Three Ingredient Frozen Almond Joy Floats

Frozen Almond Joy Float

You only need three ingredients plus ice to make these delicious and refreshing frozen almond joy floats!

Once you see how fast and easy they are to make you’ll be whipping them up all summer long.

To make them, whiz up International Delight Almond Joy Coffee Creamer with coconut water and ice in your blender until the ice is all chopped up and fully combined.

Divide among two glasses and add a big scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream to each and you’re good to go. Don’t forget the straws.

International Delight makes it so easy to recreate the coconut, chocolate and almond flavors found in almond joy candy bars with just one ingredient! So convenient, there’s no fussing around.

International Delight is getting a new look! Look for their new packaging in your market and make these floats soon!

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Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Roll Scones w/ Cream Cheese Icing

Chocolate-Chip-Cinnamon-Roll-Scones-and-Cream-Cheese-Icing

Cinnamon rolls collide with scones and make beautiful music together! Chocolate chip-laced scone dough is rolled up with a buttery, cinnamon filling and baked into cinnamon roll. . . scones. They have all the charm and then some of a cinnamon roll without having to wait on fussy yeast to rise. Twice.

This dough relies on baking powder to leaven it rather than yeast like that of a traditional sweet roll. They have the crusty, craggy texture of a scone on the outside with a dense, softer crumb inside. They’re speckled with the mild sweetness of mini chocolate chips and big, lovely swirls of buttery, brown sugar-infused cinnamon. The cream cheese icing brings in just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the barely sweet scone.

The method of mixing them is like making pie crust and some of the same “rules” apply. Cold butter is cut into the dry ingredients until small crumbles form then half & half is mixed in to form the dough. It’s perfectly normal for the dough to be a little crumbly and crackly especially around the edges as you’re rolling them out – they will bake up fine.

I want to make a note that you don’t want to overwork the dough or let them sit around too long before you bake them. It’s imperative you use cold butter and cold half & half – straight from the fridge. Leave it there until you’re ready for it. If you’re working in a warm kitchen it’s best to refrigerate the dough for 20 – 30 minutes before slicing it into rolls. Otherwise, some of the butter will melt right out of them onto the baking sheet as they cook rather than melting into the dough. You don’t want that. They won’t rise as well and may cause a total baking failure.

Where cinnamon rolls are best eaten warm out of the oven, cinnamon roll scones are best eaten any time! I like them at room temperature and found these to be even better the next day after sitting overnight. The flavors had a chance to get to know each other, to mingle and develop.

Scones that want-a-be cinnamon rolls.

They don’t know they’re perfect just the way they are.

Cinnamon Roll Chocolate Chip Scones

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Roll Scones w/ Cream Cheese Icing

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Yield: about 16 scones

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Roll Scones w/ Cream Cheese Icing

Cinnamon rolls collide with scones and make beautiful music together! Chocolate chip-laced scone dough is rolled up with a buttery, cinnamon filling and baked into cinnamon roll. . . scones. They have all the charm and then some of a cinnamon roll without having to wait on fussy yeast to rise.

INGREDIENTS:

Filling:
8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Dough:
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) cold salted butter, cut into tiny cubes
1 cup mini chocolate chips (I use Ghiardelli )
1 + 3/4 cups cold half-and-half straight from the fridge
Icing:
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - 3 teaspoons milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Position the oven racks in the top third and center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. Make the filling:
  3. In a small bowl mix the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon together until smooth and creamy.
  4. Make the dough:
  5. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry blender or two forks used scissor fashion, work in the butter until the mixture turns crumbly with some pea-sized pieces of butter. Add the chocolate chips and stir until the chips are evenly dispersed.
  6. Stir in the half-and-half and mix just until the dry ingredients are moistened. The mixture will be a little dry and crumbly.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured pastry mat or work surface and pat it together into a flat mound. Don't overwork it. Use a rolling pin to roll it out to a 18 x 12-inch rectangle. It will appear a little cracked and crumbly around the edges.
  8. Spread the cinnamon filling out evenly over the top of dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border on all sides. Starting at one of the long sides, tightly roll the dough up into a log. Trim off the uneven ends. (If your kitchen is very warm you may want to refrigerate the roll of dough for 20-30 minutes before slicing.) Cut the dough into 1-inch thick slices and place them a few inches apart on the baking sheets.
  9. Bake, switching the positions of the baking sheets from front to back and top to bottom halfway through baking, until the rolls are slightly golden around the edges about 20 - 22 minutes. Let cool on the pans for 10 minutes then remove to wire racks.
  10. Make the Icing:
  11. Beat the cream cheese and butter together on low speed until well combined and creamy about 2 minutes. Add the sugar, vanilla and 1 teaspoon milk to start. Beat until well combined, adding more milk as need to get a consistency you like. You can thin it out to make a glaze or leave it thicker like icing.

