Thursday, January 20, 2011

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats and Childhood

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If you've been following me on facebook, you know I've been talking about how nostalgic I am this week.  I have been making a lot of my childhood favorites and the memories have come flooding back.  Like my Mom's Taco Salad or Chocolate Chip Cookies

Just like a certain smell or sound can trigger a memory - so does food. 
And it certainly has done that for me. 
 I am transported back to my youth....
Kenny Rodgers is giving me the stink eye too. Look at him down there.
Back when my brother thought it was fun to steamroll me while I was laying on the couch until I could barely breathe. Ahhh, big brothers.  See how he's looking at me there.  He was obviously plotting his next attack.
Ahhh...the 80's!

Back when my best friend, Laura, and I were 10 years old and got into huge arguments over absolutely nothing.  Then we would get on our bikes and ride in opposite directions towards our houses, all the while still yelling at each other.   Oh the drama! Can you believe we are the dearest of friends 26 years later?  Of course, we may not be after she sees that I just posted this picture. I'll keep ya posted on that one.
Me with my Grandpa on graduation day.  I miss him still.

Back when my hair was ridiculously big and no one had the good sense to have a serious talk with me about how ridiculous I really looked.  I mean, come on - look at that!  I needed a hair intervention. Seriously friends, you coulda said something.

And that brings me to one of my favorite childhood treats, Peanut Butter Rice Krispies treats.  My Mom is a peanut butter nut.  She loves peanut butter cookies and of course, she couldn't pass up the chance to put peanut butter in Rice Krispies treats.  When you grow up eating things a certain way, you just become accustomed to it. So now, this is the only way I like to eat them. My husband is a Rice Krispies Treats purist (if there is such a thing).  No peanut butter for him, thank you very much.   However, I think I have recruited my son to my way of thinking.  My husband is a notoriously picky eater.   So, I figure if I can get my son to like all of my favorite foods, we will outnumber my husband and he will be forced to eat what we eat.  It's all part of my evil plan. 
Ingredients:
4 Tablespoons Butter, Unsalted
5 cups Mini Marshmallows
½ cup Creamy Peanut Butter
5-¾ cups Rice Krispies Cereal


Directions:
Spray a 13x9 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In a 4 quart sauce pan, melt butter on low heat. Do this slowly, you don’t want burnt or brown butter here. Once butter has melted, keep heat on low and add mini marshmallows. 
Once marshmallows begin to soften and melt, add peanut butter. 
At this point, you will need to constantly stir the mixture so the peanut butter does not burn and the marshmallows can evenly melt (won’t take too long, about 5 minutes or so).
 Once, mixture is combined and melted, turn off heat and remove pan from stove.

Add Rice Krispies cereal to sauce pan and stir until evenly coated with mixture. 
This is sticky stuff so do your best to get it all combined. Pour mixture into casserole dish (it will look very loose).  Spray your hand with some nonstick cooking spray and pat down the mixture until firmly compacted.   Allow 30-45 minutes for treats to set up…then enjoy! 
These bars are so gooey, you're gonna love 'em.

Cook’s Note: If prefer a slightly thicker bar, go with an 8x8 baking dish. Also, for all you budget-conscious shoppers, I have made this recipe with the store brand cereal, marshmallows, butter and peanut butter and these treats still turn out delicious. And if you’re a Krispies treats purist (like my hubby), just leave out the peanut butter, they’ll still be gooey. As with all Rice Krispies treats, they are best eaten the day they are made. Store in airtight container if you don't eat them all the same day.  I like to nuke them in the microwave for about 5-10 seconds when they start getting a little stale.

Enjoy!




45 comments:

Patti said...

I think it must be the cabin fever setting in. Both of us feeling nostalgic. Love that hair!! Great blog!

happywhennothungry said...

Haha great photos! And your pb rice krispy treats look awesome! Haven't had one in ages!

a soldiers wife said...

this recipe looks great. I'll be trying it for my children. thank you for your wonderful comments at my blog. I hope you enjoy the pulled pork if you give it a try!

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

Oh my gosh! The Kenny Rogers stink eye made me laugh so hard!

Sandra said...

Oh yes 80's hehehe huge hair, Madonna and Bon Jovi:D Well I was born in 1980, I still remember those years..
I love your peanut-butter rice krispies..they look fantastic!

thecountrycook said...

Thanks for the great comments everyone! I guess this post totally gives away my age, but hey, it is what it is. I'm not growing older, just wiser (I hope!) Haley - glad you get my sense of humor!

Ang said...

These look amazing......I have to make them. What a great story too. My husband does the "swan man" on me practically smashing my lungs, so I understand the whole steamroll thing:) And the hair......I love it! Man them 80's were something else:) Thanks for the great recipe:)

Candace said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and following me! I was just reading your post here and thinking that I probably could have written so much of this post about my own life with pictures and everything. You described my friend, Leslie, and me perfectly...a big brother who picked on me.....I had similar hair and oh how my mom loves peanut butter. She never put it in rice krispie treats but she should have. The perfect combination of the rice krispie treats and the peanut butter from the cornflake bars. Yum! I'm following along with you now and look forward to more yummy posts!

Mateja ^_^ said...

80's were my "growing pains" years too! Ohhh so long ago, can't even imagine that this summer will be already 25 years since I graduated from high school! Love the pics! We all love the Rice Krispie Treats, but we have a problem with gelatin that is an ingredient in marshmallows. Is there anything else I could use instead, maybe a thick simple syrup?

Kori said...

I am a huge PB lover, but surprisingly have never tried adding it to Rice Krispy Treats! This is on my "must make" list for the next time I make goodies!

Lisa said...

