Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Treats

After Fiona's party, my husband and I were talking about how surprisingly good the 'Rapunzel Paintbrushes' were - just Rice Krispie treats dipped in candy melts.  He commented that a really great thing would be somehow combining Rice Krispie treats, peanut butter, and actual chocolate.

Now.. it's not often that my husband comes anywhere close to requesting something from me, so I jumped on the opportunity.  I thought through a few variations, then decided on the deliciousness that follows.

You'll need:

Rice Krispie Treats (pre-made or make them from scratch)
Chocolate chips, milk or dark
1 c. peanut butter
1 c. butter, softened
4 c. powdered sugar
3 tbs. milk

I'm sure you could make Rice Krispie treats from scratch, but if you're like me (read: lazy), a much better option is to get the pre-packaged ones from the cookie aisle.  Cover a pan with tin foil and lay out your Rice Krispie Treats.  Then mold them so there's a hollow in the middle.

Then mix the peanut butter and butter until well blended.  Slowly add the powdered sugar, adding in a tablespoon of milk as needed.  This peanut butter frosting is seriously the best frosting ever.  My grandmother used to make it all the time, and it reminds me of her very much.  Sometimes I add a little bit of vanilla, especially if it looks dry.  I'm sure you could use cream instead of milk, if you wanted.. I usually use whatever I have the most of (we buy whole for the kids and skim for us).

Once the frosting is made, fill the hollows of the Rice Krispie Treats.  I don't have a picture of this, sorry.  I used about two tablespoons of frosting per treat.  When that's done, melt your chocolate.  I prefer to use a double boiler if I have the time, but microwaving the chocolate in 30 second intervals works just fine, too.

Grab your tray of PB frosting filled Rice Krispie Treats and start dipping.  It gets a little messy, and they certainly don't have to look perfect.  If you want, you could probably put popsicle sticks in them to make it cleaner (and easier to eat, too).  If you do that, I'd put the sticks in, then let the Rice Krispie Treats and frosting set in the fridge for a while before dipping in chocolate.

Stick the tray in the fridge and wait for the chocolate to set.  Then enjoy!