Rice Krispy Treats, Version 2009

by Cate on January 14, 2009

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge CrunchI am always looking for an excuse to try out a new recipe.  When one of our neighbors, who is 5 months pregnant, mentioned a craving for “those coconut things,” I made a batch that night and sent Nick over.  When I saw the recipe for these Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch Bars in a recent issue (okay, September) of Rachael Ray’s magazine, I knew just who to make them for.  Even growing up, I was never a big fan of Rice Krispy Treats myself.  A sticky, gooey concoction, it just never did anything for me, but I knew one of the girls in the office liked them, so these were perfect to try out for her.

Forget the Rachael Ray name for the recipe … these are Rice Krispy Treats, Version 2009.  Consider it a more kicked up rendition of the treat you grew up with.  With four layers of smooth chocolate and peanut butter goodness, augmented by a little crunch from the Rice Krispies, they’re bound to go quickly.  The bottom later is a mixture of chocolate, peanut butter and cereal.  Then just peanut butter.  Then just cereal.  Then a chocolate, peanut butter, cereal layer again.   Goodness with every bite.

The recipe suggests cutting these into 16 bars, but I cut them smaller than that.  They’re rich, very rich, so I think smaller bites are more guilt-free appropriate.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch Rice Krispy Treats, Version 2009
Recipe courtesy of Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, September 2008
MAKES 16 PIECES
Prep Time: 25 min (plus chilling)
Cook Time: 10 min

2 sticks (8 ounces) plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
6 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
One 16-ounce jar creamy peanut butter
3 cups crispy rice cereal
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups confectioners’ sugar

1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. In a medium saucepan, melt half of the chocolate and 1 tablespoon butter over low heat. Remove from the heat; stir in 1 cup peanut butter, then 2 cups rice cereal. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan; refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes. Wash out the saucepan.
2. In the saucepan, combine the remaining 2 sticks butter and the salt; melt over medium heat, stirring. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining peanut butter and the confectioners’ sugar. Spread half of the peanut butter mixture over the cereal layer. Top with the remaining 1 cup cereal.
3. In a small bowl, microwave the remaining chocolate at medium power until melted, 1 1/2 minutes. Stir into the remaining peanut butter mixture. Spread evenly on the cereal-topped peanut butter layer; refrigerate until set, about 45 minutes. Cut into 16 pieces.

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Sara January 14, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Ooh, these look delicious – how much chocolate do you use?

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Cate January 14, 2009 at 11:48 pm

LOL, yeah, that would help, huh? 6 oz – added. Thanks for catching that, Sara.

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Selba January 15, 2009 at 12:43 am

This is a great recipe to make rice krispy.

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chefdruck January 15, 2009 at 12:54 am

That looks absolutely decadent. I am emailing it to myself right now. Wow!

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sharon January 15, 2009 at 1:15 am

I just made rice krispy treats!….but the plain ol’ boring ones :) These put mine to shame, but they look AMAZING!

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MsGourmet January 15, 2009 at 2:43 am

too easy… now that’s going to be a problem!

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doggybloggy January 15, 2009 at 10:11 am

holy shizzle these look great!

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Patsy January 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Wow… good thing I didn’t make those, they’d be gone before I could share them! As RR would say: Yum-O!

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Emily January 16, 2009 at 3:20 am

OH man – those look amazing! So decadent!

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Blond Duck January 16, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Those look fabulous! Oh my gosh. I’ll skip the chocolate parts and go straight for the peanut butter…

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claire January 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Wow…these are amazing! They look wonderful.

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Stacey January 18, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Those look amazing. Will definitely need to try this recipe.

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Jo January 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm

these sound and look so so good :) And your lil one who got into the markers? Adorable!

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Kevin January 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Those treats look really good!

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Donna January 23, 2009 at 9:10 am

These look awesome. My children would gobble them up. I like the new name!!

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kickpleat January 23, 2009 at 2:51 pm

i haven’t had rice krispy treats in ages and this looks definitely more refined :) chocolate & peanut butter? i’m in.

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