I have this goal (I am not sure if it’s really appropriate to call a goal?) to make a new Rice Krispy Treat (aka RKs) recipe each month. The idea is to come up with a new themed recipe for each month. I kind of have each month somewhat planned out, but things change and ideas come and go, so I never truly know what will happen until it does.
I am also timing these with my races and longer runs during the month, because I’ve found RKs good carb-loading for these runs. Not to mention I feel less guilty eating one (or two) knowing I’ll easily burn that off with a 13.1 or longer run. The joys of running, right?
For my January recipe I decided on something wintery-ish (is that a word? I think I might have just invented it?) and the one of the first things to come to mind was peppermint. I settled on a York Peppermint Patty Rice Krispy. But, it felt extremely lazy just chopping up some Peppermint patties and throwing them in the RK. So I wanted to plus it somehow.
I made brownie RKs once before and I liked the idea of merging the two ideas. So, I baked a basic brownie mix just slightly under the recommended cooking time so that they brownies weren’t crispy or hard. I wanted them soft enough to bind well with the layers of RK.
I ended up taking well over half of the batch to my race on Saturday to share with my running friends. I didn’t hear any complaints and the addition of the brownie really was a good touch. It gave the RK a more chocolatey taste in addition to the peppermint patty.
Here’s the recipe for the Brownie Peppermint Patty RK …
Directions– Prepare brownie mix as directed on box but baking it on the low end of the recommended time. – Chop York Peppermint Patties into chunks – In a mixing bowl add Rice Krispy cereal, yellow cake mix and chopped York Peppermint Patties and stir gently. – Melt butter in large saucepan on medium heat. – Add peppermint extract to melted butter and stir. – Add marshmallows and mix until melted. – Add Rice Krispy mix into sauce pan with marshmallows and mix well. – Pour 1/2 of mix into a greased pan. Press Rice Krispy mix flat. – Spread baked brownies evenly over layer of pressed Rice Krispy mix and press flat. – Pour second 1/2 of the mix over the brownie and press flat. – Let RKs set for a minimum of two hours before cutting.
The Brownie Peppermint Patty RK didn’t last long even at home. Free didn’t even get one before he got home from work and felt left out. He wanted me to make the recipe again, but an artist rarely repeats his work, right? So, I agreed to make him a batch of RKs, but of a different flavor. Going through the pantry I found a sugar cookie mix and found the inspiration. I knew I didn’t want just sugar cookie flavor so I found some lemons and almond extract and decided to meld the three into the following recipe.
Directions– Prepare sugar cookie mix as directed on box but baking it on the low end of the recommended time. – In a mixing bowl add Rice Krispy cereal and yellow cake mix. – Melt butter in large saucepan on medium heat. – Juice 3-4 Tbsp. of a fresh lemon. – Add almond extract and lemon juice into the melted butter and stir. – Add marshmallows and mix until melted. – Add Rice Krispy mix into sauce pan with marshmallows and mix well. – Pour 1/2 of mix into a greased pan. Press Rice Krispy mix flat. – Layer baked sugar cookies evenly over the layer of pressed Rice Krispy mix. – Pour second 1/2 of the mix over the sugar cookies and press flat. – Let RKs set for a minimum of two hours before cutting.
I won’t lie, I really fell in love with this recipe and flavor profile. My family equally loved it as well. The lemon really adds a lot to the flavor of the sugar cookie and marshmallow. The hint of almond extract just enhances that even more. Even, Free asked for this recipe again. We’ll see …
As stated before I plan on making a new RK recipe each month. In February I will be making a special Valentine RK and it isn’t what you think it would be. It doesn’t include red hots, candy hearts or rich dark chocolate. Plus, they won’t be shaped as you would think a RK would. I’ve been planning this for quite awhile, so stay tuned.