Homemade peanut butter cup rice krispies

Happy National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!

Sorry Jelly but we’re not taking you on this journey. Instead, let’s take peanut butter on a crazy trip to meet chocolate and Rice Krispies. On the way, we’ll even stop by to have a chit chat with marshmallows. And you never know, we might even get lucky and see some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Today is your lucky day.

Chocolate, Rice Krispies, marshmallows, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and peanut butter. I know, I know, I had you with ‘peanut butter and chocolate’ right? Well I think the butter and marshmallows really seals the deal.

These are one of my sister’s favorite. The picky one too. So you know it’s kid-proof. On to the recipe!

Homemade peanut butter cup rice krispies
(adapted from Brown Eyed Baker)
yielded 48 1-inch cubes

These Rice Krispies aren’t held only to Peanut Butter Cups. Use whatever candy bars you like, change up the chocolate, use butterscotch chips. I won’t tell.

6 c Rice Krispies
4 c miniature marshmallows
¼ c unsalted butter
1 1/2 c natural, creamy peanut butter
1/2 c salted peanuts, chopped
about 40 miniature peanut butter cups (or alternatively about 20 regular-sized ones), halved (or quartered)
1 c dark chocolate chips
2 t course-ground sea salt, optional

Prepare a 9×13 dish by spraying with spray oil. Measure cereal into a large bowl and set aside.

Melt butter over low heat.  When almost entirely melted, add marshmallows and heat until completely smooth.  Remove from heat and add cereal.  Move quickly, stirring marshmallow into cereal until completely mixed.  Spoon into the prepared pan and use a piece of wax paper to press into the pan.

In the microwave, melt the peanut butter until thin for about 1 minute.  Gently stir in the peanut butter cups, spreading evenly over the treats; sprinkle evenly with peanuts.  Again in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.  Once melted, drizzle over the top.  Place in the refrigerator until set and cut through with a sharp knife.  Store in an airtight container or share with friends.

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