Puffed-Rice Bars with Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Transform out-of-the-box rice cereal into peanut-packed cookie bars spread with melted chocolate.

  • Yield: Makes 16 cookies

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2010


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter, preferably natural
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 cups puffed-rice cereal
  • Nonstick cooking spray or vegetable oil, for pressing
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/4 cup chopped, roasted salted peanuts


  1. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish. In a large pot, combine marshmallows, peanut butter, butter, and salt. Cook over medium, stirring, until melted, about 4 minutes. Add cereal and stir to combine. With a wooden spoon greased with cooking spray or oil, press half the cereal mixture into dish. Spread half the melted chocolate on top. Repeat with remaining cereal mixture and chocolate; sprinkle with peanuts.