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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

To make a dairy-free dessert, I created chocolate peanutty bars. My kids and their friends gobble them up. I've written about it on my blog, —Dawn Pasco, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13x9-inch pan size)
  • 1-1/2 cups chunky peanut butter
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies


  • Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with parchment, letting ends extend up sides. Prepare and bake brownie mix according to package directions, using prepared pan. Cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Refrigerate until cold.
  • Spread chunky peanut butter over brownies. Place chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals until melted; stir until smooth. Stir in Rice Krispies; spread over chunky peanut butter layer. Refrigerate, covered, at least 30 minutes or until set.
  • Lifting with parchment, remove brownies from pan. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Substitute your favorite homemade brownie recipe for the packaged mix.
  • Pizza party! Spread brownie batter over a greased 14-in. pizza pan with edges, and bake at 375 degrees until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 15-18 minutes. Proceed with the rest of the recipe for a delicious dessert pizza.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 bar: 390 calories, 27g fat (6g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 234mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.
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    • kmason56
      May 8, 2020

      I've made these twice in the last week following the recipe as written. They are absolutely delicious and a huge hit with everyone who has tried them. Great with a glass of milk or cup of coffee!

    • kerry
      Apr 8, 2020

      I don't know what everyone was talking about I don't think they were rich at all. I did use milk chocolate chips because I prefer them. I love love love peanut butter. I think they were perfect.

    • Courtney
      Feb 23, 2020

      Agree with those saying this is definitely rich! I have a huge sweet tooth and have to cut these in small 2x2” pieces they’re so rich! I also didn’t measure the chunky PB, I just spread a really thin layer of PB on the brownies since people were saying it’s almost over powering. If you’re in the mood for some rich and chocolate-y treats, these are definitely something to consider making! :)

    • Dellast
      Feb 8, 2020

      I never thought I’d say this, but to much peanut butter. I know, not possible but true it’s all you taste and it needs more sweetness, this from a person who doesn’t like real sweet desserts. I would if I make again, take the peanut butter out of the chocolate mixture and add some powdered sugar to the middle layer. This was disappointing for me but easy to make just needs some tweaking.

    • afoth73
      Sep 23, 2019

      These are so delicious and easy!! Worth making right away!!

    • Heather
      Aug 29, 2019

      I found the ORIGINAL version of this years ago in a cookbook that I bought at a book sale, probably 15 or 20 years ago. Exact same recipe. Love it. But, I don't understand why this person claims she created it...back when I was in school that was called plagerism!!!!!

    • xxcskier
      Aug 4, 2019

      I made these using a gluten free brownie mix as my son can’t have gluten but it did matter as everyone in the family LOVED these bars. My son said they were the best dessert he has had since being gluten free. I will keeping these in our dessert rotation.

    • djsgrandma
      Jun 16, 2019

      I used the peanut butter / chocolate / rice krispie topping combo on my regular chocolate cake recipe. Made my friend VERY happy! I will try the recipe above and will offer a review.

    • patty2222
      Jun 1, 2018

      excellent!! great recipes to take camping!! thanks for sharing....

    • Jensmith2
      Feb 7, 2018

      These are delicious! I made them for Super Bowl party and everyone loved them! They are rich, so I cut them into 1” squares. Several wanted the recipe and the few that were left went to the office. Yummy!