Seven Layer Cereal Treats

I had quite a few baby sitters when I was a kid.  Some I liked better than others, understandably.

In the summer after third grade, I had one of my least favorite sitters.  I honestly don’t even remember her name.  She had mostly worked with boys and was just a bit rough for me.  After Mom and Dad’s then annual July vacation, Granny came to visit to stay with me while Mom tried to find another sitter.

But I have one awesome memory with this sitter.  A memory that brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.

We had gone to the library to pick up some books and a few movies.  Then we headed back to her place where we popped a movie in and made Rice Krispies treats.  She had this giant pot, at least it seemed huge to me then.  The butter, or maybe it was margarine, melted with the marshmallows and then we poured the cereal into the pot.

There was no measuring, just pouring and stirring, her carefully watching as I did most of the fun work.

And then we did something crazy.  Something I can’t imagine doing again.  Something I loved.

We brought the pot to the sofa and ate straight from the pot as we watched the movie.

Don’t get me wrong, I have lots of great RKT memories and will eat them still anyway I can get them, but RKTs right from the pot are infinitely better than any other way.  That’s just an indisputable fact.  No argument opposing it.  They taste better.

Now I get a little jolt of that memory when I make a batch of cereal treats and take a taste from the bowl.  Maybe they aren’t quite as good as eating almost the whole batch that day, but they are pretty awesome.

To take things to the next level and just have some major fun, I made Seven Layer Cereal Treats.  These are not your mom’s cereal treats.  They are massive treats with complexity, balance, and layers, perfect for kids or the kid hiding in all of us.

Let’s go over the layers.  The base is Fruity Pebbles, because Fruity Pebbles.  Then we have crushed Reese’s Pieces.  If you want to keep these peanut free, try M&Ms or chopped up candy bars, Skittles might even be fun.  Classic rice cereal is next, topped with white chocolate, followed by Lucky Charms, salty potato chips, and finally another layer of Fruity Pebbles.  These also happen to be gluten free since I used all products marked gluten free, but be sure to check whatever you use!

It sounds like all these flavors might not work together, but they do, and the bar manages not to get too sweet.  Some bites the peanut butter hits you, others the potato chips, and nostalgia is served up in every single morsel.

Seven Layer Cereal Treats

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 36 bars

Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
4-6 cups Fruity Pebbles, divided
2-3 cups puffed rice cereal
2-3 cups Lucky Charms
8 heaping cups marshmallows of your choice, I used jumbo vanilla hearts and jumbo vanilla classic
½ cup Reese’s Pieces, lightly crushed
½ cup white chocolate, broken into bite sized pieces
½ cup potato chips, lightly crushed

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place 2 heaping cups marshmallows and 1 tablespoon butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir to combine and add Fruity Pebbles until a sticky mass forms, about 2 cups. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan using an oiled spoon or spatula. Top with Reese’s Pieces and press them firmly into the cereal.
  3. Place 2 more heaping cups marshmallows and another tablespoon of butter in the same bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir and add the puffed rice, creating the same sticky mass. Spread it into the pan using the oiled spoon and top with white chocolate, pressing firmly down to form one treat.
  4. Place the next 2 heaping cups of marshmallows and tablespoon of butter in the bowl. Microwave on high 1 minute and stir in the Lucky Charms. Spread them in the pan and top with potato chips, pressing firmly down.
  5. Place the final 2 heaping cups of marshmallows and tablespoon of butter in the bowl. Microwave on high 1 minute. Stir and add the last approximately 2 cups of Fruity Pebbles. Spread over the mixture. Top with an oiled piece of parchment paper and press down as hard as you can so the treat becomes cohesive. Allow to set at least two hours and up to overnight.
  6. Cut into small bars and serve. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or frozen individually, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour.
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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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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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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

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Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

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If you haven’t noticed I’m rather obsessed with the combination of peanut butter and jelly. I already have granola bars, cookies, bars, and puppy chow peanut butter and jelly recipes here on the blog. It’s a classic flavor combination that will never, ever go out of style. I forbid it!

The possibilities of new peanut butter and jelly recipes are endless. You are never going to see me stop posting peanut butter and jelly recipes here on the blog.

Luckily, Peanut Butter & Company is just as obsessed with peanut butter and jelly as me. With back to school season here, Peanut Butter & Company challenged some bloggers to create a new, unique peanut butter and jelly recipe.

Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

I got thinking about the possibilities and settled on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but not just any peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Oh, no! This is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with Rice Krispies treats instead of bread. That’s right! I said it. Rice Krispies treats instead of bread!

Brace yourself for the awesomeness of buttery, sticky, crunchy, marshmallowy Rice Krispies treats surrounding creamy peanut butter and flavorful strawberry jam. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the flavors and textures paired, especially the pop of flavor from the jam. This treat is going to be your new favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

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Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 9 bars

Ingredients

1 10 ounce bag marshmallows (mini or jumbo)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

4 ½ - 5 cups Rice Krispies

½ cup Smooth Operator peanut butter

½ cup Seriously Strawberry jam

2 tablespoons peanut butter chips

Instructions

Generously butter an 8 inch square pan. Set aside.

In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine marshmallows and butter. Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until all of the marshmallows and butter are melted.

Add the Rice Krispies a few cups at a time and stir until fully coated. Continue adding Rice Krispies until the mixture is gooey, but there is not a lot of marshmallow in the bottom of the bowl. Pour half of this mixture into the prepared pan. Press it down into an even layer with buttered hands or spatula.

Spread the peanut butter in an even layer over the treats. Spread the jam into an even layer over the peanut butter. Carefully spread the remaining Rice Krispies mixture over the jam. Press down slightly using buttered hands. Sprinkle with the peanut butter chips and press into the treats.

Cool completely in pan before slicing and serving. Treats may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

Additional cooling time is necessary

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Golden Oreo Rice Krispies Treats #SundaySupper

Golden Oreo Rice Krispies Treats

I’m a computer serial killer. I should be paid for my skills, but unfortunately, they end up costing me . . . big time. A couple years ago my laptop died, and a couple had died before it. The clock battery wore out, and even the people at Geek Squad were like “yeah, I wouldn’t bother fixing it.” So Dad picked up a new one for me. Same brand, nicer model. And pretty much exactly two years later, guess what. It died.

Well, okay, it’s on life support. And I need it to hang in there until I can find the time to set up my new one. And with several promising writing projects and lots of blog posts in the pipeline, it might be a little while. I’ll also be setting up Mom’s new computer, as hers ran the no longer supported Windows XP. Apparently she has a computer green thumb.

Golden Oreo Rice Krispies Treats

I have a sneaking suspicion the clock battery is the culprit this time too. But did I get a different brand this time? Nope. The reason? Apparently in the two years since I made my last computer purchase, most manufacturers have eliminated the CD/DVD drive. WHAT????

I cannot be without a CD/DVD drive. I can’t do it. I run vital computer programs via disc – hello Final Draft and Microsoft Office. And I sometimes still burn CDs. There I said it. I’m the loser without an iPod (not that I want one – I know I wouldn’t use it); I jam to awesome mix CDs. Here’s to hoping I can keep this computer alive and kicking for more than two years . . . but I’m not gonna hold my breath.

Golden Oreo Rice Krispies Treats

After a long, busy week, this Sunday Supper theme of Five Ingredient or Less Recipes was more than welcome. I also made this a no-bake treat. These Golden Oreo Rice Krispies Treats are easy to make and crazy good. Whenever I make Rice Krispies Treats, I like them, but they don’t live up to my lofty expectations. These? Oh, those expectations are in their Golden Oreo cookie crust dust. These are what Rice Krispies are meant to taste like.

Golden Oreo Rice Krispies Treats

A no-bake Golden Oreo crust that will melt in your mouth sits under the gooiest, chewiest, softest Rice Krispies Treats you’ve ever tasted. That’s because I used a little extra butter and a much higher marshmallow to Rice Krispies ratio. I used Marshmallow Crispy Oreos to intensify that cereal treat flavor, but traditional or Mega Stuf Golden Oreos will work just as well. I think I’ll need another batch of these to keep me company while I set up my new computer.

Golden Oreo Rice Krispies Treats

Golden Oreo Rice Krispies Treats

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: 9 large bars

Ingredients

Crust

25 Marshmallow Crispy or Golden Oreos

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Treats

10 Marshmallow Crispy or Golden Oreos, coarsely chopped

1 10 ounce bag mini marshmallows

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

3 ¼ cups Rice Krispies

Instructions

Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment. Make the crust. Place the Oreos in the bowl of a food processor and process until ground into crumbs. Pour into a bowl and stir together with butter until fully coated. Pour into the prepared pan and press down firmly to form a crust in the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes, until firm.

