Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cocoa Marshmallow Krispie Treats



Liv's middle school is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and tomorrow I'm honored to serve the teachers lunch and I am lucky enough to get to bring a part of the dessert.  Knowing that one of her teachers has a penchant for Rice Krispie Treats, Liv helped me whip up this chocolate version of the old classic.

Liv & Mrs. Stone... she gave both my kids their solid foundation!
Our family considers ourselves extraordinarily lucky to have been touched by a few very special teachers over the years.  I've had the privilege to work alongside them as Room Mom and classroom volunteer, and I can't thank them enough for the head start that they have given my children in their long road of education.  A solid academic foundation has been set, confidence has been created, and memories of special school moments (hoops!) will remain with them forever.  Thank you!

Adding a quarter cup of cocoa to the melting marshmallows and butter for these treats brings a heavenly chocolaty aroma to your kitchen.  Then mixing the melted chocolate coating with a combination of regular and cocoa puffed rice along with a handful of chopped peanut butter cups brings this classic treat to a new level.  The addition of drizzled chocolate only increased the wonderful "chocolatyness" and had us nearly having to whip up a second batch as we "taste tested" just a few bars.  Go ahead, treat your favorite teacher to some chocolate goodness today!!




Cocoa Marshmallow Krispie Treats

6 Tbs butter
1 bag mini marshmallow (10.5 oz)
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa
3 cups Puffed Rice
3 Cups Chocolate Puffed Rice
1 cup chopped Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups (Or a handful of Trader Joe's mini mini cups)
1/3 cup melted dark chocolate


Spray a baking pan of your choice with cooking spray (for thick treats, use 8-inch square pan, for thinner use a 9 x 13 inch pan or anything in between!).  Set aside.

Measure puffed rice into a very large mixing bowl and add the chopped peanut butter cups.  Set aside.

In a large saucepan, combine the butter, marshmallows and cocoa.  Cook over medium heat, stirring often until melted.  Pour the melted mixture over the puffed rice and peanut butter cups, stirring quickly to coat.  Press the Krispie mixture into the prepared pan and drizzle with melted chocolate.

Allow to set, then cut into desired sized bars.  I usually use the 9 x 13 inch pan and will get about 20 bars.  My son, however, feels that I'm cutting the bars too small and would prefer to have the 9 x 13 pan cut into 9 bars!  ;)





40 comments:

  1. What a great treat for Teacher Appreciation Week!

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  2. Sign me up for these tasty treats - they look fantastic! It's wonderful of you to bake these up for some great teachers. It actually reminds me a lot of my mom, who was constant Room Mom and volunteer in my classrooms...I'm sure teachers always appreciate supportive parents like you! ^_^

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  3. These look awesome...I love simple ways to jazz up simple things like Rice Krispies :) And people recognizing teacher appreciation week makes me smile.

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  4. I'd definitely feel appreciated if these were baked for me. What a lovely chocolaty treat.

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  5. What a nice tribute to great teachers, so many of them out there and they all deserve so much more appreciation.... those krispie treats are a great start, they look amazing!

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  6. These simply sinful but so divine! I just wish that I had one right now - having a sweet attack! I have book marked this recipe. :)

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  7. I love marshmallow crispy treats and this chocolate version looks delicious. Perfect for those special teachers.

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  8. yummy treats... A perfect treat for special teachers.

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  9. Oh my goodness... I would love to have these...so delicious! Hmmm the teachers are lucky to have a student whose mom is a great baker! ;-)

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  10. What a great way to say thanks to special teachers. I agree with Nami: they are so lucky, too!

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  11. I just wish that I could still keep in touch with my teachers from grade school! A few of them definitely deserve a batch of these awesome treats! =)

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  12. Oh man, do those look good! I love the extra chocolate on the top!

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  13. You have done about the only thing I could think of to improve the rice krispie treat - add chocolate!! Lucky teachers!!

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  14. Great treat indeed :)Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Kim, those are so much fun! I really like your spin on the classic krispie treat. I would so much rather have a cocoa krispie treat! hehe

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  16. Everything is better cover in chocolate Yum!!

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  17. What a lovely post, and great recipe! I have to give it to you being room mother is not easy, but I was happy to be just a classroom volunteer..it is always fun! Thanks for sharing, Liv is gorgeous as I would say this so often:))

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  18. While you're at it for Teacher Appreciation Week, can you make these for my office? :)

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  19. They look yummy! They are fun and easy to make! I might make some today! :)

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  20. Mmmm...I could eat the entire pan of these myself!! Such a great combo of flavors!

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  21. love rice crispies and all variations :-)

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  22. You added peanut butter cups in there too?! YUM!!! I want a square now. =)

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  23. Is chocolate puffed rice just like cocoa crispies or something different? Peanut butter cups in rice crispy treats is such a good idea!

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  24. Lovely treat! Liv's teachers are super lucky :) My hubz is a huge fan of krispie treats so we'll be 'taste testing' this recipe fo'sho! Thanks for sharing :)

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  25. I love that you help out at the school (MY DEAR you must not sleep much!!) and I bet they just LOVED these treats! We are huge fans of rice krispy treats and advocates for chocolate.

    I hope you are having a good week!

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  26. Delicious! Look forward to meeting you tomorrow. Yay!

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  27. YUM!! Who doesn't love Rice Crispy Treats? Especially when they're covered in chocolate?!

    I just wanted to let you know that I've given you a blog award, so feel free to head on over to my blog and check out my latest post. I don't know if you do the blog awards stuff, but I wanted you to know how much I like your blog and the things that you post! :-)
    Have a great Friday evening!

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  28. Yum! This is an awesome post! :) I love rice crispy treats and the chocolate just clinches the deal :) Thanks for sharing :)

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  29. I am ALWAYS down for a heavenly chocolate aroma in my kitchen! These rice krispies treats look great!

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  30. What a great treat to give away. Who doesn't like chocolate AND rice krispie treats?!?

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  31. Hi this is Jennifer, I met you at the bake sale. My daughter was Indigo! I knew I already followed your blog.

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  32. If these are anything like the peanutbutter chocolate rice crispy treats you had at the bake sale today, sign me up. The description of the cocoa and marshmallows is heavenly. GREAT getting to meet you. Count me in as a "regular" here :) Oh, and tell Liv what an articulate, poised speaker she is. Quite the impressive spot on TV yesterday morning!

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  33. OH YUMMMMM! I'll be Liv's teacher any day...just so long as you bring me these goodies!! ;-)

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  34. Mmm, Kim! These are fantastic! I love homemade rice krispie treats :-) The chocolate is a fantastic addition. I'm sure they were a big hit at the luncheon! Many great teachers have had a hand in the person I've become in these 24 years of life I have had :-)

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  35. I would eat an entire pan of these. For real. This is one of my favorite childhood treats updated for my adult palate!!

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  36. Ill be 100% honest - I am drooling. These krispie treats look awesome!

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  37. What a great treat to celebrate Teacher Appreciation.
    I would have probably had to make double batch to make sore I have some left after I "taste tested"
    Thanks for sharing Kim

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  38. Oh my word these look soooooo good. I would have a very hard time not eating every single one. Love the mini peanut butter cups in them!

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  39. Wow these look great! I saw them featured over at These Chicks Cooked and had to stop by! I immediately fell in love with your blog - I can't wait to try your other recipes too like that cabernet marinated filet! I am your newest follower :)

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  40. Oh wow! These look delicious!! I will have to make them for my dad soon. He's a choco-holic.

    My baby girl starts pre-k this August...I hope we experience a number of awesome teachers in her academic career. :-)

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