In 1939 two Kellogg's workers invented the recipe for Rice Krispie Treats. Millie Ghrist Day and Malitta Jensen made the delicious snack at Kellogg's Battle Creek, Michigan warehouse and it was a huge hit from the beginning. Taking Rice Krispie Cereal, marshmallows, and butter, they created one of the most iconic foods of the modern era.
The recipe is so beloved that it has been printed on every box of Rice Krispies cereal for decades.
The tasty treat is so popular that it has it's day. September 18 is National Rice Krispie Day where people are encouraged to make the snack that has been enjoyed for decades. Below is the recipe for peanut butter Rice Krispie Treats topped with chocolate. Very easy and very delicious.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
- 5 tbsp. salted butter cubed
- 10 oz bag mini marshmallows divided
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter (crunchy will work too)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal or other store-brand rice cereal
- 1 ½ cups chocolate chips milk or semi-sweet
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- Line a 9x9 or 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper leaving an overhang on 2 sides or alternately spray with cooking spray.
- Remove one cup of marshmallows from the bag and set aside. In a large saucepan, melt the butter, all but 1 cup of the marshmallows, and the peanut butter over medium heat. Stir constantly until it's fully melted and combined.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Quickly stir in the rice krispies until combined. Once combined, stir in the reserved cup of mini marshmallows.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula or your hands until it's even. Don't press too hard! If it's too sticky, spray the spatula or your hands with cooking spray.
- Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second increments, stirring after each time until melted. Stir in the vegetable oil.
- Pour in melted chocolate over the rice krispie treats and smooth the top. Let them sit for at least 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.
- When you are ready to serve them, lift the whole block of rice krispie treats out of the pan using the parchment overhang. Slice them with a large knife.