No Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookies #SundaySupper

No Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookies #SundaySupper

Growing up, I HATED this time of year.  You know, all that back to school nonsense.  I didn’t want my class schedule to come in the mail, didn’t want to buy notebooks and folders, didn’t want to think about getting back to the grind.  It’s safe to say I was in denial.

The whole school year was pretty bad.  School was a really tough time for me.  I did well in school, but had more than my fair share of bad teachers.  Sometimes I wished a teacher would go to bat for me, stand up for me when I wanted to take an advanced class or had a good idea, but none ever did.  I had no friends, and getting up early and trying (usually unsuccessfully) to go to bed early was simply no fun.  I was exhausted all the time and generally miserable.

No Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookies

But back to school time was a special kind of awful.  I’d been lulled into the perfection that is summer, only to have it torn away from me far before I was ready (as if I’d ever be ready).  There were tears and begging not to go, but I couldn’t get out of it.

Surprise notes from Mom in my folders, backpack, or lunch box were just about the only things that softened the blow.  It comforted me to see her handwriting and a pretty piece of stationary with a bird or butterfly on it.  The words of encouragement written there made me feel as though Mom was standing there with me.  Another great surprise was an extra piece of candy in my lunch.

No Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookies

No Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookies

An extra piece of candy at lunch still makes me pretty happy, but now that I bake all the time, I know there are other treats I’d love to find in my lunch box as a good luck, everything will be okay surprise.  These No bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookies would be a welcome surprise in any lunch box.  So not traditional Rice Krispies Treats, they are ooey gooey bars without any butter or marshmallows.  The abundance of peanut butter makes these very rich, as the sugar syrup is saturated with it.  That makes these a decadent treat you’ll keep eating and eating.  And if you’re anything like me, you’ll add a marshmallow (preferably homemade) on top for some extra oomph.  These also happen to be vegan, if you use vegan peanut butter chips or skip them, and gluten free, if you use Gluten Free Rice Krispies.  And if you’re allergic to peanut butter, I don’t see a reason why almond or another nut butter wouldn’t work.  Pack these in your or your kid’s lunch and it’ll make going back to work or school at least a little easier!

No Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookies

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No Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookies #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 16 cookies


1 cup light corn syrup

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup packed light brown sugar

1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

4 cups Rice Krispies

½ cup peanut butter chips, melted, for drizzling


Line a 9 by 13 inch pan with parchment. Place the Rice Krispies in a large bowl.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the corn syrup and sugars to a boil, stirring occasionally.

When the mixture has reached a boil, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla and peanut butter. Stir until fully incorporated. Pour this mixture over the Rice Krispies and stir until they are all coated.

Pour the mixture in the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Drizzle with the melted peanut butter chips. Cool completely before cutting and serving. Cookies may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag, for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour or in the microwave for about 30 seconds.


Recipe adapted from Lucinda Scala Quinn

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  1. Liz says:

    Oh, yeah, these are a childhood favorite!!! And a grownup favorite, too!

  2. Hezzi-D says:

    These sounds pretty yummy! I know the kids at school would love them. Maybe we could actually make them in school…the kids love doing that!

    • Laura says:

      These are a great thing to make with kids. I always loved baking and cooking when I was a kid.

      • Eric says:

        Very good treats that you can convince yourself that there actually good and healthy. Fiber, protein, mufas, etc.
        Great job and thanks again.

  3. A perfect sweet for a lunchbox, kids would love this Laura! Good things those days are over, right?

  4. Yum! These look so yummy! Love the pb over the top!!

  5. Miss Messy says:

    These look simple and delicious! 🙂

  6. So much crunchy peanut butter goodness. I’m in love.

  7. I love these kinds of treats. So easy and fast to make, too!

  8. I’ve recently rediscovered my love for peanut butter and my love for rice krispies has never gone away. I think these sound amazing!

  9. Yeah, going back to school was tough for me too. These would have made it much easier! 🙂

  10. No bake works for me! 🙂

  11. Bea says:

    Those sound like the perfect little treat 🙂

  12. Deb says:

    I found school difficult as well, not the studies but the social aspect. I am so glad those day are over! A sweet homemade treat is always welcome and even more special when it brightens one’s day! The Peanut Butter Rice Krispies would surely lighten a dreary school day!

