Peppermint Bark Rice Krispies Treats

Peppermint Bark Rice Krispies Treats

Have you ever stared at a word so long it starts to look strange?  Maybe this is just a writer thing, but I have a feeling it’s not.  I have a feeling it’s something we can all relate to.

Whether you are typing an email or blog post or reading a book or magazine, it happens out of nowhere.  A perfectly normal word will catch your eye.  Perhaps you are tired or distracted, your mind racing with ideas and thoughts and worries, staring at something instead or really reading or typing it.

If you stare just long enough, a common word, something you’ve seen a million times, starts to stand out.  It practically morphs right in front of your eyes.  It changes from that innocent little word to a menacing term toying with you.

Peppermint Bark Rice Krispies Treats

First it tries to convince you it’s spelled wrong.  And then the spelling no longer matters.  Spelled right or wrong, it just looks weird.  It’s like how is this a word, a common word, something I say and write all the time?  It looks like a jumble of letters that doesn’t make sense in the least.  Except it really does.

It’s our brain’s way of showing us who is boss, who is in control, who can turn our worlds upside down whenever it feels like it by turning our words, our lives, into a messy jumble.

Peppermint Bark Rice Krispies Treats

This happened to me this morning when writing “krispies.”  It’s a word we have all grown up with.  Though it was only truly made a word by Kellogg’s sometimes that’s how things go.  Words become words out of labels and trends and shorthand.  It’s a word as far as most of us are concerned in our daily lives, but this morning, I swore I was staring at another language.  It’s the snow getting to me, clearly.

There is nothing strange about these Peppermint Bark Rice Krispies Treats.  I love putting the flavors of peppermint bark into different treat and these are even better because they are super easy to make.  The chewy treat in all its minty glory is perfectly matched by the snap of the chocolate (or carob in my case, which I promise is actually really tasty!).  These are an awesome Christmas treat!

Peppermint Bark Rice Krispies Treats

Peppermint Bark Rice Krispies Treats

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 14 minutes

Yield: 12 treats

Ingredients

1 10-ounce bag mini marshmallows
½ stick unsalted butter, cubed
4-5 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup coarsely chopped Peppermint Crunch Andes Mints
2 cups carob or dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening or oil

Instructions

  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the marshmallows and butter. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until fully melted. Stir in the cereal, one cup at a time, until the mixture is firm but still super sticky. I love gooey cereal treats!
  3. Stir in the mints and pour into the prepared pan. Press very firmly into the pan. Allow to set completely, about 2 hours. Once firm, cut into squares.
  4. In a small microwave safe bowl, place the chocolate or carob chips and the shortening or oil. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until fully melted. Dip the bottom and part of the side of each of the cereal treat squares into the chocolate. Place on parchment paper to set.
  5. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. Treats may also be wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour.

Notes

Additional cooling time is necessary.

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Under the Sea Snack Mix #SundaySupper

Under the Sea Snack Mix

As a rule, I don’t like sitcoms.  Sure some of the half hour, family friendly shows of my youth were great.  Home improvement.  Friends.  Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  Those shows were my jam and I sometimes still watch them unabashedly.

But the typical fare that airs on the networks these days trying to pass as comedy when they are nothing more than a laugh track and some unfunny jokes?  Those aren’t for me.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

That is until I turned on The Good Place.  I wanted to try it because fantasy elements fascinate me and often find their way into my writing.  Basically I wanted to try it because I wish I had written it.  Plus, who doesn’t love Kristen Bell?

So I tried it and I laughed.  Out loud.  This doesn’t happen.  Ever.  And I kept laughing.  I look forward to this show every week because it’s fresh, funny, and doesn’t rely on those sitcom conventions like a laugh track.  I can decide when to laugh for myself.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

While the basic premise may be a bad girl who gets into the good place, the characters are all likeable and the message of the show is stellar.  Life is about doing the best we can when we can.  It’s never too late to change who we are into who we want to be.

And while I watch my new favorite show and the only sitcom on my TiVo, I need a snack.  Enter Under the Sea Snack Mix.  This versatile, sweet and salty, totally addictive treat is perfect for a party or just chilling in front of the TV.  Plus, it will technically last a good week … not that I think it will hang around that long.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

We’re all about using up Halloween candy this Sunday Supper, so I added Reese’s Pieces, some white peanut butter cups (which have no chocolate – hooray!), and some white chocolate candy corn candy bars (again no actual chocolate), but add whatever it is you have on hand.  I think candy corn or any chocolate candy bar would be great.

