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Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls

"The first time I made this candy, I knew it was going to be a big hit," writes Janice Brightwell, Jeffersonville, Indiana. "My husband and friends agree it's the best they've ever tasted. It's quick and simple to prepare. I've been asked for the recipe countless times."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 1-1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 teaspoons shortening


  • In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter and marshmallow creme; add cereal and stir until well coated.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Roll cereal mixture into 1-in. balls. Dip in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on a waxed paper-lined pan. Refrigerate until set.
Editor's Note
Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 123 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Tony
    Jan 7, 2020

    OMG!!! These are so yummy in my tummy! I added a little bit more marshmallow and it came out so good! But without adding it, it would still be so good!

  • Ldeponceau
    Nov 26, 2019

    These are wonderful. My husband's favorite treat and he lived them. Easiest recipe I've ever made.

  • ETCastillo
    Mar 30, 2013

    These are fabulous! The crisp cereal gives them a wonderful crunch, different from any other peanut butter ball I have tried. Made them into an egg shape and pastel sprinkles for Easter.

  • mrsbates
    Dec 17, 2012

    These taste pretty good! I did add about 3/4 cup of finely crushed graham crackers to the mix. Makes quite a few...great for Christmas giving.

  • cmnelson5
    Dec 9, 2012

    This is on the "must make" every year for Christmas, since I found it in 2003! it is my husbands favorite.

  • jackie.baker
    Jul 5, 2012

    I've had different versions of peanut butter balls, these are by far the best!

  • juicyfruit007
    Nov 13, 2011

    These were good, but we didn't care for the consistency. Nothing crunchy at all about the filling! I'm not sure what happens to the rice cereal, but it must just disintegrate and get swallowed up by the pb and marshmallow. The filling was very marshmallowy feeling. Tasted fine, just wasn't our favorite. Maybe crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth would have helped a bit.

  • nls03071999
    Dec 23, 2010

    The absolute easiest and most delicious peanut butter balls ever! 5 stars NOT enough!

  • lindipally
    Dec 4, 2010

    Fabulous! These delicious peanut butter balls have been on my Christmas goodie list for many years! Everyone always raves about them and requests the recipe. Also, a favorite of my picky little son.

  • 2princesses2luv
    Feb 6, 2010

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