After the crust has chilled, make the treats. In a large microwave safe bowl, place marshmallows and butter. Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between to promote melting and prevent burning, until fully melted. Add Oreos and Rice Krispies and stir until fully incorporated. Pour the treat mixture on top of the crust. Spread into an even layer and press down firmly with hands. Refrigerate at least 30 more minutes to set before cutting into bars and serving. Treats may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator 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 for about an hour.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

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Boo Berry Cereal Treats #SundaySupper

Boo Berry Cereal Treats #SundaySupper

I’m not much of a fan of Halloween.  Sure, I like decorating the house a little and find myself unable to resist the festive cartoons that air on TV, even though I’ve seen them about a million times.  But I don’t like being scared and I haven’t dressed up for Halloween since second grade.  Seriously.

There is one thing I absolutely, positively love about Halloween: CANDY!  I’ve already stocked up on Williams Sonoma’s amazing candy and I need to get my Jelly Belly order in soon.  I also head to Target and drug stores to stock up.  I’ve only hit Target so far this year and was unimpressed by the selection.  It was all chocolate with a little candy corn.  I don’t mind candy corn, but as you know, chocolate is not an option for me with my allergy.  It was a pretty big bummer.  Maybe more gummy candy will come in, and I definitely need to head to some other stores.

Boo Berry Cereal Treats #SundaySupper

The trip wasn’t a total bust, though, because then I spotted Halloween cereals.  In the blink of an eye my arms were filled with cereal boxes.  Boo Berry (which I tried and loved last year), Frute Brute, and Fruity Yummy Mummy are now in my pantry calling my name.  I didn’t pick up Franken Berry, but you know I’ll be making another trip for a box.  These are old school cereals that had previously been discontinued but are now back for the season.  I think this is a great idea and I love them.  Seasonal treats are always so fun to stock up on.  If there’s a shortage of Candy Corn Oreos, I’m probably to blame.

Like candy, I also have a thing for cereal.  I don’t eat it all the time, but there are always at least five boxes of cereal in my pantry.  Chex (mostly for those Puppy Chow cravings), Rice Krispies, Cap’n Crunch, Lucky Charms, Cheerios, and now these fun, fruity, marshmallow-y cereals have joined the assortment.

Boo Berry Cereal Treats #SundaySupper

I wasn’t planning on baking with them, but then I saw that this week’s Sunday Supper theme was crunchy and I put two and two together.  Enter Boo Berry Cereal Treats.  These no bake treats are ooey, gooey, messy, but I think that makes them taste even better.  The Boo Berry flavor shines through and they stay super crunchy.  These easy to make treats are sure to be a Halloween hit!

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Boo Berry Cereal Treats #SundaySupper

Boo Berry Cereal Treats #SundaySupper

Boo Berry Cereal Treats #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 18 bars

Ingredients

5 ½ cups Boo Berry Cereal

5 cups mini marshmallows

½ stick unsalted butter

Instructions

Line a 9 by 13 inch pan with parchment, leaving overhang for easy removal.

In a large bowl, place marshmallows and butter. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir very well to promote melting. An additional 15-30 seconds may be necessary to be sure the mixture is fully melted. Once melted, add the cereal and stir until it is fully coated in marshmallow goo.

Working quickly because the mixture gets stickier and harder to work with by the second, pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer using your hands or the back of a spoon. Allow to cool for about 2 hours to set. Cut into bars and serve. Bars may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Please check out all the other crunchy Sunday Supper dishes!

Crispy Appetizers:

Bitterballen from The Urban Mrs.
Caprese Wontons from Jane’s Adventure in Dinner
Crispy Broccoli Cheddar Bites from Curious Cuisiniere
Waldorf Salad from Noshing With The Nolands

Crunchy Entrees and Sides:

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Homemade Shake and Bake from Growing Up Gabel
Crunchy Crusted Chicken Strips with Chipotle Honey Mustard from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventure
Flautas de Rajas con Queso (Cheesy Poblano Pepper Taquitos) from La Cocina de Leslie
Penny’s Taco Salad from Webicurean
Popcorn Chowder from The ROXX Box
Rosemary Garlic Croutons on layered Savoy Cabbage Soup from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Strawberry and Mozzarella Flatbread from Family Foodie

Munch on Snacks:

