Thursday, October 6, 2011

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats

As if the Cookies & Cream version wasn't enough, I had to whip up another batch for Angela's birthday.  Hey, hungry college kids gotta eat, right?  And word on the street is a sugar buzz helps the late night studying.

Now this recipe really got Dave excited because chocolate and peanut butter is his biggest weakness. The topping on these treats is heavenly, creating a peanut butter and chocolate candy layer resting over a sweet and crunchy peanut buttery cereal treat.

Again, Michelle at Brown Eyed Baker delivered these bits of goodness.  I did make a minor change to the recipe by splitting up how I used the peanut butter.  Instead of using it all for the topping, I used a half cup in the cereal mixture and the remaining for the topping.  Slightly chilling the mini peanut butter cups would be a good idea too (I wish I'd know ahead of time) since mine melted far more than I would have liked.  These can be messy little buggers, so some patience is required as you'll want to chill them so the topping sets, but then need to bring them back close to room temperature for cutting and consumption.  Trust me, it's totally worth it.

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats


6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 10.5 ounce bag miniature marshmallows
4 Tablespoons butter
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 12 ounce bag miniature peanut butter cups, slightly chilled and quartered
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Measure cereal into a large bowl and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter, 1/2 cup peanut butter and marshmallows until smooth, stirring frequently.

Pour marshmallow mixture over cereal and stir to combine, working quickly to make sure everything is coated.  Turn cereal mixture into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan and press evenly into pan.

In a microwave safe dish or measuring cup, melt peanut butter until thin (about 1 minute).  Gently stir in the quartered peanut butter cups and pour over treats.  Gently spread peanut butter mixture across the top, trying to preserve the shape of some of the peanut butter cup chunks.

In another microwave safe dish, melt chocolate chips, stir until smooth and drizzle over the top.

Chill pan until topping is set, then allow to come close to room temperature before cutting into squares.

Makes 24 treats.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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