Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

November 25, 2009 by Ali

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I’m taking off to go home to my folks’ and spend time with family. But beforehand, wanted to leave you with my fun little Thanksgiving creation of the year. Have been craving PB rice crispy treats lately (seriously — why make regular when a 1/2 cup of PB adds so much more!!). So on a whim, decided to turn my normal bars into these cute little guys. (Although, I should mention I received a roomful of aghast looks last night when I told my choir I was headed home to make “turkey rice crispies”… :-))

Hakuna matata — no triptophan in these guys. Just cuteness.

Wishing you all a holiday full of great joy, great memories made with family and friends, and of course…great food. Gobble gobble!

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 treats


  • Rice Crispy Treats Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 10 oz marshmallows
  • 6 cups rice crispy cereal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (omit if making classic flavor)
  • Turkey Decor:
  • candy corn
  • cashews (split in half, and then broken in two)
  • Whoppers (or other round, brown candy)
  • black frosting
  • red licorice (I used Twizzlers "Pull & Peel") - or a dried cranberry might work
  • more peanut butter for "glue"


To Make Turkey Crispy Treats

Melt butter in a pan over medium heat (with peanut butter if using). When melted, add marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Add cereal and mix well.

While still warm, use your hands to form the mixture into small balls. Then use additional peanut butter for "glue" to tack on the candy corn (feathers), Whopper (head), beak (cashew), little red waddle (licorice), and then use black frosting to make the eyes. You may need to squish these down slightly so that there's a flat part on the bottom, in order to help the "bird" balance. :)

To Make Rice Crispy Bars

Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Melt butter in a pan over medium heat (with peanut butter if using). When melted, add marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Add cereal and mix well. If using sprinkles, add sprinkles and mix well (add more, and some more). Pour contents into baking dish and spread evenly. When cooled, cut into squares and serve.

Ali’s Tip:

I didn’t cover these with chocolate this time since I was making the little turkeys, but normally love pouring a layer of melted chocolate chips over PB rice crispy treats when they’re in “bar” form. Just melt 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips in a double burner, or carefully in the microwave (use a teaspoon or two of shortening if needed to thin it out), and then pour it over the finished bars. YUM!

Another fun way to add a little “decor” — if using the chocolate or not — is just to add some cute colorful sprinkles on top. Super-easy!

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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21 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

  1. So adorable! I saw these on Pinterest earlier today…and what a nice surprise to “stumble” them tonight. Cute concept!

    - Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet

  2. This is so cute! What a great idea! I hope you will link this post to my Thanksgiving Traditions link up!

    - JDaniel4's Mom

  3. awesome and FUN!!

    - Cathy

  4. If you don’t want to use peanut butter for glue, you can use melted chocolate.

    - Mimi40

  5. What would you use for “glue” if omitting peanut butter (due to allergies)?

    - Michelle

  6. That’s really cute. Great idea.

    - Rachel

  7. Those are so cute! I can barely stand it!

    - Lorie

  8. We included this in our edible turkey post today!

    - emily kate

  9. Squeee! It’s after thanksgiving, but I don’t care. I’m making these just because they are so darn adorable. Thanks for sharing!

    - drmiggy

  10. Oh Ali, these are simply too cute! I love your peppermint mocha cupcakes post too. Happy holidays!

    - Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

  11. super cute!

    - michelle

  12. That is so creative – beautiful!

    - chocolate shavings

  13. That’s so adorable! I love that you even remembered to add the waddle!

    - Sara