Every so often I’ll get a craving for a rice krispie treat. They’re buttery marshmallow goodness and they always remind me of my childhood because it was my mother’s go-to treat for all of the bake sales at school.
For me, rice krispie treats are just one of those simple, nostalgic and classic snacks that have never failed to please. They’re also one of the easiest sweets to elevate and turn into what feels like something über gourmet.
Recently, I added Nutella and chopped hazelnuts to a batch and I honestly wondered why it took me so long to discover this creation.
Over the last two weeks I have been on a German pastry tear. Not only because I recently returned from a fantastic European holiday, but because we’ve been consumed by World Cup football. Similar to the Olympics, it only takes place every four years and aside from the United States, I was rooting for die Mannschaft (team Germany) to win it all.
Call me superstitious, but every time Germany had a match, I would bake a German dessert in hopes that they would win. It’s only crazy if it doesn’t work, right?
One of the new recipes I tried was Linzer Schnitten. It resembles a Linzer tart with the jam topping and latticed dough, but in a cookie form which makes them much more convenient to eat (trust me!) and much quicker to prepare than the traditional cutout cookies.
I must admit that I haven’t made these in a while and I’m not entirely sure why. I tried them for the first time last year and they were a huge hit within my circle of friends. One friend who really enjoyed them was celebrating his birthday this week and I knew my mission was to make this fun treat to accompany his gift.
Some would say that he’s an odd duck since he prefers his sweets to be of the non-chocolate variety and I can relate to that. The best way to describe these bars: they’re elevated Rice Krispie treats. They don’t contain a lick of chocolate, but they have a richer taste from the extra butter and the extra time spent browning the butter.
Read on for possibly the best tasting Krispie treats you’ve ever had!
Ah, s’mores. If you’re into chocolate and marshmallows, it’s the quintessential Summer treat. I started to reminisce about my childhood summers that I spent camping on the beach in Hawaii and that’s what got me thinking of s’mores. I love them especially when the marshmallow gets slightly singed by the fire and then melts the chocolate ever so slightly – yum!
My problem is that I don’t go camping nearly enough or have access to an open flame to make those authentic campfire s’mores. There had to be some variation out there that I could make out of my oven in the comfort of suburbia. I introduced myself to s’more cookies.
Oh, Sundays. It was 1:00 pm, I had procrastinated longer than I should have, and I still needed to bake a dessert for a get together at 4:00 pm. It was time to turn to an easy, crowd pleasing classic – brownies! Some of the best baking recipes are the ones that don’t require a special trip to the store, contain less than 8 ingredients, and can be made by beginner bakers. This is also a kid-friendly recipe, so you can enlist help if you have a little baker around the house.