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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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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Dressed Up Marshmallows

Dressed Up Marshmallows

I love to get dressed up.  Ever since I was little this has been the case for me.  I have always loved dresses and heels and presenting my best face to the world.

My love of wearing nice clothes and shoes and playing with makeup has only intensified as I have grown up and learned more about creating my own style.  I love putting together outfits that represent me and not something I saw on TV or my mom chose for me.

Dressed Up Marshmallows

It amazes that people stare at me with dirty looks, as though I am doing something wrong by wearing a dress and heels instead of the sweatpants they seem to find so fashionable.  I have even had someone question me repeatedly over looking nice.  Where was I going?  Why was I wearing these clothes?  What was wrong with me?

When did our society decide that it’s not okay to look nice?  Even worse, when did it decide that it’s not okay to be an individual?  If you don’t want to dress up, that’s your deal, but don’t tell me what to do.  The great thing about life is that we are all unique individuals.  No one’s stares or comments are ever going to get me to change who I am.

Dressed Up Marshmallows

And because I like company, I took some unassuming marshmallows and dressed them up too.  What does that mean?  It means I dipped them in carob, white chocolate, and peanut butter chips and drizzled them accordingly.  You could also add nuts or sprinkles for a bit of crunch, but these are amazing as is.

Dressed Up Marshmallows

Not only are these little treats delicious, but they are also easy to make and gluten free.  They would be awesome to serve at a party or wedding or baby shower.  I also think they would make great s’mores.  I think we should all investigate 🙂

Whether you like to dress up or not, you will love some fancy dressed up marshmallows!

Dressed Up Marshmallows

Dressed Up Marshmallows

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: About 30 marshmallows

Ingredients

1 10-ounce bag regular sized marshmallows

1 cup dark chocolate or carob chips

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup peanut butter chips

3 tablespoons pure vegetable shortening

Instructions

Place marshmallows on a piece of parchment paper.

Place carob or chocolate chips in one microwave safe bowl, white chocolate chips in another, and peanut butter chips in a third. Add 1 tablespoon shortening to each bowl.

Melt chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted.

Place one marshmallow on a fork and dip into one of the coatings. Roll around with the fork to coat completely. Place carefully on the parchment and allow to set. Repeat until all the marshmallows are used.

Take the fork and drizzle the remaining coatings onto the marshmallows to create a pretty design or pattern. Have fun! If at any time the coatings harden too much, place them back in the microwave for about 15 seconds.

Allow marshmallows to set completely before placing in an airtight container and storing at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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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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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

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Rocky Road Granola Bars

Rocky Road Granola Bars - Great gluten free treat!

Happy weekend! It’s funny, but for me weekends don’t really mean a lot anymore. I mean, they’re nice and all, and sometimes I have exciting plans. But because I blog and write and don’t have a 9 to 5, five days a week job, my schedule is flexible.

My weekend is sometimes in the middle of the week. If I want to go shopping on a Monday, as long as I am sure my work is done, there’s no problem heading to the mall. Similarly when I have a lot to do on the actual weekend, I work.

And yeah, some days I’m one of those people that doesn’t even know what day it is. I don’t know how that happened. It is often inconsequential to me what day it is. Until it hits me that I am supposed to post on a certain day . . . and it is that certain day. Oops!!!!

Rocky Road Granola Bars

There is something about weekends that just feels different though, a little special even. I want to watch movies and take an extra-long walk. I like eating a fun meal. Doing something memorable.

What’s your schedule like? Are weekends important to you? What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend?

Rocky Road Granola Bars

If you like a treat, as I do, you have to check out these Rocky Road Granola Bars. Part healthy treat, part indulgent delight, these make a perfect weekend breakfast, lunch, or snack, especially if you are on the go, enjoying the time with fun plans.

Ooey, gooey, and sticky, the flavor of the honey shines through, while the walnuts add texture and the carob chips really add that intense chocolaty flavor. Of course, if you are not allergic to chocolate, feel free to use whatever chocolate chips you like. I think semi-sweet or bitter-sweet would work best. Plus, these can easily be made gluten free if you use gluten free oats! Weekends are about to get a lot more exciting with these bars!