Then I took a bag of Goldfish to add that salty vibe and a box of Finding Dory cereal and added them to the party.  They are the real stars here.  I had never made a Puppy Chow style mix with a cereal with marshmallows but it certainly won’t be my last.  Those marshmallows stay a little crunchy and totally bring the flavor.

I don’t know about you, but I think we could all use some more laughter and snack mix in our lives.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

Under the Sea Snack Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients

1 box Finding Dory cereal
1 bag Cheddar Goldfish
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup white chocolate chips
¾ cup Reese’s Pieces
1 ½ cups assorted candy
3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  1. Place peanut butter and white chocolate chips in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir until all the chips are fully melted. Add the cereal and Goldfish and stir until fully coated. Add the candy, Reese’s Pieces, and confectioners’ sugar. Stir until fully coated.
  2. Allow snack mix to set for about 30 minutes. Serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!  Thanks to T.R. Crumbly from Gluten Free Crumbly for hosting!

BARS

BROWNIES

CAKES

CONFECTIONS

COOKIES

SNACKS

SUPPER

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Choices are good.  It’s nice to be able to choose which movie to watch, what to wear, or what to have for dinner.  Our lives are based on the choices we make, both big and small.  Good and bad.

Think of all the choices we make in a day.  Some come naturally but others cause debate whether within ourselves or among those around us, even if they seem like simple decisions.  And all those choices and decisions build and build to make our lives, sometimes for better sometimes for worse.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

It’s easy to look back on the past and see where we might have chosen a different path.  But that’s not fair to ourselves because a different decision may have led to exactly the same place, no matter how hard we wish this wasn’t the case.

That is a difficult fate to face for me.  All those options and the ones I chose.  The ones that led me here.  What could have been, might have been, should have been.  It’s a lot to consider.  But now there is nothing I can do about it, so I have to embrace those choices and try to make better ones in the future, knowing years from now, I’ll have some of the same regrets.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

The best thing about choices is that there is always another one to make, another chance to do better.

When it comes to these Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches, I don’t want to make choices, but I have to because I made them several ways, although I do recommend trying each variety.

These are a breeze and a blast to make, almost therapeutic.  The base is a salty, crunchy pretzel, which I topped with either salted caramel peanut butter (I know!) or pumpkin pie cookie butter (oh yeah!), followed by another pretzel.  I also hid a mini marshmallow in the center of some for a nice surprise.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Then half of this sweet and salty dessert sandwich is dipped in chocolate (or carob in my case) and drizzled in white chocolate.

These are great to serve at a Halloween party.  Making these is an easy choice!

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Ingredients

½ bag mini pretzel twists
1 cup pumpkin spice cookie butter
1 cup salted caramel peanut butter
½ cup mini marshmallows
3 cups dark chocolate or carob chips
½ cup white chocolate chips
2 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

Instructions

  1. Spread the pretzel twists on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread 1 tablespoon of either the pumpkin spice cookie butter or salted caramel peanut butter onto a pretzel. Top with a couple mini marshmallows if desired, followed by another pretzel. Press together gently so the butter forms a seal. Repeat with remaining pretzels and butters.
  2. Once all the pretzels are filled, melt the chocolate or carob chips with 2 tablespoons of vegetable in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. Dip half of each pretzel sandwich into the mixture and place back on the parchment to set.
  3. Melt the white chocolate chips with the remaining ½ tablespoon vegetable oil in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between. Using a fork or spoon, drizzle the white chocolate over the pretzel sandwiches.
  4. Allow to set completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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No Bake Almond Energy Bites #SundaySupper

No bake Almond Energy Bites

The kitchen had been my office for ten years, but recently I moved into the den, much more appropriate for an office.  It hasn’t been an easy transition.  It gets dark in there when the sun isn’t out and I have forgotten to turn the TV off more than once (oops!), but in general I like it.

It’s my own little space, off the beaten trail, where I can listen to mostly depressing music (nothing like Coldplay and Adele to perk you up), The West Wing Weekly podcast (I’ve been obsessed with The West Wing since I was 12.  If you don’t like it, we can’t be friends 😉 ), and work.

No Bake Almond Energy Bites

I have everything set up and it’s a productive environment.  Plus, when it’s too dark or hot, or I need some human interaction, I just pick up my laptop and move back to the kitchen.

