No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

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Easy chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispie treats. Learn step by step how to make my favorite handheld cereal bar treats with an irresistible crunch and tons of ooey, gooey marshmallow goodness. This is a fun no bake dessert idea for parties and other large crowds, and it's perfect for kids!

I just love Rice Krispie treats, especially microwave Rice Krispie treats, but these peanut butter chocolate Rice Krispie treats are REALLY good! They're crisp and crunchy when you bite into them, while maintaining a perfectly chewy texture that keeps you coming back for more.

chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispie treat squares stacked up on top of each other

These handheld no bake treats are packed to the brim with gooey marshmallow and peanut butter goodness. They have this melt-in-your-mouth chocolate topping that seeps down into the crisp rice cereal to create that perfectly sweet and salty peanut butter and chocolate combination.

Similar to my homemade chocolate Rice Krispies treats, this recipe uses chocolate chips. I just love the flavor of a good semi-sweet chocolate chip, and they're super easy to dump in a bowl and melt in the microwave. Not to mention, I almost always have chocolate chips on hand.

Why You'll Love These Crispy Treats

  • This is a quick and easy recipe with simple and affordable ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
  • These chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispie treats have a crispy texture, while still maintaining the perfect level of chewiness and tons of gooey marshmallow deliciousness beneath the melted chocolate topping. Yeah, they're REALLY good!
  • There's just something magical about chocolate and peanut butter when they're paired together. I mean, I make a lot of chocolate peanut butter desserts, including this recipe for chocolate peanut butter Ritz crackers, or even chocolate peanut butter balls, but chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispie treats may just be my new favorite.
  • Because it's so easy, this is a great no bake recipe for kids. Who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter, especially when the two are married together to create the perfect combination?!
  • Peanut butter and chocolate Rice Krispies treats are great for parties and other large gatherings. They'd make a great holiday snack-dessert! You can double, triple or even quadruple the recipe to feed a crowd, and everyone will thank you for it!
no bake chocolate and peanut butter Rice Krispie treats in a large silver baking sheet

Ingredients Notes & Substitutions

Let's get started with the ingredients…

  • Salted Butter – I recommend using salted butter for this recipe, but if all you have is unsalted butter, that'll work too. When using unsalted butter, just be sure to increase the actual salt in the recipe by about 1/8 teaspoon to make up for the decreased salt content in the butter.
  • Vanilla Extract – Although you can use imitation vanilla, I highly recommend using 100% real vanilla extract for its superior flavor.
  • Sea Salt – Of course you can use table salt, but I love the flavor of this “real” Redmond sea salt.
  • Mini Marshmallows – I recommend using mini marshmallows because they melt much more quickly and efficiently as compared to regular or even jumbo marshmallows. It's important that you use fresh marshmallows. Old marshmallows tend to dry out, and they don't melt nearly as well. Instead of becoming soft and gooey, old marshmallows will melt down into a hardened glob that is undesirable for Rice Krispie treats.
  • Creamy Peanut Butter – I recommend using creamy peanut butter. Stay away from “natural” peanut butter for this recipe; it's too oily, and your rice crispy treats won't stick together very well.
  • Rice Krispies Cereal – I prefer Aldi's brand because it's gluten-free, but any classic Rice Krispies cereal will work.
  • Chocolate Chips – Although I prefer semi-sweet chocolate chips, any chocolate chip will do. Don't have chocolate chips? Chocolate melting wafers make a great substitute.
  • Shortening – Although it's totally optional, I highly recommend using shortening for the melting chocolate in this recipe. A little bit of shortening goes a long way in helping the chocolate topping to harden and set properly as the Rice Krispie treats cool.

Scroll down to the recipe card below for a full ingredients list with step-by-step instructions on how to make these peanut butter and chocolate Rice Krispie treats.

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Before getting start, grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Then move on to the steps below…

How to Make the Rice Krispies Treats

  1. Start by melting the butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven on the stovetop over medium-low heat. Take your time and don't overcook it.
  2. Stir the vanilla extract and salt into the melted butter.
  3. Add the mini marshmallows to the melted butter mixture, stirring until the marshmallows have fully melted. Again, take your time and don't overcook this mixture. Doing so will caramelize the sugars in the marshmallows and cause your Rice Krispy treats to be hard and dry, and they won't stick together.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat, and whisk in the creamy peanut butter until it's completely melted.
  5. Then quickly stir in the Rice Krispies cereal.
  6. Spread the crisp rice mixture into the prepared pan with a spatula.
6 step photo collage showing how to make chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispie treats

Making the Melted Chocolate Topping

  1. To make the melted chocolate topping, start by adding the chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl, and heat on medium power at 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval.
  2. Once the chocolate chips are almost melted, add the shortening, stirring until smooth.
  3. Use a spatula to spread the melted chocolate into an even layer over the Rice Krispies mixture in the pan and let cool before moving on to the final step below. This will allow the chocolate topping to harden up on top.
3 step photo collage showing how to make chocolate covering for peanut butter and chocolate Rice Krispie treats

How to Cut Out Rice Crispy Cereal Treats

Now that your Rice Krispies treats have cooled, go ahead and slice them up into squares. I like to use a plastic knife to cut into mine; that way I don't scratch up my baking dish with a regular knife.

Serve and enjoy; it's that easy! I like to pair this sweet and salty snack with a cold glass of milk from our A2/A2 Guernsey cows. Rice Krispies treats are great for kids, and it's not at all hard to double, triple or even quadruple the recipe to feed a crowd for a party or other large gathering.

peanut butter and chocolate Rice Krispie treat square on a small silver spatula over top of a large silver baking sheet full of Rice Krispie treats

Seriously, I think you're going to love this recipe, with all of its melt-in-your-mouth chocolaty, peanut butter goodness, and the crisp, crunchy texture that you get when you bite into one. These are the BEST little hand-held treats ever!

