Rice Crispy Peanut Butter Balls . . . these easy no-bake treats are crunchy, chewy, and downright irresistible! Everyone loves these candies.
Easy Rice Krispy Peanut Butter Balls
When I was looking through my archives, I was surprised that I hadn’t posted this easy recipe for crispy peanut butter balls. It is one I got in a home ec class back in middle school. They’ve been a family favorite for decades!
My teacher called them peanut butter yummies, but they are like a rice crispy treat with peanut butter. I’ll take these peanut butter balls over rice crispy treats any day!
This recipe is really easy to throw together, and it’s perfect for summer because you don’t have to turn on the oven. So if your kids are begging for a treat this summer, try these out. Or even better, have the kids make them!
We like them just as they are, but you can also dip them into chocolate.
How to make Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies
- corn syrup
- powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
- peanut butter (we prefer crunchy peanut butter)
- vanilla extract
- crispy rice cereal
These peanut butter balls are SO easy to make, and they require no baking. Bring corn syrup and sugar to a boil, then add peanut butter and vanilla extract. Stir in the Rice Krispies.
After they cool down a bit,I just roll them into one to two inch balls.. Simple, right? And they get gobbled up everywhere I take them!
FAQ About Rice Crispy Peanut Butter Candies:
Q: How do I store these peanut butter candies?
A: I put them in a ziplock bag or airtight container and store them at room temperature.
Q: How long will they last?
A: My family eats them fast enough that I haven’t put it to the test, but they will definitely last several days, maybe more. We do think they are best eaten fresh or after a day or two, but that is just a matter of preference. They get softer the longer you store them, and we like the crunch.
Q: What can I use in place of the corn syrup?
A: I have had readers use both honey and agave syrup with great results. I’ve tried honey, and they turned out a little sweet for me.
Q: Can I make bars instead of peanut butter balls?
A: Of course. Just press the hot mixture into a buttered 9×13″ pan, let them cool slightly, then cut them.
Q: I’m a chocoholic. How can I add chocolate to these peanut butter treats?
A: You can substitute Cocoa Krispies for the regular Rice Krispies. They are also fantastic dipped in melted chocolate.
If you love these peanut butter balls, you should try these recipes:
Crispy Peanut Butter Balls
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter (I like chunky the best)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- Stir together corn syrup and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla. Stir till smooth. Stir in cereal.
- Drop by spoonfuls on silicone mats or waxed paper. Cool slightly and roll into balls.
You can also add some chopped peanuts for a little bit of crunch.
See all my peanut butter recipes HERE.