Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats

They say there is a first time for everything. And these bars represent the very first time I have ever seen a recipe and made it in the same day. Sure, I have seen recipes before that I think are fabulous and I bookmark them, and maybe whip them up a few days later. But not these babies. These were same-day beauties. I saw the post in the morning, went to the store and had them ready in time for dessert. Truth be told though, few things stop my heart the way peanut butter and chocolate do. Then throw in Rice Krispies treats and you’ve completely disarmed any semblance of self-control I may have otherwise possessed. I didn’t eat a ton of Rice Krispies treats growing up, but they have somehow transfixed me as an adult. I’m such a sucker for them, and I love making all sorts of variations. This one in particular will be making many appearances in the future!

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats

As with all Rice Krispies treat recipes, the beauty is in the simplicity and quickness with which they can be made. No oven required, and not even a stove if you choose to melt the butter and marshmallows in the microwave. It’s perfect for summertime desserts, and a great snack that kids can help make. If your house or apartment runs warm you’ll want to store these in the refrigerator so that the peanut butter topping doesn’t get too melty. No matter where you store them, though, you’ll be licking your fingers when you’re done!

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats

One year ago: Tin Roof Ice Cream
Two years ago: American Sandwich Bread

 

Great Rice Krispies Treats Variations:

Cookies and Cream Rice Crispy Treats (Picky Palate)
Espresso-Cream Cheese Rice Krispie Treats (Vanilla Sugar)
Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars (Brown Eyed Baker)
S’mores Rice Krispies Squares (Elle’s New England Kitchen)
White Chocolate Rice Krispie Treat with Candied Peanuts (David Lebovitz)

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats

Yield: 24 squares (or cut into smaller bars for a yield of 48)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

6 cups Rice Krispies
1 bag (10.5-oz) miniature marshmallows
ΒΌ cup (2 ounces) unsalted butter
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 bag (12-oz) miniature peanut butter cups (about 40), quartered
1 cup milk chocolate chips (or 6 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped)

Directions:

1. Butter a 9x13-inch pan and set aside.

2. Measure the cereal into a large mixing bowl and set aside. Melt the marshmallows and butter together in a medium saucepan over medium heat (or in the microwave for about 3 minutes, but keep watch so the marshmallows don't puff over the sides of the bowl!). Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the cereal and mix well so the cereal is coated. Pour into the prepared pan and use a buttered piece of wax paper to press evenly into pan.

3. In the microwave, melt the peanut butter until thin, about 1 minute. Gently stir in the quartered peanut butter cups and then pour over the treats. Using the back of a spoon, gently spread the peanut butter mixture evenly across the top.

4. Again in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate across the top. Place the pan in the refrigerator to set before cutting and serving. Store in an airtight container.

(Recipe adapted from Picky Palate)

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69 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats”

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  1. Stacey on July 20, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Wow I just printed up that recipe! I try to keep the ingredients on hand for crispy treats since they are so quick and easy and not something everyone makes. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I will have to buy some peanut buter cups tonight! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Ophelia on April 29th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      Did you make them and did you like it?

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  2. Jennifer on July 20, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Oh. Dear. GOD. My mouth literally dropped open when I saw this recipe. I am lusting for these treats! Rest assured, it is already printed & they shall be made in the most immediate future. THANK YOU for posting this! You & these treats are most awesome. :)

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  3. Rodzilla on July 20, 2010 at 7:56 am

    I don’t comment often, but wow. These look amazing, as does everything on the “things you might also like”

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  4. Lindsey @ pickyeatings on July 20, 2010 at 8:38 am

    These look AMAZING. I have no other words, I just want to eat them!

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  5. Eliana on July 20, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I probably would have made these the same day I saw them as well. They look incredible and the flavor combination here soudns delicous.

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  6. Kristen on July 20, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Those look tasty and indulgent!

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  7. Lisa on July 20, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I LOVE rice crispy treats and these are the best I’ve seen. I must make these soon! You’re awesome (=

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  8. Jillyann on July 20, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Ok…Ive never been a fan of rice crispie treats but these have changed my entire perspective. I’m bookmarking this page because these will absolutely have to be made.

