Rice Krispie Treats are one of those desserts I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of. The original recipe is delicious on it’s own, but I really love how many amazingly delicious variations there are to think up! I’ve made lots of yummy and fun Rice Krispie Treat variations before, but this chocolate, caramel and peanut butter version is going to be added to my list of favorites!
If you’re curious about the name, these Whatchamacallit Krispie Treats were inspired by the Whatchamacallit candy bar. A Whatchamacallit candy bar is a “peanut flavored crisp with a layer of caramel, and covered in milk chocolate.” These Whatchamacallit Krispie Treats have all the same flavors and textures of the delicious candy bar…. and you can make them at home anytime you want! In fact, I like this Krispie Treat version even better than the candy bar!
Chocolate Caramel Peanut Butter Krispie Treats (a.k.a. Whatchamacallit Krispie Treats)
Rich and delicious Rice Krispie Treats inspired by the Whatchamacallit candy bar.
Yield: One 9"x13" pan (about 24 servings)
7 cups Rice Krispies cereal
8 cups mini marshmallows
4 Tablespoons Challenge butter
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 bag (11oz.) caramel bits
2 Tablespoons milk
1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Prepare a 9"x13" baking pan by spraying lightly with non-stick cooking spray, and set aside.
Get two very large bowls. Into one bowl, add the rice cereal, and set aside.
Into the other bowl, add mini marshmallows and butter. Microwave for 2-4 minutes, or until the marshmallows are very soft and puffy.
While the marshmallows melt, measure out the 1/3 cup peanut butter and set aside.
Carefully remove the bowl of marshmallows from the microwave and stir until the (now melted) butter is incorporated.
Working quickly, add 1/3 cup peanut butter to melted marshmallows and stir.
Pour the peanut butter/marshmallow mixture over the bowl of rice cereal and use a rubber spatula (sprayed with non-stick spray) to quickly stir and combine the ingredients.
As soon as the cereal has been coated with the mixture, pour/scoop the rice krispies mixture into the prepared pan.
Use the spatula to press the mixture into the pan and flatten and even out as needed. Set aside to cool.
While the treats cool, in a small saucepan add caramel bits and milk.
Heat over medium heat until melted, stirring as needed.
Pour melted caramel over rice krispie treats, as evenly as possible.
In a small bowl, add chocolate chips and melt at 50% power in the microwave until almost melted (in 30 second intervals). Stir until melted and smooth.
Pour chocolate over caramel layer, using an offset spatula to spread, as needed.
Allow to cool about 30 minutes before cutting.
Store treats covered and in a cool place (on the counter) up to two days.
Recipe source- Glorious Treats
Notes- If you can not find the caramel bits (usually sold near chocolate chips), feel free to use individually wrapped caramels (such as Brachs).
For the peanut butter, I used natural peanut butter (with no added sugar).
Chocolate, caramel and peanut butter in a crispy, chewy treat… you’re going to want to make these soon!
School is out, summer is here and it’s time for vacation! I don’t have any beach vacation plans… but with this delicious Pina Colada Cake I can enjoy a tropical flavored treat right at home.
I’ve shared my recipe for Pina Colada Cupcakes before, and have been wanting to make a cake version for quite a while. I’m so happy I finally made it! This cake is moist, rich and flavorful.
I’m guest posting over on Tidy Mom today and sharing the recipe and all the details on this Pina Colada Cake. Head on over and say hello!
I’m not perfect.
Oh, in some ways that statement really pains me to say.
I’m a perfectionist… it’s how I’m wired. I like things, life, and myself to be clean, organized, pretty, and perfect.
In some ways this blog has helped me control, or at least channel my perfectionism. My house is not always in order… ok, let’s be honest, it’s actually rarely in order! My life does not always go as planned, I say things I wish I didn’t say, and I don’t look exactly the way I wish I did.
This blog is the one place I get to have things just the way I want. I get to post pretty, edited photos that expose only a couple square feet of my house (and not the mess required to create the “pretty” thing). I get to sit at my computer and write nice little captions about pretty cupcakes and cookies… all the while sitting at my messy desk, un-showered and in my pajamas. I get to have one little place in my life, even if it’s a virtual place, that is perfect.
This next week I’ll be attending a big blogging conference in Texas. This is where my real life and my virtual life collide. It’s terrifying. Really, deeply, terrifying!
Next week I’ll be face to face with many people I have only “met” online. People who only know me for my Hydrangea Cupcakes or Pink Ombre Cake, or decorated cookies. Things that are pretty, staged, and as perfect as I can possibly create.
The problem is… I’m not much like any of those things.
I mean, I do feel like my site is a reflection of me in many ways… I do love pretty things, I love details, I love making things by hand. But this site is only a part of me, not the full picture.
I am not perfect.
I am overweight. I’m 35 and still have acne. I don’t know what to do with makeup, and rarely wear any. I don’t know what to do with my hair either… so it’s just there. Sometimes I talk too loud and say things before I think. I don’t own anything by Coach or Kate Spade, mostly because I can’t afford them. My house is 1450 square feet and has one bathroom… it’s the house we can afford, and I am rarely proud of it.
This week I was talking to my dad about my upcoming trip and told him that I was really intimidated by the (people at the) conference.