  13. Renee says:

    Where have these been all my life? All I’ve known are the traditional ones made with marshmallows. But forget them, there’s a new krispie treat in my life. Awesome. Oh, and I LOVE peanut butter. Love it.

  14. What a wonderful mom you have, Laura! Surprise notes on butterfly stationary are lovely random acts of kindness. Thanks for the reminder to implement that lovely act more for those I love.
    Appreciate, too, your very yummy looking and sounding treats =)

  15. Sarah says:

    PB is my FAVOURITE spread! And with the goodness of RK treats? Winner

  16. Soni says:

    Love that its no bake!!My kids would go crazy for sure 🙂

  17. Tara says:

    Love a quick, no bake option for a treat. These look so very good!!

  18. stan says:

    What a great change from the marshmallows! I really enjoyed them with a glass of milk. They were very chewy and tasty {for a midnight snack}.

  19. Carol says:

    What a great idea from the traditional rice krispy treats. The peanut butter gives a lot more flavor, and is not as sweet as the marshmallows. Thanks for sharing, it was really delicious!

  20. I loved these when I was a kid! Haven’t had them in ages – definitely need to try some again. And I always hated going back to school too! Fun post – thanks.

  21. Jessica Gappy says:

    These were just delightful! It really was the perfect treat. I will try making these for sure. It is an especially nice treat for summer days since it is no bake. So good!!!

  22. back to school is always THE WORST. These treats look like they could perk up even the worst days-and SO cool that they can be vegan!

  23. I always hated going back to school. I have just recently started to really look forward to the fall.
    Love your peanut butter rice krispie treats. I’ve never made them without marshmallows before.

  24. Alida says:

    I can’t think of anything better than a Rice Krispie Treat. Oh wait…maybe until you add PEANUT BUTTER to them! These look so good!!

  25. I dreaded going back to school too. Summer vacation was never long enough! I felt so nauseous the first day of school. .. Anyway, this here is something to look forward to! A no-bake cookie with peanut butter and rice krispies… WIN!

  26. Looks great! There’s nothing like a sweet treat in the middle of the day. Whether you’re a kid or an adult – it’s always welcome!

  27. Joanne says:

    After school treats definitely make back-to-school time much less awful. Especially if they involve peanut butter! BIG yum to these!!

  28. Now you’ve got me dreaming of peanut butter rice krispie treats. I just might have to whip up a batch!

  29. I love anything with peanuts 🙂

  30. I always hated back to school time too! I still get bad feelings when I think about it, but glad I’m past those days 🙂 These look so good!

  31. You had me at peanut butter! These look amazing. 🙂

  32. You poor dear. School sounded miserable. I wasn’t much for school, either. I was kind of a loner. Your mom sounds wonderful. These bars would definitely cheer me up. Yum!

    • Laura says:

      I was a loner too, Jennie. I bet if I would have shared these at my lunch table I would have been more popular 😉

  33. Love the simple riff on the rice krispies treat! Add some chocolate chips and it’s a party! 😉

  34. Love your stories! It made me smile that an extra piece of candy in your lunch lightened up your days in school so much. It’s the little things that always matter. And who wouldn’t be lightened up by your peanut butter rice krispies! I need one today, badly!

  35. Monet says:

    Hi Laura! I actually loved going back to school (but my sister hated it!) I can’t wait to fill my little one’s lunchbox with sweet treats. These would be the most perfect addition. Thank you for sharing! Beautiful and delicious!

  36. Lendon says:

    Really good recipie! I couldn’t even tell they weren’t baked!

  37. Dad says:

    Peanut butter and Rice Krispys, how can they not be good?

  38. Jeff says:

    Another easy and delicious treat.

  39. I’m sorry to hear you had such a miserable time at school, Laura! That kinda sounds like me now that I’m in the work force (going to sleep late, forcing myself out of bed, trudging my way reluctantly through the day until I can go home again). I love what a close and loving relationship you have with your mom. I’d be thrilled if I opened up my lunch and found these delicious rice krispies treat. With peanut butter, it’s even better!

  40. There are so many great looking recipes on here. I love everything rice krispy treats. These look awesome!

  41. I have a few recipes for these. I use Rice Krispies, and Special K, with varying amts of sugars/corn syrup. Yours looks excellent. I want a big bite!


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