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  9. Elle on July 20, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Oh my gosh! These look like they’d satisfy all of my cravings right now. What’s not to like? Looking at the photos, my brain and my stomach simultaneously said “We want those!” Then my 7 year old said he did, too. ;) Thanks for the link, too!

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  10. Stephanie on July 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Oh, yum!! These sound right up my alley!! Haven’t grocery-shopped this week yet…think I’ll have to add Rice Krispies to my list! ;-)

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  11. Heather I. on July 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Wow, just like you said, a combo of the best ingredients! Reese’s minis are my all-time favorite candy. I’ll have to give Rice Krispie Treats another try one of these days.

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  12. Belinda @zomppa on July 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    And eaten in a day!

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  13. Katrina on July 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Ooh yum! I’ve done the same thing with caramel and chocolate on the top of crispies, but not Reese’s. Awesome!

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  14. Brooke on July 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    oh how i love you for posting these! you have made my day.

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  15. madge @ vegetariancasserolequeen on July 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I love oven/stove top free cooking. Especially in the dead heat of summer in my non-centrally air conditioned home! They look delicious…

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  16. megan on July 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I saw those this morning too! amazing :) can’t wait to try them!

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  17. Shaheen {The Purple Foodie} on July 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    LOVE these bars! Actually, I love rice crispies so this one’s right up my alley.

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  18. Laura (B Foxy Fitness) on July 20, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Your fantastic photos and description hooked me! I spring for PB and Chocolate, so when I saw it on your blog this morning, I had to make them TODAY. Just had my first sample and these do not disappoint! Bakers take heed–these are not for the faint-of-peanut butter heart! So decadent! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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  19. Coffeebeans on July 20, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I love those pictures! I think they had great success!

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  20. Eileen on July 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks for the great recipe, I made these as soon as I saw them! They are really good and easy to make and I love peanut butter, chocolate, and marshmallow together. I also used some chopped butterfingers as well because I didn’t have enough reesee’s peanut butter cups. Yummy!

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  21. Paula on July 20, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    wow! this sounds so delicious!

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  22. Jessie -- The Messie Kitchen on July 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    oh wow, these look fabulous. i,too am a sucker for PB & chocolate!!

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  23. vanillasugar on July 20, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    oh dear another goodie i must make. my love for pb & choco is endless…
    thanks for the shout out too. :-)

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  24. jenn on July 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I AM GOING TO MAKE THIS RIGHT NOW!! YUMMY!!

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  25. Lynn on July 20, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Oh.My.God. These look so good. I’m drooling right now.

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  26. Kocinera on July 20, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Oh…my…gosh…

    This is too much! These look so amazing!

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  27. Jason Phelps on July 21, 2010 at 8:56 am

    These are hard to see an not make immediately!

    Jason

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  28. The Chocolate Priestess on July 21, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I love rice crispy treats but I’ve not done this sort of layering with them before. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Thomas Andrew on July 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Wow! My girlfriend and I have been trying to eat healthier, but this recipe looks too darn good! We may have to cheat ;-)

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  30. Jen @ How To: Simplify on July 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    You and Jenny are killing me with this recipe! I know I’ll have to make it because whenever I look at your picture my mouth waters. Yum!

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  31. Sues on July 21, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Oooh! For some reason, I’ve never been a huge Rice Krispie Treat fan, but I actually want to make these!! The addition of peanut butter makes them soooo delicious-looking!!

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  32. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on July 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Ooh… These look GREAT! Love this new twist on rice krispies treats!!

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  33. Elizabeth on July 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I wish I could express how much I adore peanut butter and chocolate. I LOVE the fact that you post so many different peanut butter recipes. Your website is my go to website for all desserts! Keep the recipes coming! I’m making these tomorrow!

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  34. Fuji Mama on July 23, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Oh my. Now after seeing these in two different places, I think my free will has been taken away and I will be “forced” to make these TODAY. I’m blaming this all on you. :)

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  35. Trish on July 23, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I just came across this recipe looking for a snack to make for the kids today and this is just perfect…. I cannot wait to try it…. I have all the ingredients on hand and ready to go… I will try anything with peanut butter and chocolate….

    Thanks..