He asked why. I said… “Well, my site is so pretty and perfect, and I’m not.”
He said, ”You mean you’re afraid people will find out you’re not perfect?”
“Well… yes.” I replied.
He said, “Let me tell you something… all of the other people going to the conference are imperfect too.”
It was so simple, yet somehow it really hit me.
It’s true. Somehow I’ve forgotten that. All of the ladies wearing their colored skinny jeans and chevron print, and statement necklaces… looking like they just stepped out of Pinterest, they’re not perfect.
Now there is a lot to be said for taking good care of yourself, it’s important. I’m not suggesting we all stop showering and go everywhere in our pajamas.
But if a grown woman (me) with a quite successful blog, many good friends, a supportive and loving family and enough disposable income to fly from California to Texas for a blogging conference, is scared out of her wits to meet a few women… then something is a little off. I’ve been lying to myself and it needs to stop. I’ve bought into the idea that I need to be perfect to be beautiful, and that’s bologna. I’ve told myself that everyone else is more beautiful/successful/confident/cool/fashionable than me, and it’s simply not true.
Sure, we all have different strengths… some women do a beautiful job with their hair and make-up, others are great speakers, some are especially talented photographers, some have great presence in a crowd…
But you know what… I’m pretty awesome just as I am. I’m smart, hardworking, creative, talented, dependable, honest, kind, funny, and beautiful in my own way.
I’m not perfect, but I am beautiful!
So if you run into me next week (or anytime in the future) try to hide your surprise when you see I’m not perfect…and try to hide your shock that I’m nearly 6′ tall.
I wont be wearing skinny jeans… because I can’t. I won’t be carrying a designer bag.
But I do truly enjoy meeting new people, and sharing a bit of our lives. I love meeting people who are smart, funny, creative, and nice.
And hey, if you happen to look great in mint colored skinny jeans, and have a super pretty bag… awesome, go for it. Rock ‘em.
I’m not entirely sure why I felt the need to write this post today.
I guess I’m hoping that my moment of enlightenment will be an encouragement to many of you who may feel the same. And if by some small chance you were ever intimidated to meet me… please don’t be, I’m not perfect and I’m secretly very glad that you’re not either!
I’d love to hear from you…. what are the qualities that make you beautiful and special?
Summer is the perfect time for easy, portable treats! These yummy Chocolate Mint Chip Cupcakes in a jar are a fun option for picnics and BBQ’s.
I started with my favorite Chocolate Cupcakes, and added a luscious mint frosting.
For the full post, head on over to Skip to My Lou where I’m guest posting today!
Skip to My Lou is a beautiful and fun site full of crafts, recipes, free printables and more!
Love chocolate and mint? Be sure to checkout my Fudge Mint Brownies, one of my all time favorite treats!
And for more fun ”in a jar” treats, check out all of my Cupcakes and Desserts in Jars.
I spent most of my twenties working in flower shops. I began by spending a summer cleaning flower buckets and delivering flowers, and after several design courses and lots of in-shop experience I was able to enjoy several years making arrangements for elaborate weddings and events, professional basketball players and a past President’s daughter. I will always have a deep love for flowers, and quietly take pride in naming off (in my head) any flowers I see at the grocery store, or in an arrangement I pass.
Although I do still play with real flowers from time to time (mostly in my own garden)… now I “play” with different kinds of flowers… edible ones!
Flower cookies are fun to make because the color and design options are endless! These bright Summer Flower Decorated Cookies are what I like to call “fantasy flowers”… meaning they don’t really represent any flowers in nature.
How to make flower decorated cookies -
Start with a batch of cookies using my Sugar Cookie Recipe.
Prepare a batch of Royal Icing, and color as desired (I use Americolor gels).
For these Summer Flower Cookies I pre-made some royal icing flower centers (pictured above). Preparing these little guys ahead of time saves lots of time when decorating, and create instant texture.
To make the flower centers, simply pipe a large dot of royal icing onto a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper. The icing should be a medium consistency, I would say just a bit thicker than the consistency of shampoo. It should be thick enough to not flow all over the place, but just thin enough that it does not leave (much of) a peak in the center (when you lift up the piping tip). For these colorful flower centers, you can chose to let them dry as is (just as a simple dot), or sprinkle the (still wet) dots with sanding sugar (as shown) or nonpareils (sprinkles). Allow the flower centers to dry at least 8 hours before removing from the parchment paper. These flower centers can be made far in advance, and stored in a small tupperware type container (away from excess heat and light).
Once you’re ready to decorate, outline and fill in each cookie with the color of your choice. Allow the icing to set up (at least 1 hour), then use a small dot of icing to attach the pre-made flower center. Once you’ve added the flower center, chose a accent color to outline the shape of flower petals (as shown above). If desired, you can let the detail icing dry a bit, then add additional details such as extra dots around the flower center, or another row of flower petals (as shown below).
Love flowers and cookies? Here are a few more flower decorated cookies…
Hydrangea Flower Cookies
Simple Tulip Cookies
Hibiscus Flower Cookies
Morning Glory Flower Cookies
Sunflower Cookies (from Sweet Sugar Belle)
Potted Violet Cookies (from Sweet Sugar Belle)
Pink Roses (from Bake at 350)