Just to be clear, these aren’t your average peanut butter balls. Their consistency and flavor isn’t like a Buck Eye or the popular No-bake Reese’s Cup Copy-Cat peanut butter bars. In my opinion they’re even better! I realize this is a bold claim, but hear me out. The sweetness and flavor from the coconut along with the crunch from the Rice Krispies and chunky peanut butter gives these Peanut Butter Balls a unique flavor that’s really, really scrumptious.
The pictures show them dipped in white chocolate. They taste great in white chocolate but they are also delicious in regular chocolate, milk or dark, and even melted butterscotch chips give a coating that is surprisingly complimentary and delicious. You can choose one coating to dip them in, or a couple different ones. I usually melt some white and chocolate almond bark and some butterscotch chips so we can have a variety.
The batch makes anywhere from 60-100 peanut butter balls depending on how big you choose to make them. I usualyl do tablespoon size balls and get about 85.
I mentioned that I use almond bark for dipping. I love using almond bark because it is so easy to work with and I have never ever had it seize up on me in the melting process.
Chocolate chips or butterscotch chips are usually not a problem either you just have to add a little oil (canola or vegetable, or shortening) while you are melting them in the microwave and do it is small time increments. Using a double broiler on the stove is another option that as long as you are careful and don’t heat it to far you won’t have a problem with the chocolate seizing.
There is also something called Paraffin Wax that you can add to the chocolate to give it a thicker, shell feeling, but I never do. If you have some or want to try it, you add 1 tsp of it melted into your melted chocolate. (Just make sure it’s food grade paraffin wax.)
One tip when dipping chocolates like this is to form the peanut butter balls and then put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before dipping. Freezing them like this helps them keep their shape better when they hit the warm chocolate and it also helps the chocolate set up faster. I line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, roll them out on it and stick the whole thing in the freezer. I use the same cookie sheet and parchment paper to put them on to dry after I dip them.
I like to add sprinkles that make them festive for whatever holiday is near. I obviously made these around valentines but you can use red and green sprinkles at Christmas time. They make a nice gift for teachers and neighbors. If you are going to add sprinkles you have to move kind of quickly because the chocolate sets up fast when you are dipping frozen peanut butter balls.
It can be a little intense for one person, so I usually enlist a kid to sprinkle as I go along dipping. It can be a fun family activity. My kids think its the best thing in the world to be on sprinkle duty!
This recipe is extra special to me because I got it from a sweet little old lady when we lived in Arkansas. I am so sad that I can’t remember her name. It’s been over ten years ago and my memory is terrible.
She is the same person who gave me the Mexican Casserole recipe that I love and adore and I know many of you do too. She was a great cook and such a sweetheart. She would make the Mexican Casserole every month when we had a linger-longer lunch at church. She was also famous for these Peanut Butter Balls. She called them Bon Bon’s and did a demonstration on how to make them at one of our church ladies meetings.
I love how living in so many different places during the beginning of our marriage brought so many amazing people into my life and so many amazing recipes! It brings me so much happiness every time I make a recipe that was given to me by someone I love that I no longer live near. It is such a blessing in my life to have had the opportunity to live in so many different area’s of the country! I can’t imagine things any other way!
Which remind me, I would love, love, love to get some of your favorite recipes. Nothing makes me happier then a new delicious recipe…I’m pretty sure this means I need to get a life, but non-the-less, it’s my truth!!! Leave them in the comments or shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be ecstatic to get your favorites!
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup softened butter
- 1 cup chunky peanut butter (you can use creamy but I like the little chunks of peanuts for crunch)
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 2 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
- Chocolate chips or Almond Bark for dipping. White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chololate or Butterscotch chips.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the powdered sugar, softened butter, peanut butter, coconut and Rice Krispies. Mix well.
- Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.
- Using a small cookie scoop or a regular spoon, form mixture into tbsp sized balls. You can make them bigger or small if you prefer, but I find tbsp size to be perfect. Roll it carefully in your hands to make smooth circles. If it is sticking to your hands try freezing it for a few minutes before forming into balls.
- Place formed balls an inch apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Once all the balls are formed place entire cookie sheet in the freezer for 30-60 minutes.
- Right before you pull them out to dip, prepare your chocolate or almond bark for dipping.
- Use small glass dishes to melt your chocolate or almond bark in the microwave. remember to add a tsp of canola or vegetable oil if you are using chocolate chips. This will help them not seize. Microwave in short increments and stir in between until chocolate is melted.
- Use a fork or toothpick to help you dip each chocolate. Gently shake off excess chocolate and place carefully back on the prepared cookie sheet that the other balls are on.
- If you want to add sprinkles add them now before the chocolate sets. It is nice to have a second pair of hands to help with sprinkles, it's a great job for kids.
- Let dipped peanut butter balls set. I like to move each one to a mini cupcake line as pictured. Store in airtight container at room temperature. They can also be kept in the fridge if desired. Peanut butter balls should stay good for up to 2 weeks.