Lemon White Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

A few weeks ago, I wanted to make lemon cookies. You know, ones like these. They seemed like a nice and light, early summer cookie to make. Except for when it’s 90 degrees outside. Then no cookie seems like a good cookie to make, because it of course will require turning on the oven. So what is a girl to do? Convert rice krispie treats into a lemon cookie inspired treat, of course!

These are so easy to make, and best of all, they’re great for those hot summer evenings when you feel like ‘baking’ without actually baking. Know what I mean?

All you need are the ingredients pictured below, plus butter of course. 🙂 I didn’t end up using them, but you might notice the dried mixed berries in the picture. I recommend sprinkling these on top of the white chocolate. I should have done this. But I forgot, and by the time I remembered the chocolate was dry. Oops!
Since I clearly didn’t need to consume all of these myself, I packaged them up and sent them off to a friend for her birthday. I also sent some to my brother, because he’s a great taste tester.

Lemon White Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats
6 cups rice krispies cereal
1 (10 oz) package marshmallows
3 tbsp. butter
1 lemon (juiced and zested separately)
1 package white chocolate chips
Sprinkles and dried mixed berries, for decorating
1. Grease a 13 x 9 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a large microwaveable bowl, combine marshmallows and butter. Microwave on high, stirring frequently, until marshmallows melt. Stir in lemon juice. Pour cereal into marshmallow mixture, tossing to coat. Spread into pan.
3. In medium microwaveable bowl, microwave white chocolate chips on high about 1 minute, stirring frequently, until melted. Quickly stir in lemon zest. Spread melted white chocolate over rice krispie treats. Immediately top with decorating sugar and dried mixed berries. Cool completely before cutting.

*Note: I used a 2-inch biscuit cutter to cut mine, just make them look a little more cute. But I assure they taste the same no matter how you cut them. 🙂

Peanut Butter Oh!s Squares

Hello and happy Monday!  I hope you had a nice, relaxing weekend.  Despite my last-minute packing, I actually did have a fairly relaxed weekend, and am now cruising down the east coast toward my new state of Florida!  My mom and I spent last night in Virginia and got to take a field trip to Trader Joe’s (woohoo!), and today we’re headed to Savannah!  I’m so excited for Savannah, it’s a place I’ve wanted to visit ever since I started watching Paula Deen throw butter and mayonnaise into dishes right and left.

Since I’m the midst of a major road trip, I thought I’d share with you one of the snacks I packed for our trip, peanut butter Oh!s squares.  They’re essentially just peanut butter rice krispie treats made with a different cereal, but oh (ha!) what a cereal it is.

My family grew up going through boxes and boxes of cereal every week, and Oh!s were one of our all-time favorites as kids.  As the box states, “good stuff in the middle.”  If you’ve never had them, they’re a circle shaped cereal that tastes sort of like Cap’n Crunch, with little crunchies in the center of the circle.  Basically, they’re sugary cereal deliciousness that you have to try at least once in your lifetime.  I order you.

I whipped these squares up over the weekend (in between stuffing my car with everything I didn’t have the moving company take) and they’ve been the perfect treat to have on hand as we zip down the east coast.  Make a batch soon, they’re easy and delicious!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Do you ever feel like your days are so busy and exhausting but you have nothing to show for it?  That’s how I’ve been feeling for the past week or so.  A billion little projects right and left.  Heaven help me when I actually have a family in… 20 years.

You know what I do when I desperately need to make something sweet (desserts are critical to life, obviously) but I just don’t have the time?  I fall back to the simplest treats I know… rice krispie treats.  Keep ‘em traditional, change up the cereal, add some sprinkles, chocolate chips, or… make chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats.

 

If you’ve never had chocolate peanut butter, you’ve never lived.  I buy Peanut Butter & Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams variety — I’ve never see any other brands, but I’m sure there must be some others out there.  Anyway, all you do is swap some of the butter for the peanut butter, and before you know it you have crisp and gooey chocolate peanut butter treats.