I think the den is going to be my favorite as we enter football season.  I don’t mind having it on in the background while I work, but if I don’t want to watch it, I don’t have to.  Which is nice because I’m just not feeling it this season.

No Bake Almond Energy Bites

But for those of you who are, you need some game worthy snacks.  But snacks around my house are almost always healthy.  It’s nice to have an afternoon pick me up that is full of nutritious ingredients, easy to make, and totally addictively delicious.  Like these No Bake Almond Energy Bites.

They are gluten free and a breeze to make.  Plus, I bet you can’t eat just one of the gooey bites with crunchy walnuts and carob or chocolate chips!  And you don’t even have to feel bad about eating more than one with oat and almond flours and almond butter as the base.

While these aren’t too sweet, they have a nice natural sweetness about them that can make any loss (I’m looking at you Detroit Lions) just a bit sweeter.

No Bake Almond Energy Bites

No Bake Almond Energy Bites #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: About 16 bites

Ingredients

2 cups oat flour (gluten free, if necessary)

1 cup almond meal

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2/3 cup creamy almond butter (Justin’s Maple is my favorite)

2/3 cup honey

½ cup walnuts, chopped

½ cup carob or dark chocolate chips

Instructions

Place the almond butter and honey in large microwave safe bowl. Microwave 1 minute, stir and then microwave an additional minute so the mixture is bubbling.

Add the oat flour, almond meal, and cinnamon to the honey mixture and stir until fully combined. Stir in the walnuts and chips. The chips will melt some, that’s okay.

Grab golf ball sized amounts of the mixture and form into a ball. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once the mixture is all used, refrigerate bites until firm, about 30 minutes.

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour or in the microwave for 30 – 60 seconds. Melting marshmallows on top is never a bad idea either.

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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Appetizers

Main Dishes

Side Dishes

Desserts

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Rice Krispies Treat Birthday Cake #SundaySupper

Rice Krispies Treat Birthday Cake

I make a birthday cake for you … well not for you, for America.  Because it’s America’s birthday tomorrow and if there is any birthday that deserves an awesome birthday cake it’s obviously America.  So happy birthday, America, I think you’re going to love this cake.

And you, my readers, are too.  Because, you see, this isn’t any ordinary birthday cake.

Rice Krispies Treat Birthday Cake

I get it; it’s summer and hot and tomorrow is the Fourth and you need a last minute dessert and making a traditional layer cake is so not going to happen.  I totally hear you.

Rice Krispies Treat Birthday Cake

But while this layer cake looks totally normal on the outside, on the inside, it’s Rice Krispies Treats made with Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispies.  And it’s totally amazing!

The “cake” is the softest, gooiest, BEST Rice Krispies Treat you will ever have.  I promise.  It’s just so good.

Rice Krispies Treat Birthday Cake

But then I made seriously irresistible vanilla bean buttercream frosting to fill and cover the cake.  I could eat that frosting by the spoon.  Okay, so I did eat some of it with a spoon, but on the cake, it’s even better.

With the cereal treats and the fluffy buttercream, this is pretty much the cake of my dreams, and dare I say better than a traditional birthday cake.

Rice Krispies Treat Birthday Cake

This is so easy and fun to make, so there’s no excuse to celebrate America’s birthday and some seriously good food this Fourth of July or any day in fact.

Rice Krispies Treat Birthday Cake

Rice Krispies Treat Birthday Cake #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: 18 servings

Ingredients

Treats

1 box Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispies

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

1 16 ounce bag mini marshmallows

Frosting

2 sticks unsalted butter, super soft

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

1 box confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

Make the cereal treats. In a large microwave safe bowl combine butter and marshmallows. Microwave until fully melted. Start with 1 minute, stir and then continue microwaving in 30 second increments until fully melted. Stir in the Rice Krispies, reserving a few for decoration.

Once the treats have been stirred together, pour them into a round vessel of your choice. I used a large saucepan lined with cling wrap. Press the treats down very firmly. Allow to cool completely, at least 1 hour.

When ready to assemble the cake, make the frosting. In a large bowl, beat butter and vanilla bean paste until combined. I did this with a hand mixer, but a stand mixer would work as well. Slowly add the sugar and beat it in. If the frosting is too thick, add a bit of milk. Mine was perfect without the milk. Beat the frosting for 2-3 minutes once all the sugar has been added to make it super fluffy.

