Bars, Chocolate, Desserts

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Crispy Treats

June 2, 2015

I am a huge planner. Huge.  One of my biggest pet peeves (if you can even call it that), is when something happens and I know I could’ve avoided it from just having a simple plan.  Ugh, it’s just the worst to me.  Don’t get me wrong, I can go with the flow.  It’s just not my first choice, ha!

These Rice Crispy Treats are a result of a last minute get-together.  We had friends coming over and I had just a few hours before they came to whip up something for dessert.  I remembered that I just picked up some mini Reeses Peanut Butter cups earlier in the day, and then it came to me — Peanut Butter Cup Rice Crispy Treats.  Rice Crispy Treats made with smooth Peanut Butter and melted Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.  Now what sounds better than that?

Next time I find myself hosting a not-perfectly-planned dinner party, I will keep calm and make rice crispy treats.  They are easy, quick, and tasty. Win, win, win.

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Crispy Treats
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Serves: 16
 
Rice Crispy Treats made with smooth Peanut Butter and melted Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butte
  • 1 10.5-ounce bag Mini Marshmallows
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter, Creamy
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 5 cups Rice Crispies
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) Mini Peanut Butter Cups
Instructions
  1. Liberally butter the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Set aside until ready to use.
  2. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat.
  3. Add the marshmallows and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the marshmallows are completely melted and smooth.
  4. Add the peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until the peanut butte is melted and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  5. Add the cereal to the marshmallows and stir until the cereal is completely coated with the melted marshmallows. Remove from the heat and stir a few more times to make sure the cereal is coated and there are no melted marshmallows on the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add the Mini Peanut Butter Cups and fold them into the mixture rice crispy mixture. I try my best to not allow them to melt completely, however some will.
  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and, using parchment paper greased with butter, press it down into the pan. It’s not necessary to use the parchment paper, it just helps to reduce the stickiness as compared to using your hands or a spatula.
  8. Let the treats cool in the pan on counter until completely cooled and hardened, about 1-2 hours.
  9. Cut into squares, and either wrap in plastic wrap individually or place on a platter to serve.

Fun fact // My husband read “Don’t get me wrong, I can go with the flow.” and laughed! Maybe I’m an ever bigger planner than I thought?!

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  • Melissa June 2, 2015 at 8:24 am

    These were Yum-yum-yum! Mike looooved them! And so did I! Nice twist on a rice crispy!