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Almond Joy Rice Krispie Treats

Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don’t. Today though, we feel like nuts.
For some unknown amazing reason, I picked up a colossal bag of mini marshmallows at BJ’s a few weeks ago. You’ve since seen some of those mini mallows in these quesadillas. I’ve also had an absurd amount of handfuls. They were even my post-run recovery snack one day. But all of this mallow consumption had merely put a dent in that monstrous bag. ‘Til now.

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Similarly, when life gives you mini mallows, you make rice krispie treats. But who wants a plain ‘ole rice krispie treat? Okay, okay, I won’t knock the quintessential cereal treat. But you know me. I think outside the [cereal] box. After a quick glance through my cupboard, I had a plan. Almond Joy Rice Krispie Treats!
Describing these is quite simple. Imagine hold a rice krispie treat in one hand, and an Almond Joy candy bar in another. Now take a bite of each at the same time. That’s what these taste like!
Quick tip: As with most rice krispie treats, you want to make sure you’ve got your ingredients ready to go so that once your marshmallows are melted, you can quickly toss everything in. This is the key to simple, stress-free mixing. Oh, and make sure you save a spoonful for yourself.
If the summer heat is hampering your baking efforts, give these a try. No-bake treats are an automatic win this time of year!

Almond Joy Rice Krispie Treats
Makes about 16 treats
5 cups mini marshmallows
4 tbsp. butter, softened
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 1/2 cups chopped almonds
3 to 4 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
Lightly grease a 9-inch square pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
In microwave-safe bowl, microwave marshmallows and butter about 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until marshmallows are melted and smooth.
Fold milk chocolate chips, coconut, and almonds into the marshmallow. Immediate add Rice Krispies. Gently stir until mixed.
Use the back of a wooden spoon to press mixture into pan. Allow to cool completely before cutting. Once cut, garnish treats with additional flaked coconut and/or almonds, if desired.

Candy Corn Macadamia Nut Blondies and Odwalla Bars Giveaway!

You didn’t think I was going to let Halloween go by without another candy corn recipe, did you?  Come on, you should know me better than that!  I’m actually trying to decide whether or not I’m going to stick a few candy corns in my pocket when I run my marathon in a couple weeks.  Or maybe some Twizzlers.  Something fun to keep my mind off the fact that I’m running 26 miles.  Any suggestions?

These candy corn macadamia nut blondies are sort of a cross between my candy corn white chocolate chip cookies and double white chocolate chip bars.  I actually thought about making these for about two weeks before I actually got around to making them.  Don’t make that same mistake!   The recipe couldn’t be more simple!  Which means you’ve got no excuse not to make them for your Halloween shindigs next week.

If you can, I recommend using salted macadamia nuts – combined with the candy corn, they give the bars a sweet ‘n salty taste that we all know and love.

Speaking of sweet ‘n salty bars with white chocolate and macadamia nuts, have you seen these?

Odwalla White Chocolate Macadamia bars!  This is Odwalla’s newest bar, “made with hearty organic oats and 32 percent organic ingredients.”  The company sent me some of the bars to about a month ago (I’ve selfishly waited to mention them until I shared today’s recipe).  They’ve made the perfect mid-day snack, packing a lot of good-for-you ingredients while tasting like a treat!  Maybe not quite as treat-like as today’s recipe, but you can’t win ‘em all, right?!

Lucky for you, Odwalla has offered to let one Little Bitty Bakes reader receive a special Odwalla Chocolate Chip package in honor of Chocolate Chip Thursday!  The case will include its new White Chocolate Macadamia bars, as well as other yummy chocolate chip bars like the Dark Chocolate Chip Walnut fiber bar, Chocolate Chip Peanut bar and Chocolate Chip Trail Mix bar.

To enter:

1.  Tell me: if you could create your own snack bar, what would it be?  

2.  Follow @LBBakes on Twitter and leave a comment (if you already follow me, just let me know!) 

3.  Like Odwalla on Facebook or follow them on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did (if you already do, just let me know!)

The giveaway will run through next Wednesday, October 26th, 2011.  Stop by for next week’s Chocolate Chip Thursday on the 27th and I’ll let you know the lucky winner!  In the meantime, go bake a batch of these blondies!

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