Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

I have no problem with traditional rice crispy treats, but I seldom say to myself  “Oooh I just gotta have one”. They are okay, don’t get me wrong, and they are even better warm just after they have been made. But sometimes, biting into one of those puppies feels like chewing on styrofoam.

HOWEVER, these are different. Chances are pretty good you had these growing up. If you haven’t, prepare to get ruined for all other rice crispy treats. Little bits of crisp cereal enveloped and surrounded by a flavorful peanut butter fudgey coating.

Rather than biting into something hard, you get a toothsome chew that invites you back for more.

Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

You’ll need: Crispy rice cereal*, honey**, Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Brown Sugar (light or dark, whatever you have), and White Sugar.

*I am using a generic cereal. Feel free to buy the name brand if you like. I saved over a dollar by getting this one :)

**I love honey in these but honey is expensive! I had this on hand but if you don’t, light (clear) corn syrup is a perfectly good alternative that will save some moolah.

And if you find yourself at the grocery store buying generic cereal and light corn syrup, go ahead and get generic peanut butter too. :) I have this because I buy big bazookin packages of it at Sam’s cheaper than I can get it at the grocery store.

Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

Place honey and sugar into a sauce pot.

Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

Stir this together over medium to medium high heat and bring just to a boil, while stirring constantly.

Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

Once it comes to a boil, remove from heat.

Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

Add in peanut butter and vanilla.

Stir until peanut butter is completely melted and mixture is smooth.

Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

Like this :)

Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

Place four cups of cereal in a large mixing bowl.

Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

Pour the yummy fudgy peanut butter mixture over it.

I love this picture…

Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

Stir until well coated.

Taste test before you turn it out into a pan because you gotta make sure it is good enough, ya know ~winks~

Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

Spoon out into an 8×8 pan that has been lined with waxed paper AND sprayed with cooking spray.

Pat down into the pan with the back of a spoon.

Allow to cool completely.

Cut into bars.

Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

And enjoy like you’ve never enjoyed a rice crispy treat before!

Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Fudgey Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Ingredients

  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup honey (or light corn syrup)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1+1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 pan with waxed or parchment paper and spray paper with cooking spray. Set aside. Pour 4 cups of cereal into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepot, place honey and sugars. Bring to a boil over medium to medium high heat while stirring constantly. Once it reaches a boil, remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla until peanut butter is fully melted and mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal. Stir until well coated.
  4. Spoon into prepared pan and pat down with back of a spoon. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
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Comments

  1. Jacqueline says

    We had a church bake sale today, so I decided to give this recipe a try. I increased the recipe so I could take a BIG pan. I dropped off the cookies, then went to run errands before I came back to buy some goodies. There was a woman buying ALL of these cookies! I said something about making them, and she immediately told me that she had bought one cookie, gone home, eaten the cookie and turned right around to come back to the bake sale to buy the rest. I laughed and told her how to find the Southern Plate website. My husband is mad because I forgot to cut and keep one cookie at home for him. Remember this recipe the next time you need to provide goodies for a sale.

  2. says

    I have always made this same recipe using Cheerios instead of Crispy Rice.
    Next time I’m at the store I will have to buy Crispy Rice cereal and try your version. I’m putting this on my list of things to make for the church bake sale at the end of this month.
    I’m new to your site and love your way of thinking……not all ingredents have to be brand name.
    Jeanne

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