I’ve had a big box of unopened Rice Krispies sitting on my kitchen counter for almost a month now, so it was only a matter of time before I made some rice krispies treats. But these are not just any rice krispies treats. These rice krispies treats are super thick and soft thanks to extra butter and marshmallows. And because it is Thanksgiving, I didn’t stop there. Thanksgiving is all about gluttony, right? We can worry about our diets next year…So, of course I HAD to mix in some deliciously crunchy Heath bar bits with these gooey rice krispies treats and then take them to the next level with melted chocolate on top for good measure. Happy Thanksgiving!
In all seriousness though, Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to reflect and show appreciation for all of the wonderful things in your life. I for one feel very blessed and fortunate. But quite frankly… I actually have a very big issue that I’ve been struggling with when it comes to baking… Perhaps some of you share my same dilemma…
Question for my fellow food bloggers (especially bakers)–
What do you do with all of your food creations and leftovers?
I feel like I have been stifling my creativity in the kitchen because I cannot bear the thought of making something extravagant like a multi-layer cake only to throw 90% of it away after I am done photographing it and sharing it with all of my readers. I don’t have a ton of friends to pass my goodies off on and I think my co-workers are completely saturated with my homemade baked goods. And I try to keep a fairly clean diet which makes it pretty difficult to eat a lot of dessert in the first place, so there is always a lot of food leftover! All this waste has got me thinking about how I can be more intentional about where my desserts end up …
When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time around the holidays giving back to the less fortunate. My mom worked at a social services organization and one of my most fond memories I have is supporting her with Project Thanksgiving throughout the years. Every year we would host a telethon with the local news station to raise money that would provide Thanksgiving meals to low-income families. Giving back to others is such a rewarding experience and I think it’s about time I get back in touch with that part of my life. So, I’ve decided that going forward I want to proactively find a good home for my desserts. Most food pantries are usually only interested in canned or nonperishable goods, but I’m sure with a little research I would be able to find a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen that wouldn’t mind taking a few cookies off my hands.
I would love to hear from you in the comments below about your ideas on how to share sweets with others and/or if you already have done something similar and what the results were.
- 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- ½ (1/4 cup) stick unsalted butter
- 1 10 oz bag of miniature marshmallows
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- ¾ bag of Heath milk chocolate toffee bits
- ½ cup Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips
- Add 5 cups of Rice Krispies cereal and ¾ bag of Heath bits to large mixing bowl and set aside.
- Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray then line with parchment paper. Set pan aside.
- Melt butter over low heat in large pan, stirring constantly.
- Once melted, add the bag of marshmallows. Continue to stir over low heat until the marshmallows melt and the mixture is smooth. Add in vanilla and salt. Stir until incorporated.
- Immediately pour marshmallow mixture over Rice Krispies and stir until evenly coated.
- Dump mixture into prepared 8x8 pan and press down until level and even.
- Allow treats to cool to room temperature before cutting into small, bite-size pieces.
- Arrange cut treats on top of a wire rack.
- Melt ½ cup of Ghirardelli chocolate chips in small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth in consistency.
- Using a rubber spatula, transfer melted chocolate to Ziploc bag and snip corner off the bottom to create a piping bag.
- Drizzle melted chocolate using piping bag in a diagonal pattern across treats.
- Serve immediately or store treats in airtight container.