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Reeses Rice Krispie Treats

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My mom used to treat my sisters and me to these addictive, Reeses Rice Krispie Treats when we were kids. With only three out of five fans of the peanut butter chocolate combo in my current household, I save these gems for a rare spurge.

Instead of marshmallows, these classic peanut butter Rice Krispie treats utilize a mixture of peanut butter, sugars and corn syrup. I know corn syrup is not de rigueur, but for an occasional indulgence, I say go for it!

 A stack of Reeses Rice Krispie Treats on a small white ceramic plate

Reeses Rice Krispie Treats

I’ve had one bite of a peanut butter sandwich in my life. I was in Kindergarten and taking a courtesy nibble at my friend, Scott Wiggins’ house. Never again. Though at least one of my sisters would eat peanut butter straight from the jar, I think all of them ate their share of peanut butter toast for breakfast back in the day.

But I was always a fan of peanut butter desserts, like these Reeses topped peanut butter krispie treats. In fact, my usual willpower blows the dust when these are around! It’s a classic, retro treat that I know many of you have made and eaten. But in case they’re new to you, I wanted to share this no-bake treat with you all.

If you love this peanut butter chocolate combo, this terrific Chocolate Peanut Butter Sheet Cake is another winner as is this Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. Both these Reese’s Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies and Loaded Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bark caught my eye as well. My Tagalong Cookie Bars and Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars are family favorites, too.

Reeses Rice Krispie Treats in the bottom of a square springform pan

Tips for Making Rice Krispie Treats

Though Rice Krispie treats, in general, are a simple dessert, there are a few tips to make the process go smoothly.

  • Whether making the classic marshmallow or this peanut butter version, you’ll want to prep the pan properly. I like using non-stick foil as it can be used as a sling to remove the bars as a whole from the pan to cut.
  • Another option is to use a non-stick 9 x 9-inch springform pan. The coating prevents the sticky peanut butter layer from attaching to the sides.
  • Gently mix in the cereal to avoid breaking up the pieces into crumbs. Also, carefully press the mixture into your prepared pan. Again, you want to avoid compressing this peanut butter layer.

 

  • PRO-Tip: Feel free to grease your hands with little butter, oil or cooking spray if you find them sticking while pressing the mixture into the pan.
  • Add any garnishes after the chocolate topping has cooled so the candies don’t melt, but is still soft enough to adhere to the candies. Notice I didn’t heed my own advice! You can also freeze the candies for about 15 minutes, especially if your kitchen is warm or you’re making these in the heat of summer.
  • Special K cereal can be used instead of Rice Krispies if that’s your preference. Growing up, Rice Krispie treats were made with marshmallows and Special K treats were made with peanut butter. I love both of these types of cereal bars!

More Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats You’ll Love

The chocolate peanut butter combo is classic and irresistible! These Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars have gooey caramel added to the mix and if you’re looking for an easy fix for your craving, this Tiger Bark fits the bill. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies will practically melt in your mouth and these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are tempting, too!

Reeses Rice Krispie Treats on a small white square ceramic plate

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Classic Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats - A retro no-bake bar cookie for lovers of the chocolate peanut butter combination!

Reeses Rice Krispie Treats

A childhood favorite that’s stood the test of time!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 25 bars
  • Category: Dessert, Bar Cookies, No-Bale
  • Method: Boiling, No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Bars:

1 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup  sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup creamy peanut butter

5 cups Rice Krispies or puffed rice cereal

Chocolate Glaze:

3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

1 tablespoon oil, neutral flavored like Canola

Small peanut butter cups, to garnish, optional

Instructions

Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with nonstick foil or use a 9 x 9-inch non-stick springform pan. Set aside.

Place the corn syrup and sugars in a large saucepan over medium-low heat and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once boiling, remove from the heat and immediately stir in peanut butter.

Mix until well combined. Quickly stir in Rice Krispies. Spread into the prepared baking pan. I lightly grease my palm and press the mixture into a flat layer.

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine chocolate chips, peanut butter and oil. Cook, stirring frequently until completely melted and smooth. Spread over the bars.

If you’re topping the bars with peanut butter cups, allow the chocolate to cool slightly (but not all the way) before adding the peanut butter cups.

Notes

Briefly freeze your peanut butter cups before topping or wait until your chocolate topping cools enough to still be soft, but not hot. Otherwise your peanut butter cups will melt like mine did!

 

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20 comments on “Reeses Rice Krispie Treats”

  1. Sinfully delicious! That peanut butter cup topping looks totally irresistible!

  2. That’s a nice twist on rice crispy treats Liz-sounds good:@)

  3. I will gladly balance the universe by eating your share of peanut butter Liz; I still have it on toast at least once a week for breakfast!

    Still, nothing quite compares to the combination of peanut butter and chocolate; add that to a crispy treat and you’ve given us perfection!

  4. Oh my gosh, these are off the chart!!!!! My entire family would go nuts for these.

  5. These are almost too pretty to eat – almost LOL. I would inhale the entire batch so I’ll have to save these for a party when I know there will be others to help me eat them! Beautiful as always Liz!

  6. These are two of the best sweet treats combined into one!

  7. Oh, I want these!

  8. Oh.Em.Gee Liz! This is gorgeous and sounds amazing. Pretty much a masterpiece. And I agree about the corn syrup.

  9. Chocolate and peanut butter is a match made in heaven and then when you top on a chewy but rice Krispie crust even better. This would be the perfect make ahead treat for the 4th of July weekend festivities.

  10. As always, your desserts look perfect and delicious! Mine always look so messy compared to you!

  11. I DO like peanut butter in ANY form. It’s OK straight from the jar, but better on toast. And best in great desserts like this one! Very creative — thanks.

  12. Hi Liz,
    These look amazing! My mom used to make these for us when we were growing up too. Those Reese’s Cups on top definitely take it to the next level though — and great call on the springform pan. I don’t have a square one, but maybe I need to invest in one.

  13. OMG, this recipe! First of all, I’m a huge Reese’s cup fan and if they’re in the house, I’m in big trouble. Topping Rice Krispie Treats with them is sheer genius! I want to make these NOW.

  14. My mouth literally dropped open as soon as the picture of these Reeses Rice Krispie Treats appeared on my screen Liz!! These look out of this world ahhmazing!!

  15. I am powerless from resisting peanut butter desserts! This one would be calling me by name – and saying something like … come and eat me! I’m in the kitchen 😉 Great recipe Liz

  16. I will definitely have to make these to share with many others, so I don’t eat them all myself!

  17. These are just heavenly! I am a sucker for anything with peanut butter and chocolate

  18. The chocolate and peanut butter combination is one I can never get enough of. If the members of your family who don’t appreciate it will just give me their shares, all will be well. I’m intrigued by the idea of using Special K instead of rice krispies. A childhood favorite re-imagined – how wonderful.

  19. Such an addictive treat, I love the peanut butter cup topping!

  20. These peanut butter rice krispie treat look so good. Our son is mad for peanut butter, so these will make a delicious treat for his birthday.

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