Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Peanut Butter Cup meets Rice Krispie Treat
I heard our friend John really likes Rice Krispie Treats and since we've been baking treats for all of our friends all month I wanted to make something he liked. However, I'm not a fan of Rice Krispie Treats. I can eat them, but I don't love them.
I found a recipe for peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate chips. This sounded like something I would like as I adore peanut butter and chocolate together. However, I do not like chocolate chips unless they're melty and soft so I changed the recipe a bit and this is what it resulted in:
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
8 cups Rice Krispie cereal
1 - 1 1/2 cups of chocolate for melting
Measure cereal into a large bowl with plenty of room for stirring.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine peanut butter, sugar and corn syrup. I did not bring this to a full boil, but there were bubbles on the side of my pan. I cooked long enough for the sugar crystals to dissolve.
Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal and mix completely. Spread into a 13X9 pan coated with cooking spray.
Melt chocolate and drizzle or evenly spread over the peanut butter krispies.
Now, I must admit....I looked in my pantry and was stunned to find I was out of chocolate chips. This never happens! So I went to the shelf with the chocolate stash and found a Kron Bunny that was missing his tail and part of an ear and decided it was perfect for chopping up and melting down. I LOVE Kron and if you've never had it, you should try it. The truffles are my favorite! We keep them in the freezer and then pull them out one by one as a little treat. Anyway, I've used bits and pieces of different Kron sculptures we've had for melting and dipping because you can't buy this kind of chocolate at the grocery and it sure is tasty.
We used a gingerbread boy shaped pan and using royal icing we decorated him with m&m's.
This was perfect for me! It tasted like a peanut butter cup, one of my favorite sweets, but this really fulfilled my love for something to chew on. I love sweets, but I'm picky about the sweets I eat because I like texture and part of my enjoyment from food comes from being able to chew it. I love pastries versus candy because of it's texture.