So guys. Here’s the thing. These sugar cookie balls? Ahhhhhmazing! I had a hard time trying to name these cookie balls because they have so many great qualities that I wanted to incorporate in the name. My original title for this recipe was: No-bake-five-ingredients-semi-healthy-while-still-super-delicious-sugar-cookie-with-optional-sprinkles-that-shouldn’t-be-optional-(put them in!)-cookie-balls.
Say that ten times quickly.
So, to spare you all from having a tongue twister every time you wanted to talk about these sugar cookie balls (which could be quite often because of how delicious they are!) I shortened the title to “No-bake Sugar Cookie Balls.” And since the shortened title can’t tell you everything that I want to say about these cookies, I made a list below to feature other great qualities:
- I put one of my favorite qualities (no-bake) into the title. Another favorite quality-there are only 5 ingredients! And 5 ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now. Or at least know right where to find the ingredients at your local grocery store.
- Another redeeming quality: while these cookie balls aren’t the picture of a perfectly healthy treat, they are healthier than regular sugar cookies! There are rice krispies, oats, and peanut butter in this mix. Those all score pretty well on my health-o-meter. Or at least provide more energy than a couple cups of white sugar.
- These sugar cookie balls have some potential for variety, which is always fun. You can add sprinkles if you want (which I would highly recommend). You can also roll the balls in the sugar cookie mix. Or you can just leave them plain.
- These sugar cookie balls take about 5 minutes to make. Hows that for a quick treat!!
- Finally, these sugar cookie balls taste great even after 3-4 days. In my opinion, you can’t say that for regular sugar cookies. I think regular sugar cookies are past their prime by day 3. Just make sure to keep these bad boys in an airtight container. I even like to freeze some of mine and then pull them out a couple minutes before I want to eat them. It’s like a whole different treat I’m telling you!
- 1/4 cup rice krispies
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Cookie Mix*
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter**
- Optional: Sprinkles, pinch of salt (if your peanut butter doesn't have salt I recommend adding some)
Combine the peanut butter and butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 20-30 seconds.
Combine the rice krispies, oats, and sugar cookie mix in a medium sized bowl.
Pour the peanut butter and butter mixture over the rice krispie mixture and mix until well combined.
Add sprinkles and a pinch of salt if desired.
Grab bits of the mixture and squeeze to form balls and then roll in your hands to get a more round shape.
If desired, roll the balls into some of the leftover sugar cookie mix.
Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the fridge. You can also try freezing these-I think they make a great frozen treat when thawed for a few minutes before eating.
**I have not experimented with natural peanut butters and cannot vouch for the taste or work-ability in this recipe.
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