Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Smores Cereal Treats

If there is a person out there who doesn't love s'mores, I don't think I've met them.  The combination of sweet grahams, creamy chocolate, and ooey gooey toasty marshmallows is hard to beat.  But, what to choose?  S'mores or cereal treats?  Surely this is a quandary that has stymied man for years.  Well, think on it no longer!  Here we have the ultimate union:

Smores Cereal Treats
Adapted from the Kellogg's recipe

4 graham crackers
5 cups Cocoa Pebbles (or chocolate Rice Krispies)
5 tbsp butter
10.5 oz bag mini marshmallows
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 tsp vegetable or canola oil
16 large marshmallows (can use standard or stacker mallows)

1.  Line a 9" X 13" baking sheet with parchment paper.  Spray the paper lightly with oil.  Set aside.

2.  Break the graham crackers into small pieces (I broke each into 36 rough squares).  Place the cracker pieces in a medium bowl along with the cereal.  Set aside.

3.  Melt the butter in a large pot set over medium heat.  When the butter is melted, reduce the heat to low and add the marshmallows.

4.  Cook, stirring constantly, until the marshmallows are completely melted and smooth.  Turn off the heat.

5.  Pour the crackers and cereal into the pot.  Gently stir the mixture until all of the dry ingredients are coated.  Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

6.  With lightly oiled hands, press the mixture evenly into the baking dish.  Let cool to room temperature.

7.  In a small bowl, toss the chocolate chips together with the oil.  Microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir.  Microwave for 15 seconds stir.  Repeat until the chocolate is just melted and smooth.

8.  Pour the chocolate into a piping bag or a Ziplock bag with the corner cut off.  Pipe the chocolate in a drizzle over the top of the treats.  Let the chocolate set and cool completely.

9.  Cut the treats into 16 bars.  If using Jet-Puffed Stacker Mallows, place one in the center of each bar.  If using standard marshmallows, cut each one in half and place the two halves (sticky sides down) on each bar.  These mallows are toasted with a kitchen torch.  If you'd rather use a broiler, either cut the treats into smaller bars (so that the marshmallow covers each entire bar) OR use an even layer of mini marshmallows instead.

10.  Using a kitchen torch, toast the marshmallows.  Serve!

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