5/5/09

3 Peanut Butter Rice Krispies

Peanut Butter Rice Krispy BarsPeanut butter Rice Krispy treats....this is such a throwback to my junior high school days...

No, not the awkward days of finding your class, trying to be on time, trying to remember your locker combination, and trying to fit in...

I'm talking about school lunch.

We had the BEST lunches in junior high. Of course, there were the candy machines in the back of the lunchroom, with scores of kids lined up behind each one. I had something better....

We had homemade pizza. Large, rectangular pieces that were so large, they spilled over the plate. Yes, we had round plates.....on lunch trays! We had baby red skinned potatoes swimming in butter and parsley flakes...that's the stuff our lunches were made of!

As schools became more aware of peanut butter allergies, I saw this item disappear from their menus. I really, really, really feel badly for anyone who has a peanut allergy. It is such a life-threatening allergy....I also feel badly that they don't get to enjoy the taste of peanut butter.....*sigh*

Thanks to D. Clark, a neighbor of mine who reintroduced this recipe to me!

Butter a 9x13 baking pan.

It can be metal or glass.

Buttering with the wrapper on it soooo much easier!



Put 1 c. of sugar in a saucepan











Find your light corn syrup.

I buy this by the gallon.

Don't tell anyone.





Pour 1 c. of light corn syrup on top of your sugar.










Mix it all up together and turn your stove on to medium-high.







Quickly, before your sugar starts to dissolve,

measure a 1 cup of creamy peanut butter.


This Measure All from Pampered Chef works great.

I love it.



O.k. My sugar is dissolved and it is starting to bubble.

I am using a silicone rubber spatula that withstands high heat...

I love these spatulas....

I need a whole army of them.



Here's the fun part.


Start pushing the peanut butter out...






Doing this makes me feel like a kid again.

I don't know why.

It's just plain fun!

If you don't have a kid, grab one from your neighborhood...they'll love you forever....



Take the pan off the stove

and stir the peanut butter

until it's smooth.






This is 6 c. of Rice Krispies.

Not really.

It IS 6 cups, but it's the store brand.

Shhhhhh....no one will know the difference!

Pour the cereal into a large mixing bowl. The largest one you can find...





Pour all of that sweet, peanut butter goodness on top of the cereal





and stir carefully,

coating each and every one of those little nuggets of cereal...

Using a 'folding' motion really helps keep the cereal inside the bowl...

They seem to have a mind of their own; wanting to jump out of the bowl and make a mess!



Pour the coated cereal into your buttered pan and smash it down with your spatula.







Next, measure 6oz. of milk chocolate chips.

You can measure equal amounts of butterscotch chips AND milk chocolate chips and stir them together. It has a great flavor!

This time, I want to use the butterscotch chips as a decoration. If you do it this way, you will need to DOUBLE milk chocolate and cut in HALF the butterscotch. I learned the hard way.



Melt your chips in the microwave on high for one minute.

Stir.

Put back in the microwave on high for 30 seconds.

Stir.


Repeat until all the chips are melted and pour on top of the rice crispy mixture.


Spread all the way to the edges.







Here are my butterscotch chips. 3/4 cup.

I should have used less. But I didn't know that.

Now I do.






To make it easier to pour the melted butterscotch chips into a Ziploc bag (or decorating bag),

Put the bag in a cup and fold the edges of the bag over the cup.

You can put the bag over a measuring cup, too.



After all the melted butterscotch chips are in the plastic bag, close the top and cut a small corner of the bag.

Sorry I don't have a picture... I need an extra arm....hand....whatever.

Drizzle the butterscotch mixture over the milk chocolate.






Take a table knife and pull it across the drizzled lines for a decorative effect.







Pretty, huh?


Just wait till you taste it!

Wait...you're gonna have to make it first...




Cut them into bars and put them on a pretty plate....

Mmmmmmm.....

They taste just as good as I remember!










Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats

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