Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

So last week I brought crepes to the ER department at Queen of the Valley, and one of the nurses was bummed that I did not bring in anything when she was working. I asked her if she was working today, and she stated “Yes!”

I have been reviewing a few recipes lately which have a base of Rice Crispies and this one seemed to hit almost all the areas of importance. Marshmallows for the sticky texture, rice cripies for the crunchy factor, peanut butter for the hidden flavor, and chocolate ganache for the topping.

The recipe requires literally no cooking. All of the preparation with heating was done in the microwave in glass bowls.

Ingredients:

1st Layer: Cereal
3 cups Crispy Rice cereal
½ of a 10 oz bag of marshmallows
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup peanut butter
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2nd Layer: Peanut Butter Fudge
Peanut Butter Fudge
½ cup butter, softenend
½ cup smooth peanut butter
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cup powdered sugar
1 ¼ cup mini peanut butter cups

3rd Layer: Cereal
3 cups Crispy Rice cereal
½ of a 10 oz bag of marshmallows
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup peanut butter (optional)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

4th Layer: Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache
1 cup + 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon instant coffee
2 cups chocolate chips

Recipe:

1. Prep a 9 X 13 pan, or something close to that, by greasing the bottom and sides with butter or a butter spray.
2. 1st Layer: Measure out your 3 cups rice cereal and set aside. In a large microwave safe bowl, put in your ¾ cup marshmallows, butter, peanut butter and vanilla. Melt in the microwave for around 45 seconds, take out…stir…put back in for a few more seconds. Do this until the mixture is smooth. Stir in your rice cereal and dump into pan. Spread it out evenly and press firmly.
3. Peanut Butter Fudge: Measure out powdered sugar and set aside. On the stovetop (or microwave) melt butter and peanut butter until smooth. Remove from heat, add powdered sugar and vanilla and stir until smooth. Dump over 1st layer of cereal and spread evenly. Spread out your mini peanut butter cups (Reese’s Pieces would work too) and gently press into the fudge.
4. Let the fudge set for a few minutes before you add the next layer of cereal. I popped my pan into the freezer for a few minutes.
5. 3rd Layer: Prepare this layer as you did the first. Only add the peanut butter if you really want a strong peanut butter flavor, which I did J Then pour oven the fudge and spread it evenly and press firmly. Make sure you try to cover up all the peanut butter cups, so that the next layer doesn’t hit the fudge.
6. 4th Layer: On the stovetop, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips until smooth. Stir constantly to avoid the chocolate from burning. Let cool for a few minutes, the pour evenly over the cereal layer and gently shake pan to evenly distribute chocolate.
7. Carefully cover with plastic wrap, and place in the freezer or fridge to firm. Cut into bars and enjoy death by chocolate and peanut butter!

Recipe adapted from yourcupofcake

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