Cookies ‘N Cream Rice Krispie Treats

With almost 50% of your votes, the Cookies ‘N Cream Rice Krispies are the next recipe going up on The Chic Life. Thank you everyone for voting. I had so much fun seeing all the votes come in and learning about what types of recipes you’re interested in seeing on TCL.

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So, this recipe is a super-simple play on the class Rice Krispie Treat.

Me and Rice Krispies go way back. I don’t remember exactly how old I was the first time I had one, but when I did, boy was I hooked! I think they made them for us at (elementary or middle) school or something. Soon after tasting my first Rice Krispie, I was much like Allie trying with all her might to devour entire an entire birthday cake, except I was trying to eat a whole pan of Rice Krispies…or two…or three. And not just in one sitting. No, my sweet tooth mini self most likely harassed my poor mom for months, if not years. Poor thing. Eventually, I exhausted myself of the treat, but it still holds a dear place in my heart.

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All the usual suspects are there: puffed rice cereal, marshmallows, and butter. But, I snuck something new in – chocolate cookies! The cookies add a nice depth of flavor to light and chewy Rice Krispie treats. As for the chocolate cookie, I used plain chocolate cookies (the cat cookies from Trader Joe’s, to be specific), but any chocolate cookie should work. Even Oreos would probably be good, though they’ll likely yield a sweeter result.

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I decided to try using a natural type of marshmallow and puffed brown rice instead of the regular puffed rice. The rice tasted exactly the same, so I recommend upgrading to the brown rice, if you can. But, I’m not gonna lie…the natural marshmallows tasted a little weird to me. I think it was the kosher fish gelatin, perhaps.

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Now, here is where you can utilize all your pent up aggression to properly break up the cookie cats.

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Just take the back of a wooden spoon (or a small skillet would probably be more effective) and show those cookies who’s boss! *Whappp!* *Kapow!* *Swappp!* That’s right…get all 1960’s Batman and Robin on those cookies! ;)

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Ok, feeling better? Now, if your bag is still intact, you should be able to see crushed little pieces of your chocolate cookies. You don’t want any big pieces, so if you see any, just toss in a couple extra taps with your wooden spoon.

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Add your cookies to your crispy rice (and please, PLEASE use a bigger bowl than pictured here…I had to transfer to a larger one mid-process).

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Once the chocolate cookies are evenly distributed, you can turn your attention to the marshmallows.

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Heat the butter and marshmallows over low heat.

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Stir occasionally as the marshmallows start to soften.

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Soon enough, they’ll start melting (be patient and keep your burner on low or maybe medium low depending on your stove). Stir marshmallows to try to put the less melted on the bottom (closer to the heat).

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Once the marshmallows have melted (turned into a large piece of goop)…

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…add in the rice cereal and cookies.

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Spray your baking dish with non-stick spray. Pour Rice Krispie mixture into the dish and use one (or two) spatulas to spread to an even layer.

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Set aside for one hour to cool.

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Then, you’re ready to cut!

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Use a sharp knife to cut to individual portions. Ta-da!

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Cookies ‘N Cream Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

This is a fun play on the class Rice Krispie with the simple addition of a Cookies ‘N Cream flavor. Not to mention, these would make wonderful holiday gifts, and the holidays are right around the corner, aren’t they? Bookmark me now! :)

*Vegan/Vegetarian if you use vegan substitutes below* FYI – Marshmallows are typically made with gelatin, which is usually made from animal products – check the label if you’re looking for the vegetarian/vegan kind ;)

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups of crispy/puffy rice cereal (I prefer brown)
  • 1 cup crushed chocolate cookies (or sub Oreo-style cookies for a sweeter flavor)
  • 3 1/2 mini marshmallows (or sub vegan marshmallows)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or sub vegan butter substitute)

Directions:

  1. Combine cereal and crushed cookies in a large bowl. Stir to mix well.
  2. Place marshmallows and butter in a large (nonstick) pan over low heat. Stir gently and occasionally encouraging even melting.
  3. Once marshmallows are melted (see photos in post), add cereal/cookie mix and stir to evenly distribute marshmallow mixture.
  4. Spray a 9”x12” baking dish with non-stick spray. Pour mixture into dish and use one (or two) spatulas to spread to an even layer. Set aside to cool for at least one hour.
  5. Use a sharp knife to cut into individual portions and enjoy!

You may also enjoy:

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Om nom nom!

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Project Think Positive

I enjoyed reading everyone’s comments on the Project Think Positive {Week 1} post so much, I read them twice! You guys are really encouraging me to keep up the positive thinking. Thank you so much for the inspiration! :)

It’s never too late to join in on the positive thinking fun. Click here (or the banner above) to learn more about this challenge for the month of August 2011.

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Reader Question #1: How old were you when you had your first Rice Krispie Treat?

Reader Question #2: What’s your favorite Rice Krispie mix-in?

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Comments

  1. says

    Holy deliciousness. Those look awesome! I’ll be trying these soon! I have heard that natural marshmallows aren’t as good, but I have never tried them before. YUM! I also thought your farro aslad looked great. I will have to try that soon, too!

    • says

      The rice krispies were super tasty! But yea, the natural marshmallows…not as much. I guess I’m just used to the “regular” kind. lol. They had a good texture, and I think if they were all I’d eaten I wouldn’t know better. hehe :P

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