No Bake Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

Old-fashioned peanut butter balls are a Christmas tradition at our home. These no-bake chocolate coated peanut butter balls are so easy to make, using only 5 ingredients. That is one more ingredient then some recipes call for. We have always added Rice Krispies. They give these an extra crunch factor. And per usual, Bruce figured out a way to convert my mothers single batch to a big batch that has easy measurements.

Growing up in Kansas, my mother, Ida would make a big batch of these weeks before Christmas, and place them in large coffee cans with a lid. She would “hide” them in the freezer until Christmas Eve. Somehow when she got them out, the can would only be half full. All 7 of us kids would sneak a few out to snack on.

Ingredients you will need to make these Peanut Butter Balls:

  • Peanut butter: You’ll want to use a creamy peanut butter for this recipe. Do not use natural peanut butter, as it will not hold up and give the best texture.
  • Butter: Salted butter is the best, as it gives a hint of salty flavor to these, as well as allows the peanut butter balls to sit out on the counter, for a few days, rather than be refrigerated.
  • Powdered sugar: Also known as confectioners sugar or icing sugar.
  • Rice Krispies: We love the extra crunch that Rice Krispies add to these old-fashioned peanut butter balls. You can leave this out, if you do not have them on hand, and the result will be a smooth peanut butter centre.
  • Chocolate chips: We use a high quality semi-sweet chocolate chips for a nice contrast to the sweet filling.

Equipment you will need to make these Peanut Butter Balls:

  • Glass heat-proof bowl: We use a Pyrex bowl with a handle, for ease of getting it in and out of the microwave.
  • Large Mixing bowl: We use an over-sized lightweight metal bowl, but any large bowl will do.
  • Spatula: A rubber spatula works best to scrape down the peanut butter, and also stir the chocolate.
  • Tongs or Spoons: You will need kitchen tongs or a couple of spoons to remove the balls from the chocolate.
  • Cookie sheets: You will want 2 cookie sheets with sides (so the balls do not roll off!)
  • Parchment paper: We like to use the sheet variety that does not curl up


We like to add Christmas sprinkles to some of the peanut butter balls to make them festive. Be sure to sprinkle on right after you dip them in chocolate to make sure they stick to the chocolate.

Use crunchy peanut butter if you like more of a crunch and the taste of peanuts.

Coat with melted white chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips.


We like to store these in a cookie tin lined with foil. They will stay fresh up to 2 weeks in the fridge. (Don’t worry, they won’t last that long!)  Peanut butter balls can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.

old-fashioned peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate with sprinkles and one cut open on a plate with sprinkles

No Bake Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

This is a 5 ingredient no-bake recipe for the most delicious chocolate covered peanut butter balls!
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Course: Treats
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, peanut butter
Servings: 105
Calories: 197kcal
Author: Bruce and Dina Miller



Ingredients for the peanut butter balls:

  • 5 cups creamy peanut butter or 40 ounce jar
  • 2 sticks salted butter softened
  • 32 ounces powdered sugar
  • 4 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Ingredients to coat the peanut butter balls in chocolate:

  • 48 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips 4 bags
  • 2 tbsp sprinkles optional


  • Add the peanut butter, softened butter and half the powdered sugar to a large bowl. I like to mix with a wooden spoon, or clean hands. You can use a hand mixer, but that is just one more thing to clean up. After mixing to combine, add the rest of the powdered sugar, and mix till fully combined.
    5 cups creamy peanut butter, 2 sticks salted butter, 32 ounces powdered sugar
  • Now it is time to add the Rice Krispie cereal. We don't want to crush the cereal, so I mix this in gently with my hands.
    4 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes so that it is not too sticky to handle.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment, or foil. Roll peanut butter mixture into 1-inch sized balls. Place these on the cookie sheets.
  • Place the baking sheet back into fridge, or freezer. (Baking sheets fit easily into our freezer so I do this for just about 10 minutes)
  • Add 2 bags of chocolate chips to a heat-proof glass bowl. Place bowl in the microwave and set microwave to half power for 2 minutes. Careful remove bowl (it will be hot) and stir chips with a spatula or wooden spoon. Repeat half power for 1 minute intervals until chocolate is smooth and glossy. This may take about 4 minutes total microwave time.
    48 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Drop a few peanut butter balls into chocolate and remove them with kitchen tongs, or a spoon. Allow the chocolate to drip off, and place back on the cookie sheet. Repeat this till all the balls are covered. You may need to warm the chocolate a bit half way thru, if it starts to thicken.
  • Place trays of peanut butter balls back into fridge, or freezer to set up.
  • Repeat process by melting next 2 bags of chocolate chips and dip balance of peanut butter balls in the chocolate.


Serving: 2balls | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Megan Reply

    5 stars
    I’ve had the Miller’s peanut butter balls and they were amazing!!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply


      Loved hearing this. And guess what? I saved some in the freezer that have not been dipped in chocolate yet, so guess what I am gonna do this weekend? Treats for work next Monday! Yay!

      Thank you,

      Dina and Bruce

  2. Anjali Reply

    5 stars
    This was such an easy and fun dessert to make with my kids this evening!! We are taking dessert to a holiday get together tomorrow and this will be perfect!

  3. Ieva Reply

    5 stars
    Easy. Festive. Universally delicious. My nieces and my husband (and me, of course) love everything I cook from your blog! Thanks again, for another great recipe!

  4. Toni Reply

    5 stars
    No bake desserts are the best!! Thanks so much for the recipe!v

  5. Gianne Reply

    5 stars
    They are the perfect combination of creamy peanut butter and sweet chocolate. I can’t get enough of these delicious treats! They are truly a nostalgic treat that everyone will love.

  6. Nikki Reply

    5 stars
    These classic no bake peanut butter balls are just what my Holiday table needs. They are so easy to make, and I know everyone will love them.

  7. Chenee Reply

    5 stars
    My daughter and I are having a Christmas treat making day today and this was exactly the sort of thing I was looking for. Thank you!

  8. Casey Reply

    5 stars
    OOH I think I’ll make these for the company Christmas party. They look delicious!

  9. Dana Reply

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for giving me a piece of my childhood! I loved these when I as a kid, and of course still do. They hit JUST the same as an adult. This recipe is fantastic.

  10. Traci Reply

    5 stars
    These are on our regular holiday rotation and always remind me of my childhood. They’re so easy to make and always disappear. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Kim Reply

    5 stars
    I’m making a few batches of these and gifting them to the neighbors, the postal guy, the teachers, etc for the holidays. They’re absolutely delicious and look so festive!

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