Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crispy Bars Recipe
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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crispy Bars Recipe

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To make a dairy-free dessert, I created chocolate peanutty bars. My kids and their friends gobble them up. I talk about it on my blog, —Dawn Pasco, Overland Park, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13x9-inch pan size)
  • 1-1/2 cups chunky peanut butter
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 390 calories, 27g fat (6g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 234mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with parchment paper, letting ends extend up sides. Prepare and bake brownie mix according to package directions, using prepared pan. Cool brownies on a wire rack 30 minutes. Refrigerate until cold.
  2. 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.
  3. Lifting with parchment paper, remove brownies from pan. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

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.
  • Originally published as Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crispy Bars in Simple & Delicious August/September 2015

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    muffbear74 User ID: 209131 257390
    Reviewed Nov. 28, 2016

    "I am a chocolate lover, but these were too rich and too sweet for my taste."

    sewsal User ID: 2105914 250041
    Reviewed Jul. 3, 2016

    "I usually love anything with peanut butte in it but this was just way too rich. Almost sickening. If I made again may try adding the peanut butter to the brownie or I may just eliminate the pb layer"

    Karen Mackley User ID: 5517406 249860
    Reviewed Jun. 28, 2016

    "Tried it with regular (Jif) peanut butter, but mixed it with marshmallow cr?me before spreading it over the brownie layer. YUM.."

    cupkake User ID: 454141 248198
    Reviewed May. 13, 2016

    "made these for my church yard sale and they sold out and had people asking for the recipe.These are very good and rich, so I cut mine into smaller bars. I will be making these a lot."

    rpolen User ID: 7781146 246616
    Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

    "The peanut butter completely overpowers the chocolate. Just not anything I would make again. I also did not use the parchment paper and had no problem removing the bars from the pan."

    lutherallie User ID: 2823623 246298
    Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016

    "The only change I will make next time is that I will skip the parchment paper. It is an unnecessary step. Great recipe, and I will definitely make again."

    danielleylee User ID: 4484886 242173
    Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

    "I like to pack my husband's lunch and when I saw these I had to make them as his sweet treat for the week. They were super easy. I was a little disappointed the recipe called for a boxed brownie. I prefer making things from scratch. I did use the low fat brownie mix, natural peanut butter and used dark chocolate chips in this recipe. The variation in texture was very nice. The bars had a very good peanut butter and chocolate taste."

    Remenec User ID: 6059530 236189
    Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

    "These are so good! This is a very unique recipe. I've never seen anything like it. Thanks for sharing!"

    HomeChefColleen User ID: 7305751 236172
    Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

    "Very yummy! Definitely have to use the best peanut butter you can find. I used smooth and it was great! This is a definite make-again! Thanks for the recipe!"

    JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 230790
    Reviewed Aug. 6, 2015

    "This may be my new go-to dessert/treat for all occasions! Great combo of flavors, easy to make and well received by all. Got oohhhs and aahhhs from folks we shared them with. Fabulous! A serious keeper."

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