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What to do with leftover Peeps

14 May

Maybe it’s just me, but I love Peeps. However, I almost always buy too many of them, and then end up staring sadly at a poor pile of stale marshmallows.

Not this year.

This year, I used my leftover peeps to make rice krispie treats. Don’t judge me – I was out of marshmallows. Warning: this gets a little gruesome as the peeps melt and their eyes fall out, so not necessarily the most kid friendly recipe.

Don’t believe me? Watch:

Luckily, the final product comes out a nice, pretty pink – so you don’t have to tell people how many adorable bunnies were harmed in the making of these treats.
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Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

4 cups Rice Krispies

1 package peeps (approx 12 bunnies)

5 tablespoons butter

1/3 cup cake mix (homemade cake mix recipe here)

Sprinkles

1) Prepare 8×8 inch pan by greasing with butter.

2) Melt the butter and peeps over medium heat, stirring regularly.

3) Remove from heat, and stir in the cake batter mix. Once completely smooth, add rice krispies.

3) Flatten into prepared pan, and add sprinkles as desired.

4) Eat.

Nutella Rice Krispie Treats

27 Mar

When I first moved to DC, rice krispie treats were my go-to baked good. Easy, cheap, and more importantly super-portable, I was pretty sure they were the perfect food.

As I’ve spent more and more time baking, I’ve realized that while regular rice krispie treats aren’t half bad, it’s the add-ons that make them truly special. In that spirit, I decided last night to make nutella rice krispie treats with mini chocolate chips, salted whiskey caramel chunks, chocolate drizzle, and of course sprinkles.

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Nutella Rice Krispie Treats

5 tablespoons butter (salted)

1 bag marshmallows

6 cups rice krispies

2 large spoonfuls Nutella

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup salted whiskey caramels (recipe)

Sprinkles

Preparation

1) Butter a 9×13 inch pan (Use real butter, PAM won’t cut it here).

2) In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, stirring regularly.

3) Add the bag of marshmallows to the melted butter, and stir until melted completely.

4) Remove pan from heat, and add two large spoonfuls of Nutella.

5) Stir in rice krispies.

6) Transfer the mixture to the 9×13 pan, and press down evenly. Wax paper works well for pressing down the rice krispie treats, or you can butter your hands and press down manually.

7) Add caramel chunks and mini chocolate chips, and press gently in to the rice krispie treats.

8) Melt chocolate chips, either stovetop or in the microwave, and drizzle chocolate over the top of the rice krispie treats.

9) Stick the entire tray of treats in the freezer for 10-15 minutes – this will help them solidify and making cutting them less messy.

10) Enjoy!

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

22 Mar

Back while I was working on a campaign, I often wanted to make something sweet, but didn’t really have enough time for a full blown baking adventure. That’s where rice krispie treat variations saved me – in 15 minutes or less, you’re done and can get back to work.

Cake batter rice krispies are one of my favorites because you can add lots of sprinkles, and really, doesn’t everything taste better with sprinkles?

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Cake Batter Rice Krispies

5 tablespoons butter (salted)

6 cups Rice Krispies

1 bag marshmallows (mini or regular)

1/3 cup cake mix (make your own cake mix!)

Sprinkles

Preparation

1) Butter a 9×13 inch pan (Use real butter, PAM won’t cut it here).

2) In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, stirring regularly.

3) Add the bag of marshmallows to the melted butter, and stir until melted completely.

4) Remove from heat, and add the cake mix. Make sure it is completely stirred into the marshmallow mixture.

5) Add rice krispies, and sprinkles. I usually use about a cup of sprinkles, but use your best judgement here.

6) Press firmly into the 9×13 inch pan, and add a few more sprinkles on top for good measure. Let cool completely before eating.

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