Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie treats are a fun and tasty twist on the classic. These are easy, minimal ingredients and won’t last long, they are too good! You will want to make this recipe all year long. Chewy, melt in your mouth flavor.

Rice Krispies on a grey brown plate with chocolate chips.
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Why Make These Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

These are such an easy dessert to whip up. They come together quickly and they require few ingredients. This recipe for Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats is FOOL-proof. It’s pretty much impossible to mess them up. As easy as they are, they always impress guests and they never last long. You will love these treats. Also try my Christmas Rice Krispies for the holidays!

Ingredients Needed

Small bowls and plates with ingredients on them.

Rice Krispies. This cereal is the base of this treat! You can use any brand, I often go for the store label over the more expensive version. You can also make my Oreo Rice Krispies

Marshmallows. I always use mini marshmallows, they melt much easier and more evenly. Make sure your marshmallows are fresh for this recipe!

Butter. I like to use salted butter because I think all sweets need a little salt for flavor but please, feel free to use unsalted if needed.

Vanilla Extract. This is for flavor, it add extra flavor.

Peanut Butter. Any will work but I prefer a natural peanut butter, it’s easier to melt down and doesn’t burn as easy. Creamy is my go-to but crunchy will also work.

Chocolate Chips. You can use any kind you like! Milk chocolate will give a sweeter flavor, dark chocolate will be a little more bitter. I usually go for semi-sweet personally.

Coconut oil. This is to help melt down the chocolate. You can also use a vegetable oil in place of the coconut oil if needed.

Recipe Variations

Rice Krispies. You can use any brand, if you need to make them gluten free, use crushed GF Chex mix.

Marshmallow. You can use any size of marshmallows however, I suggest the minis for ease of use and measuring.

Peanut Butter. Use almond butter or cashew butter in place of peanut butter.

Make them a bit lower in sugar and healthier by skipping the chocolate layer if needed.

Steps To Make This Recipe

Black sauce pan with melted marshmallow.

Step One. Measure out the rice cereal and set aside. In a large 4 qt or larger pot, add the butter, vanilla, peanut butter and marshmallows. Cook on medium to low heat and stir often until the marshmallows melt completely.

Step Two. Once the marshmallows have melted, add in the rice cereal and stir really well. Ensuring everything is evenly coated. In an 7×7 or 8×8 inch size dish, line with parchment paper.

White baking dish with marshmallow mix in it and chocolate coating.

Step Three. Add the mix into the dish and press the mixture around to ensure it is even and level. Don’t push too hard! otherwise the treats will be hard to bite through. I find just a little pressure to even things out is perfect.

Step Four. Set the mix aside to cool and form to the dish. You can place it in the fridge for up to 30 minutes if needed.

Step Five. In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, add in chocolate chips and oil. Microwave for 1 minute, stir mix and then microwave for another minute. Everything should be melty and smooth. Pour over the cooled marshmallow mix. Ensure the chocolate is even, place in the fridge for about 30 min to cool and harden a bit.

Step Four. Once the chocolate has set, slice into peanut butter rice krispie treats into small squares and enjoy!

Close up photo of treats on a plate with a spoon of peanut butter.

Recipe FAQ’s

Can I make these peanut butter rice Krispie treats dairy free?

Make these Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats dairy free by using plant based butter and a dairy free chocolate.

Are these gluten free?

No, these are not gluten free, you can use crushed gluten free cereal in place like Chex mix.

Do I need the chocolate topping?

No, you can skip the chocolate topping and just enjoy them as peanut butter treats!

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A plate full of rice krispie treats with chocolate.
5 from 3 votes

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Peanut butter rice krispie treats are a fun and tasty twist on the classic. These are easy, minimal ingredients and won't last long, they are too good.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
resting time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10

Equipment

  • large sauce pan or 4 qt pot

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 10 oz bag of mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • cup rice krispie cereal
  • cup chocolate chips, *see notes
  • tsp coconut oil , *see notes

Instructions 

  • Measure out the rice cereal and set aside. In a large 4 qt or larger pot, add the butter, vanilla, peanut butter and marshmallows. Cook on medium to low heat and stir often until the marshmallows melt completely.
  • Once the marshmallows have melted, add in the rice cereal and stir really well. Ensuring everything is evenly coated. In an 7×7 or 8×8 inch size dish, line with parchment paper.
  • Add the mix into the dish and press the mixture around to ensure it is even and level. Don't push too hard! otherwise the treats will be hard to bite through. I find just a little pressure to even things out is perfect.
  • Set the mix aside to cool and form to the dish. You can place it in the fridge for up to 30 minutes if needed. 
  • In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, add in chocolate chips and oil. Microwave for 1 minute, stir mix and then microwave for another minute. Everything should be melty and smooth. Pour over the cooled marshmallow mix. Ensure the chocolate is even, place in the fridge for about 30 min to cool and harden a bit.
  • Once the chocolate has set, slice into small squares and enjoy! 

Notes

*any type of chocolate chip will work. I usually use semi sweet. You can also skip the chocolate coating. Feel free to reserve some whole for topping like I did in the photos!
*make these dairy free with plant based butter and DF chocolate chips
*any oil will work. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1square | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 988IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
resting time: 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 255
Keyword: 30 minute
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Okay wow these were so GOOD. The peanut butter flavor was the perfect amount best krispies I’ve had 🤤. Thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe never thought to add peanut butter.