We love to make this treat because it always makes us think of after-school snacks and sticky fingers and it tastes great! The typical Rice Krispie treat is made simply of puffed rice cereal and marshmallows, but this recipe takes it up another couple notches; here, we introduce not only peanut butter, but also chocolate into the mix (you know we love that combo) and the result is out of this world! This variation of the dessert is a little more involved to cook, just because you’re making two separate batches to later combine, but it is entirely worth the effort and you will be so happy you went the extra mile!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats
Yields 3-4 dozen squares
- 1 (10.5 oz.) package mini marshmallows, divided
- 5 cups Rice Krispies or other puffed rice cereal, divided
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 1/2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- Line a 8×8 or 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper or aluminum foil and set aside. Spray a large mixing bowl with non-stick spray.
- In a medium saucepan, combine 2 1/2 cups marshmallows, peanut butter and butter, and cook over medium heat. Stir until marshmallows are completely melted and smooth.
- In a second saucepan, heat remaining marshmallows with chocolate chips, vanilla extract and salt. Stir until marshmallows and chocolate chips are completely melted and smooth.
- Stir half of Rice Krispies into peanut butter mixture and half into the chocolate. Stir until cereal is well-coated and there is no excess peanut butter or chocolate mixture.
- Working quickly, pour chocolate Rice Krispies into the peanut butter and mix together until incorporated.
- Pour entire mixture into lined baking dish and press down into the sides and corners of the pan. (It’s easier and less sticky if you lightly spray your hands with non-stick spray).
- Set aside until Rice Krispies are cool, then slice into squares and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Frugal Family Home