Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls…a.k.a. Crickets

Hello world!

I know I know…long-time-no-blog.  A combination of busy lives, the backend of the website got locked down, I had a website job that took up most of the summer and fall, and and and.

The holiday season is upon us. I went to a Christmas cookie exchange and brought these fabulous treats along.  Several people requested the recipe, so I’ve posted it here.

A note about the name:

Most people call these Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls, or if you are an Ohio State fan, you might call them Buckeyes.  Brad’s family, (from whom I got this recipe) call them ‘Crickets’.  If I remember the story correctly, Brad’s youngest sister, Kathleen, had to bring a treat to Girl Scouts, (or maybe it was a Halloween party), and she chose to rename these treats as ‘Crickets’.  The name stuck, and to this day, we call them Crickets.


1 stick/4 ounces/8T softened butter

2 cups powdered sugar (icing sugar)

2 cups peanut butter – creamy or crunchy

3 cups Rice Crispies

Melted dark chocolate


Mix the first 3 ingredients, and then add the rice crispies.  Mix until well combined.  (It can help to spray a bit of cooking spray on your hands and “knead” the mixture together.)

Form into 1″ balls.  I use a melon baller.

Refrigerate for an hour, or pop into the freezer for 10-15 minutes.

Dip in melted chocolate.

The finished product freezes well.