I’ve been on this kick with Rice Crispy treats thanks to Mr. Fantabulous having a bug up his butt and wanting a tray of them every 3 days. Yes that’s what it takes for him to eat an entire 9×13″ pan himself. Some of you are probably asking “3 days??? Is he sick? I’m surprised it lasts a night!” LOL Actually I’m glad it takes him 3 days – I wish it would take him more though. They are sooooooooooo unhealthy due to the high sugar in the marshmallows that even though the rice crispy cereal is healthy those marshmallows are brutal.
But the man loves them and whatever I can do to put a smile on that gorgeous face of his I do. So the other day when I’m buying more cereal to make him a new batch I spied those new peanut butter cup Oreo cookies in the store. Now everyone knows I’m a huge fan of the cookie part of Oreos but not so much the “Stuff” filling. Whereas Mr. Fantabulous is all about the “Stuff” filling and not too much about the cookie. Therefore when I do buy them he licks the “Stuff” off and gives me the wet, soggy cookie. Gross, perhaps, but I know where his mouth has been and lemme tell you what folks, that is true love when you’re willing to eat a soggy cookie like that. LOL Plus seriously those dark cocoa cookies ROCK!
How do you eat your Oreos? Do you prefer the cookie or the ‘Stuff’ or the whole shebang?
Enough soggy cookies, let’s talk about these unbelievably fantastic rice crispy bars! There is ZERO baking involved. If you can melt stuff, mix it up, put it in a pan and then wait 30 minutes, then you got this! Since peanut butter and chocolate is one of the greatest flavor combinations known to mankind I had to try this. However there was a stipulation with buying them. Mr. Fantabulous would NOT eat them; thus he would not eat the ‘Stuff’. He is so not a peanut butter fan in baked goods and almost never eats peanut butter chocolate flavored stuff. Thus I was in a predicament. What a predicament to be in. If I bought them then I would be forced to eat the ENTIRE Oreo myself. Damn it.. LOL
Needless to say those puppies came home with me along with more rice crispy cereal and real marshmallows. As I was unloading the groceries he spied the Oreos and gave me a puzzled look. I said “they look interesting and this is a really popular flavor. I’m going to see how I can incorporate them in a recipe.” He just shrugged his shoulders and said “don’t put them in MY stuff. Quit messing with perfection woman!”
Again with the ‘woman’ comment. Don’t you worry, I got him back <insert devilish grin>
While he was in the bedroom resting from surgery I quickly made his batch, while cussing under my breath. Seriously they are anything but easy for me. That stuff I swear turns to cement and I have to use my biceps to mix it. Okay fine, maybe they aren’t that bad but I still have to put some muscle behind ’em. Maybe that’s the whole purpose here. If you want to eat food like this then make it part of a workout! Think about it! You’re using your forearms, biceps, shoulders and back on this. All you have to add in is some core tightening and you’re golden! I may just be on to something here! LOL
If only, huh?
As his were cooling (and hiding from that ‘woman’ comment) I was dwelling on what to do with those cookies. I tried one by itself and it’s good but again, I’m not a “Stuff” kinda girl. The cookie part… AWESOME! However it’s not an Oreo if it’s not the whole cookie. Then I thought about his tray of crispy treats. I know he said he didn’t want them in ‘his’ but why not incorporate them into a tray? I knew butter and marshmallows were a given, as was the cereal but what else? Since they were already peanut butter flavored I decided to kick it up a notch and add in some melted peanut butter. I originally opted to go with just cookie chunks but that meant there was a possibility of not getting it in every single bite and I kinda hate stuff like that. Like when I make my chocolate chip cookies EVERY bite has a ton of chips in it.
To make this total cookie taste happen I took a few of those cookies and put them in a food processor and gave it a few whirls to make it sand-like. This ensured that every bite had that awesome cookie flavor. And before you ask, yes you process the entire cookie, ‘stuff’ and all.
As I was melting the butter, peanut butter and marshmallows Mr. Fantabulous came out to the kitchen looking for his however when he saw the cookies opened and smelled the peanut butter I got the look. You all know of that look that I mean. The look of ‘how dare you alter perfection… woman!’ LOL He said not a word and went back to the bedroom to rest. I just stood there giggling because I knew what would happen. He would go back to the bedroom and stew over this. It would bother him not so much that I was making these BUT the fact that he didn’t see his.
