Rice Krispie Treats no longer have to be boring. Jazz up the best rice krispie treats with everyone's favorite Reese's candy. These Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are easy to make and are off the chart amazing!
Love easy no bake cereal bars? You are going to love these easy cinnamon toast crunch bars and these Lucky Charms rice krispies.
⭐ Why Make These
Rice Krispie treats are one of my favorite things to make for dessert. They are just so easy to make and always taste great.
The problem is that I can't stop my crazy mind from wandering when it comes to easy desserts. This time when I went to make a pan of original rice Krispie treats, I saw a bag of peanut butter cups and remembered how good these Rice Krispie Candy Bars were.
Right away I had to add a layer of Reese's to the middle of the peanut butter rice Krispies with chocolate.
Best idea EVER!!! These a layer of peanut butter cups inside these Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats made this one the most requested treats in our house.
📋 Key Ingredients
You only need a few ingredients to make these easy Reese's stuffed rice Krispie treats. Add peanut butter to the classic Rice Krispie treat recipe, stuff it with peanut butter cups, and then spread melted chocolate on top. Holy yum!!!
- Butter - unsalted or salted is fine
- Marshmallows - Large or miniature marshmallows will work.
- Rice Krispies Cereal
- Peanut Butter - Creamy is our favorite, but you can use crunchy if you want more of a peanut crunch.
- Peanut Butter Cups - Full sized Reese's cups are best in these bars.
- Chocolate Chips - Try it with milk, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate chip.
- Heavy Whipping Cream - Use it to keep the chocolate topping soft after it sets.
🥣 How to Make Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats
These easy peanut butter rice Krispie treats come together in minutes. If you love peanut butter cups or chocolate and peanut butter, you are going to love these easy no bake treats.
- Unwrap all the Reese's peanut butter cups and set them aside.
- Butter a 9x13 pan and keep the butter out.
- Melt the butter and marshmallows in a large pot over low heat.
- Stir peanut butter into the melted butter and marshmallow.
- Divide the hot mixture in half. Press one half into the buttered baking dish.
- Lay the unwrapped Reese's peanut butter cups over the top.
- As soon as the candy bars are down, press the rest of the mixture over the top. Try to get it as even as possible. But don't stress too much about it because we are adding a layer of chocolate over the top that will hide the imperfections.
- Combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl and heat it for 30 seconds. Stir until it is melted and spreadable. If you need to heat it another 10-15 seconds, go ahead. Just do not over heat the chocolate.
- Spoon the melted chocolate over the top of the rice Krispie treats and use an angled spatula to spread it out quickly. Let the chocolate set before cutting into bars.
👩🏻🍳 Tips and Tricks
- Use fresh marshmallows for best results.
- Melt the butter and marshmallows over low heat. Overheating and cooking the marshmallows can create hard treats.
- Use cocoa rice Krispie cereal for a fun variation.
- Work quickly to put these Reese's rice Krispie treats together. Do not let the mixture sit very long at all, or it will start to cool and be harder to work with.
- Do not press the rice Krispie treats down hard in the pan. Pressing the mixture too hard is what causes hard rice Krispie treats. I don't know about you, but I prefer soft, chewy rice krispie treats.
- Make these chocolate and peanut butter bars ahead of time for parties and picnics.
📋 More Cereal Treats
- Disney World Rice Krispie Treats
- Monster Rice Krispie Treats
- Football Rice Krispie Treats
- Oreo Rice Krispie Treats
- Rice Krispie Pinwheels
- Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats
- M&M Rice Krispie Treats
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*This post and recipe was originally posted July 23, 2014. The photos were updated August 2016, and the post was updated and republished June 4, 2021.
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Made these and they were amazing, I used 14 Reece’s instead and crumbled them in a food processor and mixed with the rice crisps and melted mellows/peanut butter instead. I also sprinkled the left over crumbs on top of the chocolate ganache. HUGE hit for the kids and grandpa ❤️
No way... these are HEAVENLY!!!!! Peanut butter, chocolate AND rice krispie treats? GET IN MY BELLY!
These were amazing! Thank you SO much!
I am totally about anything NO Bake and anything chocolate and peanut butter!!! This is the best rice krispie treat ever!!!
My kids are CRAZY for these! Truth be told, so am I... 🙂
These rice krispies were a huge hit in our house! They were gone in minutes!
I’m in the middle of making these, and just realized I don’t have heavy cream! I’ve made these many times before, and I forgot I needed that for the top layer. Can I make it without the heavy cream, or substitute it with milk??
I would just use the chocolate and add some shortening or coconut oil to thin it out. Or if you have coffee creamer, you can use that in place of the heavy cream.
These look awesome! Can I use organic peanut butter instead of the creamy store bought one? Will it hold shape?
I'm not really sure because I just used the store bought. I think with all the marshmallows that it would be ok, but I can't say for sure. Keep me posted if you try it that way!
Question, could you leave off the top layer of chocolate? I know I must sound crazy. A co-worker made these and they were so yummy, but so rich...so thought maybe leaving the top layer off might help.
Haha! Yes, totally crazy! But sure, if you want to leave the extra chocolate off, go for it! 🙂
These look amazing! Pinning to bake! laura
I made these bars for a kids treat but I used a 9 x 9 pan and There was plenty of Rice Krispie mixture for both layers. I used half the ingredients for the bottom layer and placed peanut cups on top. Then I made the other half of the Krispie layer for the top--didn't have to worry about working fast. Added chocolate top. I cut the bars into small squares - still looked pretty. Let's face it, these bars are very sweet and have a lot of sugar/fat so a smaller portion is probably a good idea.
I found that the recipe for the rice krispies was not enough to cover the bottom layer and also the top layer. i had to use 3/4 of the batch just to barely cover the bottom of a 9x13pan. i ended up making a second batch to cover the top layer
I have made this recipe so many times and it worked every single time. If you divide the rice krispies mix in half, and spray your hands very well with nonstick spray, it is enough for the pan. They are already pretty thick with the peanut butter cups in the center, so I bet yours were super thick. Not that that is a bad thing...
hey girl- these treats look amazing!
I love this idea! Thank you for sharing. Rice crispies with pea nut butter!! What a fun treat!
Can these be prepared and frozen?
I have never frozen rice krispie treats before, so I googled it. It looks like if you wrap them well enough, you can freeze them. Just set them out a few hours before you want to serve them. Let me know how it works for you.
I finally had the opportunity to make these as part of the dessert spread at my daughter's birthday party. They were worth the wait and so good! In fact, I made them 3 days later for a work function and they were the first item gone!
Woo hoo! That is awesome to hear 🙂 !!!!
Wow, these look delicious! Must try!!