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Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

These chewy peanut butter chocolate bars are the perfect no-fuss contribution to a potluck or bake sale. I've discovered the trick is to get them into the refrigerator to set up before they disappear! —Lorri Speer, Centralia, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted


  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and peanut butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in cereal. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. pan; press lightly. Spread melted chocolate over bars. Chill.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • If you're looking to cut some sugar, feel free to substitute regular peanut butter for all natural.
  • Corn syrup is an invert sugar, meaning it is liquid in its natural state. This quality helps it stop sugar crystals from forming in frostings, candies and other sweet recipes.
  • If you love this, you won't be able to get enough of our other chocolate and peanut butter recipes.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 bar: 302 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 96mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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    • rivergulch
      Mar 9, 2014

      Taste like the scotcheroos without the butterscotch chips. Fast and easy....

    • MaryAnnePettit
      Jan 19, 2014

      This is a favorite For the peanut butter lovers at our house.

    • mamaknowsbest
      Oct 12, 2013

      The melted chocolate pushes these bars over the top! This is a easy, quick and yummy recipe. I have made these many time, often omitting the melted chocolate and pressing 1 cup of mini chocolate chips into the top. This eliminates lots of sticky, chocolatey hands! Plus, not quite as sweet. Wonderful combination of flavors!

    • jhoskinson
      Aug 22, 2013

      No comment left

    • 1275
      Jul 26, 2012

      I never made this recipe but I happened to come across it and found out that it is pretty much the same recipe my Mom makes all the time- especially when I was a kid. We loved them and now that I have made them some they are really easy! You can also subsitute half of the corn syrup for honey. In the recipe we use, sometimes you need 8 cups of cereal and for the topping, we use 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup butterscotch chips. SO good!

    • mpcta
      Jun 21, 2012

      Finally! an outstanding recipe for Peanut Butter Bars. I didn't quite have a full cup of light corn syrup so I improvised and used honey. Couldn't tell the difference. I also used aluminum foil to line my 9 X 13 pan before adding the Rice Krispie Mixture.

    • jeanemed
      May 19, 2012

      Very rich.

    • grniis2
      Jan 1, 2012

      I made these bars to take to work. They were gone in no time. Everyone wanted the recipe. Making another batch today to take to a family get together. Were very easy to put together. A real keeper.

    • Lov2ski2
      Apr 26, 2011

      I make these all time and my family loves them! I use the microwave to heat up the corn syrup & sugar, mix them. I use an 18 oz jar (1.5 cup) of peanut butter. soften in the microwave, mix all 3 ingredients together put back in the microwave for about a minute and then add the 6 cups of cereal. I then use a jelly roll pan and press the cereal mixture into it. I use the 11 oz bag of butterscotch chips and 6 oz bag of choc chips mixed together. These are great and easy to do!

    • linzerbug
      Dec 16, 2010

      My family/co-workers are not a big fan of butterscotch therefore these are a great substitution. They turn out perfect everytime. Can't get enough; always gone in a heartbeat!