Rice Krispie squares are one of the easiest, most tasty snacks out there. I mean, who can resist the buttery, marshmallowy, soft and chewy delicacy of a homemade Rice Krispie square? No one, that’s who.
But it’s time to level up. I realized last week that all cereal has the potential to become a cereal bar, and what better way to prove than with Reese’s Puffs cereal. The result? A crunchy, chocolatey square that is light with a satisfying marshmallow pull.
Here is why I love these Reese’s Puffs Bars so much:
- Like Rice Krispie treats, these are quick and straightforward to make. You can eat the bars first thing in the morning without much rationalization, in the afternoon to help beat that 3 pm slump, or whenever you want, really (I’m not going to judge you).
- If you are not a fan of Reese’s Puffs, try swapping a different cereal like Cap’n Crunch, Cheerios, Nestle Nesquik cereal, or Chocolate Toast Crunch. Not a fan of peanut butter? Use Nutella or toasted coconut butter.
- You can store them at room temperature in an airtight container if you plan to eat them within a few days (which I always do) or in the freezer to keep them for longer.
One last note – I recommend spraying your bowl, spatula and anything else the marshmallows touch with non-stick cooking spray before starting. Working with marshmallows can get a little sticky, and the non-stick cooking spray will help with the clean-up.
Reese’s Puffs Cereal Bars
6 cups Reese’s Puffs cereal
4 tbsps unsalted butter, plus more for pan
1 10-oz package miniature marshmallows
¼ cup creamy peanut butter (preferably not the natural stuff, I use Kraft)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Pinch of salt
- Grease a 9×13 baking pan with softened butter, or line the pan with aluminum foil and spray the foil with non-stick spray.
- Place the cereal in a large bowl and set it aside. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until they are about 75% melted. Add the peanut butter, chocolate chips and salt. Stir until everything is combined and the marshmallows are smooth.
- Quickly pour the marshmallow mixture over the cereal and stir, making sure you coat everything evenly. Pour it into the pan. Press the cereal mixture into the pan using the bottom of a measuring cup, ensuring that they are flat and even across the top. Allow the bars to cool for at least an hour before cutting them into squares. Enjoy!
If you decide to try this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below, take a picture, or tag me on Instagram (@chrissymeetsworld) using #chrissycooks.
If you’re looking for more Reese’s recipes, click here to try my Reese’s Pieces Oatmeal Cookies.