Peanut butter and corn syrup replace the usual marshmallows in these bars—the combo delivers the sticky Rice Krispies Treats texture you know and love while providing another layer of flavor.

EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2021


Credit: Johnny Autry

Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Microwave 2 tablespoons butter in a large microwave-safe bowl on High until melted, about 30 seconds. Stir in syrup, peanut butter and salt. Microwave on High until the mixture is runny, 30 to 45 seconds. (Alternatively, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add syrup, peanut butter and salt. Stir to combine and cook until runny.)

  • Stir the mixture, then add cereal and mix until combined. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer.

  • Place chocolate in a medium bowl. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter. Pour over the chocolate and let stand until it is softened, about 2 minutes. Whisk until smooth. If necessary, microwave in 10-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is completely melted. Pour over the cereal mixture and spread evenly. Drizzle caramel sauce in 4 straight lines across the chocolate. Drag a toothpick across the lines to create a zigzag pattern. Sprinkle with peanuts and flaky salt.

  • Refrigerate until the topping is firm, about 1 hour. Cut into 16 squares.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

1 square
237 calories; fat 13g; cholesterol 12mg; sodium 110mg; carbohydrates 25g; dietary fiber 1g; protein 4g; sugars 16g; niacin equivalents 1mg; saturated fat 5g; vitamin a iu 136IU; potassium 53mg.