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ's

Is this recipe gluten-free?

All ingredients for this recipe, except for the Rice Krispies cereal, are usually gluten-free. Although the Rice Krispies branded cereal is not gluten-free, there are plenty of off-brand gluten-free Rice Krispies cereal options out there.

I prefer Aldi's crisp rice cereal because it's gluten-free. If you don't have an Aldi nearby, this gluten-free crispy rice cereal looks promising as well. As always, you'll want to check all of your ingredients over to ensure that they are truly gluten-free.

Why did my Rice Krispies treats get too hard?

If your Rice Krispies treats are getting too hard, you are most likely overcooking the butter and marshmallow mixture. The sugars in the marshmallows can caramelize if you cook them down too fast, resulting in hard, dry Rice Krispie treats. It's best to take your time in melting the butter and marshmallow mixture over a medium-low heat on the stovetop.

Why won't my Rice Krispie treats stick together?

There are a few reasons why your Rice Krispie treats won't stick together. 1) First of all, it is normal for Rice Krispie treats to fall apart before they are fully cooled. If they feel warm and appear to be melting when you pick them up, give them more time to cool and set properly.
2) You could also be using old marshmallows, which can often become stale, and they won't melt down properly. This prevents the treats from sticking together, causing them to fall apart into a big mess. I highly recommend using marshmallows that are as fresh as possible to avoid this problem. 3) You may also be cooking the marshmallow mixture too long. It's important that you melt the marshmallow mixture down slowly over a medium-low heat on the stovetop, and it's best that you don't cook them for any more time than you have to. Otherwise, the marshmallows will become like liquid, and the Rice Krispies won't stick together properly, resulting in a hard, dry Rice Krispie treat that falls apart when you pick it up.
4) Last but not least, make sure that you are not using too much crisp rice cereal. If you use too much cereal, the mixture will become too dry and fall apart.

Why did my Rice Krispie treats get soggy?

This is usually caused by using too much butter, making the Rice Krispies treats wet and soggy. Try just slightly reducing the amount of butter in the recipe and go from there.

How do you store chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispies treats?

You can store your peanut butter and chocolate Rice Krispies treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days. After that, they will likely begin to stale.

Can you freeze them?

Yes, you can freeze chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispie treats. Once they've cooled completely, cut them into little squares, and wrap each treat in wax paper and place into an airtight container and into the freezer. Stored this way, they should stay fresh for up to 2 months before they begin to stale.

Recipe Variations

Here are a few ways that you can switch this recipe up…

  • Instead of cutting these Rice Krispie treats into squares, try cutting them into various shapes and sizes with cookie cutters! This is especially great if you're making these crispy treats with kids.
  • Hungry for even more peanut butter? Try dropping mini Reese's peanut butter cups on top of each Rice Krispies square.
  • Throw some M&M's into the cereal mixture before it's finished cooking down for added crunch and color. Bonus points for mini peanut butter M&M's!
  • I think butterscotch chips would be a yummy and creative addition to these Rice Krispie treats.
  • Craving more chocolate? Swap out the Rice Krispies cereal for Cocoa Pebbles. Sounds amazing, right?!
  • I personally think chopped up pretzels would be a great addition to these Rice Krispies treats. Try adding them to the crisp rice cereal mixture before the marshmallows are fully cooked down. Sweet and salty…
  • You can always try drizzling some melted white chocolate on top for a decorative touch. Use white chocolate chips or even white chocolate melting wafers, whichever suits you!
no bake chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispie treats with a chocolate topping

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chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispie treat squares stacked up on top of each other

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Easy chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispie treats. My favorite handheld treat with irresistible crunch and tons of gooey marshmallow goodness!
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Course: Desserts, No Bake Desserts, Rice Krispie Treats
Cuisine: American
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 297kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Start by greasing a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Next, melt the butter in a large sauce pot or Dutch oven on the stovetop on medium-low heat.*
  • Stir the vanilla extract and salt into the melted butter.
  • Add the mini marshmallows to the melted butter mixture, stirring until the marshmallows have fully melted.*
  • Remove the mixture from the heat, and stir in the creamy peanut butter until it's completely melted.
  • Then quickly stir in the Rice Krispies cereal.
  • Spread the crisp rice mixture into the prepared pan with a spatula.
  • Next, add the chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl, and heat on medium power at 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval.
  • Once the chocolate chips are almost melted, add the shortening, whisking until smooth.
  • Use a spatula to spread the melted chocolate into an even layer over the Rice Krispies mixture in the pan and let cool before moving on to the final step below. This will allow the chocolate topping to harden up on top.
  • Once cooled, slice your chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispie treats into squares and enjoy!

Notes

*It's important that you use fresh marshmallows. Old, stale marshmallows will have begun to dry out, and they won't melt down properly for your Rice Krispie treats to stick together.
*If you don't have any chocolate chips on hand, you can also use chocolate melting wafers in a pinch.
*Be careful not to overcook the butter and marshmallow mixture. Keep the heat down on low to medium heat and take your time. Overcooking this mixture can cause it to become hard and dry, and your Rice Krispie treats won't stick together properly. 
*You don't have to add the shortening to the melted chocolate mixture, but I find that it really helps the chocolate to set and harden up better as it cools.
How do you store chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispies treats?
You can store your peanut butter and chocolate Rice Krispies treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days. 
Can you freeze chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispie treats?
Yes, you can freeze chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispie treats. Once they've cooled completely, cut them into little square, and wrap each treat in wax paper and place into an airtight container and into the freezer. Stored this way, they should stay fresh for up to 2 months.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 808IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 3mg
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