Rocky Road Granola Bars

Rocky Road Granola Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients

1 10 ounce bag regular sized marshmallows (minus the two or three I ate 😉 )

¼ cup honey

½ cup creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 ½ cups quick cooking oats, gluten free if necessary

½ cup walnuts

¾ cup carob chips

Instructions

Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.

In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the marshmallows, honey, and peanut butter on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted.

Stir in the vanilla. Add the oats and stir until they are fully combined. Allow mixture to cool for about 3 minutes. Add the walnuts and carob chips and stir until fully incorporated.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Allow to cool at room temperature for about two hours before cutting into bars. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or individually 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 cooling time is necessary Recipe adapted from Serious Eats

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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.

http://piesandplots.net/boo-berry-cereal-treats-sundaysupper/

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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Caramel Apples #SundaySupper

Caramel Apples #SundaySupper

How is it possible today is the first day of fall?  It feels like just yesterday I was anxiously awaiting the beginning of summer and now it’s managed to slip through my fingers in the blink of an eye.  I know I’m young and supposed to feel invincible and like time is forever on my side, but I don’t and it’s clearly not.  Time is passing me by, particularly that filled with nice weather, and I don’t like it.  I feel like I need to seize every moment.  I’d very much appreciate if I could seize the moments that were summer over again.

However, like it or not, fall arrives today at 4:44 pm.  At which time I’ll probably be in denial, wistfully staring at the flowers, taking a walk in the sunshine, enjoying a juicy peach, or maybe just curled up in a ball hoping summer will return swiftly.

Caramel Apples #SundaySupper

Am I looking forward to parts of fall?  Sure.  There’s tons of great fall TV – Homeland, Grey’s Anatomy, Survivor, Castle, and on and on – and I have lots of fun plans – plays and a football game.  And . . . and . . . well, it means we’re inching closer to next summer.  I’m sure there are more things I like about fall, but honestly, they’re not coming to mind right now.

I do enjoy apples.  Fresh, local apples, preferably Honeycrisp.  Even better are Caramel Apples.  I grew up eating caramel apples from the grocery store, cider mill, and the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.  They had the best caramel apples with all different toppings.  Every time I went to the mall, I just had to have one.

Caramel Apples #SundaySupper

Caramel Apples #SundaySupper

I’ve always wanted to make my own caramel apples and now I finally did.  These are messy, both to make and eat.  The gooey caramel is a little difficult to work with: too runny and it won’t stick to the apples, too hard and it sticks to everything.  I much prefer to cut the apples into pieces once coated, rather than biting right into the whole apple.  However, all the mess is more than worth it, as the complex, rich, not too sweet caramel pairs incredibly well with the apples.  And these happen to be gluten free.  I used both Honeycrisp and Gala, but feel free to use whatever kind of apple you like the best.  I also skipped the skewers in the middle of the apples, but if you feel like using those, go for it.  These were great plain, but I topped some with mini marshmallows, chopped almonds, Reese’s Pieces, or a combination of all three.  The combination was rather irresistible with the gooey caramel, the crisp apple, crunchy nuts and candy, and those soft marshmallows.  It was a flavor and texture dream come true.  I think I need to make another batch of these to help me survive the beginning of fall.

 Caramel Apples #SundaySupper

Caramel Apples #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 7-8 apples

Ingredients

7-8 apples, washed and dried very well

1 ½ cups sugar

½ cup light corn syrup

½ cup heavy cream

Mini marshmallows, for topping

Chopped almonds, for topping

Reese’s Pieces, for topping

Instructions

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and corn syrup. Stir together, cover, and place over medium-high heat until the sugar melts, 5-7 minutes. Once the sugar has melted, uncover and continue to cook until the mixture is a golden-amber color. You may swirl the pot, but do not stir the mixture.

Once the mixture is golden, remove it from the heat and pour in the cream. Be careful as it will bubble up quite a bit. Stir until the cream is fully incorporated and there are no lumps. Pour the caramel into a heat proof bowl.

Let the caramel cool in the bowl about 10 minutes. Try dipping 1 apple to test if the caramel is cool enough to stick. If it is, continue dipping the apples until they are coated, rolling each apple in toppings, if desired, before placing on a parchment lined sheet pan to cool and set. If the caramel does not stick, allow it to cool 5 more minutes before trying again. If the caramel gets too hard, microwave it in 15 second increments until it is soft enough to use. Apples may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

http://piesandplots.net/caramel-apples-sundaysupper/

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