweet chocolate, 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Once the chocolate and coconut oil are melted, remove the peanut butter balls from the refrigerator. One at a time, roll the balls in the melted chocolate, allowing the excess chocolate to drip off. Set the dipped balls back on the parchment paper and sprinkle with flaky salt. Cool for 10 minutes and enjoy.


  • These can be stored in an airtight container and kept chilled for 2 weeks.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 71kcal
Course Candy
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Mixing

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  1. 5 stars
    Better than I remember. I grew up with these so was excited to see Kaleb bringing them back! Easy for the kids to help with, too!!

  2. 5 stars
    I can attest to the perfection of these peanut butter balls. I began making these while in 7th grade, 1973. I have made them at Christmas almost yearly since, maybe missed 3 Christmas’s. They are so yummy. Thanks for the video, love watching you get excited over Grandma’s recipes

  3. 5 stars
    These are great!! My husband and daughter have peanut allergies. I was able to make with plain sunbutter and just added about 1/2 cup extra rice crispies. Delicious! They are wonderful with regular peanut butter!! Just thought I’d share that they can also be made for folks with nut allergies. 5 stars!

  4. 5 stars
    Outstanding recipe, thanks! I made the peanut butter balls today, they are easy, delicious and appear as though they were purchased from a confectionery store. I used a Wilton candy dipping tool, which made it a breeze.

  5. This was so easy and they tasted great! They are exactly as I remember them growing up. Classic recipe and helpful instruction. Thanks!

  6. Kaleb,
    I Iove watching you and i love how homey everything is! I’m doing a beef tenderloin this Christmas and your video was so helpful.
    Thank you so much!

  7. Our preschoolers made these yesterday as presents for mom and dad! They have been strengthening their fine motor skills by rolling play dough balls and were great at making peanut butter choc balls for gifts! Thank you

  8. Looking forward to trying this. Watched your video on it. Going to make them heart healthy with 70 % dark chocolate and no butter or coconut oil. Going to stick with the olive oil. I will let you know how they turn out!

  9. Hi there sweetie,
    Thanks for sharing all this , I have not tried them yet but I will I a few days, merry Christmas & Happy new year Thanks so much sweetie for your recipes

  10. 5 stars
    I made these for my big family Christmas party last Saturday. It was a hit. They are so delicious with that sprinkle of salt on top. Thank you for this yummy recipe.

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve made these a few times and are a big hit with family at Christmas. Absolutely delicious. I’m wondering if they can be frozen after they’ve been dipped in chocolate?