Layered Peanut Butter Krispie Treats

Rice Krispies treats are a dessert staple, but sometimes you need a way to add zing to your treats and step out of the plain Krispies rut. This delightful layered treat does take more, time and effort, but the results are well worth it!

1st Layer – Krispie Treat Layer

3 cups Rice Krispies

1/2 bag (10.5-oz) miniature marshmallows

2 Tbs unsalted butter

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter *optional

2nd Layer – Peanut Butter Fudge

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar

mini Peanut Butter cups

3rd Layer – Krispie Treat Layer

3 cups Rice Krispies

1/2 bag (10.5-oz) miniature marshmallows

2 Tbs unsalted butter

4th Layer – Peanut Butter Ganache

Generous 1 cup creamy peanut butter

2 cups chocolate, chopped

Directions:

Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray, or alternatively grease pan with butter

Measure cereal into a large mixing bowl, set aside. Melt the marshmallows and butter (along with peanut butter if using) together in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the cereal mixture, quickly stirring well to evenly coat the cereal. Pour the cereal mixture into the prepared pan and press evenly into the pan. Set aside while preparing Peanut Butter Fudge Layer.

Combine the butter and peanut butter in a 4-quart microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave 2 minutes on high. Stir and microwave on high for an additional 2 minutes. (Use caution when removing this mixture from the microwave, it will be very hot.) Add the vanilla and powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon.

Alternatively, prepare fudge on the stove, melting butter and peanut butter over medium heat. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. If mixture is very thin, add a little extra powdered sugar.

Spread the fudge over the 1st layer of Krispie treats and scatter the mini peanut butter cups over the top, pushing cups into the fudge. Refrigerate until cool and firm enough to handle second layer of treats, about 1 hour.

Prepare-After fudge is somewhat firm, prepare second layer of Krispies. Measure cereal into a large mixing bowl, set aside. Melt the marshmallows and butter together in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the cereal mixture, quickly stirring well to evenly coat the cereal. Drop the cereal mixture in “dollops” over the prepared fudge, pressing the cereal together and slightly into the fudge.

Melt- to prepare the ganache, melt the peanut butter and chocolate either in a microwave, stirring often, or over a double boiler on the stove, also stirring often, over low heat. When the chocolate and peanut butter are fully melted, cool slightly and then pour over the Krispie treats, smoothing with the back of a wooden spoon. Give the pan a shake to evenly distribute the melted chocolate mixture.

Cool-allow to cool     *for those of us who are impatient place treats in the fridge for about 1/2 hour until the ganache is set.

Remove from pan and serve.

 

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