Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats

Things have been really sucky in my social work classes lately, and tomorrow they're going to be much worse (which is entirely my fault), so I decided to try and boost morale with some chocolate-peanut butter Rice Krispy treats. *shrug* The recipe is unfortunately called "Crunchy Chocolate Treats" (which is just a terrible name) and is from Everyday Food magazine. I sampled them after dinner and they were wonderful. Very, very quick as well. I wasn't looking forward to baking after work today, but it only took about 20 minutes total, from start to finish. Crazy!

My changes: I followed the alternate serving suggestion and made squares instead of clusters. I used Reese's Peanut Butter chips, which I highly recommend because they are delicious. And I didn't get 2 dozen; more like 20. Hopefully not everyone will show up tomorrow, since we have 22 in the class!

Crunchy Chocolate Treats aka Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats

1. In a large, deep saucepan, melt 4 Tbsp butter, cut into pieces, over low heat; about 4 minutes. Add 1 bag (10 oz) mini marshmallows; cook, stirring, until melted, 6 to 8 minutes.

2. Add 8 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used chocolate chips); cook, stirring, until melted, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Quickly fold in 6 cups rice cereal and 3/4 cup peanut-butter chips until evenly distributed.

3. Coat a 1/4 cup dry measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray; scoop mixture onto waxed paper, forming clusters. Let set, about 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to several days.

Note: To make squares instead of clusters, use a wet spatula and evenly spread mixture into a buttered 9x13 baking pan. Let set before cutting with a serrated knife.

Makes 2 dozen.

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