Now I have to admit, mixing these up are still a PITA for me BUT I found it to be easier with the addition of the peanut butter. I don’t know what it is about making these that I find so tough. They are honestly easy to make but there’s just something about them that I find a chore. What’s funny is that if you set a bowl of egg whites or cream in front of me and tell me to whisk it by hand I’ll whisk it til the sun comes up with out so much of a peep. *shrugs* I’m weird like that I guess.
Once these were set, I lifted them out of the pan (I swear by lining the pan with parchment with a one inch overhang), cut them separating them about a 1/2 of an inch and pouring some melted chocolates on top. I melted some white chocolate and mixed it with some Oreo crumbs for the first layer and then melted some milk chocolate to drizzle on top. For presentation I topped with half cookies. Which honestly, trying to cut these things in half like this AND not have a cookie break is really difficult. I had to eat so many broken cookies before I got some that were picture worthy.
Yes.. I HAD to eat the broken pieces. Leave me alone! I just got done doing a killer arm workout making these. LOL
As these were cut and I was taking the photos he walked out to the kitchen and stopped dead in his tracks. I didn’t turn around to see him as I heard such a deep, DEEP sigh of disappointment. He said not a word and walked over to the kitchen counters. I could see him out of the corner of my eye looking for ‘his’ batch. I dared not make eye contact as I knew I would immediately grin and give it away. <Click click click> the shutter went on the camera and then I heard the cabinet doors open. He was ACTUALLY looking in the cabinets for these thinking maybe I was messing with him. The man is smart and is catching on to my tricks but I got him on this one. Another deep sigh followed by a very VERY long exhale (did I mention it was a LOUD exhale???). Next came the oven door and the dishwasher. Seriously, he checked the dishwasher.
Finally I heard a throat clear cough followed by the most gentlest of sentences “My love (yeah it got deep REAL fast), where are my bars? I’m hungry.” I stopped the camera and made the “OH CRAP!” face to indicate that I forgot to make his. I then said “Crap honey I only had enough stuff to make these… Do you want me to go out to the store and get stuff to make you some?” He then said “Yeah right, I know you made ’em. Quit messing with me.” “Honey you checked the cabinets and they weren’t there. You even checked the oven and dishwasher.. nada” His face went from ‘quit joking around Lor’ to ‘OMFG are you serious????’ REAL fast.
Needless to say I pulled out his tray from the hallway closet, right next to the vacuum sweeper. Lord knows he’s never find that as he has no clue where that foreign piece of machinery exists in our house! As for these bad boys, seriously they are freaking AMAZING! The addition of melted peanut butter and the cookie crumbs in the mixture make this truly fantabulous! You SO need these in your life!Print
- 5 cups rice crispy cereal (GF Brown Rice or regular)
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 10 ounce package of marshmallows (large ones)
- 3 tablespoon butter, unsalted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 25 peanut butter cup Oreo cookies, divided
- 1 1/2 cups melted white chocolate
- 3/4 cup melted milk chocolate
- Line an 8×10” (or 9×13” if you want thinner bars) pan with parchment paper with a 1” overhang.
- In a large bowl add the crispy cereal.
- Take 10 of the cookies and break up into chunks placing them into the cereal.
- Take 10 whole cookies and place in a food processor and process till ground.
- Add that into the cereal mixture.
- In a pan over medium low heat add the butter, peanut butter and marshmallows.
- Stir until completely melted and smooth.
- Remove from heat and add in the salt and vanilla.
- Stir with a wooden spoon or rubber tipped spatula.
- Immediately pour the mixture into cereal and mix until combined. You want every piece coated but be gentle to not break up the cereal or the cookie chunks any more.
- Dump the mixture into your pan and using sprayed wax paper press down on the cereal to form it into the pan and compress tightly.
- Place the uncovered pan in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the fridge, lift the bars out of the pan with the parchment paper and cut into squares.
- Take the remaining 5 cookies and process til ground crumbs.
- Mix that into the melted white chocolate.
- Spread that out on top of each square.
- Once the chocolate is set, drizzle the melted milk chocolate on top.
- Store in a covered container either in the fridge or at room temperature.