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Peanut Butter Cocoa Krispie Treats

Peanut butter Cocoa Krispie treats satisfy two cravings I often have. Not only do I love chocolate, but also peanut butter makes me very happy.

Cocoa Krispie treats with peanut butter chips are a great dessert or snack for the family.

When I was growing up, I enjoyed the rare times when we had Cocoa Krispies in the pantry. I would slowly eat them and then drink the “chocolate milk” after they were gone.

That’s probably why these peanut butter Cocoa Krispie treats remind me of simpler times. You can also make peanut butter Rice Krispie treats if you prefer.

Desserts and Special Treats

I’m not really much of a sweets eater. But since my husband is, I like to make treats every now and then.

We typically have dessert two or three times a week, although he’d like it after every meal. Since I’ve always enjoyed Cocoa Krispies, this dessert was a sure win!

He and I both enjoy the mug cakes but not the same flavors. So I try to have a variety of options available.

We also occasionally have cravings for these peanut butter cookies and the delicious coconut macaroons. They’re both loaded with melt-in-your-mouth goodness and hard to resist.

These Cocoa Krispie treats with peanut butter are like that too. They combine two of the best flavors and give you a taste sensation that will have you running back for more.

Taste Testing the Peanut Butter Cocoa Krispie Treats

If you enjoy Rice Krispie treats, you’ll probably like these. After I made them, I tried one and knew I had something pretty wonderful.

Then I tested them out on some teenage neighbors and their friends. At first, they looked at them like they weren’t sure what to do or say.

But once they tasted them, I couldn’t help but see how much they liked them. Maybe it was the eyes rolling back in the head, or perhaps it was the big smiles after they ate them.

Whatever the case, they were happy. And they offered to be my taste testers for future goodies.

Plate of Cocoa Krispie treats with peanut butter

When my husband got home, he tried one. As soon as he gave me a thumbs-up, I knew I had a hit.

And then yesterday, my granddaughters spent the day with us. For lunch, we made pimento cheese sandwiches.

Afterward, we had these Cocoa Krispie treats with peanut butter for dessert. Once again, they made a great impression.

Ingredients You’ll Need

The ingredient list is pretty simple and straightforward. Of course, you’ll need Cocoa Krispies.

The rest of the ingredients include marshmallows, butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. That’s it!

Cocoa Krispies cereal, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butter, and marshmallows

How to Make Cocoa Krispie Treats with Peanut Butter

There are only a few simple steps. In fact, it’s something you can enjoy doing with your children or grandkids.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan.

Butter melting in a saucepan

Add the marshmallows, and once they start melting, stir in the chocolate chips.

Marshmallows and chocolate chips melting in a saucepan

Continue to stir until all the chocolate chips have melted.

Melted chocolate chips and marshmallows

Add the Cocoa Krispies and stir until they are all coated. Pour them into a pan that you’ve coated with butter or sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Cocoa Krispie mixture in a pan

Sprinkle the peanut butter chips over the top and press into the cocoa mixture.

Pressing the peanut butter chips into the Cocoa Krispie mixture with a spatula

If some of them are loose, you can put it in the microwave for a few seconds. This will melt the edges and help them stick to the mixture.

After it cools, cut them into whatever size you prefer.

2 peanut butter Cocoa Krispie treats

More Recipes You’ll Enjoy

If you like this treat, you’ll enjoy these:

Peanut butter fudge – This is one of my favorite flavors of fudge, and it’s super easy to make.

Butterscotch pecan cookies – These cookies are surprisingly easy to make, and they’re a real crowd pleaser. Bring them to a potluck, and you’ll see what I mean.

Pecan brownie cookies – If you like pecans, and you like brownies, you’ll undoubtedly like these.

Homemade Peanut Butter – This is a super easy recipe that you can make however you want.

For more wonderful recipes, check out Meal Plan Monday at Southern Plate.

Cocoa Krispie treats with peanut butter chips are a great dessert or snack for the family.

Cocoa Krispie Treats with Peanut Butter

Yield: 12 treats
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 tablespoon of butter
  • 5 ounces of miniature marshmallows (1/2 of a 10 ounce bag)
  • 3 cups of Cocoa Krispies
  • 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of peanut butter chips

Instructions

  1. Spray a medium casserole dish (approx. 8" x 13") or baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or coat it with butter.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat.
  3. Add the marshmallows and chocolate chips and stir until completely melted.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the Cocoa Krispies. Stir until all of the cereal is coated. 
  5. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish.
  6. Spray a spatula with nonstick cooking spray and use it to press down the Cocoa Krispie mixture.
  7. While the mixture is still warm, sprinkle the peanut butter chips on top and press them down into the mixture. Some of them may melt around the edges, but that’s fine. It will help them stay put.
  8. Cool for approximately 30 minutes.
  9. Cut into 2” x 3” rectangles. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 474Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 8mgSodium 220mgCarbohydrates 79gFiber 3gSugar 54gProtein 8g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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sarah

Sunday 8th of November 2020

I would use leftover mini Reeses cups for an add-in...Yummy

southernhomeexpress

Sunday 8th of November 2020

Hi Sarah, That sounds wonderful! What a great idea! Thank you so much for the suggestion!

Marilyn

Sunday 19th of May 2019

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southernhomeexpress

Sunday 19th of May 2019

Oh wow! Thank you for such a great honor!

Marilyn

Sunday 19th of May 2019

Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

southernhomeexpress

Sunday 19th of May 2019

Thank you, Marilyn! I always enjoy your blog!

Julie @ Back To My Southern Roots

Thursday 16th of May 2019

My kids would love these! Thanks for sharing.

Sherrie

Tuesday 14th of May 2019

Did you use a 9x13" pan, or 8 1/2 x11" or smaller? Not sure what "medium casserole dish" size is. Thanks!

southernhomeexpress

Tuesday 14th of May 2019

Hi Sherrie. I just measured the casserole dish, and it's 8" x 13". Sorry I didn't make it clear. I hope you enjoy these treats!

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