Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treats with peanut butter and chocolate chips are rich, ooey gooey, and easily made on your stove top with just 5 ingredients.
Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
These Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treats are a spin-off of the classic marshmallow rice krispie treats.
Think of them as a marshmallow treat with a peanut butter upgrade with a luscious layer of chocolate over the top…talk about yummy.
The hard part is waiting a bit for the chocolate topping to harden! Your family will flip for these chocolate and peanut butter bar cookies.
If you’re always on the hunt for easy peanut butter and chocolate recipes, these marshmallow treats are just the ticket.
This is an ultra-easy, no-bake recipe that can be made in minutes and is an instant family favorite.
When my boys were little, they absolutely loved rice krispie treats when they got off the bus after school.
If they were lucky, they’d come through the kitchen door in time for the rice krispie treats to still be warm and extra ooey-gooey in the pan.
Once they had a taste at this point in the recipe, it was really hard for them to wait for the chocolate to set up so they could have more!
Nothing has changed – as adults, they still love these chewy chocolate and peanut butter marshmallow treats, so I’m still making them to enjoy when they come over to visit.
- Rice Krispie cereal: I use Kellogg’s Rice Krispie cereal since I grew up with that.
- Mini marshmallows: Use very fresh marshmallows to make these rice treats. If you only have large marshmallows on hand, use your kitchen shears to cut them into quarters for this recipe.
- Chocolate chips: I used semi-sweet morsels, but you can use milk chocolate morsels if that’s what your family would prefer. Milk chocolate morsels are milder in flavor and kid-friendly.
- Creamy peanut butter: Use your favorite brand of traditional creamy-style peanut butter. Natural peanut butter may not work as well.
- Unsalted butter
- Vegetable or canola oil
- Using a bench scraper to cut the cookies into bars works much easier than using a knife. A bench scraper also makes it easier make straight lines when cutting the treats into bars.
- If the rice krispie treats tend to stick to the knife or bench scraper too much as you are slicing them into bars, great the edge of the blade with cooking spray or butter to create a non-stick surface.
- Don’t rush making your marshmallow treats by trying to melt the marshmallows over high heat instead of low heat. High heat can turn the sugar in marshmallows into hard candy and this can make your Rice Krispie treats hard in texture.
How to make Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treats
Spray a 9×13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter, mini marshmallows and peanut butter, stirring gently until smooth.
Remember to use fresh marshmallows.
Stale marshmallows often won’t melt properly causing your treats to not stick together.
Fresh marshmallows are super soft to the touch; when you grab the bag it should feel very “poofy” in your grasp.
Remove from the heat and immediately fold in the Rice Krispies.
Press the prepared rice krispie mixture evenly into the greased pan; reserve.
Meanwhile, in a medium-size microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips with the vegetable oil on full power in 30-second intervals, stirring after each one.
Melting the chocolate chips in the microwave ensures they don’t scorch like chocolate easily can when it’s melted in a saucepan on the stove.
Cooking in increments like this helps the chocolate morsels melt quickly without scorching.
Once the chocolate is fully melted, stir until smooth.
Adding a bit of oil to the chocolate morsels helps make the melted chocolate more smooth and spreadable.
Pour the melted chocolate over the rice krispie mixture in the pan and let harden at room temperature for approx. 1 ½ – 2 hours.
Once the chocolate has hardened, cut into squares.
Store the chocolate rice krispie treats an airtight container.
How long do chocolate covered rice krispie treats last?
Rice krispie treats of any type will keep for 3-5 days when stored in the fridge in an airtight container.
Can you freeze chocolate covered rice krispie treats?
Chocolate covered rice krispie treats freeze nicely for 3 months in an airtight container.
Place parchment or was paper between the layers of treats so that when they thaw, they don’t stick to each other.
You can thaw the treats in refrigeration or on the counter.
How to store chocolate covered rice krispie treats?
Once you’ve cut up the rice krispie treats into bars, place them into an air tight container with wax paper or parchment paper in between each layer.
Store in refrigeration for 3-5 days or the freezer for up to 3 months.
If you want your rice krispie treats to stay ooey-gooey in texture, store them at room temperature in an air tight container.
Can you add chocolate chips to rice krispie treats?
Yes, if you don’t want the chocolate chips to melt, stir them in when the rice krispie and marshmallow mixture has cooled slightly, just before pressing it into the pan.
If you add the chocolate chips while this mixture is still warm, the chocolate chips will melt.
Can you refrigerate chocolate covered rice krispie treats?
Yes, especially if you want the chocolate topping to remain firm and easier to eat since they won’t be messy. Be sure you cute the bars before placing them into the fridge.
Once the chocolate covered rice krispie treats are chilled, they will be much more difficult to cut into squares or bars.
How to add chocolate chips
Add chocolate chips to rice krispie treats by melting them and spreading it over the top like this recipe for treats instructs.
Or, stir the chocolate chips into the rice krispie marshmallow mixture once it cools somewhat before spreading in the pan.
What happens if you put too much butter?
Adding too much butter can sometimes cause the rice krispie mixture to not stick together well, crumbling apart when you try to pick them up to eat.
Can you use dried out marshmallows?
Don’t use stale or dried-out marshmallows when making rice krispie treats since they may not melt properly, sometimes causing the treats not to stick together like they should.
Be sure you use soft, fluffy and fresh marshmallows for this recipe.
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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 10 oz. bag mini marshmallows, approx. 5 cups
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 5 ½ cups Rice Krispie cereal
- 1 1/3 cups chocolate chips, semi sweet or milk chocolate
- 2 tsp. Vegetable or canola oil
- Spray a 8×12-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter, mini marshmallows and peanut butter, stirring gently; remove from the heat and immediately fold in the Rice Krispies.
- Press the prepared rice krispie mixture into the greased pan; reserve.
- Meanwhile, in a medium-size microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips with the vegetable oil on full power in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each one. Once the chocolate is fully melted, stir until smooth.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the rice krispie mixture in the pan and let harden at room temperature for approx. 1 ½ – 2 hours.
- Once the chocolate has hardened, cut into squares. Store the chocolate covered rice krispie treats an airtight container.