No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls


If you've always wanted to try your hand at candy-making, no-bake peanut butter balls are the perfect place to start. You don't need a candy thermometer (in fact, you don't even need to turn on your oven!).

No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
110 mins
Cool Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
50 peanut butter balls


  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 cup crispy rice cereal

  • 2 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped

  • 8 ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • 8 ounce chocolate-flavor candy coating

  • 1 tablespoon shortening


  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat peanut butter and butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in powdered sugar and unsweetened cocoa powder on low speed until combined. Using a wooden spoon stir in rice cereal and 1 cup of the chopped peanuts. Cover and chill for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

  2. With buttered hands, shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Place balls on prepared baking sheet; chill for 30 minutes.

  3. In a small heavy saucepan heat and stir semisweet chocolate, chocolate candy coating, and shortening over low heat until melted and smooth. Cool about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.

  4. Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper. Using a fork, dip chilled balls, one at a time, into chocolate mixture, allowing excess to drip off. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each ball immediately with about 1/2 teaspoon of the remaining chopped peanuts. Chill balls about 20 minutes or until firm.

To Store:

Place peanut butter balls in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

136 Calories
10g Fat
12g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 136
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 62mg 1%
Folate, total 8.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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