Cooking for the Kids/Dessert

Peanut Butter Chewy Bars

I have nothing against rice crispy (crispie?) treats, they just simply don’t hold a torch to the glory of a peanut butter chewy bar. Peanut butter chewy bars (and I really should come up with a better name) are what got me through those first newborn nights with now four kids. There is no special milk making component, but pure bribery. If you wake up between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m., as a treat you can eat a peanut butter chewy bar.

I was making them so often that after our third was three or four months old, I had to “cut myself off” until I got pregnant again. There is only so much sugar that a person should consume and it really shouldn’t be the main source of calories in a given day. These babies have two cups of basically straight sugar and that does not include the sugar in the peanut butter and the rice crispy cereal (is there any? I should look).

And by the way, there is no place for marshmallows here.

This is one of the easiest recipes to remember – you just need a cup. A cup of sugar, a cup of corn syrup, and a cup of peanut butter. Well and then five cups of rice crispy cereal.

In a sauce pan (not your smallest) put a cup of sugar and a cup of corn syrup. Heat on medium-high, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved entirely. Just as the mixture starts to boil, pull the pan off the stove and add the peanut butter. Stir well. Add cereal, two or so cups at a time, until thoroughly mixed. Pour into a lightly greased pan or dish.

I prefer lining a pan with parchment paper. That way after it cools, I can pull out the entire sheet and easily cut the bars into more manageable pieces. It is much easier to cut on a cutting board than inside of a pan.

In my post-partum days I would use a 8 inch by 8 inch square pan, but those were some intense bars. A more reasonable choice would be two 8 inch by 8 inch square pans or an 9 inch by 13 inch pan.

Makes about twenty-four 2 inch by 2 inch pieces.

If you want to get fancy, you can melt chocolate (dark, semi-sweet, white, your choice) and dip or drizzle. I prefer without.


Peanut Butter Chewy Bars

sugar bombed peanut butter chewy crispy wonderfulness, that you and your family will love! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine Delicious
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 24
Author Kate


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 5 cups crispy rice cereal


  1. Combine sugar and corn syrup in medium sauce pan.

  2. Heat on medium to medium high, stirring continuously, until all the sugar has dissolved and the mixture reaches a boil.

  3. Remove from heat.

  4. Add peanut butter and stir until melted.

  5. Add crispy rice cereal, two (or one) cups at a time.  Continue stirring until cereal is thoroughly covered.

  6. Transfer mixture to lightly greased or lined pan (or baking sheet) to cool.  May cool in refrigerator.

  7. Once cool, cut into 2 inch by 2 inch squares (or other desired size).

Recipe Notes

You can dip or drizzle in melted chocolate for an extra touch.


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