These Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls require only four ingredients: regular peanut butter, Karo syrup, sugar, Rice Krispie cereal, and a simple cooking process on the stove. No baking is necessary; simply cook the sugar, syrup, and peanut butter on the stove, mix in the rice krispies, form them into balls, and let them set. Enjoy these easy, no-bake treats for a quick and delicious snack.
Why do we all love certain foods so much? Because they are delicious? Well yeah, of course. But why else? Why do you ask for your favorite old-fashioned sweet potato casserole with marshmallows at Thanksgiving every year? Why do you ask your mom to make you your favorite dinner recipe on your birthday? Of course, it's because they all taste amazing, but it is also the memories tied up with the meal or dish that you love even deeper down. These Rice Krispie peanut butter balls are one of these recipes for me.
Long story very short. 1, 2, 3....go!
A sweet lady I played tennis with brought these after a match and I instantly became OBESSED. I needed the recipe ASAP and she generously gave it to me.
It is a very simple recipe with just 4 ingredients: regular peanut butter, white sugar, Karo syrup, and rice krispie cereal. The mixture is cooked on the stove, and then the Rice Krispies is stirred in. They are then scooped out into balls on a piece of parchment or waxed paper, and let to cool and set. They are sticky sweet and 100% addicting. Perfect for any tailgate or game night, bridal or wedding showers, or just for a weeknight dessert treat. Any time or any occasion these will be enjoyed and devoured.
A Secret Tip You Must Know.
When Pam sent me this recipe, it was very straightforward only saying "Put the sugar, syrup, and peanut butter in a pan and cook until it bubbles. Then add the Rice Krispies and scoop into balls."
That was it. Seemed easy enough. Until I made them and realized there was a bit more it when they didn't turn out like hers but were instead hard as rocks and grainy.
It took me several times making these myself to figure out what "bubbles" exactly meant. Just like my No Bake Cookies, I discovered there is a precise cooking time. Easy recipes like these can be tricky. If you don't cook long enough and they didn't set up - bubble too long (aka boil) then they turn out rock hard!
Must be a trend with no-bake desserts. Exact cooking times. So for these peanut butter balls, you need to cook on the stove for 7 minutes.
PRO TIP - This is a very thick mixture so it isn't going to come to a full boil. These "bubbles" are more like "plops" coming up in the middle. Just know what you are looking for in this.
- Stir until well combined and the peanut butter mixture coats over all the Rice Krispies.
- Using a cookie scoop, scoop out balls onto wax or parchment paper.
- Once you have scooped all the balls, either spray your hands with non-stick cooking spray or wear disposable kitchen gloves, to form the balls you just scooped into tighter round balls with your hands. You will have some time to do this while the peanut butter balls are still warm. Pack the balls like you would a snowball and then let them cool.
- Once they have cooled and set, enjoy!
Trouble Shooting Your Recipe
If you come across these problems, here is what I have found when testing these precisely in the kitchen to be true.
- If your balls are really hard when they set = You have cooked the peanut butter mixture too long.
- If your balls never set up/soft/don't hold their shape = you have not cooked the peanut butter mixture enough. It also could be grainy too.
I also recommend NOT using natural peanut butter. It will alter the taste, texture, and results of these. Use regular old-fashioned creamy peanut butter only. If you want to switch things up, you can use cornflakes instead of rice Krispies for a no bake cornflake peanut butter ball version - and they are equally as delicious!