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Peanut Butter & White Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats

I spent my last weekend in Florida mulling over some different variations of Rice Krispies treats. Those crispy, marshmallow-y treats are one of the simplest things to make, yet some of the makeovers they have received lately result in some borderline gourmet desserts. The possibilities when playing around with the flavor combinations is virtually endless. I made a batch down in Florida that included bittersweet chocolate and hazelnuts, and although they were good, they were missing something. I’m still working on those, but I noodle around on that, I switched gears and started thinking about white chocolate and peanut butter. And I’m so glad I did. What an underrated and under-utilized flavor combination!

The catalyst for the white chocolate/peanut butter brainstorm was discovering this peanut butter:

It’s from Peanut Butter & Co., which I had heard about, but until recently had never seen stocked in stores near me. This peanut butter is a blend of natural, creamy peanut butter with white chocolate. Serious heaven. I also picked up The Bees Knees, which is peanut butter blended with honey – incredible. And highly addictive. I highly recommend checking to see if your store has them, and if so, stocking up!

The combination of the peanut butter and white chocolate melds incredibly well with the marshmallows, and gives great flavor to the cereal bars. I added in white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips at the end, just to give it an extra boost of flavor (plus, I embrace any and all excuses to buy peanut butter chips – I shamelessly eat them right out of the bag!). Some of the chips melted a bit when I stirred, but the pop of flavor is still there.

I’m having fun experimenting with different varieties of Rice Krispies treats (you might remember the Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats) – do you have a favorite?

One year ago: Garlic Knots
Two years ago: Lemon Burst Cookies
Three years ago: Lavash Crackers
Four years ago: Hearty Beef Stew

White Chocolate & Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats

Yield: 16 squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons butter
1 bag (10.5 ounces) miniature marshmallows
½ cup peanut butter with white chocolate*
5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
½ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup peanut butter chips

Directions:

1. Butter (or spray with non-stick cooking spray) an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan; set aside.

2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter until melted.

3. Add the Rice Krispies cereal, white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Stir until well coated.

4. Using a greased spatula or spoon or a piece of wax paper, evenly press the mixture into the pan. Allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, or until set. Cut into squares and serve.

*Note: If you can't find the peanut butter/white chocolate blend, use the same amount of regular peanut butter and add 2 ounces of white chocolate, melted.

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54 Responses to “Peanut Butter & White Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats”

  1. Jen of My Tiny Oven on October 13, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Once again you are making my tummy grumble right before bed!! These look amazing! I need that peanut butter in my life, right now!!

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    • Cathy J. on October 29th, 2011 at 3:25 am

      I made these this week for a birthday gift. They turned out great. I pressed additional peanut butter and white chocolate chips to the top. Like Michelle said, the chips added to the mix melted. My birthday recipient loved them and they were so easy to make. I can’t wait to make my next birthday batch.

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  2. Laura on October 13, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Last Fall, I made these delicious browned butter pumpkin pie rice krispie treats and my coworkers loved them!

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  3. paddle attachment on October 13, 2011 at 12:58 am

    These look delightful. My husband is a RCT addict. He would love this white chocolate-peanut butter variation!

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  4. CouponClippingCook on October 13, 2011 at 1:03 am

    The salt in the peanut butter and the sweet of the white chocolate sound like a perfect match. And then when made with the crunch of the rice krispies…sounds sooo good.

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  5. Choc Chip Uru on October 13, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Crunchy rice krispies combined with white chocolate and peanut butter is a little too much – THANK YOU :D

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  6. Kathryn on October 13, 2011 at 4:08 am

    It’s so much fun to try and think of new ways to make rice krispie treats and these look so good! Perfect combination of flavours.

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  7. Blog is the New Black on October 13, 2011 at 4:54 am

    The WCW is like my FAVORITE pb ever. ;) Deeelicious treats!

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  8. Katrina on October 13, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I really need to try that PB brand! It sounds sooo yummy!

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  9. Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers on October 13, 2011 at 7:19 am

    A childhood favorite, kicked up a notch! Sounds great! This will go great in my husbands lunch! Thank you!

