Sunday, December 9, 2012

Nutella Rice Krispie Treats #recipe ~ two varieties (Simple and Sybaritic)

Nutella Rice Krispie Treats #recipeRice Krispie Treats are a guilty pleasure that has been enjoyed by children and adults for as long as time itself.

While its nearly impossible to improve upon a classic, sometimes a little variety keeps things interesting.

These two variations on the classic box cereal recipe odd one (for the simple variety) and three (for the sybaritic variety) ingredients to the original recipe for a taste treat that is sure to find its way on holiday cookie platters and even dessert tables at dinner parties.

Nutella Rice Krispies Treats Recipe (Simple)
Ingredients:
4 Tablespoons butter
1 10 oz Package of marshmallows or 4 cups of miniature marshmallows
6 Cups of Rice Krispies cereal
½ cup nutella

In a large skillet or medium saucepan melt the butter over low heat, add the marshmallows. Keep stirring, sugar easily burns and the melted marshmallows at the bottom can start to burn before those on top start to melt.

Once the marshmallows are almost fully melted add the Nutella. Stir. It's okay if its a not fully mixed, there's more mixing later.

Add the Rice Krispies and stir, remove from heat and stir, stir, and stir some more until every Rice Krispie is coated.

Scoop the mixture into a wax paper lined 13x9 dish. Cool, cut into serving pieces.

Nutella Rice Krispie Treats Recipe (Sybaritic)

This version of the recipe is nearly identical to simple recipe with the addition of 1/2 chopped hazelnuts and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

To prevent the chocolate chips from melting, follow the recipe from above. Once the marshmallows are melted, add half of the Rice Krispies. Stir just to spread the hot marshmallow mix around, add the chocolate chips, hazelnuts and remaining Rice Krispies. Stir, stir, and stir some more.

Scoop into a dish, cool, devour.

Tips :
Mini Marshmallows always seem to work the best.
A wide deep skillet (saute pan) works best for me, but I have made rice Krispie Treats in a wok as there is enough room to really mix the marshmallows with the cereal before it starts to harden up.
The original recipe calls for the 13x9 dish to be buttered. I've used a ceramic casserole that was not buttered and never had a sticking problem.