Using a serrated knife, slice the treat in half horizontally. Place the bottom half on your serving plate. Heap some frosting on it and spread it into an even layer. Place the top half of the treat on top and use the remainder of the frosting to cover the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with the remaining Rice Krispies.

Cake may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

All-American Appetizers

America the Beautiful Beverages

Raise the Flag Breakfasts

For the Red, White and Blue Salads and Main Dishes

Oh Say Can You See Desserts

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Winter Fruit Salad #SundaySupper

Winter Fruit Salad - a tropical, gluten free delight!

If you read my blog frequently, then you probably know a few things about me, one of which is that I hate winter.  Really, I can’t stand it.  The thought alone makes me want to build a blanket fort and crawl under it, not coming out until it’s spring.

As I write this, it is rather spring like (thanks, El Nino!).  The sun is shining in a cloudless blue sky and the temperature is in the 60s.  Too bad the wind is so strong it literally may blow me over.  Still it’s better than last February.

Winter Fruit Salad

Other than pretending it’s nice out, dreaming of moving, and looking at pictures of sunnier, warmer days, fruit is a great way to get a feel for summer in the dead of winter.

My Winter Fruit Salad is the perfect way to get that summer vibe going.  Match a bowl of this, and enjoy it, maybe with your eyes closed and thoughts of flowers and beaches rolling through your mind.

Winter Fruit Salad

While I will always take fruit as it is, I jazzed this salad up with a quick dressing, toasted coconut, and candied ginger.  It only took about ten minutes to make and is best made ahead of time and allowed to chill so all the flavors marry.  Make this on Sunday and enjoy it throughout the week on oatmeal, as a snack, or even as dessert with some ice cream.

I’m already feeling summer vibes, and you will be too as soon as you make this salad!

Winter Fruit Salad

 

Winter Fruit Salad

Winter Fruit Salad #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

2 navel or honeybell oranges, peeled and split into segments

1 large mango, peeled and diced

1 ½ cups blueberries

½ cup toasted coconut

¼ cup candied ginger, diced

Instructions

In a medium bowl, stir together lemon, honey, and vanilla. Add oranges, mango, and blueberries. Stir until well combined. Fold in the coconut and ginger.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight for best flavor. Salad may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Notes

Recipe is easily doubled or tripled

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#SundaySupper Winter Salads

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Wild Rice Salad plus more Winter Salad Recipes #SundaySupper from Sunday Supper Movement

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S’mores Strawberries

S'mores Strawberries

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us.  Whether you think of it as nothing more than a Hallmark holiday for people who are actually in love or you think it’s the sweetest holiday since it celebrates something as amazing and illusive as love, it’s a good excuse to eat an amazing treat or two.

All of us single gals need to drown our sorrows in dessert and cheesy movies that represent love as it probably never will be in the real world.

S'mores Strawberries

And all of you love birds need to celebrate your significant other and the fact that Cupid brought you together.  Or something like that.

While you could definitely spend all day in the kitchen making something like my Brooklyn Blackout Cake, these S’mores Strawberries will totally do the trick without all the work.

S'mores Strawberries

They are fun and easy to make and full of textures and flavors.  I distinctly remember the first time I had a chocolate covered strawberry.  It was from Godiva and probably five dollar, which 15 or so years ago was a lot of money for one giant strawberry.  I think I shared it with my baby sitter after lunch at Olive Garden.

I really liked the strawberry … and Olive Garden, so maybe my tween judgment can’t be trusted.  Since I developed my chocolate allergy, those strawberries have vanished from my life.  So I made my own with carob, but feel free to use your favorite dark chocolate.

S'mores Strawberries

After washing and drying the strawberries, I hulled them and filled the center with gooey marshmallow fluff.  Then I dipped them in chocolate and crushed graham crackers.  It’s a messy process, but lots of fun and well worth it when you pop the juicy strawberry with the gooey marshmallow the snappy carob/chocolate and crunchy graham crackers in your mouth.

No matter how you celebrate Valentine’s Day, be sure to do it with these S’mores Strawberries.

S'mores Strawberries

S’mores Strawberries

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 16 minutes

Yield: 20 Strawberries

Ingredients

20 strawberries, washed and hulled

1 cup marshmallow fluff

1 cup carob or dark chocolate chips

1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

2 graham cracker sheets, finely crushed

Instructions

Place the strawberries on a parchment lined baking sheet. Fill each one with marshmallow fluff. It’s okay if they are overfull.

