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Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Bars

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These Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Bars are a chocolate, peanut butter cereal treat with 3 irresistible layers! Reese’s fans take note. Peanut butter laden Rice Krispies are topped with a chocolate peanut butter layer, then a chocolate layer!

Wow, these are Rice Krispie Treats on steroids!

Stack of Peanut butter Rice Krispie Bars on a white plate

Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Bars

My friend, Deb, shared these totally irresistible bars on her blog, Diva Entertains. From the instant I read the recipe, I knew I’d have to make her Chocolate Peanut Butter for the 3 peanut butter chocolate lovers in the household. When home from college breaks many eons ago, I remember rushing into the kitchen, even before unpacking, to make either pumpkin bread or peanut butter Rice Krispie Treats.

I wonder what nutrients my body was missing for me to have such intense cravings?? Maybe my diet of popcorn and Diet Cokes wasn’t nutritionally sound??? I adore the classic Scotcheroos made with pb, corn syrup,  Rice Krispies with a topping of melted chocolate chips (my mom’s version did not contain butterscotch chips), so I was dying to try these babies as much for myself as two of my children.

One Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bar on a white plate with a glass of milk

Well, these did not disappoint. You Reeses’ fans MUST try these. A candy thermometer is necessary to make the base…but this cook’s tool can easily be found at the supermarket. Rice Krispies are mixed with a hot sugar syrup to form the base, then a mixture of peanut butter and milk chocolate form the middle layer, and a creamy topping of melted semi-sweet chocolate completes this trifecta of deliciousness. When Tom was over for one of our Sunday night family dinners, I told him he could take some of these home. Katie’s look of exasperation said it all…she did not want her brother to abscond with HER bars. So you might want to break out the 9 x 13 and make a double batch. They are totally delectable and capable of starting a family feud…though my two oldest agreed to split the remainder of these bars 50-50. Whew.

Tip of the Day: I have shared this one before, but worth another mention…especially after numerous requests.  To make perfect, clean cut squares, first chill your bars. Then take a large knife (I use my santoku) and run it under very hot water, swipe it dry, cut, wipe, reheat and repeat.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Bars

Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars. Adapted from Baked Explorations.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 9-16 bars, depending on size

Ingredients

For the crispy layer:

  • 1 3/4 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

For the milk chocolate peanut butter layer:

  • 5 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

For the dark chocolate top layer:

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. For the crust, line 8 x 8 inch pan with non-stick foil or spray regular foil with cooking spray.
  2. Pour the water into a small saucepan. carefully add the sugar and corn syrup into the center of the pan, avoiding the sides of the pan.. Stir mixture with wooden spoon or silicone spatula.
  3. Put a candy thermometer in the saucepan, cook over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Cook until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage, 235º.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in the butter and pour the mixture over the crispy rice cereal. Quickly stir until the cereal until it is thoroughly coated. Use a silicone spatula to press mixture into the baking pan. Let the crust cool to room temperature.
  5. For the chocolate peanut butter layer: In a large microwave safe bowl, heat the pb and chocolate gently till melted. Stir till well combined and pour evenly over crust. Chill for one hour.
  6. Make the dark chocolate icing layer: In another microwave safe bowl, heat the chocolate, corn syrup and butter till melted. Stir till smooth. Pour over the peanut butter layer and spread evenly over top. Chill for an hour or till the layer hardens.
  7. Cut into nine squares. Store the bars in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 462Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 256mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 3gSugar: 30gProtein: 8g
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57 comments on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Bars”

  1. Thanks so much for featuring these! It is one of our top 10 desserts of all time:)

  2. The peanut butter and chocolate combination is not common in Australia and for a yank like me, every once in a while I need to get my “fix.” I think these bars would suit very nicely indeed.

  3. Hi Lizzy! Did you use a ruler to measure and cut out the squares? 😀

    So neatly cut and they look so yummy. Mouth watering!

  4. Mmm these bars look soo yummy. I need to make these for the family. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love anything with peanut butter, these look absolutely delicious!

  6. These look divine!! Whats not to like!!! Chocolate! Peanut Butter! Rice cereal!!! =)

  7. Yes indeed, they look great and I am sure they were delicious:). Wish I could be there 🙂

  8. These look great- I love rice krispie anything. Honestly this cereal is underrated….Looks delicious!

  9. I love these bars. My family makes a bar that is similar to these and they are so good.

  10. I would devour these bars in a minute…. why… it’s full of chocolate and PB.. my favorite combo. 🙂 LOVE THEM!

  11. —Delish presentation.

    Fabulous sins! Xx Wwwwow

  12. Oh my goodness, those bars look completely irresistible. What do I need to do to get my hands on one of those?!!

  13. I think I’ll be using your clean cutting tip for making these bars! what a perfect combo! how could anyone resist?

  14. Goodie…goodie…goodie…..love these rice cereal bars. Yours look so perfect.
    Happy Belated Easter Day. ((hugs))
    Blessings
    Kristy

  15. I don’t get it? Where is the recipe for the caramel layer and where does caramel go in the recipe?
    You and your friend at Hugs and Cookies have Caramel in the title but it isn’t in the recipe. I am about to make them but not sure how to proceed.
    Hope u see this and can clear it up.
    Thanks!

    • Hi, Karen,
      There is no caramel in these (not in my title, either!). I think Danielle just made an error in her title and wrote Caramel instead of Chocolate. Sorry for the confusion!!! I hope you still enjoy the recipe.

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