Monday, August 24, 2009

Ultimate Rice Crispie Treats


3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies®

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. ****For this part of the recipe I like to line the pan with parchment paper before putting the rice crispies into the pan. Put enough in so that it lines the bottom and hangs over the sides a few inches. It makes it easier to lift out the treats and to cut them into even squares and the knife doesn't mess up your pan, especially if you are using a non-stick teflon type pan. Those tend to scratch when you cut inside of them.****

Okay that part is nothing new... same old recipe for Rice Crispie Treats and then this is where it starts to get exciting! Ready....

Additional Ingredients are:

Chocolate Chips, semi sweet or milk chocolate (I used some of both)
Mini Marshmallows
Mini Snickers or other candy bars, each piece cut up into 6 smaller pieces

Preheat the oven to about 300 degrees.

After the rice krispie treats are made you sprinkle them with chocolate chips and put the pan in the hot oven to let them get soft. After a few minutes the chocolate chips will be glossy and that means they are ready to spread. Pull the pan out of the oven and using a knife spread the chocolate chips into an even layer over the rice krispies.

Next sprinkle a layer of mini marshmallows over the melted chocolate. Put the pan back into the oven for a few minutes but watch it carefully. Marshmallows will start to puff and get soft, but you don't want them to brown. Pull out the pan and then sprinkle the cut up candy bar pieces onto the softened marshmallows. You can use one type of candy bar like mini snickers or milky way or twix or whatever your little heart desires..... OR.... you can use some of all of them. Allow them to cool (you can speed it up a bit by putting it in the refrigerator). When they have cooled, pick up the treats by grabbing the edges of the parchment paper and lift them out and place them onto a cutting board. Using a knife you can cut these ultimate treats into 2 inch squares or to whatever size makes your litte heart happy! Enjoy! They are yummy!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Watermelon Salad

6 cups watermelon, diced
4 oz. feta, crumbled
3/4 cup red onion, sliced thin
1/2 cup fresh basil, sliced thin
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Prepare watermelon, feta, red onion and basil. Combine all together and drizzle balsamic vinegar just prior to serving.

***This is a great summer salad... I made an alternative of this salad too. I liked the basil but didn't have some when I wanted to make the salad again. So instead I made it with some fresh spinach. I chopped up the spinach and added that instead of the fresh basil. Then I added some pine nuts and it was really good. I'm sure there are countless variations you could make on this salad.


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