Food You Can Eat: Peanut Butter Balls

DANGER: You Will Not Be Able To Stop Eating These

This recipe is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

First things first:  This recipe is kick ass.  Full Stop.

A caveat before we get started:  Again, this recipe calls for a Hershey’s chocolate bar, but that’s bullshit.  I used Lindt, along with Ghirardelli chocolate chips, and the result was almost mystical.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Lb. Powdered Sugar (what, you don’t have a kitchen scale?  Get one.)

3 Cups Rice Krispies

1 16 oz. Jar Crunchy Peanut Butter

1 Stick Butter, melted

2 Tbsp. Vegetable Shortening

1 Giant Hershey Bar, plain

1 16 oz. Pkg. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

In a large bowl, mix powdered sugar, Rice Krispies and peanut butter by hand with a mixer because that’s why God made Kitchen Aids.  Pour melted butter on top and mix by hand thoroughly.  There is no downside to using an electric stand mixer.

If I had mixed this by hand, the butter wouldn’t have been as evenly distributed and the balls would have been harder to form.

Form into small balls and place on wax paper.  This is harder than it sounds.  The mixture is pretty dry and prone to crumbling, so don’t think you can just roll your hands and make these.  The technique to form the balls is a combination of crushing everything together with the palms of your hands and then forming the ball shape with the fingertips of one hand while cupping the ball in the palm of your other hand.

These are about 1.5 inches in diameter.

Using a double boiler, melt shortening.  When melted, add Hershey bar and chocolate chips.  Stir until thoroughly combined.

Yes, I could eat this straight.

Using a teaspoon, dip each ball into the melted chocolate and place on wax paper.  Chill.

Waiting for these to chill was the longest 30 minutes of my life.

I am definitely making this recipe again.  These are mind-blowing.

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  1. One of my college buddies’ mom made these, called them “Buckeyes“, and they were freaking addictive. We were likely to consume them to the point that we would contemplate throwing up to alleviate our troubled stomachs.

    • I make buckeyes every year – they are freaking delicious but usually 1 is enough for me then my teeth hurt. I make them for my annual cookie exchange and I think there would be a riot if I tried to make something else.


    • Buckeyes are just slightly different. The main difference being that they don’t contain Rice Krispies, but there are also differences in how the chocolate is applied. When I visited an old friend in OH in October I made a point of asking his mother for her buckeyes recipe because I’d had hers 25 years ago and I still remember how awesome they were.
      Once I’m done with my grandmother’s recipes I’ll do the buckeyes.

  2. Oh my god, that looks amazing!  In the spirit of Xmas though, how about something for @KeitelBlacksmith ?

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    • They look like a good dirt and worms delivery device. 🤪

    • Apple slices are nature’s candy!

      • I hate raw apples. But dried with a little cinnamon – yum!

    • Someone’s getting coal or dog crap from the Secret Santa.

  3. Damn… you got your peanut butter in my holiday chocolate!

  4. Did I never share almost an identical recipe here? I think I must have done it on CLT back in the day. I’m always happy when I see other people making these because they are so delicious, everyone loves them, and they’re pretty damn easy to make. We always called them Christmas peanut butter balls.

    I don’t use shortening in mine though. Just pb, butter, powdered sugar, and rice krispies (though this year I bought a generic store brand because fuck Kellogg). Then coat them in melted chocolate. The original recipe (I think this might have been one from my great grandmother) called for adding paraffin to the chocolate, but uh, I don’t feel great about that.

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