I know I know. I just did a post recently for Heath Bar Rice Krispie Treats and now you’re wondering if I’ve lost it. If my quest for foods to share will now center on either childhood memories remade into Rice Krispie Treats or even worse, a Rice Krispie Treat cocktail. OK…Eww; promise that won’t happen!
OK, so here’s the scoop and it’s really simple so this post today will be too. I made those treats because I now live on a street with a bazillion little kids and I wanted to make something they would love. Of course my inspiration was a treat I loved as a kid and maybe I assumed all kids loved Heath Bars but really who wouldn’t expect that? And by association also assume that they would love Rice Krispie treats that were mixed with toffee and topped with chocolate. REALLY…who would not love that??
Well, guess I found someone. I mean there was no major revolt or anything complete with threats of NEVER visiting again but it did come out last week when a whole porchful of my little buddies decided to come calling. One whose name shall not be mentioned (Nolan) might have mentioned that my Heath Bar version was not his favorite. Shock of all shocks…how could that be!!?? Not said with malice, just pretty much matter of fact and I decided then and there that there would have to be another go at it. I can not have my little buddies question my treats can I?
So here I am, Round Two. And you know what? As much as I love Heath Bars; I LOVE these Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats even more than the Heath Bar ones. They were (OK, are, but I’m hiding the few I have remaining), amazing…if I say so myself.
I sometimes Google an idea once I’m done with a recipe to see my totally unique and heretofore NEVER made before dish returns 82,114 Google results all referring to MY creation. This was no exception except for this. Humor me OK but really what is the point of a recipe that simply smooshes Peanut Butter Cups in between layers of Rice Krispie Treats. How is that a recipe and why…couldn’t you just put a Rice Krispie Treat in one hand and a Peanut Butter Cup in the other and get the same result? But even if you could, it would mean that you would in fact have to buy said Peanut Butter Cups so we’re back to why bother. I wanted something that took ingredients I already had in my pantry and make a dessert treat that was reminiscent of a Peanut Butter Cup (but better) without actually having to buy Peanut Butter Cups. DUH!!
This was it. Peanut butter in the Rice Krispie Treat layer topped with a fudgy soft peanut butter layer and all of it finished with a top layer of chocolate and peanut butter ganache.
Did I like it? No words. LOVED it. Loved it so much I was ready to stand by the curb and give it away to keep myself from eating the whole entire pan. Luckily that was not necessary; a neighbor showed up to help me put my Christmas tree in the basement and I sent him on his way to distribute across the land. Or on our street at least. All the flavors of a peanut butter cup but with some chewy crispness from the Rice Krispies. I’m serious. LOVED IT. Think everyone else did too. The kids. Yes (especially the instigator of this whole round!). The parents? Them too. My girlfriend who took home a package for her brood. Yep. Kellogg’s should talk to me. This would be huge. But wait…they would get ruined in translation and packaging and distribution and we don’t want that…so I’ll just simmer down and suggest you HAVE to make them. You won’t be sorry…unless you are all alone and eat every single one of them by yourself. You may have a tinge of regret but no worries…the rest of us will just be super jealous!
Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats
For the Rice Krispie Layer
- 10 oz marshmallows
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
For the Peanut Butter Layer
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
For the Chocolate Ganache Layer
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
- Grease the bottom and sides of a 9x13 pan with softened butter.
- Put the marshmallows, butter, peanut butter, and vanilla in a large pot. Heat on low and stir constantly until everything is melted and combined.
- Stir in cereal and spread evenly into pan.
For the Peanut Butter Fudge Layer:
- In a medium size saucepan combine butter and peanut butter and stir over medium heat until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and stir until smooth. Spread evenly over first layer of Rice Krispies. Score the fudge lightly with a knife in 2" increments (this will help the chocolate layer to adhere).
To Make the Chocolate Ganache:
- Using a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter and half and half and heat on low power for 30 second increments. Remove after each 30 seconds and stir. Do not heat too high or chocolate will seize! It should take about 2 minutes total. Spread ganache on top of warm peanut butter fudge layer and let everything cool. Cut into small squares.
If it’s Thursday then it must be Food Network day and today is no exception. Our focus today is recipes that are kid friendly. I may not have a ton of those on my site but this one is it…the kids love these (and their parents too!). Take a peek at my friends suggestions too; today it’s all about the kids!
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- Creative Culinary: Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
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- Taste with the Eyes: Banana Split Pavlova – A “Sick” Dessert For Both Adults and Kids!
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