Friday, April 23, 2010

Rice Krispy Treats with Peanut Butter and Chocolate

A good sweet tooth treat is the rice krispy square. They are a nice break from cookies, cake, pie and any other dessert that requires longer prep time and use of the oven. These are good desserts to pack in lunches and to enjoy after dinner. Most kids enjoy them as do adults. We usually prepare a pan of rice krispy treats a few times a year for the soccer team, birthday treats for school, or simply for home enjoyment.

They taste even better when you give them a little twist by adding other ingredients to the recipe. Enter chocolate and peanut butter. Those are two ingredients that many of us like to mix in our desserts. Not to take away from the traditional Krispy treat, I occasionally embellish the recipe a little bit and add some peanut butter and chocolate. This is probably nothing new to some people, but I really enjoy this alteration of a classic sweet snack and thought worthy of mention.

Do you have to use Kellogg’s brand rice krispies cereal to make the dessert taste superb? Absolutely not. You can substitute every item in the recipe with generic and still come out with a great batch of krispy treats. I do have my limitations on how far to stretch this recipe. I will not substitute krispy or generic krispy cereal with such alterations as fruity pebbles, cocoa pebbles, cheerios, or any other cereal. I would not even recommend using Kellogg’s Special K as a rice krispy substitute due to the flat cereal not looking as esthetically pleasing as the rice shaped krispy.

Here is my recipe below:

Cocoa Krispy Treats with Peanut Butter

3 tablespoons of butter
1 (10 ounce package) of marshmallows
½ cup of peanut butter
¼ cup melted chocolate chips
6 cups of Cocoa Krispies (or cocoa rice cereal)

1. Melt butter in saucepan.
2. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
3. Quickly stir peanut butter and remove from heat
4. Microwave chocolate chips or melt in double boiler until liquid and add to peanut-marshmallow mixture stirring until thoroughly combined.
5. Add cereal to hot mixture and stir until cereal is well coated.
6. Using a spatula, spread mixture evenly across greased 13 x 9 brownie pan.
7. Cut into squares and serve!

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