Notes:

Adapted from Tate's Bakeshop: Baking for Friends

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Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

A soft, fluffy layer cake that bakes up taller than your average cake with mini chocolate chips speckling the batter and chocolate frosting all around.

I can’t tell you how long I’ve been searching for a good chocolate chip layer cake recipe. One where the chocolate chips actually stay suspended in the batter and don’t sink to the bottom so when you turn out the cake you have a sticky, chocolate mess stuck to the bottom of the pan and a broken, crazy looking cake that is utterly impossible to save.

I gave up on them.

Then I saw this recipe in my Tate’s Baking for Friends and all those cake fails were quickly forgotten.

It’s imperative that you use mini chocolate chips. The big ones will sink, even if you coat them with flour, too heavy even for this batter. This cake works because the batter is thick enough to hold up those lightweight, little chips. It’s made with two eggs and two yolks, entirely with brown sugar – no white, and buttermilk, all giving it a wonderful rich flavor. Plus, there’s lots of it. Cake, that is. Lots of cake.

The recipe makes a ton of batter that is best baked off in springform pans where it can bake up as high as it wants without fear of overflowing. If you don’t have two springform pans you can bake it in three or four smaller pans or use the extra batter for cupcakes.

The frosting is my favorite cocoa frosting, the one I always turn to. You can easily turn it into a mocha frosting that would complement the cake nicely by adding a few teaspoons of espresso powder and you can also add some mini chocolate chips in keeping with the theme.

This is the chocolate chip cake of my dreams.

Chocolate Chip Cake

Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 1 (9-inch) cake

Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

A soft, fluffy layer cake that bakes up taller than your average cake with mini chocolate chips speckling the batter and chocolate frosting all around.

INGREDIENTS:

Cake:
softened butter and flour for the pans
3 + ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
16 tablespoons (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
1 + ½ cups (9 ounces) miniature chocolate chips (I like Ghirardelli )
Frosting:
1/2 cup light heavy cream
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons espresso powder, optional
4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. with oven rack in the center. Butter and flour the sides of two 9x3-inch round cake or springform pans or three 8x2-inch round pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  2. Make the cake:
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Measure the buttermilk with a glass measuring cup and add the vanilla to it.
  4. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer beat the brown sugar and butter together on medium speed 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
  5. On low speed add the flour mixture in thirds alternating with buttermilk in 2 equal additions, beating until smooth after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times.
  6. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  7. Divide the batter between the prepared pans and smooth out the tops. I scoop up the batter with a one cup measure to get them as evenly as possible. (If using regular cake pans don't overfill them - use excess to make cupcakes and place a baking sheet on your bottom rack to catch any drips.)
  8. Bake until wooden toothpick in centers of cakes comes out clean, about 38 - 40 minutes for the 9-inch pans and 30 - 34 minutes for the 8-inch size.
  9. Cool on wire racks for 10 - 15 minutes then run a butter knife around the edges and turn out from the pans or remove the rings, if using springform pans. Turn cakes right side up and cool completely on wire racks.
  10. Make the frosting:
  11. In a small saucepan heat the cream over medium heat until it starts to bubble around the edges. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  12. In a medium mixing bowl on medium speed beat the butter, salt, cocoa, vanilla, the espresso, 1/3 cup of the warm cream and half the sugar until smooth.
  13. Gradually add the remaining sugar beating on medium speed until smooth and fluffy 5 - 6 minutes - if the frosting seems too thick to spread then beat in the remaining cream a teaspoon at a time until you reach a spreadable consistency. Frost the cake right away.