Melt the chocolate or carob with the shortening in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted.

Spoon chocolate or carob over the cut and marshmallow filled end of the berry. Cover that end completely and dip immediately in graham cracker crumbs.

Place strawberries back on parchment. Repeat with remaining berries. Allow to set for about 1 hour. Best served immediately. Berries may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 days.

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No Bake Pot de Creme

No Bake Pot de Creme

Do you watch Top Chef or Next Food Network Star?  If you do, I bet you remember Arnold Myint.  He has a fun, energetic, and infectious personality and even has an alter ego: drag queen Suzy Wong.

I had the opportunity to chat with Arnold about his career in food last week.  He’s a super nice guy.  I want to be friends with him and go out to dinner with him and cook with him.  Arnold, if you’re ever in the Detroit area, I can show you around the culinary scene here 🙂

Arnold Myint

Of course we talked a lot about Top Chef and Next Food Network Star.  Since I have never missed an episode of either show, it’s nice to hear about them, including some behind the scenes information that’s perfect for super fans like me.

He said the days of filming can be very long, but he loved his time on the competition circuit.  He has a competitive nature from his days of ice skating, so these reality shows were a natural fit.  He noted that while he didn’t win Next Food Network Star, he feels like a winner … kind of like the Jennifer Hudson of the show … because now “people get who I am,” he said.

No Bake Pot de Creme

Being cast in the shows was one of the most difficult parts of the process according to Arnold.  And though he loved being on the shows, he thinks his reality show days are over.

We also talked about Suzy Wong who came about from his summers in Thailand as a kid as well as all the glitz and glamour of ice skating costumes.  Now Suzy is part of his brand, and people love her because of the way Arnold presents her.  Suzy does a lot of charity work, hosting dinners and is a “good ambassador to merging gay and straight worlds.”

No Bake Pot de Creme

Now Arnold has several restaurants, but he’s focusing more on learning to cook in smaller quantities instead of on a restaurant scale.  He tries to cook 4 recipes a day when he’s not in a restaurant and is also working on the Downtown LA Dinner Club.

I also have no doubt we will see more of Arnold on TV soon too. We can all keep our eyes peeled!

Arnold also provided me with an awesome pot de crème recipe that was super easy to make; it doesn’t even require baking!  I changed the recipe a little, swapping the cream for almond milk and the whole milk for a lesser amount of coffee.  It turned out perfectly and is an awesome dessert that is sure to impress anyone without a ton of calories.

Thanks for your time and the recipe, Arnold.  Good luck in the future!

No Bake Pot de Creme

No Bake Pot de Creme

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

9 ounces carob or dark chocolate chips

1 ½ cups almond milk

½ cup iced coffee beverage (in the refrigerator section at the store)

6 large egg yolks

5 tablespoons granulated sugar

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

In a medium saucepan bring the almond milk, coffee, sugar, and salt to a simmer.

Add the carob or chocolate in three installments, whisking each in fully before adding more.

Remove the pot from the heat. In a medium bowl, place the egg yolks. Slowly whisk in about ½ cup of the hot chocolate mixture.

Return the pot to low heat and add the egg mixture to the pot. Whisk until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and pour into serving vessels. Chill until thickened and set, about 2 hours. Pot de crème may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Arnold Myint Additional chilling time is necessary

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Caramel Apple Rice Krispies Treats #SundaySupper

Caramel Apple Rice Krispies Treats

I eat dinner with my parents pretty much every single night.  Okay, so sometimes dad gets home from work really late and then eats like he’s the living embodiment of a tornado, but other than that we eat dinner together.

It’s a time to talk about our days, our pasts, and our futures.  There’s also background noise from the TV so we can catch up on the latest news and keep our brains young with Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.  I know we shouldn’t have the TV on but I have misophonia – that’s a story for another day.  Plus, the TV never distracts me; Mom is another story.

Caramel Apple Rice Krispies Treats

The bottom line is that we make an effort seven nights a week to eat a home cooked meal together.  Sure, there are exceptions when we eat out, I meet friends or an online date, or we’re rushing around trying to get to an event.  However, these dinners and all that surrounds them are something I look forward to and miss after a day or two long detour from them.

The dinners aren’t always fancy and the stories aren’t always happy.  Some days we don’t have much to say, so we just enjoy each other’s company and take comfort in the fact that no matter what other things are going on, we can count on each other.

