Y’all knew this was coming, right? At least those of you on Facebook. See, I had something completely different planned, and then I spent a Saturday night alone at Walmart (which, I realize sounds super pathetic, but in reality was super awesome. If I didn’t need groceries, I would have wandered Target alone on a Saturday night, which would have been even more super awesome, but hey- I’ll take what I can get) and that’s when I spotted these:
And it took about 2.7 seconds for them to make their way from the shelf to my cart. If you keep up with us on Facebook, you know we have a slight obsession with Jet-Puffed Marshmallows. And the funny thing is, I don’t even really love marshmallows, I am just amazed that they keep coming up with so many fun new concepts. And hello, peppermint? Me and peppermint are like me and bacon. Me and chocolate, me and lime, and me and peanut butter. It’s true love. Just look at this, and this, and ohhh my gosh, this. I even make my own Peppermint Marshmallows sometimes.
So as it took about 2.7 seconds for the marshmallows to get into my cart, it took about an additional 1.3 seconds to know what I was going to make. And they were just as delicious and I’d thought they’d be. Now don’t stop reading if you’re sad that you can’t get your hands on these specialty marshmallows, you can make them with regular ones too, so keep reading.
Everyone knows how to make Rice Krispie treats, right?? It’s not rocket science. I do add a little extra butter though, because butter is good for the soul. I was going to say butter is good for the heart, but something tells me that’s not true.
One tip when you’re making Rice Krispie treats (or any bar cookie really) is to line your pan. It makes it SO much easier to cut out nice bars without having to smash half the pan in first. Make sure you use butter to grease the bottom of your pan as well. If you use non-stick spray, it will leave a foul tasting residue on your delicious little treats and then they won’t be delicious anymore.
After they’re all nicely patted on there, drizzle a little semi sweet or dark chocolate over the top and also a little white chocolate.
You don’t want to go crazy or you overpower the yummy flavor of the marshmallows. I also add a tiny bit of peppermint extract to the semi-sweet.
And the finishing touch is a sprinkle of crushed candy canes.
Quick, easy, no-bake, no-fuss. Might be the perfect Christmas treat!
Peppermint Bark Rice Krispie Treats
Recipe by Our Best Bites
1 10.5 ounce bag peppermint mini marshmallows*
4 tablespoons real butter, plus extra to butter pan
5-6 cups rice krispie style cereal (I like mine a little more marshmallowy)
3 tablespoons semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
3 tablespoons white chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil, divided
a few drops (about 1/8 teaspoon) peppermint extract
2-3 medium sized candycanes, crushed
*In place of the peppermint marshmallows, use regular marshmallows and add about 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract to melted marshmallow mixture. Or more to taste, I’m guessing on the amount.
Line a 9×13 pan with foil and lightly butter bottom and about 1 inch up sides.
Melt butter in a very large bowl in the microwave. Add marshmallows and stir to coat. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. (You can do that whole process on the stovetop as well.) Add rice krispie cereal and stir to evenly combine. With buttered hands, press mixture into prepared pan.
Place white chocolate chips and 1/4 teaspoon oil in a small bowl. Heat in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Repeat same process with semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips and add a few drops of peppermint extract. Drizzle both chocolates on top of rice krispie treats and sprinkle candy canes on top. Let sit until chocolate is set, place pan in fridge to speed process along. Cut into squares and eat up.
And hey- remember if you’re still looking for a great Christmas gift, the Our Best Bites Cook Book and Calendar make great gifts! The calendar contains 12 brand new, exclusive recipes that you won’t find anywhere else; it’s like a mini cook book!