Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Crisp Squares

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The idea for these beauties was hatched when I made the Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars, which sport a chocolate, peanut butter and rice krispy mixture on top of gooey marshmallows. It’s insanely addicting and when making them, I have to refrain from just eating the topping straight out of the pan with a spoon. I decided that I needed to come up with a treat that combined the marshmallows, chocolate, peanut butter and rice krispies, and fast. I went back and forth between combining all of the ingredients together into the ever-popular treat squares, and making a peanut butter version that is then covered in chocolate. Sort of a la peanut butter cups. Now, peanut butter cups and Reese’s Pieces might be my favorite candies ever, so for that reason alone, I decided to go the chocolate-covered route.

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These are essentially peanut butter rice krispy treats, cut into small squares and then dipped in milk chocolate. You could get more fancy and shape the crisp mixture into small balls and then dip them in chocolate, creating a truffle. You could then drizzle them with a little melted peanut butter. Mmmm… I even thought about cutting up some peanut butter cups and mixing them into the squares, but in the end decided against it and went with the straight ingredients, but it’s something I may try in the future. Really, when you combine peanut butter and chocolate, little can go wrong!

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Crisp Squares

Yield: 36 squares

Prep Time: 1 hour (active) 1 hour (inactive)

Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

1½ Tablespoons butter
5 ounces (or ½ bag) marshmallows
½ cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups crisped rice cereal

2 cups (1 bag) milk chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening

Directions:

1. Grease an 8x8-inch pan. Set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add in the marshmallow and stir until melted. Add the peanut butter and continue stirring until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the cereal until completely coated.

3. With buttered hands, press the mixture into the greased pan and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or until set.

4. Remove pan from refrigerator, run a knife around the edges and turn out onto a cutting board. Cut into 36 squares.

5. Using either a double boiler or a microwave heating in 30-second intervals, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together until completely melted and smooth.

6. Working with one square at a time, drop a square into the chocolate and, using a toothpick, turn it over so it is completely covered in chocolate and then remove it to a baking sheet lined with a sheet of wax paper. Repeat with all squares.

7. Refrigerate until chocolate has set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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53 Responses to “Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Crisp Squares”

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 16, 2009 at 10:02 am

    These babies look mouth watering!

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  2. marina mott on November 16, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Yammy!!! I want these !!!

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  3. Dolce on November 16, 2009 at 11:44 am

    It’s 11.31 am and now, I want these. Now. And I don’t even have peanut butter at home, and I made a deal with myself not to bake such goodies when I was alone at home, so they’ll have to wait until Saturday, when I can bake them and bring them to a party. Yay, can’t wait :)

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  4. Amber on November 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Yummy, sounds and looks delicious.

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  5. shelly (cookies and cups) on November 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    gee, thanks! now I can add another inch to my waistline…:)
    Just kidding, these look great ~ and everything in moderation, right?

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  6. Jason Sandeman on November 16, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Snap! I was just looking for something like this. I know that if I make these, I will not have any control, I will need to make 2 pans! The sweetness, and the peanut butter taste. Oh, can I say more? I’m drooling speechless. Money!

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  7. Gina on November 16, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    All of the my favorites in one treat?! I agree with Jason about needing to make 2 pans – one for me and one for everybody else!

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  8. Elle on November 16, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Oh my gosh, that’s just evil and mean! I think I could eat a whole bunch of those. right now. And more later. What a great idea!

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  9. Steph on November 16, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    These look fantastic! I love rice krispies, but adding chocolate makes them sooooo much better.

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  10. bridget {bake at 350} on November 16, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Oh MY!

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  11. Lorie on November 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Oh my word!

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  12. Erin on November 16, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Yum! What a great idea! You can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter!

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  13. Kat on November 16, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Definitely making these for my Christmas baskets! I know candy wasn’t doing well in your poll of what the people wanted…so I’m glad to see this guy today!

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  14. Amanda on November 16, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Oh wow those look amazing!

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  15. Jenelle Johannes on November 16, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    You are KILLING me with these! But really…I can’t think of a better way to die. :) THANKS!

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  16. danielle on November 16, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    oh wow…my favorite combo, chocolate and peanut butter. these look so good and easy to make.

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  17. nicole on November 16, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    WOW – these looks like they would be a HUGE hit at any party!

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  18. Brandi on November 16, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    You know, these look like a Whatchamacallit minus the caramel layer. And since the Whatchamacallit is the only candy bar that I actually like… you’ve inspired me to try making them myself. Thanks!

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  19. Julie @savvyeats on November 16, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Drooling over these… they may make an appearance in my candy buffet in May!

