My sister, Linda, is a chocolate fiend. I can suggest all kinds of desserts and sweets and she always says “and we need something chocolate”. She would take a brownie, add chocolate chips to the batter, put chocolate frosting on the top, and serve it with chocolate ice cream. Me, I’m not so into chocolate. I have to have caramel or peanut butter with it. I just like a little bit of chocolate.
When popped down to Fargo to visit Linda recently, we agreed we needed some decadent treats to munch on while we watched some movies and spent some girl time together. I was in the mood for peanut butter, and mixed with her chocolate we came up with a bar that was worth the calories.
We started with a package of 12 regular sized peanut butter cups. I unwrapped them and put 6 cups into a saucepan with the peanut butter, unsalted butter, and corn syrup.
While I melted them over medium low heat, stirring constantly, Linda measured 6 cups of Rice Krispies into a large mixing bowl.
Pulling the saucepan off the heat, I let it set on the stove while I chopped up the remaining 6 peanut butter cups and added them to the bowl with the cereal.
I poured the melted chocolate mixture over the cereal and mixed it well. The heat of the syrup melted the peanut butter cup chunks a bit but we still had some pieces for texture.
Then quickly to a sprayed, foil lined pan. Spreading with a knife was going so slow I simply jumped in and used my hands to spread the rapidly hardening bars. It worked!
We let them set for awhile to get firmer, then cut them into bars and took a plate down to the tv room and “shoved them in our pie holes” as Linda would say.
We loved them! They weren’t as chewy as the usual Rice Krispies bars, and that was nice. The chocolate and peanut butter wasn’t overpowering, just a nice blend of flavors with the crunch.
Peanut Butter Cup Krispies
12 regular sized pb cups, divided
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup corn syrup
6 cups Rice Krispies
Heat corn syrup, cups peanut butter and butter in a saucepan over medium heat until smooth.
Measure cereal into a large bowl. Chop up remaining cups and add to bowl. Pour pb mixture over cereal and mix well with large spoon.
Pour into foil-lined 9×13 pan and smooth, using hands if necessary.
Chill and cut into squares.