I love PB Rice Krispies Treats. I also like adding some chocolate chips to them as well. Great pictures. By the way, I'm starting a new linky on my blog this Saturday called "Sweets for a Saturday." If you get a chance, I'd like to invite you to stop by and link these up.

Lizzy said...

I WANTED the big hair, but thank goodness my hair didn't cooperate. Another great recipe :)

thecountrycook said...

Mateja - I believe Marshmallow Fluff is gelatin free. I'm pretty sure the Jet-Puffed brand of marshmallow creme is gelatin free. You would probably have to use a whole jar of it to replace the amount of marshmallows used in this recipe. Still add the butter though. I hope this helps.

HollyC said...

These look wonderful! I love PB fudge, but I don't think I've every tried adding it to the Rice Krispie Treats! I've got to give it a try.
Thanks for sharing.
~Holly

Kate said...

Love this twist on one of my favorites!

Miz Helen said...

I am so excited that you brought these wonderful Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats for us to enjoy today, I can't wait to try one. Thank you so much for coming to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

Nancy and Vijay said...

very touching post..and I love the hair :)

A little bit of everything said...

i better close this page asap or i have to make these treats right now. my husband loves peanut butter and these are definitely going to trigger his sweet tooth.

love the photos too, sweet memories :)

Kathleen said...

What a lovely post! These are a favorite-second only to Scotcharoos!!!

Nisa Homey said...

Reading ur post is making me nostalgic now.....ah 80s!!!those were the wonderful years..I kinda like ur hair though....Krispies are looking yummmy.

Melynda said...

Stopping by from Full Plate Thursday, great memories, they usually are paired with food! Thanks for sharing both.

Cakewalker said...

Like others, I have never come across a PB Krispy treat, nor would I have thought it up, but the flavor must be dreamy! I'll give this a try for sure. Your storytelling is engaging and the photos are priceless!

Mary said...

I know four little boys who will love your krispy treats. I'm new to your blog and I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed my first visit here. I've been browsing through your earlier entries and really love the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Tina said...

Gotta love the '80's! I had hair like that once!

Thank you for visiting my blog! Come back to visit any time..never know what I'll be up to!
I'm following yours now too!

Becky said...

My mother loved peanut butter, and she passed on her PB love to me. (Thank goodness there no peanut allergies in our family.) She did make PB fudge, but never the Rice Krispy treats. I can't believe that I've never made them. I must make them now!

HollyL said...

Ha ha Im LOVIN the 80's hair!! Aww takes me back! lol I'm loving your PB Rice Krispys and your blog!!!

Kim - Liv Life said...

I had big hair too!! My kids laugh at the pics every time they seem them.
Love these treats!!! I like how the PB is in the mix. WE made one with the PB on top, but this looks easier!

Kimberly said...

You're making me very nostalgic myself lately! Doesn't help that I haven't seen my parents or brother in 2 years... :-( I'm going to be making some old family favorites myself this week!

Annie said...

Your hair was so big! I am so glad that I caught the tail end of that trend. By the time I was a teenager it was all about flannel shirts and multi colored hair.

I've never had a peanut butter rice crispy treat. I don't know why because it's such a good idea!

scratch-made wife said...

I love peanut butter and the husband loves rice krispies - these sound like a match made in heaven!

Mary said...

Just jumping back in to thank you for returning my visit. I've saved a place for you at the table so you can join us anytime you want :-). Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Tiffany said...

The throwback pictures are priceless!

Erin said...

Delicious! Rice crispie treats are our favorite but add peanut butter and oh my!!!

dreamsofcakes said...

This recipe looks delicious. I do something similar using mars chocolate bars, and my kids love them. I will give you the recipe in the near future. Thank you for sharing this recipe version with us.

Lisa said...

Thanks so much for linking up with Sweets for a Saturday. I truly appreciate the support. I hope you'll be able to join in again next week. By that time I'll have a cute button that you can grab.

Jorie said...

Funny post, very brave of you to publish 80's hair pics! I'm a peanut butter fan so I will definitely try these.

Miz Helen said...

Oh Yummy! All the big "little" kids around here just love Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats. Your recipe looks great. Thank you so much for sharing it with us here at Full Plate Thursday!

Amy said...

Yum...this is one of my childhood favorite! So glad you put peanut butter in it for a twist! :) I'm going to try it soon.

Miz Helen said...

Congratulations Brandie,
You are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week 2-3-11. Come by and pick up your plate.
Best Wishes,
Miz Helen

Lin Ann said...

I love this post! And I laughed when you questioned why you put the glass of milk there. It does look more wholesome with the milk, though, doesn't it? I've never thought of adding peanut butter to these, good idea and yum!

Mom Photographer said...

O Yeah! Your Krispies treats are totally different from mine. I'm not an American, my husband is, so I'm trying to learn all those foods that he likes or he used to have as a child. I'm curious myself how it tastes! So far I've learnd so many different ways to use Peanut Butter. That's just crazy ;-)
The next thing I've dicovered are Rice Krispies...
Anyway, thanks for sharing this recipe, looks delicious!

RobertsMom said...

thanks for posting this recipe. it sounds so yummy. I look forward to making it for my peanut butter loving husband :-)

Sharon said...

Before you spread them in the pan, try adding about half a bag of chocolate chips as well. Don's miz too much or the chips will melt, but that's not bad either! Double yum!

Anonymous said...

My mom used to make peanut butter Rice Krispie treats. She used government peanut butter and it was the only thing government peanut butter was ever useful for as, thick as spackling, you couldn't even spread it on bread. It lent a certain flavor that none of the name brand peanut butters can quite achieve. They sure were delicious!

dixiegrl said...

Love these things! I have made them also with additional add-ins from time to time.. crunchy PB instead of creamy, adding some crushed dry roasted peanuts, even coconut one time..all delicious! Now, I'm craving them!