My wife and I saw a recipe another member had posted about “avalanche cookies” so we made some and did it a bit different. Making some snacks/treats for New Year’s Eve.
White chocolate chips (one bag)
Rice Krispie cereal (about two cups)
Melted peanut butter (about one cup)
M&M’s (about one cup)
Marshmallows (about one cup)
Melt the white chocolate chips in a saucepan and pour the peanut butter in. Stir together until chocolate chips are completely melted. Take off heat and pour in cereal, stir together, add marshmallows and m&m’s and stir together until combined. Take a cookie scoop and form into “cookies.” We used a springform pan for the rest to cut into bars. Refrigerate until cold and enjoy.

Peanut Butter Avalanche Bars


1 bag (12 oz) white chocolate chips
2 cups Rice Krispie cereal
1 cup melted peanut butter
1 cup M&M’s (your favorite variety)
1 cup marshmallows

Prepare the Pan:
Line a 9×9 inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang for easy removal. Alternatively, you can use a springform pan for a different shape.

Melt White Chocolate and Peanut Butter:
In a saucepan over low heat, melt the white chocolate chips. Once melted, add the melted peanut butter to the saucepan. Stir continuously until the white chocolate chips are completely melted, and the mixture is smooth.

Combine Cereal and Mix-Ins:
Remove the saucepan from heat. Add the Rice Krispie cereal to the melted mixture, stirring until well combined. Then, fold in the marshmallows and M&M’s, ensuring an even distribution throughout the mixture.

Form Cookies or Bars:
Use a cookie scoop to portion the mixture into individual cookies on the prepared pan. Alternatively, press the mixture evenly into the pan if you prefer bars. If you’re using a springform pan, press the mixture evenly across the bottom.

Place the pan in the refrigerator and let it chill for at least 2-3 hours, or until the mixture has set completely.

Cut and Serve:
Once chilled, lift the parchment paper to remove the bars from the pan. If you used a springform pan, release the sides. Cut into squares or bars, depending on your preference.

Serve these delightful Peanut Butter Avalanche Bars at your New Year’s Eve celebration or any gathering. Enjoy the crispy, sweet, and peanut buttery goodness!

Feel free to get creative with the recipe by adding nuts, shredded coconut, or other mix-ins of your choice. Happy New Year!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Peanut Butter Avalanche Bars:

Q1: Can I use a different type of chocolate instead of white chocolate chips?

A1: Absolutely! While the original recipe uses white chocolate chips, you can experiment with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or even a combination of different chocolates to suit your taste.

Q2: Can I substitute another cereal for Rice Krispie cereal?

A2: Yes, you can substitute Rice Krispie cereal with other crispy cereals like cornflakes or a similar alternative for a different texture.

Q3: How long do Peanut Butter Avalanche Bars need to chill in the refrigerator?

A3: It’s recommended to chill the bars for at least 2-3 hours, or until the mixture has set completely. However, overnight chilling can enhance the flavors and make the bars firmer.

Q4: Can I add nuts or other mix-ins to the recipe?

A4: Absolutely! Feel free to customize the recipe by adding chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or any other mix-ins you prefer. Just ensure they are evenly distributed for a balanced taste.

Q5: How should I store Peanut Butter Avalanche Bars?

A5: Store the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator to maintain their freshness. If you have leftovers, these bars can also be frozen for longer storage. Simply thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

Q6: Can I use crunchy peanut butter instead of melted peanut butter?

A6: While the original recipe calls for melted peanut butter, you can experiment with crunchy peanut butter for added texture. Keep in mind that the consistency may differ slightly, so adjust accordingly.

Q7: Can I make these bars in advance for a party?

A7: Yes, you can make these bars a day or two in advance. In fact, they often taste better after the flavors have had time to meld. Store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.

Q8: Can I double the recipe for a larger batch?

A8: Certainly! If you need a larger batch, you can double the ingredients. Just make sure to use a larger pan for spreading the mixture evenly, and adjust the chilling time accordingly.



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