Reeses Rice Krispie Treats

I’m taking the the classic rice krispie treat and scaling it up for a Reese’s rice krispie recipe with a little help from Matt. Think rice krispie cereal mixed with Peanut Butter Captain Crunch and tossed with miniature Reese’s peanut butter cup. To bind it all together is the required marshmallow with a mix of dark chocolate to temper the sweetness. Of course I insisted we finish it with a thin layer chocolate and a drizzling of melted peanut butter chips because without it, the bars seemed naked. What resulted is a peanut butter rice krispie treat that is balanced between chocolate and peanut butter with an extra layer of texture from the Peanut Butter Captain Crunch.

Reeses Rice Krispie Treats

Here’s the thing, Matt has never had an interest in cooking, and baking – forget it. The only cooking I have ever watched him do is scrambled eggs for our little guy. So you can imagine how I nearly aged 10 years from shock when he mentioned that he wanted to learn to cook more.

Whaaat the hell? It was like someone short circuited my brain. A thousand incomplete thoughts of where to start raced through me. Then the one silenced thought that came pouncing forward was what the hell happen to the man I married. The man who would rather eat out than eat at home. But I smiled and hugged him hard. This was a concession to my passion for food.

Is your stomach turning from the sappiness?

I rarely do this, since this is mainly a baking blog with a sprinkling of bits and pieces of me stumbling through life, but this is life so I’m chronicling it to remember its raw form. Skip to the recipe to avoid further stomach turning.

Matt and I haven’t always been where we are now. Nope. The hard truth is, in the course of five years we lost our way. We were ready to call it quits to keep what humanity we had left for each other and for ourselves.

But then something turned around, it was like we hit rock bottom in a relationship sort of way. While we were there, sorting and sifting our way through, we found something buried under all the heaviness: love.

I’m thankful for my husband and proud of the man I married and the father of my child. And I am forever touched that in one sentence, an unexpected email from him read, “This is my new song to you, Overwhelmed by Tim McMorris.”. From there we have been quietly peeling away the wrinkled layers of life.

I have no idea if he will read this since he doesn’t always read my postings, but if he does he may be upset that I shared so much.

. . . But my blog, my space, Babe. I love you!

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Reese's Rice Krispie Treat

Yield: Makes one 9x13 in. pan

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 bag (10 1/2 oz mini marshmallow)
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 2 cups Peanut Butter Captain Crunch cereal
  • 8 oz. miniature Reeses Peanut Butter Cup

Topping

  • 10 oz bag Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon corn syrup, divided use
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 4 oz. Reese's peanut butter chips

Directions:

Preparation

Cover 9 x 13 in. pan with bake spray

To make Reese's Rice Krispie Treat

  1. Place butter, chocolate and marshmallows in a pan over low heat to melt. Stir melted ingredients until combined.
  2. Add in Rice Krsipie, Peanut Butter Captain Crunch and miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, stir to combine. Quickly press finished mixture into pan, Set pan aside for 30-40 minutes to cool and set.

To make topping and assemble bars:

  1. Place chocolate, 2 teaspoon corn syrup and butter in a pan over low heat to melt. Gently stir melted ingredients until combined. Pour chocolate mixture on top of cooled Reeses Rice Krispie layer, using an offset spatula evenly spread chocolate layer.
  2. Place Reeses peanut butter chips and remaining 1/4 teaspoon corn syrup in a small pan over low heat to melt. Gently stir melted ingredients until combined. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag and drizzle on top of cooled chocolate layer.

A few notes:

  • It's not necessary to use the Peanut Butter Captain Crunch, but we added it for an extra layer of peanut butter flavoring.
  • For a stronger peanut butter flavoring, swap out the chocolate chips for peanut butter.
  • Of course feel free to skip the topping, but it definitely balances the flavor by keeping the Reese's rice krispie treats from being to peanut butter rich.

Comments

  1. says

    These have to be the most beautiful rice krispie treats ever!

