Too hot for the oven! 14.07.
Sweet Indulgence: Peanut Crispy Squares
Source: Food Network Canada (Anna Olson)
One of my first memories of ’baking’ (at about age 7) involved using a recipe book (written specifically for children) filled with page upon page of no-bake treats. Sounds like a great way to get children into ‘baking’ right? No! Let me tell you it’s not! Imagine being a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed little girl who was thrilled about baking. Now imagine her making recipe after recipe from this book that tasted awful, so awful in fact that not even the starving stray cats and dogs in the neighbourhood would touch the treats (Your eyes must be filling with tears right now, so go on now, get a tissue so that we can continue)! It certainly left me scarred for life which is why I avoid no-bake treats at all costs! In fact, this is the only no-bake treat I will ever make and I reserve it for times when it is just too hot to have an oven on in the house (luckily we live in a climate with only a couple of months of Summer, so those times are rare).
Now, you’re probably looking at this treat and thinking that it’s just a glammed-up Rice Krispy Square, but no, it’s more than that. This is a classy, sophisticated……ok, ok, so it really is just a glammed-up rice Krispy Square, but don’t be so quick to judge them…..they’re delicious and even a little addictive! Plus, Snap, Crackle and Pop do a great job in helping me heal those childhood no-bake scars!
With just 5 ingredients, these bars can be whipped up in no time. I don’t chop up my peanuts as I like getting big chunks of peanuts in every bite instead of little pieces.
Begin by heating the sugar, peanut butter and corn syrup together until smooth.
Add in the peanuts and the Rice Krispies and mix well.
Tranfer to a greased 13×9 inch baking pan and press down evenly. Let them cool completely.
Pour melted chocolate over top and smooth it out. If you’re in a rush, put them in the fridge to speed up the setting of the chocolate. Once set, cut into squares.
Overall, these are a nice change to regular Rice Krispy squares. They’re not as gooey as regular Rice Krispy squares because they don’t contain marshmallows, so you won’t end up with sticky lips and fingers! The peanut butter adds a great flavour and the chopped peanuts add a great texture. The chocolate just finishes it all off perfectly! These do need to be stored in an airtight container otherwise they get very hard very quickly, which can be bad news for your teeth and fillings.
Taste: 4.5 sweet burps out of 5 (because I can’t justify giving a no-bake treat a full 5)
Level of difficulty: Super Easy
(retrieved from Food Network Canada/Anna Olson)
Peanut Crispy Squares
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup golden corn syrup
- 1 cup chopped peanuts
- 4 cups crisped rice cereal
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- Grease a 13-x-9-inch pan and set aside.
- Stir peanut butter, brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat in a saucepan until smooth and just begins to bubble. Stir in peanuts and cereal and press into prepared pan (dip your spatula or hand in cool water for easier spreading). Allow to cool.
- Melt chocolate chips and spread over squares. Allow to set completely before cutting. Cut into 48 squares. Yield: 48 squares.