These Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats were created as part of a shop that has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are my own.
The fact is, I have a lot of trouble following a recipe as written. Since I cook, bake and create recipes frequently am I always thinking about how a recipe can be improved. Some classics shouldn’t be messed with. I can appreciate that, but sometimes a few switch-ups can take a recipe from good to great.
My mom has been making a version of these Chocolate Peanut Butter bars every holiday season since I was a child. It is a chewy peanut butter Rice Krispies® bar topped with a mixture of melted chocolate and butterscotch chips. The sweet and creamy topping balances the chewy and slightly crisp bar underneath. It’s a fantastic combination of flavors and textures.
One bite of these bars brings back vivid memories from the holidays of my childhood. I love how food has the ability to flood me with happy memories; it’s one of the best reasons I can think of to get into my kitchen.
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter NOT natural, room temperature
generous pinch sea salt
5 cups Rice Krispies®
2 cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter NOT natural, room temperature
1 cup chopped peanut butter cups or 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
Line an 8.5x11 or 13x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper or foil (if using foil, lightly grease it). Set aside.
Place the corn syrup and sugars in a large saucepan over medium-low heat and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once boiling, remove from the heat and immediately stir in peanut butter and a pinch of salt. Mix until well combined. Quickly stir in Rice Krispies. Spread into the prepared baking pan. I lightly grease my palm and press the mixture into a flat layer.
In a small saucepan over low heat, combine chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and peanut butter. Cook, stirring frequently until completely melted and smooth. Pour over the top of the bars. If topping with peanuts you can sprinkle them on right away. If you're topping the bars with peanut butter cups, allow the chocolate to cool slightly (but not all the way) before adding the peanut butter cups.
The bars pictured were made in an 8.5x11 pan. If you use a 9x13 the bars will be slightly thinner.
The more you pack the mixture down into the pan the more dense the bars will be. For a lighter bar, press gently.