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  10. Rodzilla on October 13, 2011 at 7:40 am

    My friend Emily made me a batch of your PB cup rice krispies treats last year…I can only hope she’ll surprise me with these as well :D

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  11. Jen on October 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I almost never make Rice Krispie Treats because they’re like my Kryptonite – I just want to eat the entire pan. I don’t even wait for them to cool off! I usually burn my tongue eating some straight out of the pan! When I do make them, I want just plain old classic ones, or maybe with some chocolate chips thrown in…

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  12. Ali B on October 13, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I can’t believe they make white chocolate peanut butter. What an interesting/delicious combination! I’m going to have to scour the aisles of my supermarket!

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  13. angela on October 13, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Barbara My husband is like a little kid when it comes to rice crispy treats. He will love these. In fact, one day I should get him to do a post about them. He would love that.

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  14. angela on October 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Whoops, I called you Barbara. I know you are Michelle. I just woke up not long ago. Sorry, Michelle!

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  15. Mary Lynn on October 13, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Hi Michelle, Where did you find that peanut butter? Love white chocolate. Can’t wait to make these for Hubby. GO STEELERS!

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    • Michelle on October 13th, 2011 at 11:43 am

      Hi Mary Lynn, I found it at Wal-Mart (which I never usually shop at, but happened to stop in for something else and saw it). I know another Pittsburgh food blogger has found Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butters at Giant Eagle as well.

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      • MARY LYNN on October 14th, 2011 at 6:08 am

        Thanks Michele, Going to Giant Eagle this morning in search of Peanut Butter. We rarely shop at Wal-Mart, since there isn’t one close to us yet. I have the day off from work and plan on cooking and baking. Great stress reliever. Your Kielbasi and Brown Sugar recipe is on the menu for Sunday’s game.

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        • Michelle on October 15th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

          Sounds like a perfect day! Enjoy! We are having the kielbasa tomorrow for the game as well :)

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  16. amanda @ fake ginger on October 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I have a bag of peanut butter chips that I’ve been trying to figure out how to use. Now I know! These look too good!

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  17. Barbara on October 13, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I’ve always put chunky peanut butter in my rice krispie treats. Wish I could take credit for the idea of adding peanut butter but it was a variation listed on the Rice Krispie box when I was a kid way back in the dark ages. Using chunky was my idea, though. Regular ones without the peanut butter just seem to be missing something. I’ve never tried adding anything else.

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  18. d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo on October 13, 2011 at 11:19 am

    This is my favorrittee peanut butter!! I have switched over to making my own PB though (http://yellebellyboo.blogspot.com/2011/09/peanut-butter-attempt-1.html) and I saw a recipe for white chocolate PB here: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/03/homemade-white-chocolate-peanut-butter/ that I could use!!

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  19. Naomi on October 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Yum! I’ve been thinking of trying a variation using the Halloween cereals like Frankenberry. Have you tried this? Instead of rice krispies. Curious if you’ve done it and what you would add?

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    • Michelle on October 13th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      Hi Naomi, I’ve never had Frankenberry cereal, so I’m not quite sure. Maybe another reader has tried this though – does anyone have any suggestions??

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  20. Michelle on October 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    OH MY, oh my, oh! my!! Giant Eagle & Wal Mart here I come . . . I think these will be the bomb. 2 of my kids who are away at college will be needing a little something from home very soon ;) & what could be more perfect that a new twist on a great comfort food?

    LET’S GO PENS!! It’s a hockey night :)
    GO STEELERS!!
    Michelle

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  21. RavieNomNoms on October 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I have never seen that before! White chocolate and peanut butter blended together!? That is like genius. This looks great!

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  22. nicole {sweet peony} on October 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    yum yum yummmmmm these sound delicious! can’t wait to try them :)

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  23. Nathan Miller on October 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Veryp hip recipie! But yes, I just opened a jar of White Chocolate PB, and I must say, while its not overpowered by the white chocolate taste, like I thought it would it was still really good and a nice change up from plain! PS…I got though a bag of white chocolate chips a week! Its my sweet treat during the week. And I also make a mean homemade white chocolate icecream…heaven in a bowl

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  24. Ally on October 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    What a perfect addition to one of my favorite simple treats (rice krispie squares!)
    Peanut butter is so yummy. White chocolate? Can’t go wrong.
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com

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  25. Crystal Lee on October 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I love ANYTHING with PB in the mix! Thank you for the recipe :D

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  26. Samantha Cernock on October 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I have a rice krispies treat problem. The problem: I eat them all! I’ll be making this very soon. And I love PB&Co. My favs are Cinnamon Raisin PB and Dark Chocolate PB.

