Did you know that Sunday was National Peanut Butter day? Well, it was! My department has this tradition of picking one food holiday to celebrate a month. To say that we love to eat is a great understatement. It gets pretty intense. Rules are you can bake, buy, thaw or combine.
When I initially started my search for peanut butter based recipes, I wasn't sure if I was going to end up with something sweet or savory. A co-worker reminded me there were so many delicious uses for peanut butter in savory cooking. Just think thai food. Yum. But, alas, I stumbled upon this recipe and knew immediately I had found the one. With just 6 ingredients, this recipe is super simple. Also, there are Reese's peanut butter cups in the middle! Need I say more?!
PEANUT BUTTER CUP RICE KRISPIE TREATS
7 cups mini marshmallows
7 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 cup peanut butter
7 cups plain Rice Krispie cereal
24 Reese's Peanut Butter cups, unwrapped
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- Unwrap all Reese's Peanut Butter cups. Butter 13 x 9 pan.
- Melt 4 tablespoons of butter over low heat in a saucepan. [Make sure this saucepan is large enough to accommodate 7 cups of Rice Krispies.] Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Stir in peanut butter until melted and combined.
- Pour the Rice Krispies cereal into the marshmallow mixture and stir until completely combined.
- Press half of the cereal mixture into the buttered 13 x 9 pan.
- Place the 24 Peanut Butter cups over the top of the Rice Krispies in the pan. They should make an even 4 x 8 in a row. Spoon the rest of the Rice Krispies mixture over the top and press down. Don't over press, though! The harder you press, the firmer the Krispy treat. I personally like a more chewy, fluffy Rice Krispy. Let cool completely.
- Please the chocolate chips and remaining 3 tablespoons of butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on how hot your microwave gets. I heated mine for 30 second, stirred and then another 30 seconds. Be sure not to overheat, as the chocolate will seize. Spread over the top of the Rice Krispies.
- Let set and cool. Cut and store in a sealed container on the counter.
My house literally smelled like peanut butter the rest of the night. It was amazing. Unless you don't like peanut butter, but who doesn't like peanut butter? I'm really not exaggerating though, this was so quick and easy to make and SO good. Also a plus, no baking involved! Find the original recipe, here.
Your Truly // Shannon