Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Bars

Looking for a treat that will bring you into peanut butter coma? Look no further! These Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie bars will do the trick. They are loaded with 3 layers of peanut butter and rice krispies goodness, AND include peanut butter cups in the middle. Also a key aspect not to forget is the 4th layer of peanut butter ganache on the top.  Are you drooling yet? Feeling like you need to find your “buffet pants” and start baking?

I’m quite surprised I liked them as much as I did. I’m not a huge peanut butter fan, and I’ll tell you why.  My family took a trip to Disney World back when I was in elementary school. Little did I know how thrifty/stingy my father was going to be. First of all, he packed the toaster in his suitcase. You heard right…THE TOASTER! Who does that?! Second, almost every night, we had to eat at Burger King because they were having a 99 cent Whopper special. According to my dad then, who can beat that price? Lastly, and the reason why I’m telling this story, instead of getting to eat at some of the restaurants within Disney World, we had to pack lunches everyday. Those lunches were…peanut butter sandwiches. Every. Day. Of. The. Vacation.  Needless to say, I got sick of peanut butter sandwiches very fast, and to this day, don’t eat them, and don’t eat a ton of food with peanut butter in the ingredients.

Here’s a little gem from our Disney World vacation. For those of you who know me well, please be impressed that I’m standing next to Minnie Mouse and am not crying or turning my back! (I have a bit of a mascot phobia for those of you wondering what the heck I’m talking about!)







These bars got rave reviews, and my mouth waters just thinking about them. If you’re up for this peanut buttery challenge, good luck! 🙂

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Bars

Recipe from Your Cup of Cake


1st Layer: Cereal

3 c. Rice Krispies cereal

1/2 of a 10 oz bag of marshmallows

2 tbsp butter, softened

1/3 c. peanut butter

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2nd Layer: Peanut Butter Fudge

1/2 c. butter, softened

1/2 c. smooth peanut butter

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 1/4 c. mini peanut butter cups (can also use Reese’s Pieces)

3rd Layer: Cereal

3 c. Rice Krispies cereal

1/2 of a 10 oz bag of marshmallows

2 tbsp butter, softened

1/3 c. peanut butter (optional- use if wanting more peanut butter goodness)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

4th Layer: Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache

1 c. + 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter

2 c. chocolate chips


Prep a 9 x 13 pan by greasing the bottom and sides with butter or a butter spray.

1st layer: Measure out your 3 c. rice cereal and set aside. In a large microwave safe bowl, put in your 3/4 c. marshmallows, butter, peanut butter, and vanilla. Melt in the microwave for around 45 seconds, take out, stir, and put back in for a few more seconds. You’ll want to do this until your mixture is smooth. Stir in the rice cereal and pour into the pan. Spread it out evenly and press firmly.








PB fudge layer: Measure out the powdered sugar and set aside. On the stove top or microwave, melt butter and peanut butter until smooth. Remove from heat, add powdered sugar and vanilla and stir until smooth. Pour over 1st layer of cereal and spread evenly.








Sprinkle your peanut butter cups evenly and gently press into fudge.








Let the fudge set for around 5-10 minutes before you add the next layer of cereal. (Best option is to put in freezer. I put my pan in for about 4 minutes, and my peanut butter cups melted with the next step, so make sure to let it set a little longer than I did!)

3rd layer: Prepare this layer as you did the first layer.  Only add the peanut butter if you want a peanut butter overload. Pour the cereal mixture over the fudge, spread evenly, and press firmly. Make sure you try to cover up all the peanut butter cups, so that the next layer doesn’t hit the fudge.








4th layer: On the stove top, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips until smooth. Stir constantly to avoid the chocolate from burning. Let cool for a few minutes, then pour evenly over the cereal layer and gently shake pan to evenly distribute chocolate.










Carefully cover with plastic wrap or pan cover and place in the freezer or fridge to firm. Cut into bars and enjoy your peanut butter coma 🙂


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. crizzle84
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 19:08:08

    I NEED THESE. RIGHT NOW. Giggling… first of all, GROSS on the 99 cent Whoppers!!! Sick!! haha! Secondly.. He spends all this money getting his family to Disney World, but taking them out to eat is too much? HAHA! I thought I was stingy!! 🙂 And third… awww, look at those late 90’s Schuetzes!! 😀


  2. Kate's Mom
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 22:38:53

    Kate forgot to mention that we also ate our breakfast in our reallllly little hotel room and that the temp never got above 70 degrees but she went swimming in the outdoor pool EVERY day!! She was the only one in that pool!


  3. Jodi
    Apr 07, 2012 @ 17:13:27

    I made these today for my boys – cooling now! I hope they turn out!!!!!!


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