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  20. TammyJo Eckhart, PhD on November 16, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Those look good except I’m so “high” right now from the sipping chocolate I had that more chocolate is unappealing. Tomorrow though I’m sure these will look even better to me.

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  21. Lisa @ The Cooking Bride on November 16, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Mmm, mmm! These look good!

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  22. Alicia on November 17, 2009 at 12:17 am

    These look awesome! I want one now!

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  23. Yael on November 17, 2009 at 12:34 am

    I agree- there is no taste that can compare to the combination of chocolate and peanut butter ( at least in my opinion!). Can’t wait to try these. Thanks!

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  24. Divina on November 17, 2009 at 2:44 am

    Good thing I ate a huge bowl of pasta already. :)

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  25. Theresa on November 17, 2009 at 6:31 am

    Those look awfully dangerous!!!

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  26. Christy on November 17, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Delicious!!

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  27. katie on November 17, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I think I love you! :) These look really good

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  28. Chris on November 17, 2009 at 10:12 am

    What a great treat.

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  29. Claire on November 17, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I’m adding these to my list of recipes….they look to die for!! Such good ingredient combinations :) Ps I love your blog!

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  30. Gryph on November 17, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    This is essentially a homemade whatchamacallit, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. Must make these soon.

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  31. Alta on November 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    oh my! These would be addictive.

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  32. wasabi prime on November 17, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Oh, this totally makes me think of the holidays — my mom makes something like this every year, in a ball shape. She just uses a little cookie scoop to form the crisps before dipping in chocolate!

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  33. jennifer on November 19, 2009 at 2:34 am

    I made the marshmallow crunch brownies! (2nd time in two days)
    I LOVE that topping! It smells AMAZING as it melts together. AND NOW I can make make the topping itself to enjoy this way too!
    Thanks doll! You are amazing and I adore your blog!

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  34. Whitney on November 19, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    YUM! THese look RIGHT up my alley and so easy too! Going to have to make these soon. Thanks!

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  35. patsy on November 27, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    These would make a fabulous treat to share at the holidays… a fun addition to the holiday cookie trays, too!

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  37. Jessie @ simplysifted on June 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I brought these to a work potluck today. All afternoon coworkers were stopping me in the hall to say how amazing they were. I can not recommend this recipe enough.

    One tip: I wasn’t able to coat all 36 squares with one bag of milk chocolate chips. I ended up having to use an additional half of bag of chips.

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    • Michelle on June 29th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

      Hi Jessie, These bars are a definite favorite, I’m glad you and your coworkers enjoyed them too! Thanks also for the tip on the extra chocolate chips; I think sometimes it depends on how big they are cut, how thick the chocolate is, how much you let drip off, etc.

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  41. Emely on June 23, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Njami this looks amazing omg :)

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  42. Mari on November 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Wow! These are fantastic! Thanks for such a great idea. I live in South America and marshmallows are only available once a year. I had a bag of strawberry flavored ones stashed away (they don’t ever come plain here for some reason). I think the milk chocolate I could find wasn’t very good, either, but I did my best. Even if they weren’t pretty, they sure were tasty! haha! Thanks!!

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  44. Marie on December 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Well, I’ve made these twice in the last week, so they must be delicious!!! (yep, most certainly delicious!! And easy too!) Thank you for the wonderful recipes! I’ve already made several, and have many more I want to make soon!

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  45. Tia on December 24, 2011 at 2:45 am

    These are amazing! I made them for Christmas and somehow half of them have already disappeared…I don’t know how that could have happened???

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  46. Lisa on December 28, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I would love to make these for New Year’s but the only ingredient I am missing is vegetable shortening. Is there anything I can use in place of the vegetable shortening? I would rather not go out and buy it because there are no other dishes I would use it in, but these look so good that I may just give in!!

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    • Michelle on December 30th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      Hi Lisa, You can omit it; the vegetable shortening helps to keep the chocolate thin for dipping and coating things. I find that sometimes the chocolate is too thick without it, but you could certainly still do it.

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  47. Allie on March 30, 2012 at 10:07 am

    These were amazing!! A trick I learned from a friend when making a dessert bar that’s very similar to this: mix the chocolate chips with butterscotch chips. It adds a whole other flavor to the mix that people seem to love! I usually go for about 2 parts chocolate chips to 1 part butterscotch chips. Delicious!!

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  48. Shan-chan on May 23, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Love the idea, although I was wondering if I could somehow incorporate caramel into these bars! Maybe substitute the peanut butter for the caramel?

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    • Michelle on May 23rd, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      You can, although just know that caramel is typically thinner than peanut butter.

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