Puffed-Rice Bars with Peanut Butter and Chocolate

16 cookies

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


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish

  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows

  • cup creamy peanut butter, preferably natural

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • 6 cups puffed-rice cereal

  • Nonstick cooking spray or vegetable oil, for pressing

  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted

  • ¼ 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.

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