Five words, guys - Peanut. Butter. Rice. Krispies. Squares. Seriously. No lie. I've made these, eaten these, and made them again... because I wasn't supposed to just eat them - they were meant for a pot luck.
Peanut butter has a habit of causing a meth-like dependency in me. If it's been a while since my last taste I find myself unable to concentrate, I grow cranky and I begin to do almost anything within my power to get my hands on some. Peanut butter and chocolate? WELL just go ahead and consider that my blue meth - I'm a goner.
Nothing fuels my addiction quite like pinterest and when I stumbled upon this particular photo, I was feeling quite weak. Obviously my cupboards aren't filled with hundreds of peanut butter cups on a regular basis [that is not the road to recovery] so I had to run out a buy a couple of supplies.
The process itself is really quite simple: make rice krispies, add peanut butter, add peanut butter cups. This was perfect considering that by the time I returned home, arms loaded with all the necessary bits and bobs, it was past my bed time.
Start by melting your butter over medium to low heat, throw in the marshmallows and keep stirring while it melts. While this melts lay down aluminum foil in your pyrex. Lightly grease the aluminum foil with oil [I chose coconut] and then lay out the peanut butter cups. I grossly underestimated the number of peanut butter cups that were required [I think I had 12] so I got a little creative with the peanut butter chips. Funny story about those peanut butter chips.. I picked up the wrong ones - they wouldn't melt and drizzle the way they should have so at least this way they were put to use!
Once the marshmallows are mostly melted, add the vanilla and the peanut butter and stir. Take off heat and add the rice krispies. Stir it all together to combine. Once the cereal is coated, add the mixture to the pan on top of those delicious, little cups.
Pat down the mixture into the pan lightly and let it settle, about 15 minutes. Once solid, use the edges of the aluminum foil to pull it out of the dish, flip it over and then put it back in and peel back the foil. It's at this stage that you would drizzle your lovely, melted peanut butter chips if you bought the right ones.
Since I did not, it was at this point that I cut myself a square and enjoyed a treat.. a midnight treat that led to a couple more, followed by a sleepless night fuelled by a sugar-induced need to work through life's problems. Here's hoping you make these in the afternoon.