Looking for the perfect treat to satisfy your sweet tooth? These Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats Dipped in Chocolate hit the right balance between salty, sweet, and chocolatey goodness.
Think your favorite cereal treat, used as a dunker for melted chocolate, drizzled in more peanut butter, all while retaining its infamous sticky crunch and without getting your fingers a chocolate mess!
As an environmental scientist, I am always trying to find ways to combat food waste, and cereal is one of those things I buy on sale, thinking they’ll be a great solution to busy mornings, but then forget about the box in the back of the pantry.
But when you add marshmallows and peanut butter and dunk them in chocolate, you better believe no one in my family is letting these go to waste!
Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats Tips and Tricks
Use Unsalted Butter
Listen, I truly love a salty chocolate moment, but we already get some salt from the peanut butter. Using salted butter makes these treats overall too salty.
If you want your Rice Krispie Treats a little more salty, it’s best to add some flaky salt on top at the end.
Outside of unsalted butter, here’s what else you’ll need for your peanut butter Rice Krispie Treats:
Keep It Low and Slow
Once you gather your ingredients, the first step is to melt your marshmallows and butter. Add them to a large pot and set your heat source to low. Stir frequently as the butter and marshmallows start to melt together.
Once your marshmallows are almost completely melted, stir in your peanut butter. Continue to stir so that the peanut butter, marshmallow, and butter form a sticky paste.
Add Your Rice Krispies to the Pot
Adding your Rice Krispies directly to the pot means less clean-up! Use a spatula to fold the cereal in until it is completely coated.
Green tip: Speaking of cleanup, if you have a dishwasher-use it! Comparing dishwashing to handwashing, using an efficient dishwasher uses 1/6th the amount of water to get your dishes clean!
Once you fold in your Rice Krispies, your mixture will start to harden to form Rice Krispie Treats. The quicker you transfer your mixture out of the pot and into your baking dish, the better!
That means that prepping your baking dish is key. I use a 9″ x 13″ baking dish and get a treat that is about 1-inch thick. If you want them thicker, try using a 9″ x 9″ square baking dish.
Quick Note: Add parchment paper to the bottom to make it easier to lift out of your dish.
Be careful! Your mixture is hot! Use a spatula to flatten it down into your baking tray.
Don’t Cut ‘Em ‘Til They’re Set
Once you’ve transferred your mixture to the baking dish, it will need to set completely. Give it an hour or so before removing it from the dish and cutting it into strips, roughly 1-inch wide and 4-inches long.
To speed up the setting process, you can stick them in the refrigerator. That way, they’ll be set in about 45 minutes.
In order to successfully dip them in chocolate, you want to make sure they are set and not falling apart.
Green tip: Make sure your chocolate is sustainably sourced. Look for Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, or UTZ certifications as opposed to self-proclaimed sustainability labels that sometimes falsely advertise “sustainably sourced”.
Melt your chocolate in the microwave and dunk one end of your Rice Krispie treat stick in. Set aside on parchment paper and allow chocolate to harden. For the quickest results, place them in the refrigerator on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
To microwave, put chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and start with just 30 seconds on high. Give it a stir—you will probably be able to melt whatever chocolate chips have remained solid by just stirring.
If need be, microwave in 10-second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted.
Once your chocolate is set, you can drizzle peanut butter on top for a fun design and extra punch of peanut flavor. Just microwave a small amount of peanut butter—you shouldn’t need more than a tablespoon.
15-seconds on high in the microwave should do it! It just makes it a little easier to drizzle.
Should You Have Leftovers
Store your treats at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for a week! Make sure to seal them in an airtight container to avoid staleness.
To freeze, store cut pieces in an airtight freezer-safe bag and thaw before enjoying. They’ll keep in the freezer for up to two months.
Why You Should Make These Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
- They’re nostalgic! One bite of a Rice Krispie Treat and I feel like a kid again!
- They’re salty and sweet. Perfectly balanced—and with a little nuttiness, too!
- They use a classic combo! What’s better than peanut butter and chocolate?