Snickers Rice Krispies

I haven’t made any sweet treats (outside of the ice-cream) in such a long time.  And since we’ve all lost a few pounds from out battle of the flu season, I figure it can’t hurt to have something sweet and fun to eat!!!

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These come from The Brown Eyed Baker.  She makes some of the best treats.   I want to ask her what she does with everything she bakes every day but I know in our house it’s not a problem, so I doubt it is with her either!!

I love Rice Krispie bars.  And holy cow, when you add the caramel, the chocolate, the peanut butter AND the candy…Oh my.  Loss for words.

Brooklyn took a bite…she says:  Wow these are really good.IMG_4494

Caleb is not a huge fan of being in pictures anymore, but when I gave him this he begged me to get one of him too.  Oh and he says: Man, these are the best!!

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When it comes to creating new treats, I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not good at just throwing things together to see how it works.  I’m not sure if I can do it.  So I stop by my favorite blogs and hope they don’t mind that I borrow their great ideas.  Michelle says it best…these are the best Rice Krispies that have come out of my kitchen as well (only thanks to her)!!

Who doesn’t love chocolate on anything!!  Me, I do.  We’re not a huge fan of the nuts, so I kept those out and added more cut out candy on top!!

Super good.  Super good.

yield: 24 treats

prep time: 10 minutes

cook time: 10 minutes
total time: 20 minutes

Rice Krispies treats loaded with caramel sauce, peanuts and chopped Snickers bars, then topped with a chocolate/peanut butter glaze.

INGREDIENTS:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 (10-ounce) bag marshmallows
½ cup caramel sauce (homemade or store-bought)
6 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup peanuts, plus more for sprinkling on top (I left these off)
8 (“Fun-Size”) Snickers bars, chopped
1¼ cup milk chocolate chips
¼ cup creamy peanut butter

DIRECTIONS:

1. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish; set aside.

2. Melt the butter and marshmallows together in a medium saucepan over low heat. Once melted, stir in the caramel sauce and remove from the heat.

3. Stir in the Rice Krispies until they are evenly coated with the sauce. Working quickly, stir in the peanuts and chopped Snickers bars, mixing as gently as possible.

4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Use the back of a greased wooden spoon to press down firmly over the surface of the treats to ensure that they are packed down tightly.

5. Melt together the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave on 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds, until completely smooth and melted. Pour the chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the Rice Krispies treats and spread into an even layer with a spatula.

6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until set. Cut into bars and serve. Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator (room temperature for softer, more gooey bars; refrigerator for firmer bars).

Two Girls Cooking – Patricia 😉

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Orange Creamsicle Fudge

I had said last week that I was doing my best to cut back on my sugar intake again.  Well I’m still doing that, but not everyone in the house has to be!  I did try it to make sure that it was good enough to have others eat it!!  And let me say that this brought back some childhood memory of eating the Orange Push Ups!!

I had the day off this past Friday to get the new iPhone 5.  I woke up at 4:30am to go sit outside in the rain with the other techy geeks!  I got the phone, I love the phone, but I’m running on a lack of sleep.  This afternoon at about 2pm I was seriously ready to fall asleep.  Since there are kids here, nap time for Nana was not an option.

I had the ingredients for this actually sitting on my counter for quite a few days.  So I thought if I had a bit of sugar in me, maybe it’ll wake me up!  I let Caleb eat some of white chocolate on the spoon and the other little one wanted a taste.  She let out a little silly giggle and wanted more, more, more!  So needless to say the fudge was a hit before it even hit the fridge to harden up for an hour!!

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz (1.5 sticks) butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 package (12 oz) white chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow cream (or fluff)
  • 1 tablespoon orange extract
  • orange (or a combination of red and yellow) food coloring

Preparation:

1. Prepare a 13×9 pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, cream, and butter over medium heat. Continually stir the mixture until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Brush down the sides with a wet pastry brush.

3. Bring the mixture to a boil, and once it starts boiling, insert a candy thermometer. Cook the candy until it reaches 240 degrees F on the thermometer, which should take about 4-5 minutes.

4. After the candy reaches 240F, remove the pan from the heat and immediately stir in the marshmallow cream and white chocolate chips. Stir until the white chocolate has melted and the fudge is completely smooth.

5. Working quickly, pour about a third of the white fudge into a bowl and set aside. To the remaining fudge, add the orange extract and orange food coloring, stirring until it is a smooth, even color. It is important to perform these steps quickly, because the fudge will start to set if you take too long, and the end result will not be smooth.

6. Pour the orange fudge into the prepared pan and spread it into an even layer. Drop the white fudge over the top by the spoonful, then drag a table knife or toothpick through the fudge to create orange-white swirls. You can spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray and gently press them into the top to smooth out the swirls, if desired.

