Peanut S'mores Rice Krispies Treats
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 5 cups miniature marshmallows, divided use
- 6 cups puffed rice cereal aka Rice Krispies
- 1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts
- 1 cup semi or bittersweet chocolate
- 2 graham crackers, coarsely broken
- Butter a 13x9 baking dish. Set aside.
- Melt the butter in a large, heavy-bottomed, whisk in the vanilla. Add 4 cups of marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
- Add the puffed rice cereal and the remaining 1 cup of marshmallows. Stir until well coated.
- Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish using the back of a spoon.
- Sprinkle with graham crackers and peanuts, pressing them slightly into the mixture to anchor them.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips over low heat. Drizzle over the treats.
- Cool completely before cutting into squares. This always takes a lot longer (at least an hour, normally more like 2) than you'd think so be prepared.
- Slice into about 20 squares.
Is there a better time than summer to make Rice Krispies treats? I think not. Some of us do not have central air conditioning and welcome any chance to make something quickly on the stove vs having to bake a dessert. These are even better right now because they 100% used ingredients that one, I bought at Aldi for a fraction of the price and two, that I had sitting around the kitchen slowly going stale. I know I sound like a broken record but now is not the time to be running to the stores all the time. Stay home. I haven’t grocery shopped in a month. I’ve been making the most of what we have on hand.
Luckily Rice Krispies treats are delicious, even if you make them with $1.20 “puffed rice cereal” and 89¢ marshmallows. My husband really wanted me to put peanuts inside of the treats but I couldn’t bring myself to do that. I really like the texture of RKTs and don’t really enjoy nuts in baked goods or desserts. To make both of us happy, I sprinkled them on top and pressed them in slightly so they didn’t roll away when I cut them. I had some chocolate chips leftover from making brownies so I thought I’d drizzle that on. Chocolate and Rice Krispies treats always makes me think of S’mores so I added some graham crackers too. It all came together to create what my husband now claims is his favorite Rice Krispies treat configuration–the best he’s ever had.
Each bite has a bit of peanut, marshmallow and chocolate but you still have that classic Rice Krispies treat flavor and texture below. Now I need to think of more topping ideas for next time.