Extra gooey & delicious peanut butter cup flavored rice krispies treats with miniature reese’s cups and a chocolate topping.
Rice Krispies treats are kind of my mom’s “signature” thing. She makes them ALL the time and growing up we could count on getting them at least once a week as an after school snack. She’s all about easy desserts that are super delicious and rice krispies are definitely one of those desserts.
For Valentine’s Day she’d make heart shaped rice krispies treats and dip them in chocolate. To me, whenever rice krispies are dipped in a thick layer of chocolate it has been upgraded to become the ultimate treat. ? She would also decorate the krispies treats with sprinkles and change up the color or sprinkles based on the holiday or season we were in. We loved them!
The one thing she NEVER did to a krispies treat is add peanut butter. But it was for good reason — my brother is extremely allergic to peanut butter. We didn’t even have peanut butter in the house because the smell would make him sick! So if you’ve wondered why I have peanut butter in just about everything on this site, it’s because I had to make up for my peanut butter deprived childhood ?
So not that I’ve moved out and fully embraced ALL the peanut butter, I knew it was time to make a peanut butter themed rice krispies treat. And by adding some peanut butter and miniature peanut butter cups to the mix, well you’ve got a crazy delicious rice krispies treat.
So you’ve probably noticed these krispies treat are kind of massive. As in, really tall. We actually never had this tall of krispies treats growing up but they happen to be my favorite now. However, if you are looking for a more traditional krispies treat, you’ll want to spread them into a 9 x 13 pan instead of an 9 x 9 pan. The rest of my family prefers the 9 x 13, so I’ve done them in that pan and they are, admittedly, easier to eat when they are thinner ☺️
A few tips to having super delicious rice krispies treats:
✔️ Use extremely FRESH marshmallows. As fresh as possible will keep these softer and much more enjoyable.
✔️Don’t overcook the marshmallows. Stir them over heat until they are *just* melted and then immediately move them from the heat. Make sure you are also stirring the marshmallows near constantly while they are melting.
✔️ Don’t “push” these into the pan instead place them in the pan and very, very gently press them down. The less you compact them the better they will be. When you push them into a pan with a lot of pressure it’s going to make the treats much harder.
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 10 cups miniature marshmallows separated
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 package mini Reese's cups ~1 and 1/2 cups total
- 1 and 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Line an 9 x 9 (super tall and thick treats) or 9 x 13 (traditional, easier to eat) pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Melt 5 tablespoons butter (salted or unsalted; if you use salted omit the salt) in a large pot over medium heat until completely melted.
Add in 8 cups of miniature marshmallows and stir constantly until completely melted.
As soon as the mallows are melted, remove and add in the salt, vanilla, and creamy peanut butter. Stir until smooth. Add the remaining 2 cups of marshmallows (these aren't supposed to completely melt with the other marshmallows so you'll have some thicker marshmallow bites throughout)
Add in the rice krispies and stir until well combined.
Gently fold in the miniature peanut butter cups and then transfer the mixture to your prepared pan.
VERY gently press the mixture into the pan without compressing (if you push and compress it makes the treats hard)
In a small bowl, add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and coconut oil (measure when melted). Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 15 seconds, until completely melted.
Spread evenly over the krispies treats and allow to completely set. (Place in the fridge covered for a faster set up)
Best enjoyed the same day these are made.