Here’s a riddle for you: What tastes like Reese’s peanut butter cup, but crunches like a Rice Krispie Treat? Okay “riddle” is a strong word, seeing that “Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats” is pretty damn obvious. What is NOT obvious is why you’re not making these Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats RIGHT NOW!
In my humble opinion, there are few things more comforting than the peanut butter/chocolate combo. There’s something about it that speaks not only to my stomach, but also to my heart. Eating it feels like taking a deep, relaxing breath…which is just the medicine we need these days with Nick’s residency application process underway. To say this process has been stressful would be an understatement. For those of you who have partners, friends or family who have gone through the medical residency match process, you understand. If you’re not familiar, let me give you a sneak peak.
At the start of your 4th year of medical school, you apply to however many residency programs. Could be 5, could be 50. You then wait around until these programs *hopefully* offer you an interview. Here’s the catch- they offer more interviews than there are slots available. Twisted, right? This means you have to be glued to your email so you can schedule the interview as quickly as possible. Nick and I have a crazy system setup where I also receive these emails so I can schedule it if he’s not immediately available. It has turned us both into legit psychos.
After you travel all over God’s creation for these interviews, you rank the programs and they rank you. They run some crazy algorithms, and then comes a magical day in March called “Match Day.” Along with their families, the entire class gets together and they each open envelope to reveal where they matched. The closest comparison I can come up with is the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter. In front of everyone, your future is simply given to you.
This is an extremely exciting time, but also very difficult. There are high highs and low lows. We are excited for the next step, while trying to make the best of this stressful purgatory-like stage. So in a time of anxiety and uncertainty, I cling to things that are comforting and constant. Peanut butter and chocolate are exactly that.
In my ongoing attempt to keep recipes new and exciting, I searched for a unique way to deliver this classic flavor combo. And hence was born these Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats. They are quick, easy and so very delicious. I expect Nick and I will be eating many more of these between now and March 16th.
- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter, divided
- 1½ tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 cups marshmallows (1 10-ounce bag)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 cups rice krispies
- 1½ cups chocolate chips
- Line a 9x13 pan with wax paper or parchment paper.
- Melt the butter over medium heat in a large pan. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove the marshmallow mixture from the heat. Add in ½ cup of the peanut butter and the vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
- Mix in the rice krispies and stir until well combined. Press mixture into the prepared pan until even.
- In a microwave safe bowl, add in the remaining ¼ cup of peanut butter and chocolate chips. Microwave until melted, stirring every 30 seconds and being sure not to burn.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the rice treats. Refrigerate until set, and then cut in bars.
- Store in a closed container for 5 days. (I prefer to keep mine in the fridge!)