Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls dipped in chocolate are a tasty no bake treat. Perfect for a snack and DIY treat to share with friends.
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What Makes These Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Balls Dipped in Chocolate So Darn Snackable?
Rice Krispie Treats have been a favorite go-to snack for generations of children (and adults) because they are just about the perfect recipe. Parents love them because they are easy to make, convenient to pack, and halfway healthy. Kids simply love the taste.
But even the most beloved recipe can get stale over time; enter Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls. This recipe takes the idea of Rice Krispie Treats to the next level by using even more crave-worthy ingredients, including chocolate and peanut butter.
What Makes This Recipe So Unique?
While the original Rice Krispie Treats are made with only marshmallows and puffed rice, this version packs the treats with peanuts and peanut butter chips and then covers them with rich chocolate.
If you are a fan of peanut butter cups, then this recipe is bound to become a favorite. These snacks are perfect for packing as part of a kid's lunch, but they're sophisticated enough to bring along to a tailgate or serve at a game day party.
Ingredients For Rice Krispie Balls Dipped in Chocolate
To make these Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls, you'll need:
- Peanut butter chips
- Butter, unsalted
- Rice Krispies
- Powdered sugar
- Peanuts, chopped
- Chocolate chips
- Vegetable shortening
Any other puffed rice cereal will work in this recipe. Instead of vegetable shortening, you can use coconut oil or more butter.
How To Make Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Balls
To prepare these no bake Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls：
- Combine the peanut butter chips and butter in a double boiler. If you don't have a double boiler, you can make one by placing a metal mixing bowl on top of a pot of gently steaming water. Ensure the bowl's bottom is at least an inch above the water to prevent overheating.
- Stir the peanut butter chips and butter until smooth with a silicone spatula. Adjust the heat to prevent the water from reaching a simmer.
- Remove the mixing bowl from the heat and add the Rice Krispies and chopped peanuts. Sift the powdered sugar on top and stir well.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Form one-inch balls of the mixture by rolling it gently in your hands. Place the balls on the parchment-lined baking tray. You can help prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands by lightly coating them in vegetable oil.
- Melt the chocolate and vegetable shortening in a clean double boiler in the same ways as above. Stir well the chocolate mixture continuously with a silicone spatula.
- Stick a toothpick into each Rice Krispie Ball (or use a chocolate dipping tool) and dip it into the chocolate coating.
- Place the chocolate-covered ball on the parchment-lined baking tray and let it harden. The coating will harden quicker if you place the tray in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
You can get as creative as you want with this recipe. Try a few of these changes:
- Replace the chocolate coating with melted chocolate bark or white chocolate chips.
- Use crunchy peanut butter or swap the peanut butter for another type of nut butter.
- Freeze a bag of mini peanut buttercups and break them into small pieces. Substitute the broken peanut buttercups for the peanut butter chips.
For even more variety, you can check out these other Rice Krispie Treat recipes for inspiration:
- Cocoa Krispie Treats
- Fruity Pebbles Rice Krispie Treats
- Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats
- Rice Krispie Shake
- Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats
How To Store Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Balls
Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Balls will last about five days inside an airtight container. You don't need to put them in the fridge unless you are worried about the chocolate melting.
Freezing the balls can cause the chocolate to bloom, but you can freeze uncoated balls for up to three months in a freezer bag.
How Long Will No Bake Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls Last?
You can enjoy these snacks for up five days or freeze uncoated ones for up to three months. Oxygen and moisture are the biggest enemies of Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls.
Help them last longer by putting a piece of white bread and a food-safe oxygen absorber inside the airtight container with the snack.
Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls
- 1 package peanut butter chips
- ½ cup butter
- 2 cups Rice Krispies
- 1 cup coarsely chopped peanuts
- 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar sifted
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup vegetable shortening, coconut oil, or butter
- In a large saucepan, combine the peanut butter chips and butter. Stir over very low heat until the peanut butter chips melt and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat.
- Stir in the Rice Krispies, chopped peanuts, and sugar. Mix well. The mixture will be crumbly.
- Shape into 1-inch balls. Place the balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate chips and vegetable shortening together over low heat. Stir to combine.
- Dip balls into the chocolate and cover with chocolate.
- Place dipped balls on wax paper on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.