Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bites

Ready for a quick and easy, sweet and salty treat? Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bites... These can be made in like 10 minutes and you can make a lot of them too. They look fabulous and much, much, MUCH more complicated than they actually are. Recipe is at the bottom with a link to a printer friendly version as well...not that you really need a recipe for these little beauties.

All you need are three main ingredients... four if you include the drizzled chocolate.

Ritz Cracker, Creamy Peanut Butter, and Large Marshmallows.
Place the crackers on a rimmed baking sheet.

Add a dollop of peanut butter on top of each cracker and spread it around. You can add as much or as little as you would like. Totally a preference here. The peanut butter will melt during the marshmallow roasting, but will set back up after they have cooled.

(This is a great recipe to get the kids in the kitchen to cook. They can do almost every step. Just need a little help with the broiling, and melting of chocolate, but otherwise, they can do it almost entirely by themselves.)

Cut your large marshmallows in half and place one half on each cracker. If you don't want to cut the marshmallows in half... you can place an entire large marshmallow on top, but they aren't as bite sized if you do this... you know not as easy to just pop the whole thing in your mouth type of thing. But with the extra marshmallow yummi-ness, they are equally as fantastic.
After the marshmallows are in place, put them into the oven set to broil. Place the rack in the middle of the oven so that the marshmallows don't roast TOOO quickly. Keep an eye on them... it doesn't take long for the marshmallows to turn golden brown.

Quickly the go from looking white, to nicely golden brown to a lot golden brown....

After they come out of the oven, drizzle them with melted white chocolate and if you'd like some semisweet chocolate, put that on as well. TIP: Put the melted chocolate into a ziploc bag and cut the tip of the corner off and then use it like a pastry bag to drizzle the chocolate onto the cookie. Note: They kind of taste like a peanut butter s'more cookie when you add the semisweet chocolate. Super YUMMY!

Just keep on drizzlin' until they are all adequately covered. My philosophy: The more chocolate the better! And don't worry about being neat and clean in your drizzlin' technique.... just cover them in the chocolate. Also... Do you see some of the ones in the top right corner of the picture here are full size marshmallows... the kids reached for these ones first because they enjoy the extra marshmallow. I liked the smaller, more bite sized snack.
Beautiful treats! Looks much more exquisite and complicated than they actually are. While the chocolate is still wet you can garnish them with more deliciousness. Such as some toasted coconut. If you make some Samoa Cookie Bars you can make some extra toasted coconut to use on these. Or add a sprinkle of sea salt to accentuate the flavor of the chocolate. Colorful sprinkles are fun for some colorful party flair. Use your imagination and add almost anything.

They also can be made with mini marshmallows as well so if you don't have large marshmallows... you can still enjoy them. You definitely need more peanut butter when you use the smaller marshmallows to help keep them on the cracker when you toast them.

Ta dah! Ready to serve!
{{Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bites}}

(printer friendly version)

Ritz Crackers
Creamy Peanut Butter
Large Marshmallows, cut in half with kitchen shears
White and/or semisweet chocolate, melted to drizzle on top

Turn your oven on to broil. Place Ritz Crackers on a baking sheet. Slather on a dollop of creamy peanut butter. Place half of a large marshmallow on top of the peanut butter that is on each cracker. Place the baking sheet in the oven on the middle rack and allow the marshmallow to turn a beautiful golden brown.

Remove from oven. While they are cooling, melt the white and semisweet chocolate (separate bowls, not together). Pour each individual chocolate into a tapered bottle or use a ziploc bag with a tiny hole cut into the corner to help you drizzle the chocolate over the cookies evenly and easily.

Variations: While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle some toasted coconut on top, or some sea salt to accentuate the chocolate flavor, or even use some sprinkles to give them a bit of colorful party flair.

Allow the cookies to cool on the counter or stick them in the refrigerator until set.
Serve up the cookies and enjoy! And I dare you to only eat one! Great for a quick and yummy snack that is sure to please.

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