Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Take your favorite childhood treat to a whole new level with these Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats! This easy no-bake recipe is made with marshmallows and peanut butter and topped off with a layer of melted chocolate. Enjoy this irresistible, homemade snack or dessert that will satisfy all ages!

Plate of chocolate covered rice krispie treats.

Indulge in the ultimate treat – our chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispies treats! Gooey and chewy with a layer of melted chocolate.

Rice Krispie treats have always been a favorite. You can’t go wrong with soft marshmallow cereal treats!

To make these cereal treats even better, I combine two of the best flavors: creamy peanut butter and smooth chocolate. The peanut butter gets stirred into the marshmallow butter mixture and the melted chocolate gets spread over the top. It’s an amazing flavor combo!

Ingredients and Possible Substitutions:

  • Butter: We use unsalted butter but salted butter also works. If you use salted butter, make sure to omit the added salt from the recipe.
  • Mini Marshmallows: You’ll need a 10-ounce bag of mini marshmallows. If you don’t have mini marshmallows, use 40 regular-sized marshmallows.
  • Peanut Butter: Creamy peanut butter is our pick, but crunchy peanut butter works, too. Just be aware that crunchy peanut butter will give you tiny pieces of hard peanuts in the Rice Krispie treats.
  • Vanilla: We like pure vanilla extract. Use imitation vanilla if preferred.
  • Salt: Omit if using salted butter.
  • Rice Krispies Cereal: Brand name or off-brand works.
  • Chocolate Chips: Use your favorite variety. Milk chocolate, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate are good options.

How to Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats:

The original Rice Krispie Treats recipe is amazing, but it never hurts to take it up a notch by adding peanut butter and chocolate! This recipe takes about 10 minutes to make and 30 minutes to set.

See the recipe card below for the ingredient amounts and full instructions.

  1. Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray, grease with butter, or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large pan over low-medium heat. Once the butter melts, add the marshmallows and salt.
  3. Stir the marshmallows continuously until melted and smooth then add the peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until the ingredients are well combined.
Mini marshmallows and melted butter in a pan.
Peanut butter and vanilla added to melted marshmallows.
  1. Remove from heat and add the Rice Krispie cereal. Work quickly to stir in the cereal then transfer it to the prepared pan.
  2. Use a buttered spatula to gently press into an even layer.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips on half power in the microwave stirring every 15 to 20 seconds. Once the chocolate is smooth, pour it over the Rice Krispie treats in an even layer. Spread smooth with a spatula.
  4. Allow the treats to cool, so the chocolate sets. Cut and serve.
Rice krispies stirred into peanut butter and marshmallows.
Chocolate spread over rice krispie treats.

Tips for Success:

  • Gently press the Rice Krispie mixture into the pan. Pressing firmly causes the treats to set up compressed and crunchy instead of soft.
  • Let your peanut butter treats cool completely before cutting them into bars.
  • Once coated with chocolate let the Rice Krispie treats set up at room temperature instead of refrigerating them which will cause the treats to dry out.
  • Add a sprinkling of Maldon sea salt over the melted chocolate for a sweet and salty flavor.
  • Use a knife run under hot water to cut the bars into clean squares.
  • Butter the spatula, or your hands, to make pressing the peanut butter treats into the pan easier.
  • These treats are a little crunchier than the original recipe, so don’t be alarmed. Make sure not to pack them into the pan and they’ll still be soft instead of hard and compressed.

Storage Options:

Room Temperature: Store leftover peanut butter Rice Krispie treats in an airtight container for up to 3 days. For optimum storage, place parchment paper between each layer of treats.

Freezer: These treats can be frozen for up to 3 months. Just keep in mind that they’ll dry out and get hard. Freezing is not recommended.

Top down view of a pan of cut peanut butter rice krispie treats.

Why Are My Rice Krispie Treats Falling Apart?

Rice Krispie Treats tend to fall apart if they have too much butter or too many marshmallows. Adding a few extra marshmallows doesn’t usually hurt, but adding a lot of extra marshmallows may cause the treats to fall apart.

Do You Have to Use Chocolate on the Top?

Nope! The chocolate topping makes a wonderful addition, but it’s optional. If you don’t want it, leave it off.

Close up view of rice krispie treats on a white plate.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 20 Servings

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 10 ounces mini marshmallows
  • Pinch salt
  • cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 3 cups chocolate chips, any variety; about 1 ½ (12 ounce) bags

Instructions
 

  • Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray, grease with butter, or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large pan over low-medium heat then add the marshmallows and salt.
    ¼ cup unsalted butter
    Pinch salt
    Butter in a large pan.
  • Stir the marshmallows continuously until melted then add the peanut butter and vanilla.
    10 ounces mini marshmallows
    ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
    1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
    Peanut butter and vanilla added to melted marshmallows.
  • Remove from heat and add the Rice Krispie cereal. Work quickly to stir in the cereal then transfer to the prepared pan.
    6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
    Rice krispies stirred into peanut butter and marshmallows.
  • Use a buttered spatula to gently press into an even layer.
    Peanut butter rice krispie treats in a pan.
  • Melt the chocolate chips on half power in the microwave stirring every 15 to 20 seconds. Pour the melted chocolate over the Rice Krispie treats in an even layer. Spread smooth with a spatula.
    3 cups chocolate chips
    Chocolate spread over rice krispie treats.
  • Allow the treats to cool, so the chocolate sets. Cut and serve.
  • Scroll up and see the post for tips, FAQs, and storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 marshmallow treat. Actual calories will vary.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pieceCalories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 3gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 93mgPotassium: 138mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 630IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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