I think typing out this recipe might actually take longer than making it. I have now made these jewels twice and both times all of the cookies have been devoured. Making them with peanut butter chips had not been the original plan, but it became the plan and what a plan it was 🙂 I had wanted to make them with butterscotch but didn’t have butterscotch chips on hand. That would also be yummy!!
This recipe is gluten-free which is always a plus if you know someone who has a gluten sensitivity or can’t eat it at all. Again, gluten-free might not mean healthy, but it sure doesn’t have to mean sacrificing taste! 🙂
The nice thing about these cookies is that you can make them larger or smaller depending on how many people you are planning on serving and/or how much of the batter you eat while you prepare them.
I used mini chocolate chips at the end of this as a way to swirl some semi-sweet chocolate into the cookies, but feel free to substitute in your favorite chocolate chip, chopped peanuts, M&Ms, toffee bits, etc. So many options!!! <3 I love me a good versatile recipe!!
Peanut Butter Rice Krispie No-Bake Cookies
- 1 bag (10 oz.) peanut butter chips
- 1 c. peanut butter (use chunky or creamy – whichever you prefer)
- 4 c. crispy rice cereal
- 1 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (or your favorite ‘stuff’ as listed above)
~ In a small saucepan, melt together your peanut butter chips and your peanut butter. Keep the flame on low so nothing burns. Stir intermittently until everything is creamy and remove from heat.
~ Measure out 4 c. of crispy rice cereal into a separate bowl. Pour the melted peanut butter delight mixture into the cereal and stir to combine.
~ Stir in your mini chips at this point. They will melt so don’t be alarmed. However, they will not be melty like the peanut butter chips and will create pretty streaks throughout the cereal! If you are using other things, mix them in now, too!
~ Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a tablespoon, form cereal mixture into perfectly imperfect cookies. Make them whatever size makes you happy! Continue until the entire bowl is empty.
~ If you want to speed up the process, place the cookies in the fridge to harden. Because I live in Massachusetts and it was unusually cold here recently, I was able to let them harden outside in about 1/2 hr. You can let them set at room temperature, too!
~ Serve with caution — people will eat them all quite quickly. Be prepared to do the Heimlich. You have been warned 🙂 Enjoy!!