Notes:

Adapted from Tate's Bake Shop - Baking for Friends by Kathleen King

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/chocolate-chip-layer-cake/

Italian Rainbow Cookies

Italian Rainbow Cookies

Three layers of almond sponge cake are tied together with sticky apricot jam and topped with chocolate to make these Italian rainbow cookies. The layers are colored green, white and red to represent the Italian flag.

The process of making them is not difficult or all that time consuming the way I assumed it would be. They require only one batter that is split up into three equal portions. One is left plain, one is tinted with green food color and the last is tinted red.

They are each spread very thinly over a baking sheet where they take all of 10 minutes to bake. Then they are stacked and layered with apricot jam (or raspberry) and smooshed together. That’s right. Smooshed. As in smashed. You put a baking sheet on top of them and weigh it down with cans for a few hours so the spongy, almond-paste-infused cake can soak up some of the jam and flatten into a dense cake.

Yes, that means there’s wait time. The hardest part. Waiting to shove them in your mouth because they’re so freaking irresistible.

After the cake melds together it’s topped with chocolate and cut into squares.

That’s when the shoveling ensues. Beware of flying crumbs.

Italian Rainbow Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Italian Rainbow Cookies

Three layers of almond sponge cake are tied together with sticky apricot jam and topped with chocolate to make these Italian rainbow cookies. The layers are colored green, white and red to represent the Italian flag.

INGREDIENTS:

8 ounces almond paste
1 cup granulated sugar
2 + ½ sticks (1 + 1/4 cups) unsalted butter, softened, cut into pieces, plus more for the pans
4 large eggs, separated
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted (measure first), plus more for the pans
1 teaspoon red food coloring, gel or paste preferred
1 teaspoon green food coloring, gel or paste preferred
2 (15-ounce jars) smooth apricot or raspberry jam
1 pound semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped small
1 teaspoon melted shortening

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour three 15-by-10-inch rimmed sheet pans and line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the almond paste and all but 2 tablespoons of the sugar in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until you have fine crumbles. On low speed add the butter, a little at a time and mix until well combined.
  3. On low speed add the egg yolks, one at a time, and mix until smooth. Beat in salt and flour on low speed until just combined.
  4. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until foamy while slowly adding the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, continue beating on medium speed until stiff peaks form. When the beater is lifted the whites should stay stuck to it.
  5. Fold about a third of the egg whites into the batter to start then gently fold in the remaining egg whites.
  6. Divide the batter evenly into three bowls. Leave one bowl plain. Add red food coloring to the second stirring to make a deep-salmon color. Add green food coloring to the last bowl, stirring to make a medium-green color.
  7. Spread batter into each of the prepared pans with an offset spatula as evenly as you can - it will be very thin. Bake, rotating pans to opposite racks, until cakes are cooked through and just beginning to brown around the edges, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cakes cook completely on wire racks.
  8. Put the green cake on a large cutting board and spread one jar of jam evenly over the cake almost to the edges. Top with the plain layer. Spread the remaining jar of jam over the plain layer almost to the edges. Top with the red layer.
  9. Top the red layer with a piece of parchment then wrap the entire cake in plastic. Top with another pan, weighted with cans. Chill in a cool place or in the refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight.
  10. Unwrap the cake. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or using the chocolate setting on your microwave until smooth. Stir in the shortening.
  11. Pour the chocolate over the top the cake and spread it evenly from edge to edge with an offset spatula. Allow the chocolate to set in a cool place or in the refrigerator. If you like you can run a fork through the chocolate when it is halfway set from one end to the other, slightly undulating it so it looks like waves, repeating until it is entirely striped.
  12. Use a serrated knife to cut into rows then cut the rows into squares or rectangles. Wipe the knife clean with a wet cloth after each cut. Store in a tightly covered container in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

Notes:

Adapted from Lidia Bastianich

Here's a step-by-step tutorial

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/italian-rainbow-cookies/

Easy Iced Mint Chocolate Fudge

Iced Mint Chocolate Fudge

Sweet and creamy chocolate fudge topped with mint-infused white chocolate icing. I promise this recipe from McCormick is the easiest, quickest fudge you will ever make!

