When I was little, I always poked my nose into the kitchen to see what mama was cooking. From sticky rice to steamed buns, I was there to help cut, roll, stir, and learn. She taught me almost everything I know about cooking, and every meal I make in the kitchen today is because of her (and some tips from my pops). People always ask me why I enjoy baking so much, and I always reply by saying I’ve always liked to cook/bake because I’ve always helped my mom in the kitchen while growing up. Now, there are plenty of other reasons, but I can assure you that one of the main reasons is because the kitchen was something that my mom and I bonded over. I’m thankful for those days–so thanks mom, for influencing me to love and know the kitchen =).
One of the things my mom and I made a lot was Rice Krispies Treats. We didn’t do much baking in the kitchen aside from fish and chicken, so that usually meant no desserts. We did have our share of sweets though, with green/red bean soup, red bean steamed buns, or the easy go-to I-Mei Mango popsicles, orrrrrr….Rice Krispies Treats. This was something we did together. I measured the ingredients, melted the marshmallows and butter, and she did the stirring and pouring into the pan. I could never handle the stickiness of the cereal and marshmallows, and the pot was usually too heavy and hot for me anyway.
I’ve been eyeing this recipe for a while, and I jumped at the chance since I had extra marshmallows and Oreos. I saw one where there was an extra white chocolate and Oreo layer on top, but that was just too much for me–wayyyy too sweet! I liked this variation; the treats were chewy, and there were Oreo chunks in each bite. Not too sweet or heavy, but be careful to not eat the whole batch =). A few tips that I learned from my mom: 1) When you’re stirring your cereal and marshmallows together, take the pot off the heat, or else the treats won’t be chewy and will become crunchy. 2) A wet plastic rice paddle works really well for getting the cereal/marshmallow mixture into the pan. Just run it under the water when it starts getting sticky. 3) Soak your pots/pans for a little bit before washing. It’s not worth your time to scrub them right away. Tips aside, these are sooooo good. It was gone within a day when I made them. Do it. It’s good for you (just kidding. It’s not really good for you, but it really is delicious!!!)
Oreo Rice Krispie Treats
Makes one 9×13 Pan
Adapted From Glorious Treats
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
20 regular Oreos, crushed/chopped
5 cups mini marshmallows
3 tablespoons butter
1. Spray a 9×13″ pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large ziplock bag, crush the Oreos; you’ll want some to be chunks. I used the bottom of my measuring cup to crush them. Add the Rice Krispies and Oreos into a large bowl and stir to combine.
3. In a large pot over low heat, melt the butter, stirring constantly, making sure it does not burn. Add the marshmallows, stirring until the marshmallows are fully melted. (Alternatively, you can melt the butter and marshmallows in a microwave.)
4. Remove the pot from the heat, and add the Rice Krispies/Oreo mixture. Stir until well coated. Spread the mixture into the prepared 9×13 dish. Use a spatula sprayed with cooking spray (or my favorite, a wet plastic rice paddle) to press the mixture into the dish. Flatten as needed. Let cool (about 20 minutes), then cut into squares. Enjoy!
Until next time,
Soli Deo Gloria, and Happy reading, eating, and baking!