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  36. Jenny on July 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I’ve baked a ton of things from your website with success it was about time for failure. And with the easiest recipe!
    I dont know what went wrong, but they did not turn out at all. My chocolate chips did not melt but kind of hardened into a thick ball. Which i then tried to spread across runny peanut butter…not pretty.

    I will try again though :D

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  37. Kim - Liv Life on July 27, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I have returned to this page numerous times over the last few days, each time dreaming of these bars. I think it’s time I actually make them myself! Love your pics btw!

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  38. life and kitchen on August 2, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Ummm, wow! These look great! It is one of those recipes that I NEED to make before I’m done being pregnant and no longer have an excuse to eat them :)

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  39. Rachel on August 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Made these last night- OMG delicious. I mean, I knew they were going to be good. I love RKT, Peanut Butter & Reeses…But these are seriously better than I even imagined! They are so good that my husband was mad at me for sharing a few with my brother & his wife. :) Thanks for sharing the recipe! PS- I love your blog too!

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  40. foodlvr on August 18, 2010 at 10:00 am

    These look so yummy. I wish I had marshmallow on hand. Wow. I have a feeling I will be making these soon. Thanks for the food porn pictures and the recipe. OMG.

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  41. Holly on August 23, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Made these last night..yum! The only thing I would change is the peanut butter part..once it sets it’s just like biting into a mouthful of peanut butter which is kinda off-putting for some. I have a recipe for Buckeyes that I make all the time (basically peanut butter & powdered sugar and butter). I might just make that peanut butter filling and push that onto the top and then the chocolate..might be better and like a spread out Reese’s cup!

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    • Michelle on August 25th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

      Oh gosh, I *LOVE* your idea for the pseudo-buckeye topping! I love buckeyes and that sounds fabulous, definitely trying it myself next time. Thanks so much for the super suggestion!

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  42. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls on November 16, 2010 at 12:33 am

    This sounds sooooooooooo wonderful! A must try!!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  43. Monika on November 21, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I made these the other night, to mixed reviews. While they were very good, they were also very rich (too rich for our taste buds). When I make these again, I will make the following changes: (1) not press down the rice Krispie part down too much, just lightly, (2) sprinkle quartered Reese’s cups over the top, then drizzle the warmed peanut butter over the top (prob about 1 c. total, not 2 c. – it was too much), and finally (3) drizzle the melted chocolate over the top. I think with these changes, the peanut butter part will not overwhelm so much, and they will taste awesome. Overall, a great recipe.

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    • Jill Rommel on August 2nd, 2012 at 9:38 am

      all the people who raved about the recipe had not made it yet. I totally agree with the review which said 2 cups of peanut butter is too much, it just feels like you are biting into thick peanut butter. also, watch that the melted peanut butter is not too warm as the peanut butter cups will just totally melt into the peanut butter “sauce.”

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  44. Allison on December 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Omg these are AMAZING!! I added pretzels to the peanut butter and peanut buttercup topping which gave it a nice added salty touch.

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    • Michelle on December 10th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

      Ooooh pretzels?! Amazing idea! I love it!

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  45. Pam on January 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Amazing! I can’t even speak…….thanks for sharing.

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  46. Erin on February 5, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I used Nutella instead of peanut butter, and a chopped up milk chocolate hazelnut candy bar in place of the Reeses cups and it turned out great! Perfect for Nutella Day 2001!

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  47. Jess on February 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I love peanut butter and these were delicious, but I thought two cups of peanut butter was way too much!

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  48. Mrs. Stranded on February 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I made these and they were AMAZING!! Rice krispie treats were my favorite dessert as a kid. Such a nice twist on this classic treat.

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  49. Amanda on March 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I found this last weekend and made them twice this week! The second time around I chilled the peanut butter cups for a bit in the fridge so they stood up to the warm peanut butter a little better and didn’t use *quite* as much peanut butter. Then added a thin layer of dark chocolate glaze on top.

    My coworkers gobbled up both batches in the blink of an eye :) Thanks for sharing!

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  50. Dara aka The Skinny Pig on May 18, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I am with you on the PB and chocolate combo…it’s my ultimate weakness. I need to try making these!

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