Looking for a tasty rice krispie treat variation? No marshmallows needed for these delicious peanut butter rice krispies are made with karo syrup instead.
There is something about a rice krispie treat that almost everyone loves. Even adults love the simple gooeyness of those marshmallow cereal bars. While I enjoy a rice krispie treat now and then, there is a chocolate rice krispie treat variation that I like even more!
It is these peanut butter rice krispies with karo syrup. Yes, I know it may sound a bit odd but trust me when I say that it totally works! I keep karo syrup on hand to make these peanut butter bars and my homemade caramel corn. There’s just no other substitute for these yummy treats.
These peanut butter rice krispie treats are made with peanut butter in the cereal layer, and topped with a combination of chocolate and butterscotch. There is something about the peanut butter, butterscotch and chocolate combination that works so well together! More recipes should feature that combination. Maybe that is why my husband and I both love these 4 ingredient peanut clusters so much!
With only 6 ingredients needed, you can make this rice krispie treat almost as quickly as the original. Plus, it’s a fun twist on a classic!
This easy recipe is perfect for when you need to make a quick treat for a bake sale or cook out. If you want to surprise your kids with a sweet treat for dessert, this kid approved recipe definitely works too!
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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treat Ingredients:
The ingredients are simple. It might seem odd that you are making rice krispie treats without marshmallows, but trust me on this! These peanut butter rice krispies with karo syrup don’t need marshmallows. You still get a chewy texture, that is slightly different, but equally delicious.
To make these treats you will need:
- Karo Syrup
- Rice Krispies
- Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Chips
- Butterscotch Chips
That’s it. 6 ingredients needed to make these amazingly delicious peanut butter rice krispie treats! The full printable recipe is below.
How to Make Peanut Butter Rice Krispies with Karo Syrup:
It’s really very simple to make these easy peanut butter recipe krispie treats.
You are going to start by boiling the sugar and karo syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir together until they bubble consistently around the edges. I like to use a medium size saucepan so I can use the one pot to make my bars.
When the mixture is bubbling nicely, after just a couple minutes, remember the sugar mixture from the heat and stir in the peanut butter. You can use smooth or crunchy peanut butter. I tend to use smooth myself, but grew up with my mom and Grandma using crunchy in this recipe.
After the peanut butter is combined, stir in the rice krispies. It doesn’t have to be name brand. A cheaper generic rice crisp cereal works just fine. I should know because that is what I normally use!
Next, press the combined mixture into a 9×13 pan. I use the back of a spatula, or a greased butter wrapper to press the mixture into the pan.
Finally, you get to add the yummy chocolate topping! The recipe calls for equal parts of semi-sweet chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Feel free to play around with the ratios. If you have more chocolate chips on hand, than butterscotch chips, that will work!
Mix the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds and stir.
Continue microwaving in 30 second intervals until the chocolate mixture is fully melted. Pour the chocolate mixture on top of the still warm rice krispie treats. Use a spoon to spread the chocolate over all of the rice krispie treats.
Allow the chocolate to harden at room temperature. Do NOT store these bars in the refrigerator. They harden up too much and become crunchy instead of chewy. Besides, once you taste these bars, I know they won’t last long anyway!
You can cut these bars into mini squares or larger ones, depending on your preference. This is an easy treat to when you need something yummy and quick.
I hope you enjoy these peanut butter rice krispie treats as much as we do!