Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

When I was a kid, the only options for Rice Krispie Treats were the original ones.  I always thought they were too sweet.  Today it's fun to see all of the different recipes.  There's one's made with red hots,  a salted caramel variety, this one using cake batter and a recipe made with everyone's favorite biscoff. 

With hot chocolate season over,  left with a few extra packets in the fridge, this recipe caught my eye.  Fun how it uses the hot chocolate packets in the recipe.  These are yummy and you could substitute almost any kind of chips.

Just a little recipe note on this one...the next day I was planning to send these to Tim's office and tried to cut them.  They were hard as rocks.  Have you ever had this happen with Rice Krispie Treats?  I did some reading and apparently my marshmallows got too hot which results in very hard Rice Krispie Treats.  Note to self, don't let the marshmallows get that hot ever again!!  I'm so glad we enjoyed a couple of them the night we made them.  

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats
Recipe Courtesy of
Serves: 24
  • ¼ C butter
  • 1 (10 oz) bag marshmallows
  • ¼ C creamy peanut butter
  • 2 packets dry hot chocolate
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 6 C crisp rice cereal
  • chocolate chocolate chips, for garnish
  • peanut butter chips, for garnish
  • mini marshmallows, for garnish
  1. Butter or spray with non-stick cooking spray the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large saucepan (I used a 6qt.), melt butter over low heat. Stir in marshmallows until melted. Stir in peanut butter, hot chocolate mix, and baking cocoa until smooth.
  3. Add crisp rice cereal and stir until coated.
  4. Gently press mixture into the bottom of prepared baking dish. Do not press too hard or bars will turn out hard.
  5. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, peanut butter chip, and mini marshmallows. Gently press down.
  6. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars and serving.


  1. They look utterly delicious and tempting, Julie.

  2. You've taught me something about marshmallows! I've made many batches of rice krispie squares and didn't know that. This version looks great.


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