There are two steps to making the fudge. The first is to make the bottom layer – confectioners’ sugar is mixed with melted chocolate and spread in a pan where its left to set up for an hour in the refrigerator before being topped with melted white chocolate. The white chocolate has McCormick mint or peppermint extract added to it along with a little bit of McCormick green food color to turn it a perfect shade of holiday mint green.

This makes a great homemade gift! Fudge is one of the season’s favorite treats and combining it with one of the season’s most distinctive flavor, mint, makes it twice as easy to give and receive.

You can cut it into squares and set them in paper candy cups or cut into triangles and layer them in small cardboard boxes or treat bags. I’m doing some of both! I’ve already gifted them and I’m also using them to fill up the empty spaces on my cookie platters.

Here are some more recipe ideas from McCormick to make your holiday delicious! Homemade gifts from the heart filled with the flavors and colors of the season.

Mint Chocolate Fudge

Easy Iced Mint Chocolate Fudge

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 16 bars or triangles

Easy Iced Mint Chocolate Fudge

Sweet and creamy chocolate fudge topped with mint-infused white chocolate icing. I promise this is the easiest, quickest fudge you will ever make!

INGREDIENTS:

Fudge:
1 pound (about 4 cups) confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter
1/4 cup milk
1 + 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
Icing:
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Mint or Peppermint Extract
1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Green Food Color
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips for sprinkling over top, optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

    Make the fudge:
  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper or foil and let it overhang on two sides. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl whisk the sugar and cocoa powder together. Set aside.
  3. Add the butter and the milk to a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds and stir to melt the butter. If the butter doesn't completely melt microwave in 15 second increments and stir well in between until completely melted. Stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour over the sugar and mix until well combined. Spoon into the parchment lined pan and evenly spread it out. Cover with plastic and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
  5. Make the icing:
  6. In a medium microwavable bowl melt the white chocolate chips and milk together. Use the chocolate setting in 20 second increments and stir in between until completely melted and smooth. Stir in the mint extract and green food color.
  7. Spread over the chocolate layer and sprinkle with the chocolate chips, if desired.
  8. Refrigerate about 15 - 20 minutes or until firm. Use the parchment/foil to lift out of pan onto cutting board. Cut into small bars or triangles (Cut 16 (2-inch) squares then cut each square diagonally in half).

Notes:

Adapted from McCormick

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/easy-iced-mint-chocolate-fudge/

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Chocolate Crackles

Chocolate crackle or crinkle cookies are chocolate cookies rolled into balls and coated with powdered sugar before baking. As the cookie balls bake they melt into flat cookies and the chocolate peeks through the white sugar to give them a crackly appearance. They remind me of snow-covered cobblestones.

The cookies are soft, rich and fudgy with a slightly crisp outer shell. They require some planning ahead as the dough needs to chill at least two hours or overnight.

They’re on the messy side to make, in a fun way, because they need to be rolled in sugar, formed into balls and then rolled again. A heavy dusting of confectioners’ sugar is a must in order to give them that magical crackled appearance. Be prepared to get your hands dirty chocolaty.

This was my first encounter with a crackle cookie! {Or do you call them crinkle cookies?} It won’t be the last! I’m always on the lookout for new cookies to add to my traditional holiday ones and I found it in these.

I hope you do too.

Crackle Cookies

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Yield: about 40 cookies

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Chocolate crackle or crinkle cookies are chocolate cookies rolled into balls and coated with powdered sugar before baking. As the cookie balls bake they melt into flat cookies and the chocolate peeks through the white sugar to give them a crackly appearance.

