5 cups of Rice Krispies
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1-1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
½ cup chocolate chips
½ cup butterscotch chips
It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love Rice Krispie treats. That’s why they’re always being served at parties, or to your own kids, and are often shaped to be even more appealing. For holidays, people use cookie cutters to turn them into Christmas trees, candy corn, witches’ hats, Easter eggs, flags, and other shapes. But you don’t have to turn Rice Krispie treats into shapes to give the recipe a slightly different twist for a new occasion. Instead of serving ordinary Rice Krispie treats, which are fantastic, do something just a little different for a change. Make peanut butter Rice Krispie treats and the gang will forget all about the original ones – well, for awhile, at least.
Peanut butter Rice Krispie treats are made by using a few different ingredients than regular treats. Forget the marshmallows; you won’t need them. To get started, put the cup of sugar and the cup of light corn syrup into a medium, microwave-proof bowl. Stir well; the mixture will be very thick. Microwave it on high for two minutes, stirring occasionally, and bringing to a near-boil – about 2 minutes. Be extremely careful as you remove the mixture from the microwave; it will be scalding hot. Stir.
Stir in the peanut butter and then the Rice Krispies. Stir until the cereal is well-coated. Butter a rectangular baking pan and pour the cereal mixture into it. Pack it tightly by patting it with a buttered spatula.
In a small microwave bowl, put the chocolate and butterscotch chips, and heat them. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, and then microwave an additional minute. Stir after 30 seconds and then stir one last time after another 30 seconds. The chocolate can tend to get dry and brittle if you cook it too long so keep an eye on it as you heat and stir. Spread the chocolate mixture across the top of the Rice Krispie treats. Allow to sit, covered, for a couple of hours at room temperature. Or, put them in the refrigerator and chill for about 30 minutes.
Peanut butter Rice Krispie treats are a new take on an old recipe but you probably won’t forget about the originals – or the Cocoa Krispie treats. They’re all delicious, so make them throughout the year, taking turns with different types. They’re great for birthdays, parties, and dinner desserts. Kids and adults both like them, they’re inexpensive, and they even look scrumptious.