Every year around the holidays my friends and neighbors descend upon my house with plates of candies and cookies. Yes, I know it’s a few months past what people would designate as “the holidays” but, I couldn’t help but think of my favorite sweet treat on those plates when I found out M&M’s® Crispy was back. The magnificent, crispy peanut butter ball.
I just took a moment to sigh and get lost in my thoughts about how perfect they are as a little indulgence in my day. If this were a video, I might have placed a dream sequence here. But, it’s not, so we’ll get right to the point. I’m sharing how to incorporate M&M’s® Crispy in your peanut butter balls to make it an indulgent treat year round for any occasion. Not just during the holiday season. Of course the recipe is included near the bottom of the post as well.
To make M&M’s® Crispy Peanut Butter Balls, first gather your ingredients. You’ll need a bag of M&M’s® Crispy, a couple of bags of chocolate chips, two cups of peanut butter, a stick and a half of butter and three and three quarters cups of powdered sugar. That’s it. Not many ingredients in this one, and I’m okay with that.
With everything ready to go, the first step is to mix the softened butter with the peanut butter. I used natural peanut butter, so it may be a bit wetter than other varieties.
Once your peanut butter and butter are combined, you’ll mix it with the powdered sugar. You may not need all of the powdered sugar depending on how wet your peanut butter is. If you’re not sure what you’ll need you can mix it with three cups of the sugar, then gradually add more sugar in until you get a nice, firm peanut butter ball.
When your sugar and peanut butter are mixed, refrigerate the mix for about fifteen minutes to help it firm up.
Now that the mix is chilled it’s time for the fun part. Let’s make some M&M’s® Crispy peanut butter balls!
The first thing I did was grab enough peanut butter mix to make an approximately one inch peanut butter ball. Form it into a rough ball, then smash it down in your hand. Once smashed down, put an M&M’s® Crispy in the center.
When all the peanut butter balls are formed to your liking, it’s time to refrigerate them again. I found out the hard way that if you don’t chill them it makes it really hard to dip in the chocolate because they’re too soft.
Once the peanut butter balls are chilled, it’s time for the final step. Hopefully you haven’t taste tested too many of the M&M’s® Crispy peanut butter balls. I know I want to eat them all before they even touch the chocolate. Find your willpower though because the chocolate is an amazing touch that compliments the peanut butter nicely.
Melt your chocolate chips. I usually do one minute at half power in the microwave, then stir with thirty second half power intervals following that until the chocolate is fully melted. Stir good in between each microwave blast though. Sometimes it looks like it needs longer but stirring will melt the last bits of chocolate.
If you want to make these for a holiday or add some color in have fun experimenting with different types of coatings such as colored candy melts or even almond bark. You can make these stand out for any holiday this way.
Time to really get your hands dirty now. Let’s dip those M&M’s® Crispy peanut butter balls in the chocolate!
I like to shake off some of the excess chocolate before I place each ball on wax paper to dry. If you don’t shake off that excess it’s not a big deal, but there will be more chocolate settling at the base.
If you don’t like to get your fingers dirty, you can also use a fork to fish out each M&M’s® Crispy peanut butter ball from the chocolate. I don’t care for this method as much. I think it’s because I still have to push the peanut butter ball off the fork, so I’m still getting chocolate on my fingers, or I’m dirtying another fork. It’s all a matter of preference, so do what works for you.
I will warn you, if you’re going for a nice appearance, pay attention to the sides of your M&M’s® Crispy peanut butter balls when you place them on the wax paper to dry. Sometimes I miss touching up the sides to make sure they are completely covered in chocolate.
Finally, the moment of truth. They are ready for sampling. Absolutely delicious and worth the wait.
Another thing that’s great about this recipe is when it’s all made there will still be left over M&M’s® Crispy! The individual snack sized bags of M&M’s® Crispy only have 180 calories per serving. That’s not a bad snacking deal if I do say so myself.
If you’re having a tough time finding M&M’s® Crispy in stores, I grabbed mine at my local Walmart. I found them near the checkouts in medium sized bags. You can also grab them there in the individual sized bags. If you want a bigger bag, the big bags are found in the candy/baking aisle.
M&M’s® Crispy Peanut Butter Balls
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 1 1/2 stick butter
- 3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- M&M’s® Crispy
- 2 bags of chocolate chips
- Combine peanut butter and butter.
- Mix in peanut butter and powdered sugar. You may not need all of the powdered sugar, so mix it in gradually until it forms a firm peanut butter ball.
- Refrigerate mix for 15 minutes or longer.
- From peanut butter mix into one inch balls. Make sure to gently flatten each one and place a M&M’s® Crispy in the middle, then form the peanut butter up around it. (See post above for alternate ideas)
- Refrigerate for another 15 minutes or longer.
- Melt chocolate chips.
- Dip M&M’s® Crispy peanut butter balls in the chocolate and gently tap off excess chocolate. Place on wax paper to dry.
- Refrigerate to firm them up once dry, and enjoy!
See more great M&M’s® Crispy recipe and party ideas on the M&M’s® Crispy social hub.
What is your favorite type of M&M’s® for recipes? Tell me in the comments below.