Peanut Butter-Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

Crazy confession: I had my first Rice Krispie treat about 2 years ago. The way I grew up, rice was rice and Rice Krispies cereal was cereal. Rice Krispie treats simply weren’t a thing in our household. Then, one fateful day years later, a friend “forced” me to try one. It was transformative. I wondered where they had been all my life. My brain could hardly comprehend this Mona Lisa of snacks. This crunchy, sticky block of  “rice” was revelatory. So, of course, I decided I had to make it even better. My version of the iconic Rice Krispie treat answers The Boy’s constant question “Where’s the peanut butter?” It’s inside and on top buddy. Relax.

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For the “Treats”
 ¼ cup unsalted butter
 1 bag (10 ounces) mini marshmallows
 ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
 pinch of fine sea salt
 ½ tsp vanilla extract
 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Ooh, That Topping
 1 cup chocolate chips of your choice. You might like milk chocolate. Sometimes I’m in a dark chocolate mood. Feel the chocolate vibe and make your choice.
 1 cup peanut butter chips. If you can’t find them, just use another cup of chocolate chips. Oh no, please don’t give me more chocolate, said no one ever.
 Sprinkles of flaky sea salt (optional, but highly recommended)

1

Line a 13x9” pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving some to hang over the edges to help remove the treats from the pan later. Spray with non stick spray and set aside.

Pour your cereal into a large bowl and set this aside too.

2

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Add in the peanut butter and continue stirring until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and salt.

3

Pour the mixture over the cereal and stir until completely coated. Plop this into your prepared pan and, using your buttered hands, pack into the pan. If you don’t like getting your hands messy, spray the bottom of a measuring cup (or whatever you got) with nonstick spray and use it to press the cereal mix into the pan. Don’t forget the corners!

4

In a microwave or over a double boiler, melt the chocolate and peanut butter chips. Spread over the cereal mixture with an offset spatula. Make pretty swirly designs if you want. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt if you are so inclined. I was.

5

Place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes or until chocolate is fully set. Cut into pieces and share with your friends and loved ones, if you want. Cut into really teensy pieces so you can pretend you’re a giant. Aaarhhh.

Ingredients

For the “Treats”
 ¼ cup unsalted butter
 1 bag (10 ounces) mini marshmallows
 ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
 pinch of fine sea salt
 ½ tsp vanilla extract
 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Ooh, That Topping
 1 cup chocolate chips of your choice. You might like milk chocolate. Sometimes I’m in a dark chocolate mood. Feel the chocolate vibe and make your choice.
 1 cup peanut butter chips. If you can’t find them, just use another cup of chocolate chips. Oh no, please don’t give me more chocolate, said no one ever.
 Sprinkles of flaky sea salt (optional, but highly recommended)

Directions

1

Line a 13x9” pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving some to hang over the edges to help remove the treats from the pan later. Spray with non stick spray and set aside.

Pour your cereal into a large bowl and set this aside too.

2

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Add in the peanut butter and continue stirring until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and salt.

3

Pour the mixture over the cereal and stir until completely coated. Plop this into your prepared pan and, using your buttered hands, pack into the pan. If you don’t like getting your hands messy, spray the bottom of a measuring cup (or whatever you got) with nonstick spray and use it to press the cereal mix into the pan. Don’t forget the corners!

4

In a microwave or over a double boiler, melt the chocolate and peanut butter chips. Spread over the cereal mixture with an offset spatula. Make pretty swirly designs if you want. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt if you are so inclined. I was.

5

Place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes or until chocolate is fully set. Cut into pieces and share with your friends and loved ones, if you want. Cut into really teensy pieces so you can pretend you’re a giant. Aaarhhh.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

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