Crunchy & Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Granola from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Crunchy Granola Bars (Better than Nature Valley) from Shockingly Delicious
Crunchy Pumpkin Pie Spice Roasted Chickpeas from Daily Dish Recipes
Duck Fat Chex Mix from The Texan New Yorker
Easy Vegan Granola from Killer Bunnies, Inc
Fried Veg Momos with Cheese Recipe from Masala Herb
How to Make Homemade Sweet and Salty Trail Mix from Neighborfood
Orange Spiced Cashews from Hip Foodie Mom
Peanut and Pretzel Popcorn Balls from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from Hezzi-D’s Cooks and Books
Slow Cooker Bar-B-Q Party Mix from Hot Mamma’s Kitchen Chaos
Sourdough Grissini from girlichef
Spicy Lentil Crackers from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pepitas from Alida’s Kitchen
Sweet Potato Chips from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
Unbaked Healthy Oatmeal Sesame Bars from My Trials In The Kitchen
Vanilla Almonds from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Crisp Dessert:

Boo Berry Cereal Treats from Pies and Plots
Choco-Caramel Squares from Basic N Delicious
Chocolate Covered Potato Chip Rice Krispie Treats from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Pecan Biscotti from The Food Army Wife
Cookie Brittle from Juanita’s Cocina
Double Banana Pie Krispie Treats from What Smells So Good?
Honeycomb Crunch Candy from Food Lust People Love
Momofuku Chocolate Chip Cornflakes Cookies from Ninja Baking
Nutty Wedges with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream from Magnolia Days
Salted Caramel Cashew Cookies from Mess Makes Food
 
 

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Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Truffles

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Truffles

I’m not much of a trooper.  I don’t really go with the flow well.  I plan pretty much every part of my life and when something goes a little awry, I have a bit of a meltdown.  So when something really crazy happens, like say, losing power for 16 hours, I pretty much freak out and lose all control.  And I should know since that’s what happened this week.

Wednesday Dad took vacation, and he, Mom, and I went up to Verellen Orchards about an hour from our house.  They have some of the best produce in the area, especially apples and peaches.  Peach season had just ended, but they apples are coming into season and were bountiful.  They are awesome as are the sweet onions they had.  Then we ran to the grocery to stock up on fish and a couple other things before heading home and then back out to meet some friends for dinner.  Dinner was fabulous, and I’ll tell you more about it later.  When we got home however, mom noticed the neighborhood was really dark, and upon walking in the house our suspicion was confirmed: no power.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Truffles

I pretty much immediately lost it.  Like seriously lost it.  It was a steamy day, and so it was already warm in the house.  It was also really dark even with flashlights and flameless candles.  Plus I couldn’t watch my beloved TV and I was already upset at the thought of losing all the food in my refrigerator and freezers.  I was kind of inconsolable.  I’m not at all proud of my behavior, but it was how I felt.

After a run to our local Meijer and a drive through a flooded road (scary!), which is thankfully open 24 hours, we came home with batteries, a battery powered fan, and a battery powered radio.  The fan and radio were very helpful, as the fan was much more powerful than I expected and the radio told us what was going on, as we had no idea.  Apparently our area was the hardest hit with a possible tornado.  There were trees down everywhere, including a large limb off a Bradford pear in our yard.  It is unusual for us to lose power, as our wires are underground, but we are attached to other circuits that are above ground.  I guess I should be thankful we weren’t home at least.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Truffles

A long sleepless night was followed by an uneasy morning trying to figure out what to do.  Should we go to a hotel?  The movies?  I had to get out of the house with restoration estimates at 11:30 pm.  That was more than 12 hours away.  The power flicked on and back off twice.  Dad came up with the idea of going to the local farmers’ market.  I’d never been to this particular one, so I thought it was a good idea.  It would give us a break, allow us to cool off in the car, and let our phones charge a little.  The market was really cool and it was a beautiful, sunny day.  The best news of all?  When we got home the power was back on.

Unfortunately, our refrigerator and freezer were at 50 and 30 degrees respectively.  I was really surprised our brand new freezer got so hot so fast.  Some of the food was still quite frozen, though some of it was almost completely thawed, but there was no reason to take a chance on making this whole adventure even worse by getting sick.  Needless to say, Dad spent the rest of the day running from grocery store to grocery store while Mom and I cleaned up and then started baking to replace all that had to be thrown away to try to make it better. I’ll need awhile to digest and be at peace with all that happened, though all of the baking is taking my mind off the drama. 

