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Peanut Butter Cup Crispy Rice Treats

Feb 25, 2021 01:19PM ● By Maci Manty

Peanut Butter Cup Crispy Rice Treats

By Maci Manty
February/March 2021

Prep time: 10 minutes • Cook time: 5 minutes • Cool time: 30 minutes                                           Total time: 45 minutes • Makes: 24 squares 

Ingredients:

6 T butter

16 oz. bag mini marshmallows, divided 

1 cup creamy peanut butter (natural peanut butter won’t work)

1 tsp. vanilla 

8 cups crisp rice cereal

1½ cups peanut butter cups, chopped and divided 

¾ cup marshmallow cream

⅓ cup chocolate chips 

Directions:

STEP 1: Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Chop up peanut butter cups into smaller pieces using a sharp knife and set aside. Measure out 2 cups of the marshmallows and set aside. 

STEP 2: In a large saucepan melt the butter, the remaining marshmallows and peanut butter on medium heat until melted and combined. Stir frequently to prevent the ingredients from burning. Once melted and combined, remove from the heat.

STEP 3: Immediately add the vanilla, crisp rice cereal and the rest of the marshmallows to the saucepan containing the melted ingredients, and mix well until fully combined. 

STEP 4: Lightly press half of the cereal/marshmallow mixture into the prepared baking pan and sprinkle 1 cup of the chopped peanut butter cups over the top. Add spoonfuls of the marshmallow cream over the top of the peanut butter cups. Cover with the remaining cereal/marshmallow mixture and lightly press down until even. 

STEP 5: Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe container in 20-second intervals, stirring well after each interval until fully melted. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of chopped peanut butter cups over the top, then drizzle the melted chocolate over the top. 

STEP 6: Let the Peanut Butter Cup Crispy Rice Treats cool in the pan for about 30 minutes before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container or wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in a resealable plastic bag. If wrapped tightly and stored correctly, they will stay soft and fresh for several days.