INGREDIENTS:

8 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
1 + 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Dutch cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 + 1/3 cups light-brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
1 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for rolling

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Chop the chocolate up into small pieces and add to a small microwaveable bowl. Use the chocolate setting of your microwave to melt it in 20 second increments, stirring in between, until completely melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl beat the butter and brown sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well combined. Beat in the melted chocolate.
  4. On low speed beat in half the flour mixture followed by all the milk. Scrap down the sides of the bowl and beat in the remaining flour. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Once the dough is well chilled preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper.
  6. Add the confectioners' sugar to a shallow plate with sides. Scoop up rounded tablespoons of dough with a cookie scoop and drop into the sugar, coat them well and form into a ball. If there's any of the chocolate showing through roll them again in the sugar.
  7. Place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet and bake 13 - 14 minutes until the balls flatten and the sugar splits to form the "crackly pattern". If the dough starts to soften too much in between batches then refrigerate it.
  8. Cool cookies on baking sheets 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store in a tightly covered container up to a week.

Notes:

Adapted from Martha Stewart

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/chocolate-crackle-cookies/

Epic Peppermint Candy Bark

Epic Peppermint Candy Bark

Homemade Christmas bark with semi-sweet and white chocolate topped with a ton of chopped peppermint candy. Scattered over the top are peppermint and mint m & m’s, peppermint patties, Andes peppermint crunch thins, Andes mint thins and Junior Mints peppermint crunch. That’s a lot of peppermint. Epic.

Almost every type of peppermint candy I could find on the candy aisle is on here! Except actual candy canes or any other type of crunchy candy. In place of candy canes I used finely chopped peppermint Andes mints. With their red and white colors they give it the same pretty appearance that candy canes do without the crunch.

Before you go thinking I have something against candy canes or crunchy candy. . . I don’t. I just wasn’t feeling it this year and wanted something different.

{It could be because I made myself sick last year eating an entire family size bag of crunchy peppermint bark all by myself in a very short period of time.}

Peppermint Candy Bark

You can include any type of peppermint candy you want in your version. It’s completely up to you! You can include crushed up candy canes or lots of soft peppermint candies or a combination of both. That is the beauty of it. Versatility.

Peppermint bark. Every Christmas should have some.

It’s tradition.

Peppermint Christmas Bark

Epic Peppermint Candy Bark

Rating: 51

Prep Time: PT H40M

Epic Peppermint Candy Bark

Homemade Christmas bark with semi-sweet and white chocolate topped with a ton of chopped pepper mint candy.

INGREDIENTS:

8 ounces good-quality semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped (I like Callebaut or Guitard )
12 ounces good-quality white chocolate, finely chopped
2 teaspoons melted vegetable shortening, divided
3 - 4 cups peppermint and/or mint candies like m & m's(leave whole), peppermint patties(cut like a pie), Andes peppermint & mint thins(chopped), Junior Mints peppermint crunch(leave whole)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Turn an 11 x 17-inch baking sheet upside down and place a sheet of parchment paper on top. Chop up all the peppermint candy and set it near the baking sheet.
  2. Melt all the semi-sweet chocolate but 1/3 of a cup. Use a double broiler or your microwave set on 50% power. Using a microwave bowl set it for 1 minute at a time and stir in between. Once it is smooth and completely melted add the 1/3 cup chocolate you set aside and stir until completely melted and smooth - it may take a minute or two. If you find the chocolate won't melt all the way microwave for 10 more seconds and continue stirring until it is completely melted. Stir in 1 teaspoon of shortening.
  3. Pour onto the middle of the parchment and use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate evenly over the parchment leaving a 1 - 2 inch border all around. Let set 5 - 10 minutes then refrigerate 5 - 10 minutes.
  4. Melt all the white chocolate using the same method (don't leave any out). Once it is smooth and completely melted mix in the shortening. Pour over the chocolate and spread to cover from edge to edge, working quickly. Some of the semi-sweet chocolate might melt and mix in - that's ok.
  5. Sprinkle the chopped peppermint Andes all over the top. Sprinkle with the rest of the candy, working quickly. Once it is completely covered in candy gently press it into the chocolate using your hands. Let it set 10 minutes then refrigerate 10 minutes. Place it in a cool, dry place for 1 hour or overnight to set completely.
  6. Break it up into irregular sized pieces using your hands or with the help of a knife. Store tightly covered with parchment paper inbetween the pieces in a cool, dry place up to 2 weeks.

