Loaded Rice Crispy Treats
Source of Recipe
From "One-Hour Comfort" by America's Test Kitchen
"Almost everyone is familiar with the classic back-of-the-box recipe for these treats, with their ideal ratio of melted marshmallows and butter to crackly cereal for a bar with the sweet and sticky chew that kids adore and adults fondly recall (and aren't too proud to sneak bites of when the kids aren't looking). While they're certainly delicious in their original incarnation, the potential for enticing mix-ins abounds, as in this loaded-up, sweet-and-salty example (and its variation). For thick, substantial squares to really sink your teeth into, pat the mixture into an 8-inch square pan instead of the usual 13 by 9-inch pan. The foil sling lets you remove the uncut treats from the dish with ease, and greasing the knife you use to slice the bars will ensure that you produce neat-looking treats. Any brand of toasted rice cereal will work here."
List of Ingredients
◦ 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
◦ 10 ounces marshmallows
◦ ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
◦ ¼ teaspoon salt
◦ 5 cups crisped rice cereal
◦ 1 cup pretzels, broken into ½-inch pieces
◦ ½ cup salted dry-roasted peanuts
◦ ½ cup toffee bits
◦ ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
Make foil sling for 8-inch square baking pan by folding two long sheets of aluminum foil so each is 8 inches wide. Lay sheets of foil in pan perpendicular to one another, with extra foil hanging over edges of pan. Push foil into corners and up sides of pan, smoothing foil flush to pan. Spray with vegetable oil spray.
Melt butter in Dutch oven over low heat.
Add marshmallows, vanilla, and salt and cook, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth, about 6 minutes. Off heat, stir in cereal, pretzels, peanuts, toffee bits, and chocolate chips until incorporated.
Transfer mixture to prepared pan and press into even layer with greased spatula. Let treats cool for 15 minutes. Using foil overhang, remove treats from pan. Cut into 16 squares and serve.
Makes 16 treats
❧ Variation—Salty Cashew-Caramel Rice Crispy Treats:
Omit pretzels, peanuts, toffee bits, and chocolate chips. Stir 1 ½ cups salted roasted cashews, chopped coarse, and 4 ½ ounces quartered soft caramels into marshmallow mixture with cereal in step 2.