These chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats are a delicious treat when you want something sweet, savory, chewy, and crunchy. Every bite is a perfect blend of flavors and textures that will have you swooning at first bite.
We are big fans of the chocolate and peanut butter flavor combo over here, and we also love rice crispy treats. We have got several different favorite crispy treat recipes over here, but these chocolate peanut butter rice crispy treats are among the top 5.
My favorite part about making these peanut butter rice krispie treats with chocolate topping is how simple and easy they are. Yeah, they take a little extra time for the chocolate to set on top, but it is so worth it.
Similar to my Easy Microwave Scotcheroos, but without corn syrup and butterscotch flavors, this crispy treat brings the comforting peanut butter and chocolate combo to every square.
Why This Recipe Works
- They're easy to make. Made with basic Krispie treat ingredients, plus a few more, this recipe is simple to make and can be whipped up pretty quickly. Chill the bars in the fridge for a while to get them to set even faster.
- No stove is needed. You can make this recipe in the microwave with a bowl for a faster process without heating up the house.
- They feel fancy. The chocolate on top adds a nice depth of flavor and richness to every bite that just makes it feel more indulgent than the crispy treats you grew up with. Such a simple addition, but it changes the Choc PB Rice Krispies so much (and for the better!)
Butter- You will need some butter to cook the marshmallows with as they'll help to prevent sticking and ensure even cooking.
Mini marshmallows- Using mini marshmallows is best because they melt down easier.
Rice crispy cereal- You can use any brand of rice crispy cereal, but you will need several cups of this dry cereal.
Creamy peanut butter- I recommend using creamy peanut butter but chunky works too. I do not recommend using natural peanut butter as they have a different oil content and may not be set up correctly. Standard brands like Jif and Skippy work fine.
Semi-sweet chocolate chips- For the topping, you'll need some chocolate chips. Semi-sweet will add a depth of flavor and cut down on the sweetness, but don't be afraid to try milk chocolate or even white chocolate. Yum!
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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Check out how to make chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats with these simple step-by-step instructions:
Melt your butter in a large pot over low heat.
Add in your mini marshmallows and mix until melted.
Remove the pot from the heat and add in the peanut butter.
Stir until well dissolved.
Add in the rice crispy cereal.
Stir until the mixture has been evenly distributed.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips in 30-second intervals stirring well between each one until smooth. This should take about a minute or two.
Press your mixture into a greased 9x13 baking dish.
Pour the melted chocolate over the top of the peanut butter rice krispies and spread them into an even layer.
Let the chocolate set and harden before slicing and serving.
🍴 Recipe Tips
These chocolate peanut butter rice krispies are easy to make but a few tips could help to make them even easier.
For example, melting the chocolate should be done in 30-second intervals to prevent the chocolate from overcooking and seizing. If after heating the chocolate it becomes a solid clumpy mess, this means it has seized. No amount of effort will bring it back to the luxuriously smooth mix it once was. You can still eat it, but it won't be nearly as pretty.
You can also melt the chocolate in a small pot on the stovetop if you don't have a microwave handy. I prefer the microwave method because it's a little more fool-proof, but cooking the chocolate slowly over low heat in a pot will work as well. Adding in a teaspoon of coconut oil can also help to get a cohesively smooth texture.
When making the peanut butter crispies make sure not to overmix the marshmallows or cook them at too high of a temperature as this will cause them to become harder and more brittle. We want a soft and chewy texture, so minimal mixing and low heat are best for tastier results.
Yes, absolutely! Simply use any margarine instead of butter and follow the recipe as requested. The end result should be a soft texture that tastes fabulous. Another great alternative is to use coconut oil instead of butter, but it will leave a coconut flavor behind.
If you keep these peanut butter chocolate rice krispie bars well covered and stored at room temperature, they should last about a week and still be great. That said, they will taste best when fresh but can also be frozen for future treats as well.
More Rice Krispie Treat Recipes to Try
- Rice Krispie Treats with Marshmallow Fluff
- Dairy Free Rice Krispie Treats
- Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
- Fruity Pebbles Treats
Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
- ¼ cup Butter ($0.38)
- 5 cup Mini marshmallows ($1.00)
- 6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal ($2.00)
- ½ cup Peanut butter ($0.42)
- 2 cups Semi-sweet chocolate chips ($1.98)
- In a large pot over low heat melt your butter.
- Add in the mini marshmallows and mix until melted.
- Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until well blended.
- Stir in cereal and mix until all is evenly distributed.
- Press into a greased 9x13 baking dish.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt your chocolate chips in 30 second intervals, stirring well between each until smooth. This should take 1-2 minutes.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the top of the rice crispy treats and spread into an even layer to coat it well.
- Let the chocolate set and harden before slicing into squares and serving.