Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Oreo Rice Krispy Treats

I am a sucker for a good rice krispy treat.

My college dining hall had rice krispy treats at the dessert table at practically every lunch and dinner. For years I had daily access to rice krispy treats, sometimes with a chocolate layer on top. What?! Rice krispy treats need more deliciousness to convince people to eat them? I was shocked, too.

I got over the shock pretty quickly because, well, there was a layer of chocolate on my marshmallow crispy rice square and it was awesome. Since then, I've topped my rice krispy treats with colorful sprinkles and have brought them to birthday gatherings, work, and other social events. They are super easy to throw together, and pretty easy to travel with. Definitely a low-hassle dessert.

If done right, rice krispy treats do not go ignored. Mix crushed Oreos into your treats and top them with a layer of chocolate and sprinkled Oreo bits? People may just start to consider you a God among humans.

Oreo Rice Krispy Treats


*For the treats
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 (10 oz) bag of marshmallows
6 cups of crispy rice cereal
10 crushed Oreo cookies

*For the topping
1 1/3 cup of chocolate chips
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 splash (about 1/8 cup) heavy cream
6 crushed Oreo cookies

Prepare a 13 by 9 pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.

In a large sauce pan over medium heat, melt the 1/4 cup of unsalted butter. Just before all of the butter melts, add the 10 ounces of marshmallows. Stir the marshmallows with the butter in order to melt them. Lower the heat and be cautious of not burning the bottom of the pan, remove from heat if necessary. (You can always return the marshmallows to the flame if the melting process slows down).

Once the marshmallows have lost most of their form, stir in the 6 cups of krispy rice cereal. When adequately mixed, fold in the 10 crushed Oreos. Transfer marshmallow mixture to 13x9 pan. Use greased spatula to press cereal treat down to mold to the shape of the pan.

In a small sauce pan melt the chocolate chips together with the 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Just as the butter has combined with the chocolate add about an ounce of heavy cream so that chocolate reaches desired consistency. Whisk together until well combined.

Pour chocolate mixture over the rice krispy treats and spread with a spatula. Top with the 6 crushed oreos before the chocolate hardens. Cool completely before cutting and serving.

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