So every Saturday, my friends play tabletop RPGs. I tag along sometimes, and I did so this past Saturday. I decided to take along something sweet and fun to eat- and quickly whipped up a batch of Rice Crispy Treats. Surprisingly, I had never made them before. I used the Original Recipe – barely tweaked. They were gooey and great. I covered half in some chocolate drizzle. They were gone by the time I left game. These took about fifteen minutes to make, so if you want something quick and fun then these are definitely for you.
- 1 bag of mini marshmallows (10.5 oz)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 6 cups of rice crisp cereal
- Melt butter and marshmallows in a pot.
- Stir in the rice cereal until well coated.
- Empty the pot into a large, greased 13×9 pan. Stir it some more in the pan if you didn’t get it well coated in the pot.
- Mash the mixture down into the pan with a spoon or spatula.
- You can drizzle chocolate on at this point, or just let it set.
- Cut it into squares and eat!
This recipe comes from one of my current favorite books- Complete Baking from Martha Day. I found it at Ollie’s for like 6 dollars and has tons of recipes in it. Everything I have tried out of it so far has been incredibly delicious. I did this one straight from the book, instead of my usual tweaking. The final product was- more or less- mediocre. I am a huge fan of toffee and of brown sugar. Basically my toffee bars ended up and fluffy- like a large pan of gigantic cookie. I should have split it into two pans, or only used half. But- what can you do? So I guess this is a semi-success.
- 1 lb light brown sugar
- 1 lb butter/margarine at room temperature
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 lb flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4oz milk chocolate broken into pieces
- Heath Toffee Bits
- Preheat the oven to 350°
- Beat the sugar & butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks and vanilla. Stir in the flour and salt.
- Spread the dough in a greased baking dish/pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and immediately place chocolate pieces on top of the hot biscuit base. Let stand until chocolate softens, and then spread it evenly with a spatula.
- Sprinkle with heath bits.
- While still warm, cut into bars.
So after my S’mores Pie failure- I decided I really needed a better chocolate pick-me-up. I’ve had a rough week (detailed in my personal blog) so I’ve just wanted something sweet that makes me happy. Growing up I have always loved moon pies, and decided I’d look for a recipe that might work in making them. Eventually I made chocolate cookies, melted marshmallows for the filling, and then dipped them in melted chocolate. Incredibly simple- and incredibly delicious. I wasn’t sure, at first, if it would turn out well- but it did. I’m glad to not be blogging another failure!
- 1 1/2 sticks butter softened
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flower
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 hershey’s bars
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- Cream butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar together.
- Mix in the flour/cinnamon/cocoa powder/flour with a spatula until just combined.
- Turn out cookie dough onto a sheet of tinfoil. Wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- After refrigerating, remove dough from the foil wrapper.
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Pinch off some dough and roll it into a ball with your hands. Then smash the ball between your hands to create a flattened disc. Place this cookie onto a pan lined with parchment paper. Do this until all of the dough has been used. (Aim for an even number since you’re making sandwiches!)
- Bake for 10-12 minutes- be careful not to over bake!
- Remove cookies from oven and place on wire racks to cool.
- After cookies are cool, melt the marshmallows in a bowl in the microwave. Be careful or they will explode. About 20 seconds should do it.
- Place a dollop of marshmallows onto a cookie, and press another on top of it to make a sandwich. Repeat until all cookies are used.
- Place the dark chocolate and Hershey’s milk chocolate in a microwave safe bowl along with the vegetable oil. Melt the chocolate in the microwave (in 30 second bursts to prevent burning).
- After chocolate is melted, dip each sandwich in the melted chocolate. Remove from melted chocolate with fork or spoon and let it drip- then place on parchment paper. Repeat until all sandwiches are dipped.
- Place moon pies in the fridge for a couple of hours- or until chocolate hardens. Enjoy!
- Toss leftover marshmallows in chocolate.
- Spread out on sheet of parchment paper.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar and heath bits (or anything else you have lying around).
- Refrigerate for tasty candy snack!