7. Allow the fudge to set at room temperature for 2 hours, or in the refrigerator for 1 hour. To cut, pull the fudge out of the pan using the foil as handles. Use a large sharp knife to cut the fudge into small 1-inch squares. Store Orange Creamsicle Fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, and bring it to room temperature to serve.

The orange extract added an awesome flavor to this.  Instead of using the food coloring, I found some food gel.  It had the orange color I needed and didn’t have to count the yellow and red drops!  Much easier.

These may not have given me the sugar rush I needed to wake myself up but it was sure good to eat.  I loved that orange flavor.  It really does taste like a creamsicle.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Brownie Batter Truffles

Truffles, truffles and more truffles.  I love them.  I have always loved them.  I love having that surprise when you bite into it and get the soft, melt in your mouth chocolate!  When Craig asked what I was making he asked why I had to make something with chocolate in it.  He’s not a huge fan.  But I actually made these for ME!  Yep, call me selfish, but I love them so much and I’m not so sure that I mind if anyone else likes them!!  Shame on me I suppose.

Super easy to make.  Even easier to eat.  Just look at them!  The intent was to have the kids help me with these but they were in their bicker battle mode today and I had to ask them to leave the kitchen.  I did let them have one though!!!!

I stuck these in the fridge after dipping them in the coating because I prefer to have my candy chocolate cold.  This was a perfect way to end a week that has had some bumps in the road from Sunday to Friday!

I’ve been suffering from a pretty bad migraine for the past two days.  But when you have work and kids to take care, life still goes on.  Kids still want treats to eat.  A blog must filled!  Chocolate is a huge trigger for my headaches.  Not just a trigger, but if I eat it when I have a headache, it gets worse.  But I can say that I was looking forward to making these since I got the post from Confession of a Cookbook Queen!  Fabulouso!  I had some extra candy coating left so I grabbed a bag of pretzels and coated those as well.  Hate to say this, but the taste reminded me of Christmas!

So I sit on my couch with the side of my head throbbing, but I’m ready to get up and have another one as soon as I’m done typing this.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), melted
  • 1/2 lb chocolate almond bark or candy coating (I used CandiQuik Vanilla Flavored candy coating)
  • Sprinkles for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  In a medium sized bowl, combine cocoa powder, flour, and sugar.  Mix well.  Add melted butter and vanilla and stir until a thick batter is formed.

2.  Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Roll the dough into balls (or alternatively, use a small cookie scoop instead) and place on wax paper.  Refrigerate one hour to firm.

3.  Melt almond candy coating according to package directions.  Dip truffles in the melted candy, allowing excess to drip off.  Sprinkle with sprinkles before chocolate sets.  Let chocolate firm before serving.

Notes:

Makes 20 – 24 truffles

Happy Candy making!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Peanut Butter Cups

Here’s another post I found on one of my favorite blogs from The Brown Eyed Baker…Peanut Butter Cups.  I had actually planned on making these for Christmas last year but…well I’m not sure what happened.  I’m just now getting around to making them and I am so glad that I did.

Just like everyone has a favorite color, most people also have a favorite candy bar.  I can say that I rotate my favorite depending on what kind of mood I’m in for that week.  One week it’ll be Peanut M&Ms and the next week it’ll be Twix or Heath candy bars.  But one of my all time favorites is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  When the kids go trick or treating for Halloween, they know to take those out of their bucket and either hide them from me or just give them over right away.

So when I saw her post for this, I knew at some point I was going to have to try them.  There are certain things that you just can’t eat one of no matter how hard you try.  For me, these were it.  I made them later in the evening last night and again, the hardest part is the waiting you have to go through when it has to harden in the fridge.  My fingers poke in there numerous times to see if they are done.  Then a minute goes by and I have to at least see if it’s done.  Of course it’s not.  Ten minutes does not by any means come close to 30 minutes it’s supposed to sit in the dang fridge!!!

And when that time finally did pass, I had to have a least four of them to make sure that they were good.  Duh.  How else was I supposed to share if I wasn’t absolutely sure they were good to go!!!!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Yield: About 3 dozen peanut butter cups

Prep Time: 45 minutes | Chill Time: 1 hour, total

1 cups creamy peanut butter
¼ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup light brown sugar
1¼ cups powdered sugar
4 cups milk chocolate chips (two 11.5-oz bags)
¼ cup vegetable shortening

1. Line a mini-muffin tin with paper liners; set aside. Line a baking with parchment paper; set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter, butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Heat until completely melted and starting to bubble a little, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Add the powdered sugar a ¼ cup at a time, stirring until completely combined with the peanut butter mixture after each addition. Set aside and let cool.

3. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together in the microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, until completely melted, stirring after each burst.

4. Using a small cookie scoop or a couple of teaspoons, spoon melted chocolate into the bottom of each lined muffin cup.

5. Use a heaping teaspoon to scoop out the peanut butter mixture. Roll it into a ball, and then flatten it slightly into a disk. Place on the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once finished with all of the peanut butter mixture, refrigerate both the muffin tins and the peanut butter patties for about 30 minutes.

6. Place a peanut butter patty on top of each chocolate-lined muffin tin. Then use a scoop or spoon to add more melted chocolate on top and around each peanut butter patty. (If the melted chocolate firmed up, just pop it back into the microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds or so to re-melt.)

7. Refrigerate again for 30 minutes, then they’re ready to serve! Store in the refrigerator or freezer. You can keep at room temperature in an airtight container if you’re going to serve them the same day, but they’ll start to get soft if not at cool room temperature.

The only thing I did have to do was add a bit more powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture to get it thick enough to roll into a small ball.  Other than that, these little bundles of heaven in my mouth are to simply die for.  Anyone that loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, HAS to try these.

I had some extra peanut butter mixture left over so I used a small bag of white chocolate chips and made more!  Love, love, love these!

Thank you, thank you for sharing these..

Have an awesome week.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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MOA Day

This will be our first blog post together for Jodi, Sammie, Brookie, Caleb and me. Today we met at the MOA (for those of you that don’t know what MOA is – Mall of America). We frequent this place almost on a weekly basis, just usually not together. Since we started the “All About Kids” page, I thought we should take a bunch of pictures and share our fun day with you guys.

The first stop we made was one of THE most important one of the night. Duh, the Candy store! We made our way to Northwoods Candy Emporium and found tons of fun for us to enjoy.

These are the best jawbreakers! Yep, Jodi bought them all. She says they’re not all for her, but I’m not sure I agree!

Those are the biggest jawbreakers we’ve seen. I got one for Jodi last year and she ate it all!

Even little Sammie was happy to see so much candy…more, more, more.

Since the kids were hungry and it’s not right to feed them bags of candy for dinner, we made our way to the food court. Caleb got pizza, Brookie got McDonalds and Jodi and I settled for tacos and burritos.

Sammie got to play while the big people finished their food.

But finally he said, come on let’s go… And by the look on his face, we knew he meant business…

We walked and stopped. And walked and stopped. Took pictures and more.

Walking the food off we just ate, we wandered our way towards Archivers. Dangerous for a person like me to be allowed to even enter – craft stores are so fun to go in to, but expensive when you walk out. I needed some stickers for a Baptism card for Sammie and since we were traveling by we decided to make our way to the store. I was in DIY heaven and so were the kids. Stickers, paper, cards, buttons, boxes and the Cricut cartridges galore! Quite proud of myself for only buying the cross stickers and two packs of cards, I left the store with money still in my pocket! (I just realized there is an Archivers within walking distance from our house – that could be REALLY bad).

I saw these cool pictures I could make for each of the kids…

While using our Cricut Expression….

Time to go, we have to leave…

While walking down the trail we see below the Girl Scouts store. First, we made our way to Nordstroms lounge for a quick Sammie break and headed down to the cookie store.

On to the cookie store please…Yes, even Sammie wants those cookies!!!

Jodi needed to stop at the Lego store to get her sister some little gifts. I knew this could go bad fast if I didn’t take control before we entered the store. I gave my speech one last time….”No one is getting anything and please don’t ask or touch.” We found the build it yourself little island and put the kids to work (Caleb was just glad he could touch – he wanted to ask, but didn’t. I was quite proud I didn’t have to leave with a screaming kid in tow).

They each had to make a little girl for Jamie!! Sammie kept himself busy with his little friend, Moose.

On our way out we had to stop to say hi to Woody!!

And the dinosaurs too, of course.

One more stop we had to make before calling it a night. What better way to end the day than having a cup of ice cream. Though Sammie’s too young to enjoy, the kids stood by and showed him what, he too, could have one day!

We sat on the bench and rested our feet, while the kids showed Jodi their gymnastics skills. Because I’m such a proud Nana, I had them doing their cartwheels and backbends right in the middle of the walkway for all to see!

We had a good time. Well, since I’m writing this, Jodi will have to agree! She loves hanging out with the kids and me! And we love seeing her and Sammie too! We got tons of candy, good food, had a good walk and ended the night with a cold ice cream treat.

Have a great weekend. Always take time to spend it with your friends. Those are the ones that are there for you the most.

Patricia, Jodi, Brookie, Caleb and Sammie