Peanut Butter, Chocolatey Rice Krispy Bars

This was my latest creation while Mike and Tiffany were here...I LOVE having a reason for making desserts! And unless it's ice cream or butterscotch cookies, Eric isn't the biggest sweet tooth (ok, or gummy bears, but his whole rationale makes no sense to me...homemade tiramisu? passes it up. Gummy bears or sour patch kids? he'll eat the whole bag in one sitting. again, I'm still scratching my head on that one...) ANYway, Tiffany and I share an affection for food and eating, so I get excited when we are together!! I didn't have anything "planned" for dessert, but as I waited with a lasagna in the oven, for them to arrive, I whipped up these babies. They are a familiar, childhood treat, but with a little extra sum'p'in, sum'p'in for flavor.

Ingredients: *
2 -2 1/2 c. Rice Krispy Cereal
1/2 bag (approx. 2 c.) Marshmallows (mini's melt the fastest and most evenly...taste is obviously unaffected by either size)
1-1 1/2 Tbsp butter
1/3 c. Peanut Butter (I used smooth) - totally adjustable measurement based on how "peanut-buttery" you like the flavor
1/4 to 1/3 c. Chocolate Chips (I used semi-sweet)- same as peanut butter measurement
Pam cooking spray - helps a LOT with the sticky factor! and just makes life simpler

Melt butter in a large pot. Add marshmallows and heat on low temp as to not burn the them...;) Add the peanut butter and melt into the marshmallows. Next, take off the heat and throw in the rice krispy cereal. Once coated, throw in the chocolate chips. Start to stir, but as they begin to melt, transfer to the greased (thanks Pam!) :) 8x8 pan. Let them cool, then cut into bars and DEVOUR.

*Note: I made a 1/2 batch to fit a 8x8 so to make a regular batch for 9x13 pan, double all the measurements. They are fairly rich with the peanut-butter and chocolate added. OH SO GOOD.

Also, the picture isn't great, but don't let it fool you...!!


Papa Jay said...

berguenAre there any left? Eric can have the gummy bears....I'll be right over for some of those babies!

The Shillings said...

Eric did like these, but I'll whip you up a batch any time you like! they are yummy...

Joy the Baker said...

these looks super delicious! i'm convinced you can never go wrong with peanut butter!

The Shillings said...

Joy - amen about never going wrong with peanut butter! Thanks for checking my blog out - I am tickled pink as I am a big fan of yours! :)

Josh 'n Katie said...

Yessss!! Another new recipe to try out! Josh is not that fussy about dessert- he eats about anything sweet. These sound delicious!

The Shillings said...

Katie - isn't it great to have someone to try out new desserts on? I love it! These are no-fuss, scrumptious treats to try! :)

Anonymous said...

the bars were delish! i think i ate 4 pieces...my bad. & i am SO going to try that recipie...anything with meat, mike will eat. i'm glad our hubbies are so alike. : ) xoxo tiff