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  27. Emily @ Life on Food on October 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I have a serious addiction to flavored peanut butters. I ask for them for my birthdays and Christmas.

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  28. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on October 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I love to play around with Rice Krispie Treats, and this version looks mighty good. I definitely need to keep my eyes open for some of that peanut butter! One of my other favorite “mix-ins” for Rice Krispie Treats is Nutella. :)

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  29. Amilia Nimblett on October 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Oh my goodness! These look so good. I have to find some of the peanut butter! Thanks for sharing :)

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  30. Lauren Williams on October 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Wow, I saw this picture and it looks very similar to something I just made! I just added candy corn!

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  31. Kita on October 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    You just blew my mind now that I know there is a peanut butter white chocolate guilt inducer in a jar!

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  32. Katie @ BloomEveryday on October 13, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    This looks great, I love me some peanut butter!

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  33. Kristin on October 14, 2011 at 12:48 am

    you took rice krispies treats to a whole other level! amazing!

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  34. Amalia on October 14, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Mmmm, I could eat the whole batch! I love peanut butter anything so this is just awesome! :) Great recipe, i love it! Thanks for sharing, God Bless!

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  35. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) on October 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    These look so so good. I’ve heard of peanut butter & company but I can’t find their products in Baltimore. I’m going to have to track this down, pronto!

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  36. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie on October 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    This sounds likes a wonderful combination!

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  37. Kim Bee on October 15, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Congrats on top 9! This is such a wonderful treat, love the combination of tastes here. Enjoy your weekend.

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  38. Sandra on October 15, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I’d do the happy dance all day if stores around here stocked this. This is a pretty snazzy treat and congratulations on Top 9!

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  39. Jen on October 15, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Wow. These sound fabulous. Now I’m super curious about how peanut butter and white chocolate taste together.

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  40. Vicki @ WITK on October 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I love PB&Co! They have some pretty awesome products (and one great restaurant!) These look super delicious, but krispie treats are always my favorite :)

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  41. Christine on October 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!

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  42. mjskit on October 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    This has got to be the best rice krispy recipe I’ve ever seen. Gotta find that WC peanut butter!

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  43. Rachael on October 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I made these yesterday for a family get-together, and they were a hit! Thanks for the recipe!

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  44. Jeanne on October 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I made these this weekend for a girl’s weekend I was at with my oldest friends. It was in honor of a friend who just got engaged – ahead of the weekend I asked her what her fave sweets are and she said rice krispie treats and anything peanut butter. Ironically you posted this just in time. They came out AMAZING!! I couldn’t find that white choc. peanut butter, but used regular creamy pb. The treats tasted like a Whatchamacalit candy bar – the next time I am going to dip them in chocolate. Thanks for sharing this recipe – it’s going to be a new fave with my friends and I!!!!

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  45. Renae on October 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Yummy! Those look so good!

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  46. Heidi on October 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I like in the western region and I found the peanut butter without even looking for it in Kroger/King Sooper’s for any of you other Westerners. LOL

    Michelle – Thank you for this Blog. I found it while looking for a recipe for Margarita Cupcakes last week and now I am an addict. You’ve also inspired me to really get to know my grocery store and what’s hiding in there.

    I’m headed off to a scrapbooking weekend and I think these will travel quite well!!

    THANK YOU!
    heidi

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  47. jamie on October 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    these are really good. i found the PB at target (not a ‘super’) and made this right away. i drizzled just a bit of melted chocolate on top and loved the addition. thanks for the recipe!

    as for my favorite RC bar… have you tried the PB crispy bars from that Baked book? they are amazing!

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  48. Cathy J. on November 11, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I’ve made these twice and now they’re my go to bar for a quick dessert to go. I’ll be making them for my job’s bake sale next week. I know they’ll fly off the platter!

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  49. Encore on November 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Another winner! I would say winner, winner chicken dinner…but there’s no chicken involved her. Just peanut buttery goodness! I shared at my spot and linked back to you of course! Thanks so much and Happy Thanksgiving!

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