Caramel Apple Rice Krispies Treats

January is National Sunday Supper Month, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of kicking it off with my Sunday Supper buddies who treasure family dinners as much as me.  We all want to encourage you to have a dinner with your family once a week.  Or if you can, more often.  To set the phones aside and talk to each other.

Try a new recipe, cook together, see what you like.  Things may not always turn out, but that is half the fun.  And then you’ll have something else to talk about.  While my dinners are typically just my parents and me, your family dinners can include any family and friends who you love and care about.  There aren’t any rules.  Just have fun and enjoy the simple things in life.

Caramel Apple Rice Krispies Treats

Well, I do have one rule.  There has to be dessert.  Sometimes it’s just a couple gummy bears and other times, it’s a real treat like these Caramel Apple Rice Krispies Treats.

They start with a Caramel Apple Oreo Crust.  If you can’t find Caramel Apple Oreos, use whatever kind you love.  Then there’s the classic Rice Krispies Treat on top.  It’s hard to improve upon that, but I think I did with dried apples and modjeskas.  If you’ve never heard of modjeskas, they are vanilla marshmallows wrapped in ooey gooey caramel.  They are a treat on their own, and in these … brace yourself.

This decadent treat fun to make and the perfect way to end a family meal.  Here’s to many more Sunday Suppers!

Caramel Apple Rice Krispies Treats

Caramel Apple Rice Krispies Treats

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 9-12 treats

Ingredients

15 Caramel Apple Oreos, finely crushed

1 stick unsalted butter, divided

1 10 ounce bag marshmallows

3 ¼ cups Rice Krispies

Heaping ½ dried apples, diced

6 modjeskas or soft caramels, chopped

Instructions

Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment.

Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in the microwave. Add to the crushed Oreos and stir to combine. Pour into the prepared pan and press firmly into place. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.

Once the crust is set, melt the marshmallows and remaining 4 tablespoons butter in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between. Once melted, stir to combine the marshmallows and butter. Stir in the Rice Krispies, adding a few more if necessary until the mixture is gooey but not liquidy. Fold in the dried apples and modjeskas.

Pour on top of the crust. Oil or butter your hands and press down firmly. Refrigerate for an additional 30 minutes before cutting and serving. Treats may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about 1 hour.

Notes

Addtional chilling time is necessary

http://piesandplots.net/caramel-apple-rice-krispies-treats/

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Elvis Bars

Elvis Bars

There are some days when I want to spend all day in the kitchen baking. Like my Lemon Minion Cake. It took hours, the better part of a day. But it was a blast. Cake and frosting and decorating. It was fun and relaxing and revitalizing.

But then there are the days when I have no time to bake and I want a treat NOW! Days when I’m inspired by my writing and can’t tear myself away from the computer. Days when I have plans whether they are with friends or just my TV. Days when I just don’t want to spend all day baking and dirtying literally every dish in the kitchen.

Elvis Bars

These Elvis Bars are made for those days. I was looking for something to make and saw this recipe in my bookmarks just calling my name, and they should be calling yours too.

I called these Elvis Bars because Elvis is known for eating peanut butter, banana, and bacon. So these don’t have banana, but they have carob (or chocolate) and marshmallow, so I don’t think anyone will miss the banana. The bacon comes from the Maple Bacon Kettle chips I used. I’m obsessed with all Kettle chips, but lately I can’t get enough of the Maple Bacon. They really do taste like bacon.

Elvis Bars

Feel free to use whatever marshmallows you have on hand too. Mini are great, but just break big ones into smaller pieces. I actually used some Red Velvet ones I had in the pantry.

So these bars have some of my (and I bet your) favorite ingredients, are gluten free, no bake, and easy to make. They do have to chill, but if you bust into them before they are set, I won’t tell 🙂

Elvis Bars

Elvis Bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Yield: About 20 pieces

Ingredients

5 ounces carob or dark chocolate chips

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

1 ½ cups lightly crushed Kettle Maple Bacon chips

1 ½ cups marshmallows, mini or large ones broken into pieces

Instructions

Line an 8 or 9 inch round cake pan or pie plate with parchment.

Melt the carob or chocolate chips and peanut butter in a large microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between.

Once melted fold the chips and marshmallows into the peanut butter mixture. Pour into the prepared pan, smooth into an even layer, and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours or up to overnight. Cut into wedges and serve.

Bars may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Food 52

http://piesandplots.net/elvis-bars/

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