Allofasudden, I became a “Rice Krispie Square” mom. I suddenly understood, you need something fast, something that doesn’t require the oven, something the kids could even help with if they weren’t sleeping when you made them. I understood the need for Rice Krispie Squares.
However, I’ve discovered that these days, it doesn’t end with those ubiquitous beige marshmallowy chunks of rice. There are millions (okay, maybe dozens) of varieties of square for every taste and inclination. I’ve also discovered that No-Name “Crispy Rice” is a perfectly adequate stand-in for the name-brand cereal, even for eating straight from the box.
Here is my personal amazing favourite new summer no-bake treat recipe. It’s so fast and easy, and fits the bill when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen to make cookies. I’ve halved the recipe from the official website, so it fits in a 8 x 8 inch pan.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Squares
3 cups crispy rice cereal
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
2 cups chocolate chips
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
Melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter in a saucepan over low heat, or in the microwave if you know how to do that. When it’s all melted and gooey, add the vanilla and stir in.
Combine the cereal with the marshmallows in a large bowl. Add the melted chocolate mixture and stir until well combined. Then dump out into your pan and *press down really firmly* with either a buttered spatula, or the buttered bottom of a loaf pan. If you don’t press it down really well, it will be crumbly.
Stick in the fridge for 30 minutes or so, and then cut into squares. Enjoy!