Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats

 PB Cup Rice Krispy Treats

In my dreams, I inhale an entire pan of these without feeling one pang of guilt. As a kid, the ever popular Rice Krispies treat did not trip my trigger. Boring! My mom, however, was a pretty savvy lady and somehow she must have stumbled upon the idea of adding a layer of peanut butter cups. I doubt she conjured up this winning combo from her imagination. The Eureka moment undoubtably originated over morning coffee and smokes with her BFF while I was in school with my BFF (my BFF was the daughter of Mom’s BFF…clear as mud?).  They certainly weren’t surfing the net and pinning.

Or possibly from a church cookbook. I love church cookbooks. The older, the better.

Fast forward a couple of years (shut it) and it’s my turn to feed my daughter’s volleyball team before a game. I wanted to make a tasty, easy dessert. Those that love me know that I would rather whip up a batch of tacos for an army than bake a cake. Desserts are stressful. I’ve never, ever EVER made Rice Krispies treats. My Eureka moment came in the form of a fond memory (albeit hazy) of my mom making these scrumptious treats. Off to Kroger.

Basically a simple batch of Rice Krispies treats with an added middle layer of peanut butter cups,  jazzed up with melted chocolate on top.

Today I earned a few votes for Mother of the Year, thus shrinking the deficit…by just a bit.

I’d love to know where this recipe originated from. It’s all over the internet, with just slight variations. My money is on the loving, squeezably huggable grandma at the corner grocery spying a pack of Reece’s while standing in line to buy a box of Rice Krispies circa the summer of love.


Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats
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This scrumptious dessert brings back fond childhood memories
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • 7 C. Rice Krispies
  • 7 C. mini marshmallows
  • 24 peanut butter cups
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips
  • ½ C. peanut butter
  • 8 T. butter, plus extra for pan prep and hands
  1. Butter a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Melt 4 T. butter in a large pot.
  3. Add marshmallows and stir until melted.
  4. Add the peanut butter and stir.
  5. Add Rice Krispies and combine.
  6. Press half of the mixture into the prepared pan.
  7. Top with peanut butter cups, even spaced.
  8. Quickly press the rest of the cereal mixture on top of the peanut butter cups.
  9. Melt the chocolate chips and remaining 4 T. of butter in the microwave or over a double broiler.
  10. Stir until smooth and spread over the Rice Krispies with a spatual.
  11. Let set before cutting into bars
Have the peanut butter cups unwrapped and ready to place on top of the first layer. The Rice Krispies will set up quickly.
Lightly butter your hands so that the sticky mixture is easier to handle.






  1. John Rumpz says:

    These snacks are so good that the volleyball team at Carroll High School dubbed them the “crack” snack. I assume that is a good thing. For you parents, this is a great treat as a tiny bite is all it takes to beat that sweet urge. Humblicious!

  2. These rice krispie treats look fabulous! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. These look incredible! I remember my mom always making us rice krispie treats – but not like these! I think I will have to upgrade to this recipe for my kids!

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