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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats [Video]

This post has been sponsored by New Jersey Lottery but all opinions are entirely my own.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are made with marshmallows, peanut butter, rice Krispie cereal, and topped with a thick layer of chocolate. The perfect gooey and chewy dessert to enjoy during the holidays!

This is the ultimate holiday dessert that everyone has probably tried before. These bars are easy to make, deliciously addictive, and great for any occasion. We also love Strawberry Cheesecake Fat Bombs, Sugar Cookie Truffles, and Buckey Brownie Cookie.

Easy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

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Along with our fun stocking stuffer, I have made an easy and fun dessert to accompany the gift opening process. This Peanut Butter Rice Krispie recipe is super quick and easy to prepare. You only need six ingredients for it, and less than 15 minutes of your time. Also, you can make a large batch in advance and simply store them. 

These are classic treats that bring back a lot of holiday memories. You can enjoy them for breakfast, or as a snack to satisfy your sweet tooth. We love making them during the Christmas holidays so that everyone can enjoy them.

The combination of peanut butter with rice Krispie is totally out of this world. If you haven’t tried them before, we highly recommend doing it now! They are addictive, and probably one of the best desserts you can make in less than 15 minutes!

What do you need to make Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats?

You will need the following ingredients:

  • Unsalted butter– Ensure to use unsalted butter since the PB already has some salt it in, so you do not want to have a salty dessert!
  • Mini marshmallows– We prefer to use the mini version because they melt easier. You can easily find them in the local grocery stores. If not, here is a link where you can buy them online. 
  • Peanut butter – Feel free to use any type you have available. 
  • Rice Krispie cereal– The central ingredient here. We love using the original version in this recipe. 
  • Chocolate chips or chopped chocolate– Both work well here for the topping.
  • Corn syrup – If you are not a fan of it, substitute it with maple syrup, or honey.

How to make Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats?

Once you have all the ingredients handy, the rest is pretty simple. The recipe comes together in no time. Also, check out the recipe video tutorial attached above. But the general steps are as follows:

  1. Melt butter, marshmallows, and peanut butter: You can melt the ingredients in a saucepan over low-medium heat until they are melted. Alternatively, feel free to microwave them until smooth.  
  2. Add cereal: Once the ingredients are melted, gradually add cereal and stir gently until well coated. 
  3. Spread and press the mixture: grease a 13 by 9 pan, and evenly press the mixture onto the pan. 
  4. Top with chocolate: Lastly, melt the chocolate in a microwave, and spread evenly over the top of the cereal mixture. Cover and freeze for 15-20 minutes.

Recipe Variation:

These treats are very versatile and can be made with various other ingredients. Some of our favorite ways to mix things up are:

  • Swap the peanut butter. If you are not a PB fan, feel free to substitute it with sunflower seed butter or almond butter in its place. It works pretty well in this recipe.
  • Instead of corn syrup, go with honey or maple syrup. 
  • Go with the white chocolate top. Similarly, feel free to substitute the dark chocolate with white chocolate, or other types for topping. Also, you can top with caramel as well.

How long do Rice Krispie Treats last?

These treats last well, as long as you refrigerate them. Because they contain PB and chocolate, ensure not to keep them for too long at room temperature. Otherwise, they will become soft.

To store: We recommend to store them in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 7 days. 

To freeze: Transfer the bars to a freezer-proof dish that is sealable. Then, store them for up to 3 months.

Recipe Tips:

  • For the best results, use fresh marshmallows. Also, as stated above, try using mini type, as they melt faster, and evenly. However, if you cannot find them, go with regular ones. Just ensure to stir more often when melting it. 
  • Any PB brand will work here. So, go with what you like and have available. 
  • For extra gooey Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats, use fewer cereals. 
  • Cut the bars in any sizes you wish. Also, if you want to make them thicker use a thicker layer of the mixture when layering in the pan. 
  • They are perfect to enjoy during the holiday season. For a more festive look, top them with sprinkles, sea salt, etc.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are made with marshmallows, peanut butter, rice Krispie cereal, and topped with a thick layer of chocolate.

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  • Prep Time20 MIN
  • Cook Time10 MIN
  • Servings 12 servings


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 10 oz bag mini marshmallows or about 5 cups
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup


  • Lightly grease a 9x13 inch pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large saucepan over low heat melt the butter, mini marshmallows, and peanut butter stirring until fully combined.
  • Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the Rice Krispies cereal.
  • Press the mixture into the prepared pan, spraying your hands with cooking spray makes this step easier.
  • Using a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate for 45-second intervals, stirring well after each interval.
  • Once almost melted and fully smooth, stir in the corn syrup.
  • Pour the chocolate on top of the bars, spread evenly and let harden at room temperature for about 2 hours.
  • Cut into squares and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Sue in San Diego

Sue in San Diego

I’ve been making these since the 1960’s, when the recipe was on Rice Krispie’s boxes. It originally had butterscotch chips as well as the chocolate chips in the topping/spread on top, but I’ve made them without the butterscotch as well. Also, without the chocolate, and just has PB Rice Krispie treats. It’s been a family Christmas tradition ever since. Oh, and they’re called “Scotcheroos”.

Claudia Krusch

Claudia Krusch

I can't wait to try your recipe! Will be adding it to my cookie list!



Such a tasty way to make Rice Krispies treats!



Lottery tickets are a great gift idea. My aunts love getting them in their cards. These treats look yummy. Can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter.

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