Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Dessert... how often do you include it in your weeknight dinner plans? I admit, I normally don't think about dessert unless I'm preparing a special dinner on weekends... that is, until The Baron came along. Then every so often, The Baron became more involved in the dessert portion of our dinners by bringing ice cream or fresh fruit to the table or actually helped in the kitchen to prepare what I had planned. Then The Baron made these Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats for me. Yes, this is all him. The classic rice crispy treats are elevated to a more delicious level with peanut butter and chocolate chips swirled throughout. Mmmm...

The Baron and I are chocolate peanut butter lovers. Seriously. We both share this love of that combination and he's encouraged me to make more desserts highlighting this flavor pair. So when he came over with the makings of rice crispy treats, I was happy. Then he added the peanut butter and chocolate chips to the pot and began stirring. Um, hello... why didn't I think of that?! Granted, it's been a long time since I've made or even had rice crispy treats, but these chocolate peanut butter squares were the best rice crispy treats I've had. Ever. Made by a special guy to boot! {And he says he's not good in the kitchen - ha!}

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats
recipe adapted from Rachel Ray

3 tablespoons butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup peanut butter
4 cups crisped rice cereal
1 cups chocolate chips

Lightly grease a 9-inch x 13-inch pan and set aside.

In a large pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly until melted.

Remove from the heat, add the peanut butter and stir well. Add the cereal and stir until well combined. Add the chocolate chips and stir until chocolate starts to melt.

Carefully press into the pan with wax paper or buttered fingers. Cut and serve.

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