Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Best Rice Krispie Treats

So it was 1000 degrees in Chicago this weekend.  1000 degrees.  I called the President of Weather and he confirmed it.  He also apologized for making it so hot.  He didn't sound very sincere though.    

So one solution with that kind of heat is to eat an entire watermelon by yourself in a matter of 24 hours.  Trust me, it's possible and I recommend it.  Although I don't recommend transporting the watermelon on a city bus. It sounds fun but it's really not.  It's safe to say that any activity involving a city bus isn't fun.    

Another solution is to not bake.  Don't even think about turning on an oven if you live in an un-airconditioned apartment.  You won't stop sweating for days.  Even three cold showers, two fans, and head-to-toe cotton won't help.  Watching The Bachelorette won't help either.  I definitely tried that though.  
Instead, get yourself to a stove, melt some butter and marshmallow and make these babies.  I know it seems a little silly to post a Rice Krispie Treat recipe.  Any ol' fool can make Rice Krispie Treats.  But these a just a liitttllle bit special.  And I can say, without a doubt, these treats are the absolute favorite amongst my friends of any treat I've made.  I've slaved away in the kitchen for hours on other treats and these still win out every time.  Or at the very least, it's a change of pace from a whole watermelon.  

Here's the recipe!

Bottom Layer:
3 Tbsp butter
10 oz bag of mini marshmallows
4 -5 cups Fruity Pebbles

Top Layer:
4 Tbsp butter
12 oz mini marshmallows (doesn't have to be exact)
1/4 cup butter cake mix
6 cups Rice Krispies
Sprinkles (optional)

1.  Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.  Melt 3 tablespoons of butter for bottom layer in a large saucepan over low heat until mostly melted.  Add 10 oz of marshmallows and continue to stir, melting the marshmallows slightly.
2.  When the marshmallows have have melted slightly but still have some shape and remain somewhat puffy, add Fruity Pebbles and stir to incorporate.  Pour mixture into pan and press into an even layer.  I sprayed my hands with cooking spray and worked quickly using my bare hands.  
3.  Using the same saucepan, melt the 4 tablespoons of butter until mostly melted.  Add 12 oz of marshmallows and allow to melt until soft, puffy, and still retaining some shape.  Mix cake mix into mixture until cake mix is dissolved.  Mix in Rice Krispies and stir to incorporate.  Pour on top of Fruity Pebble layer and press into an even layer.  If desired, decorate with sprinkles and press lightly into the top layer.  
4.  Allow to set for at least 30 minutes.  Cut into desired pieces and serve.  If necessary, they can be stored in an air-tight container overnight.  


Recipe adapted from I Heart Naptime

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