Peanut Butter & Fudge Krispy Bars

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Peanut-buttery rich with butterscotch, a chocolate layer and that crisp rice crunch we love, this is a vintage Rice Krispies bar cookie worth reviving for your next picnic. Anna wrote in search of this lost recipe from the late ’60s: “I remember a bar we made when I was a kid.  I think it came off the Rice Krispies box, but when I contacted the company a couple of years ago, they had no record to verify that memory.  The bar consisted of top and bottom layers of Rice Krispies in a peanut butter mixture.  The middle layer was similar to fudge.  They set up in a 9″x9″ pan.   They were so good, I couldn’t understand how the alternate Rice Krispy Treat became all the rage….” Happily, another of our readers located the recipe in a vintage cookbook. It’s good with the butterscotch morsels specified, but for even more peanut butter flavor, you could try substituting a bag of those new peanut butter chips from Trader Joe’s…

Makes 25 squares

Peanut Butter & Fudge Krispy Bars Ingredients

  • 1, 6-oz pkg (1 cup) butterscotch-flavored morsels
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 4 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1, 6-oz pkg. (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • ½ cup sifted confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 1 Tbsp margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp water


  1. Make first layer: In a large saucepan over very low heat, melt butterscotch-flavored morsels with peanut butter, stirring constantly until smooth. Stir in cereal. Press half of this mixture into a buttered, 8 x 8 x 2-inch pan. Set other half of the mixture aside. Chill pan.
  2. Make middle layer: In a medium-sized saucepan ½ filled with water heat water until hot but not boiling. Place a metal mixing bowl over the pot of hot water. Place semi-sweet chocolate morsels, sugar, margarine and water in the bowl and melt, stirring constantly until smooth. Spread the hot chocolate mixture over the chilled pan-full of cereal mixture.
  3. Add top layer: Spread remaining cereal/butterscotch/peanut butter mixture over the top of the chocolate layer. Using a buttered spatula, press gently to smooth top layer. Chill until firm (about 1 hour.) Cut into 25, 1 ½ x 1 ½ squares. Or larger, if you need fewer pieces.

3 thoughts on “Peanut Butter & Fudge Krispy Bars

  1. OMG! Thank you for finding this. My mom used to make these back in the 70’s, unfortunately the recipe was lost. I loved them, now my son is going to get a chance to try them!

  2. My grandmother made these for us back in the 60’s-70’s for the holidays. I now make them for my family, we affectionately named them Grandma’s Candy, or better, Christmas crack! Because once you have them you will never go back to marshmallows!

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