Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

These Peanut Butter Crispy Bars are a new spin on the classic Rice Krispies Treats with a decadent layer of milk chocolate peanut butter and rich dark chocolate. This recipe comes from my new Baked cookbook that I got over the summer. This is the fifth recipe that I have tried from this cookbook. The S’more Nut BarsPeanut Butter Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Raspberry Crumb Breakfast Bars were all absolutely amazing, so I knew that I would not be disappointed. This recipe couldn’t get any easier, if you can melt chocolate then you can make this amazing dessert! So what are you waiting for? These three layers of awesomeness are not going to make themselves! 🙂

Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

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  • 1 3/4 cups crisped rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate (60% to 72% percent cacao), coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

  1. Lightly spray a paper towel with nonstick cooking spray and use it to rub the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. Put the cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup water into a small saucepan. Gently add the sugar and corn syrup (do not let any sugar or syrup get on the sides of the pan) and use a small wooden spoon to stir the mixture until just combined. Put a candy thermometer in the saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat and bring to a boil; cook until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage, 235 degrees F.
  4. Remove from the heat, stir in the butter, and pour the mixture over the cereal. Working quickly, stir until the cereal is thoroughly coated, then pour it into the prepared pan. Using your hands, press the mixture into the bottom of the pan (do not press up the sides). Let the crust cool to room temperature while you make the next layer.
  5. In a large nonreactive metal bowl, stir together the chocolate and the peanut butter. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir for about 30 seconds to cool slightly. Pour the mixture over the cooled crust. Put the pan in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until the top layer hardens.
  6. In a large nonreactive metal bowl, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter.
  7. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is completely smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir for 30 seconds to cool slightly. Pour the mixture over the chilled milk chocolate peanut butter layer and spread into an even layer. Put the pan into the refrigerator for 1 hour or until the topping hardens.
  8. Cut into squares and serve. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator, covered tightly, for up to 4 days.

Source: adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

16 Responses to “Peanut Butter Crispy Bars”

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    Susi — September 20, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    This recipe would not last long in our house! Looks delicious!

    • Christina replied: — September 22nd, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

      They did not last long when I took them into work! If I would have kept them at home I would have probably eaten all of them! Hahaha… 😉

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    kateiscooking — September 20, 2010 @ 9:10 am

    OMG – I’ve made a version of this recipe since about 1968. It is incredible!!!! Kate@kateiscooking

    • Christina replied: — September 22nd, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

      I agree…the perfect way to eat a rice krispy treat!

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    May Ling Wu — September 20, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

    I’m not big on rice krispie treats but your twist looks amazing! I love PB anything! Can’t wait to try!

    • Christina replied: — September 22nd, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

      Let me know how they turn out! Enjoy! 🙂

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    Karen — September 20, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

    I’ve seen one too many posts about peanut butter and chocolate today…I’ve got to get in the kitchen and make something!
    WOW ! These look heavenly!!

    • Christina replied: — September 22nd, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

      Thank you! Peanut butter and chocolate are the perfect combination…no wonder you have seen so many recipes with this combination! Mmmmm…

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    Lynn — September 20, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

    This looks amazing. You’re making a really good case for the book!

    • Christina replied: — September 21st, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

      I really love this cookbook…every recipe looks amazing! They are coming out with a new one this fall that I am super excited about! 🙂

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    Kim - Liv Life — September 22, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    This is my teenage son’s all time favorite dessert! He requested only this for his birthday. Gorgeous shots!

    • Christina replied: — September 22nd, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

      Sounds like a great birthday dessert…Now if only I could figure out how to make it into a layer cake….hahaha…

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