Friday, June 8, 2012

Peanut M&M Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies Treats are a perfect summer weather dessert because they're no-bake (no oven heating-yay!), quick and deliciously simple.  Plus you know how I love to make them different flavors.  I found myself with a bag of peanut M&Ms and immediately knew I wanted to turn them into dessert.  These treats are laced with peanut butter in the marshmallow and studded with the crunch of peanut M&Ms and roasted peanuts.  I love how the color of M&M's makes the treats a bit more festive and fun, and just pops off the creamy color of the Rice Krispies.  These are a great treat for a subtle peanut butter and chocolate combo--just a hint of chocolate cuts into the peanut butter and peanuts to offer an extra flavor in these gooey treats.

Adjusting the traditional recipe is pretty easy, so I don't have a source for this version (is that enough to make it original?  I say, yes!).  If you like the idea of a peanut butter flavored treat, but would prefer to not have actual peanuts in the mix, remove the peanuts, swap out and increase the amount of any other M&M, such as plain or even the peanut butter ones (double the peanut butter, double the fun).  And if you want to put your fancy pants on, color coordinate these with your event using the various holiday M&Ms.  Lovely, easy and delicious--just like summer should be.

Peanut M&M Rice Krispies Treats


6 cups crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
1 cup peanut M&Ms
3 Tablespoons butter
1 10.5 ounce bag mini marshmallows
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

In a large bowl, combine cereal, peanuts and M&Ms.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan.  Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.

Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until combined and smooth.

Pour marshmallow mixture over cereal mixture.  Working quickly, stir to coat evenly.

Turn cereal mixture into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan and press evenly across pan to create a smooth top.

Allow to set about 1 hour, then cut into bars.

Makes 24 bars.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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