Notes:

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/epic-peppermint-candy-bark/

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treat Brownies

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treat Brownies

Peanut butter rice krispie treats layered atop fudge brownies and enrobed completely in chocolate like a little gift.

Let’s talk about the brownie layer first. It’s soft, rich and fudgy with an occasional crunchy bite because it has rice krispies in it too. They’re softer than what’s found in the top layer from being baked and there’s just enough to give it a little texture and subtle crunch.

The rice krispie layer is a little more denser than the traditional rice krispie treat and tastes more of peanut butter than marshmallows. It’s in equal proportion to the brownie layer and together they make the perfect bite.

If the brownies were any taller it would be hard to wrap your mouth around them. While that’s never a bad thing when it comes to desserts, my intention was to get a mouthful of both so you experience crunchy peanut butter-laced cereal and soft fudgy brownie all at once in one beautiful bite.

The chocolate coating is the facet that ties them both together and makes the brownie feel complete. It unites them. Without it all you have are rice krispies on top of brownies. With it you have “peanut butter rice krispie treat brownies“. Brownie bombs. A perfect juxtaposition of chocolate to peanut butter to make your heart pitter patter a little faster. {Of course you can make them without it but I don’t recommend it.}

I do recommend you bake up a batch of these completely irresistible treats as soon as humanly possible. . .

You’re very welcome.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Brownies

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treat Brownies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 1 (8x8-inch) pan/16 (1-inch) squares

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treat Brownies

INGREDIENTS:

Brownies:
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for greasing pan
1 + 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 + 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Rice Krispie Layer:
1 tablespoon butter
20 (about 5 ounces) regular marshmallows or 2 heaping cups miniature marshmallows
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Chocolate Coating:
1 + 1/2 cups chopped milk or semi-sweet chocolate (I like Callebaut )
1 teaspoon melted shortening

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease just the very center of an 8x8 baking pan to get the parchment to stick - then line it with parchment paper (or aluminum foil), leave it overhanging on two sides; lightly butter the paper.
  2. Make the brownies:
  3. Melt the butter and 1 cup of the chocolate chips together in a double boiler or in the microwave on the chocolate setting in 20 second increments, stirring in between until smooth.
  4. Stir in the sugars and salt, then the eggs, then the flour, stirring just until combined. Stir in the rice krispies - it will be pretty thick.
  5. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached about 35 minutes.
  6. Remove the brownies from the oven to a wire rack and sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over top. Wait 15 - 20 minutes then spread the melted chips gently over the top - they won't cover it completely - it's just to give the rice krispie layer something to adhere to. Let cool completely.
  7. Make the rice krispies:
  8. In a medium saucepan melt the butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter until melted.
  9. Add the cereal and stir until well combined. Scoop it out onto the brownies and spread it out with a buttered spatula or wet fingers edge to edge as evenly as possible. Refrigerate 25 minutes to make for easier cutting and covering in chocolate.
  10. After about 25 minutes remove from refrigerator and lift them out using the overhanging parchment onto a cutting board. Cut into squares or bars using a large chef's knife or a paring knife wiped clean between cuts. Set them on a wire rack or on clean piece of parchment.
  11. Make the chocolate coating:
  12. In a medium microwave safe bowl melt all the chocolate except about a tablespoon (set it aside) in 20 second increments, stirring in between until chocolate is smooth and melted. Add the chocolate you set aside and stir until melted. Stir in the shortening.
  13. Dip the brownies one at a time - you can stick a skewer or chopstick into them to make it easier - using a spoon to cover them all over with chocolate. Let excess drip off and then set on a wire rack or on parchment. Working fast, repeat until all the brownies are coated. The chocolate should set up quickly - if it doesn't, you can place them in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes or until set.
  14. Store in a cool dry place, tightly covered up to 5 days. Layer them with parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Notes:

Brownies adapted from these Rocky Road Brownies

Rice Krispie Treats adapted from

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