This past year I’ve made it kind of a goal to make more rice krispy treats (aka RKs) throughout the year. I know that’s a strange and vague resolution to make, especially being a runner and former-400lbs. man. But, like most things in life, moderation is the key to overall health … and that includes treats.
Plus, I don’t make a pan of RKs and eat the whole pan myself (though I wouldn’t have put that past myself five years ago), I have to share it. And, I usually share them with my running friends during or after one of our long runs or races. You know, the distances you’d run and not think twice about eating a RK square … or two.
I also love the creativity of making a unique RK. Sure, I’m in the business of making a good original RK, but why not elevate that with ingredients that make it even better? This past year I’ve made Peppermint Brownie RKs, Lemon Sugar Cookie RKs, Pina Colada RKs, Glazed Donut RKs and my personal favorite … Caramel Snickers & Pretzels RKs. I wish that I wrote down all of the recipes, but sometimes in the heat of cooking you just improvise.
Then there are times when you tell yourself … “oh, I’ve got to write this down!”
I had one of those times a couple weeks ago. My c’niece (cousin + niece … we’re as close as Uncle/Niece) was getting baptized and asked me to make Rice Krispy Treats for the get together after the service. But, not just any kind of RK, only one that an eight year old girl could come up with … a PINK OREO RK.
Now, I could have two routes here. I could have just crushed up some Oreos, put some food coloring in the marshmallows and then thrown in the rice krispies. Or, I could make it unique and elevate it to something else.
Well, of course I took the latter road.
I knew that I wanted to deconstruct the Oreo and not just crush it into pieces. Since I was making enough for 50 people I got a Costco box of Oreos with 10 sleeves of Oreos and separated the cookie from the filling. I did all ten sleeves mainly because I wanted all of that frosting. The idea was two lay the frosting in between two layers of Rice Krispy Treat batter that consisted of some of the crushed Oreo cookie.
The slowest part of this whole recipe was separating the two components in separate bowls. If I were you, I’d make this a family thing and get kids involved in doing the dirty work. You could even give them a lesson in segregation by teaching them that people weren’t equal when separated like the Oreo … because everyone knows that an Oreo is best eaten together, not separate. Of course this could bring up the topic of cannibalism, so tread lightly.
I digress, slightly. Okay, more than that.
After separating the Oreos than I followed the recipe below. The reasoning behind the ratios of Oreos and cereal has more to do with experience. I’ve learned that there’s a fine line between hw much dry ingredients you can mix with melted gooey and delicious marshmallows. It’s all science.
In addition the recipe is for a half sheet cake pan (12x18x2). So it makes a lot … about 40-50 servings. It’s ideal for parties and in this case, baptisms. But, I always make my RKs in the half sheet cake pan and have no problems sharing it with others. But, you can always cut the recipe in half if you want.
Anyways, here’s the recipe with some notes below.
Sofia’s Pink Oreo Rice Krispy Treats
1 stick of butter (x2)
5 cups, Rice Krispy Treat cereal (x2)
4 cups, Mini marshmallows (x2)
3/4 cup, dry yellow cake mix (x2)
3-4 tbsp., Vanilla extract (x2)
2 cups, crushed Oreos cookies (separated from the filling) (x2)
Oreo filling from 10 sleeves of Oreo cookies
4-6 tbsp., Milk
Red food coloring for pink tint (or any color you want … or no coloring if you’re a fun hater)
Segregate the Oreo cookie from the filling. Place both in separate bowls.
Crush the Oreo cookies into pieces either my hand or with a mallet. Leave mix somewhat chunky.
In a large bowl mix the Rice Krispy Treat cereal, dry yellow cake mix and Oreo cookie chunk and mix together.
In a large kettle melt your stick of butter on medium heat. Add the vanilla extract and food coloring to the butter and mix.
Add marshmallows to the melted butter mix and mix coating the marshmallows with the butter. Let the marshmallows melt slowly. The slower the better (TWSS).
Once the marshmallows are melted add the dry mix to the mix and stir coating the cereal evenly.
In a greased 12x18x2, or equivalent pan, pour mix even. Let it sit for five minutes before pressing evenly in the pan.
In the bowl with the Oreo frosting add 4-6 tbsp. of milk and whisk until smooth. Coat the frosting over the pressed layer of Rice Krispy Treats.
Repeat steps 3-6 and pour mix over the Oreo frosting. Let the cereal cool for five minutes before pressing evenly.
Let the Rice Krispy Treats cool for 3-4 hours or overnight before serving.
I add 3/4 cup to any Rice Krispy Treat I make. It makes the finished product with a taste and finish that’s unique from other RKs.
Most RK recipes call for 3/4 cup of butter, but I use the whole stick (I love that I am admitting this on a weight-loss running blog) because I like the taste and texture better. It really does make a difference.
Use the freshest marshmallows you can find, because they melt more evenly and better. The easiest way to tell if they are fresh is if the marshmallows are not stuck together in the bag.
Melt the marshmallows slowly on medium heat. It helps the mallows melt more smoothly.
By waiting for the RK mixture to cool down before pressing into base you give your flavors and batter time to cohere together just enough to make it easier to bind together. The hotter the batter is the more loose it will be. You can even wait a bit longer to press them. It doesn’t have to be exactly or no more than 5 minutes to let them cool.
You want to Oreo filling frosting to be easy to spread. The goal should be to make it easy to spread. Don’t make it too loose.
Hide your pan of RKs because they will get eaten … fast.
So, give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. And, if you have any ideas for future recipes for RKs … pass them along!
I’m always up for new ideas.