Saturday, December 19, 2009

Peanut Butter Fudge Treats

I have had the hardest time finding marshmallows, or marshalades as I usually call them (it's a Homestar Runner thing), while I've been here. I just can't seem to find them anywhere. But luckily, I've got connections. Usually, when somebody goes home or to another country, I solict their help in getting me baking ingredients. So when my friend Will went to Kuwait, I asked for marshmallows, and he brought me back a sack full of them! Hooray! I was so glad and so excited. Now I could make these tempting treats.

I stumbled across these while I was looking for some recipes for fudge during my uncalled for obsession with the stuff (I don't like fudge). But these seemed like something I could sink my teeth into.

Actually, that's a picture of Jacob's teeth marks, but I think you get the idea.

So when real Rice Krispies were in the store, and I had my marshalades in hand, I made these goodies. And goodie they are.

Now you might think it's cute that they are cut into such small little pieces, but it really is necessary because these are rich, as most fudge treats are, but I think these avoid the labeling of too sweet by having that rice krispie layer. And who doesn't like Rice Krispie treats? Jacob. (I bet you were expecting me to say no one...tricked ya!) But even he liked these because he said the fudge layers masked the dryness of the krispies. My husband is a super moist food eater. Anything dry he snubs, unless of course it has sugar in it, then he'll eat it but not fully enjoy it. :)

The only trouble I had was with the peanut butter fudge layer. I must have added too much powdered sugar because it did not pour at all, but even with that mistake (and the resulting occasional top of the treat falling off), these were a hit all around.

Peanut Butter Fudge Treats 
adapted from
from Framed
[printable recipe]

Rice Krispy Treats

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispy Cereal (or any puffed rice cereal)

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray.
4. Cool. Make Peanut Butter Fudge.

Peanut Butter Fudge
(recipe from Alton Brown)

1 cup butter
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound confectioners (powdered) sugar

1. Microwave butter and peanut butter for 2 minutes on high.
2. Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. Add vanilla and powdered sugar to peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon.
3. Pour over the Rice Krispy treats in the pan and spread evenly.
4. Let cool in the fridge while you make the Chocolate Fudge.

Easy Chocolate Fudge

2 Tbsp butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

1. Combine butter, milk, sugar, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

2. Stir in marshmallows, chocolate, and vanilla,. Beat for about 1 minute, or until marshmallows melt and mixture is thoroughly combined.
3. Pour over peanut butter fudge, spread evenly and place in the fridge to harden and cool.
4. Cut into 1-inch pieces or smaller.


Hannah said...

I know your struggles to find marshmallows- Vegan marshmallows are somewhat tricky to hunt down! Good choice for using them though, this recipe looks totally worth it. :)

Amanda said...

These look delicious!! Well done!