Friday, December 03, 2010

Twelve Weeks of Christmas Cookies—Rocky Road Rice Krispies Treats

Here we are again with more goodies for your baking and sharing this Christmas.  I’m sharing two treats with you today.  The Rocky Road Rice Krispies Treats are something I just came up with on a whim a few days ago.  I’m not sure why, but I have a thing for Rice Krispies Treats.  I like that they are so easy, no-bake and you can play with the flavors and have lots of different treats in no time.  Something earlier in the week made me think of rocky road and I decided to see what I could do with Rice Krispies.

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I made one recipe of regular Rice Krispies treats and left it sitting in a bowl, while I made another batch of Cocoa Krispies treats.  I sprayed a 9x13 pan with cooking spray, then for fun took handfuls of each Krispies and laid them in a checkered pattern in the pan.

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After I had one layer done, I then sprinkled about 2 cups of mini marshmallows over the layer and about one cup of toasted, chopped walnuts.  There’s quite the debate over which nut is traditionally used with rocky road, but I chose walnuts.   Almonds are a contender as well as peanuts.  I then poured a quick ganache over the marshmallows and nuts (I used one cup of chocolate chips and poured half a cup of hot cream over the chips, let it sit for a minute, then whisked it until it was smooth.)

After the marshmallows, nuts and ganache were nestled in the middle, I used the rest of the Rice Krispies and again layered them in a checker-like pattern, but putting Cocoa Krispies on top of the Rice Krispies until it was all used up.  I then pressed it all together and flattened it out evenly.

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See that layer for marshmallows in the middle.  THAT is what I’m talkin’ about!  I almost wish I’d have doubled the amount of ganache, but this was still good!

I love that Rice Krispies Treats set up perfectly within an hour or so and slice nicely.  You can make each piece whatever size you’d like.  I put some pieces in cellophane bags and gave some of these away to some neighbors.  They are perfect for stacking up and aren’t too sticky that they stick together.

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I know, you’re wondering why one neighbor got more than the others.  I went with the number of people in their families for each one.  Now this was like using double the ingredients than you would in making regular Rice Krispies Treats, and I did that because I had three bags of marshmallows in the pantry and two big boxes of cereal, but you could easily just make the one layer and top it with the marshmallows, nuts and ganache if you’d like. (They would not stack if you did that, but would still be great given away on a cookie plate/tray.  I think I’ll try that another time and use double the amount of ganache or you could even just drizzle melted chocolate over the marshmallows and nuts.  So versatile!  Have fun with cereal! ;)

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Keep that baking and candy making going, this is week 10!  Check out everyone else’s goodies on the links below.



16 comments:

Lisa said...

These look like the best Rice Krispies treats ever! Keep the chocolate coming.

Dinetonite said...

its tempting me

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I haven't had a rice krispie bar in far too long--these look outstanding! So creative!!

Sue said...

What a great spin on a classic treat! I LOVE Cocoa Krispies!

Erin said...

OH MY HOLY HECK!!!!! These look and sound amazing. You are a rice crispie genius!!!! I can't wait to make these!!!

Jennifurla said...

you are the bomb, can I sign up for a bag?

Valerie said...

Those look super-special! Too bad your not my neighbor. :)

Katy said...

How fun are those!!!

Lisa said...

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Megan said...

Yummm... These look wonderful. I wish I was your neighbor! ;)

Julie said...

Those really are so cute and festive, I love it :)

Alissa said...

Whoa- that's a treat all right! They look so cute wrapped for the neighbors- I forget how simple it can be to make a nice little gift like that.

Tia said...

yum!!! great snack and no bake too :)

Mimi said...

Pretty decadent Rice Krispie Treats.
Mimi

Lee Ann said...

Holy Smokes those are some awesome looking rice krispies! I'll take a dozen ...thanks. :)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Those look gorgeous!! Can you believe I've never tasted a RKT? It's just not common here. I think I need to call for the indredients and make them this instant!