    And your story is the best thing I’ve read all morning. Amazing how things can turn around when you continue to love and stick with each other. This man is lucky to have you! :)

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  2. says

    These look crazy good, Naomi! Thanks for sharing your story… We’ve been through some tough times too, and the funny thing is, it has made us realize our love for one another even more. Hugs to you both and glad you made it through to the other side! xo

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    • Naomi replied: — August 1st, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

      HI Marian – It’s so difficult when you are going through it, but we made it. Hugs right back to you both for coming out on the other side as well. :) xoxo

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  3. says

    What a super sweet post about your hubs – and a super sweet idea for elevating RKTs. I love Capn Crunch and RKTreats and mixing and matching from them – and all the choc and pb drizzling – mmmm. So good!

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  4. says

    This sounds awesome! I have loved Captain Crunch since the 70’s! I can’t even get it anymore, cuz I’ll just eat the whole box by the handful! lol So here’s my excuse to buy a box! Yay! THANKS! And I loved your hubby story…..very sweet! I’m so glad it turned around for both. We had a fitful 3rd year of our marriage, and after counseling, here we are 33 years later! Glad you hung in there!

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    • Naomi replied: — August 1st, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

      Regan-LOVE your story. Thirty-three years is awesome! Yay to that.

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  5. lisa g says

    these look good but i’m mostly thankful for your story…my husband and i are int aht rough patch right now and i really needed to hear that sometimes marriages make it through, intact and better for it

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    • Naomi replied: — August 1st, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

      Hi Lisa-It definitely does. It takes some stepping back, compromise and a belief from the both of you that together you are better.

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  6. says

    You simultaneously warmed my heart and made me drool. I loved reading about you & yours. It’s so refreshing. It’s easy to only post things on our blog that make our lives look insanely perfect. The truth is, people are more drawn in by honesty.

    Much love to you & Matt xo
    tina

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  7. says

    Naomi, thank you for sharing a piece of your life with us. Relationships can be so difficult sometimes, but it’s important to take time, re-evaluate and remember what brought you together in the first place. Love conquers all. :) Gotta love sap!

    I’ve made my own version of these bars years ago… have to admit it wasn’t as pretty as your’s :) Take care girl! Hope to see you again soon!

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    • Naomi replied: — August 2nd, 2012 @ 4:32 am

      Quyen-You should have left a link to the post – please share with us. :) Yes, let’s meet up again soon. I’ll email the gang.

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  8. says

    OH MY GOODNESS! You are my new best friend! Seriously? Peanut Butter Captain Crunch is my FAVORITE cereal and now, you’ve taken it to another level and I love you for it. I will be making these ASAP!

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  9. Sweetsugarbelle says

    Awe!!! Naomi! I’ve always said there’s something to be said for relationships that have broken down and then found a reason to build up. It’s easy to carry in when things are perfect but hard times show you what you’re really made of! Love the story and photos, as always!

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  10. says

    HAHAHA! Total cuteness! So, I have a weird thing with peanut butter. I mean, I like it… but I’m not like bonkers over it. When I first read the title, I was like, “Eh. Whatevs” But then I saw those bars and god damn I swear they were calling out my name… saying “Brian, eat me! Eat me! Eat me!”

    True story.

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  11. teri olson says

    you are so real! Love sweet and salty anyway! Add some nuttiness,and…isn’t it called LIFE??!!! How many can relate???

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  12. says

    I think these have to be the prettiest rice crispy treats I’ve ever seen! And for a girl who loves peanut butter, I couldn’t be happier. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. says

    Awww that is sweet of him and I am glad things got better :) I don’t have a huge sweet tooth but your food presentation always makes me crave for a bite!

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  14. Lisa says

    I was browsing around looking for something fun to make for a card game I am having Saturday night — this definitely fits the bill!

    Thanks for sharing your personal story and best wishes for strong and happy marriage!

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  15. Sweet Christina says

    For the topping should I be using Ghiradelli bittersweet chips or the bar mixed with the corn syrup and butter?

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  16. Greg says

    Shutterbean featured this recipe in her weekly “I love lists, Friday” email. It looks great and I would like to make it. Unfortunately, the recipe appears to have disappeared from the post. Can you re-post it please? Thanks, Greg

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    • Naomi Robinson replied: — February 14th, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

      Hi Greg,

      Sorry about that. There was a glitch with the site. Everything is now on track and recipe is up. :)

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    • Naomi Robinson replied: — February 14th, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

      Hi Greg, I had some problems with the recipes this morning but they are all fixed now. Thanks for reaching out to me!

      Reply

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