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Rice Crispy Treats

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.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows (10.5 oz)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups of rice crisp cereal

Directions

  1. Melt butter and marshmallows in a pot.
  2. Stir in the rice cereal until well coated.
  3. 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.
  4. Mash the mixture down into the pan with a spoon or spatula.
  5. You can drizzle chocolate on at this point, or just let it set.
  6. Cut it into squares and eat!

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Moon Pies & Left Over Candy

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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Cream butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar together.
  2. Mix in the flour/cinnamon/cocoa powder/flour with a spatula until just combined.
  3. Turn out cookie dough onto a sheet of tinfoil. Wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  4. After refrigerating, remove dough from the foil wrapper.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°
  6. 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!)
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes- be careful not to over bake!
  8. Remove cookies from oven and place on wire racks to cool.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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).
  12. 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.
  13. Place moon pies in the fridge for a couple of hours- or until chocolate hardens. Enjoy!

Optional!

  • 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!

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I Set the Pie on Fire | Failed Recipe

So this recipe was a total flop- and not just because I accidentally set the marshmallows on fired and burnt them to a total crisp. (More like a scab, really.) I followed the recipe that I found from Emeril for a S’mores Pie (the only difference was we bought a crust instead of making one). It turned out completely awful. The chocolate on the inside was rock hard- like totally mucked up chocolate fudge or something. I knew when I made it that the texture seemed really weird. Mostly because I make fudge on a regular basis so I know what fudge feels like when you’ve messed it up.

I had my dad look at the recipe and he said that most recipes he has tried from Emeril didn’t turn out very well.

The burnt marshmallows happened due to a broiler on a friend’s oven. Much hotter than my own. Was in the oven maybe a minute and WHOOF! up in flames. Literally. We just peeled off that layer and then added on new marshmallows and broiled them with the door open so we could watch them. Gallery for this post found here.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract<
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Directions

For the crust: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray the inside of a 9-inch pie pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press mixture firmly into sprayed pie pan>, covering bottom and sides. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

For filling: In a microwave safe bowl, combine milk chocolate chips, 1/2 cup condensed milk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Microwave for 2 minutes on medium (50 percent) power. Alternately, combine all ingredients and melt in a double boiler. Stir until all chips are melted and pour into bottom of cooled crust. Set in refrigerator while preparing second layer.

For second layer, repeat above process using the vanilla chips. Pour over milk chocolate layer. Set in refrigerator while preparing third layer. For third layer repeat above process using the dark chocolate chips. Pour over white chocolate layer.

Preheat the broiler. Evenly cover top with miniature marshmallows. Place under broiler for a few minutes just until marshmallows are lightly browned. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

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