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Truffles

To cheer up the mood in the house, I whipped up some Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Truffles.  I made sticky peanut butter Rice Krispies treats, basically, and rolled them into truffles while the mixture was still warm.  Then I coated them in white chocolate.  These are an awesome treat for a crowd, as they are easy to make, bite size, and portable.  The crunchy Rice Krispies, along with the flavor of peanut butter and the creamy white chocolate coating makes these a great no bake, gluten free treat that’s sure to make all your problems better.

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 Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Truffles

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Truffles

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 21 minutes

Yield: 24 truffles

Ingredients

2 cups Rice Krispies (gluten free if you like)

2 ½ cups mini marshmallows

½ cup creamy peanut butter

1 12 ounce bag white chocolate chips, melted

Instructions

In a large microwave safe bowl, melt marshmallows and peanut butter in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between to promote melting. Microwave until fully melted and stir until fully combined. Add in the Rice Krispies and stir until they are fully coated.

While the mixture is still hot, grab golf ball sized portions and roll them into balls. Place them on a parchment lined tray and repeat until all the mixture has been used.

Once all the truffles have been made, dip each one in the white chocolate and coat as fully as possible. Set back on the tray and allow to cool completely before serving. Truffles may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

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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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Lucinda Scala Quinn

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Fluffernutter Rice Krispies Treats

Fluffernutter Rice Krispies Treats

Are you superstitious?  Some people have all kinds of superstitions.  They eat certain foods at certain time.  They have lucky pieces of clothing for important days.  They play particular songs to get motivated for big events.  There are many more examples.  Sometimes we have cultural superstitions or those passed on to us by friends or family.  And sometimes we create our own based simply on our experiences.  Regardless, I find them fascinating and have a few of my own.

I do the whole knocking on wood thing when I say something that may tempt fate.  As I become more and more of a worrier, it’s only a matter of time before I take it a step further and go outside, turn around three times and spit, as some people do.  I also make wishes on stars and wishbones, but you’ll never know what they are or they won’t come true.

Fluffernutter Rice Krispies Treats

I wear certain necklaces when I feel I need a bit of protection, particularly my evil eye, and I always wear a ring Mom gave me that was given to her by her mom when she was younger.  I’m sure I have many more I can’t think of at the moment or perhaps am not even fully aware of.

My newest superstition is bringing a sweet treat to the dermatologist every time I visit.  It began as something nice to do for people I like.  They appreciated it so much that I did it again.  And then it kinda stuck in my mind that when I brought something to an appointment, it went well, so it was only reasonable to assume if I didn’t bring something things might not go well.  This is seriously how my brain works things out, rationalizes things.  And so now an appointment at the dermatologist means a trip to the kitchen.  I’ve brought Carmelitas, Iced Hermits, Biscoff Fudge, Puppy Chow, and probably a few other things.  Clearly I visit the dermatologist way too much!

Fluffernutter Rice Krispies Treats

Fluffernutter Rice Krispies Treats

I have to admit, I wasn’t feeling like baking and had no ideas what to make.  I thought Rice Krispies Treats sounded good and would be super easy to make, but I couldn’t make just any Rice Krispies Treats, so I made Fluffernutter Rice Krispies Treats.  You probably know by now that I’m obsessed with peanut butter and marshmallow together, so I put it to practice again here.  Tons of marshmallows and peanut butter make these an ooey, gooey, super sticky treat with incredible flavor that’s no bake.  They are good at room temperature, but fifteen seconds in the microwave makes these out of this world amazing.  Oh yeah, these are definitely enough to keep the bad mojo away!

Fluffernutter Rice Krispies Treats

Fluffernutter Rice Krispies Treats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: 18 treats

Ingredients

6 cups mini marshmallows, divided

1 heaping cup creamy peanut butter (I used Skippy Natural)

4 cups Rice Krispies

½ cup peanut butter chips

Instructions

Line a 9 by 13 inch pan with parchment, leaving overhang to pull the treats out later.

In a large microwave safe bowl, place 4 cups of the marshmallows along with the peanut butter. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until the mixture is completely melted and fully combined.

Stir in the Rice Krispies, remaining 2 cups of marshmallows and peanut butter chips. Stir until all the ingredients are fully coated and evenly distributed. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Smooth into an even layer and press down on the mixture slightly with your hands. Allow to cool to room temperature before cutting into pieces. May be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

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