Peanut Butter-Milk Chocolate Rice Krispies® Balls


A mixture of Rice Krispies® cereal, peanut butter, and powdered sugar is molded into balls and dipped in melted milk chocolate--in other words, the best homemade candy you ever did have.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
36 balls


  • 2 cups smooth peanut butter

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 3 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal®)

  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies®)

  • 3 cups milk chocolate chips

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening

  • ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt, or to taste


  1. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Beat peanut butter and butter together in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar and beat until smooth. Add vanilla extract and kosher salt and beat until combined. Add rice cereal and mix on low to combine; mixture will be quite thick.

  3. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls and place on one of the prepared sheets. Place in the freezer briefly while you make the chocolate coating.

  4. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl in a microwave on high power in 20-second bursts, mixing after each.

  5. Dip the cereal balls in the melted chocolate and place on the clean parchment-lined pan. You can use two forks to help you cover the balls in chocolate and move them to the prepared pan. Sprinkle with sea salt.

  6. Let them set up, about 40 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can speed up the setting up process up by placing them in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

248 Calories
16g Fat
25g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 248
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 185mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 97mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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