Sometimes a good thing just needs a little attention to make it great!
That was the case when I noticed I still had some Rice Krispie cereal in my cupboard. I wanted to use them up, but I wanted to do something more. Regular rice krispie treats are yummy (especially when they aren’t hard as a rock), but I yearned for more flavor. So, sticking with the tried and true combination of chocolate and peanut butter, I took the rice krispie treats to beyond yummy!
What did I do? I added in chocolate chips to the rice krispies- stirred them around and let them melt just a little bit. Then after those set for a few minutes, I made peanut butter fudge and poured that on top of the rice krispie treats. Yum! But wait, it gets better! After that, I made chocolate fudge and poured that on top of the peanut butter layer. WOW! Goodness overload! I waited like all of 10 minutes before I dived in (and made Nick eat one)!!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Krispie Treats
Makes 24 pieces
Prep time: 25 minutes
6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
4 tablespoons butter
1 10oz bag marshmallows
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
Foil and butter (or spray with cooking spray) a 13×9 inch pan. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the marshmallows and continue stirring until the marshmallows have all melted. Remove from heat and add in the cereal. When most of the cereal has been coated with the marshmallows, add in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and continue stirring until the chocolate chips are incorporated and starting to melt. Dump this mixture into your prepared pan. Using a flat silicon spatula or your hand (spray 1st with cooking spray and be careful- the cereal mixture will still be warm), flatten evenly. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, in a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the peanut butter chips with 1/2 of the can of sweetened condensed milk (this came to 5 oz. for me). Microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring after each one, until the chips are completely melted and it is well mixed. Remove the rice krispie treats from the fridge and pour the peanut butter mixture over the top, spreading evenly. Return the pan to the fridge and let set for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, repeat the above step, but with the remaining 1 cup chocolate chips (you can use the same bowl- however, I did not because I was too busy licking it clean- I kid you not!). After the chocolate has melted and is well combined, remove the pan from the fridge and pour on the chocolate mixture. Note: my chocolate layer had a thicker consistency, so I had to spoon it on in spots and quickly smooth it so that I didn’t disturb the peanut butter layer too much.
Once the chocolate layer has been smoothed, set the pan aside so the the fudge layers can harden. Note: You are welcome to put this back in the fridge, however, don’t leave it there too long, unless you like hard rice krispie treats. I just left mine on the counter…and got into it 10 minutes later!!!
When you are ready to cut this, I would recommend cutting at least 24 pieces. These are rich and a little bit just means you can go back for seconds!
Question of the day: Do you like rice krispie treats?
Made with love, not calories!