Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Peppermint Bark Rice Krispie Treats

Update:  This is now an award winning recipe.  Yes, folks, it's that good!!!  Ha ha!  Our MOPS group votes on the favorite dishes of the night, and mine won 2nd place...which means a point for our table!!!!  (We're doing a year-long competition to try to win a kid-free date night, and it is quite competitive!) :)

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I am not a baker.  Seriously.  I set our smoke alarm off on a regular basis, and I'd be lying if I blamed it solely on the fact that our smoke alarm is very close to my oven. 

But, I can make these!  And I make them well!  Probably because I don't have to use the oven.  I'm sure it's because my baking skills are improving.


I even used some for gifts, as I mentioned in a previous post.


The hardest part, by far, was finding the peppermint marshmallows.  If you're local, no store in CC sells them.  Trust me.  I've been in them all!  I had to go down south across the bridge to the Super Walmart!  I may or may not have bought 6 bags of them.


So, if you aren't a baker, try them.  If you are a baker, then go ahead and make your own puffy crispy rice and homemade marshmallows and peppermint sticks...I bet I'll be done and chowing down way before you.  :)

Either way, try them!  They're yummmmmmmmmy! (and the marshmallows are awesome all by themselves....although, I wouldn't know...)

Peppermint Bark Rice Krispie Treats


Recipe by Our Best Bites

Ingredients

1 10.5 ounce bag peppermint mini marshmallows*

4 tablespoons real butter, plus extra to butter pan

5-6 cups rice krispie style cereal (I don't measure...I just pour in about 1/2 a box)

3 tablespoons semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

3 tablespoons white chocolate chips (I skipped these--not a white chocolate fan)

1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil, divided

a few drops (about 1/8 teaspoon) peppermint extract

2-3 medium sized candycanes, crushed (I didn't think this was enough.  I did about 5 per batch, but crushed a whole box at once.)

*In place of the peppermint marshmallows, use regular marshmallows and add about 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract to melted marshmallow mixture. Or more to taste, I’m guessing on the amount.  (I did this before I finally found the peppermint marshmallows.  I just poured a bit in...no measuring!  Maybe that's why I'm not usually such a good baker....)

Instructions:

Line a 9×13 pan with foil (didn't use foil and it was fine!) and lightly butter bottom and about 1 inch up sides.

Melt butter in a very large bowl in the microwave. Add marshmallows and stir to coat. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. (You can do that whole process on the stovetop as well.) Add rice krispie cereal and stir to evenly combine. With buttered hands, press mixture into prepared pan.

Place white chocolate chips and 1/4 teaspoon oil in a small bowl. (Skipped the white chocolate, but do it if you like it!)  Heat in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Repeat same process with semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips and add a few drops of peppermint extract. Drizzle both chocolates on top of rice krispie treats and sprinkle candy canes on top. Let sit until chocolate is set, place pan in fridge to speed process along. Cut into squares and eat up.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!! This here recipe is a MOPS winner! :) Congratulations!! Amy