Ice cold milk and an Oreo cookie…

 

So I am lucky enough to be apart of this go around of the Edible Word. Co-  hosted by Cath of A Blithe Palate and Stephanie of Dispensing Happiness. Last time we reviewed a cookbook, which of course I loved, but this time the book was well, more book than recipes. Which I was so happy about. I am always looking for books to read. My buddy Cookie Baker Lynn keeps me in books from time to time, and of course, I was in a book (shameless self promotion), but I was running out of things to read.

Then along came “Confections of a Closet Master Baker” by Gesine Bullock-Prado. I puffy heart this book. It was a quick read and a good one. I think it is a must read for those who are considering a career change in life to the world of baking. This is Gesine’s memoir of going from her mundane life in LA to becoming a baker in VT.

Now the idea was for us to create a recipe inspired by the book. I love this idea, seriously, what fun! There was a chapter that I identified with very much so in the book. Ironically, I identified in the opposite way of the author. She grew up in what one would call a uber healthy household. You know the house. You probably had one in your neighborhood. The one where they had no sugar in the house, and prunes were considered…nature’s candy (no, that would be nature’s laxative!). And even worse, they gave you raisins at Halloween (also nature’s candy). The chapter was about her enjoying the contraband that her friend Stacy Coleman ( the enabler she is) introduced her to. The Coleman’s pretty much were my family…in the food sense that is.
I lived in the house of contraband. The house of sugared cereals (that the neighborkid was not allowed to eat…my mom didn’t know this though). House of candy (usually Brach’s pick a mix), cookies (both homemade and store bought), cake, cinnamon rolls, chips, soda, etc…, every dentists nightmare. Now before my mother comes at yells at us, we did get healthy-ish meals for our main meals. But we did have the junk. Oh we had the junk.

Since the chapter is called Ode to the Oreo. It got me thinking about the contraband I grew up with. Now I know I am going a little Sandra Lee with this one and duh, these are not hard to make, but darn it all they are tasty. I always make Peanut Butter Captain Crunch Marshmallow Treats for when I go to book club. This time I decided to add two of the contraband items together. Cocoa Krispies and Oreo cookies. Um. Wow, who knew these would turn out soooo good.

So if you aspire to become a master baker, or just want a fun foodie read, this is your book.

Oreo-Cocoa Krispies Treats

3 TBSP unsalted butter
10 ounces mini marshmallows (fresh, not the stale ones hiding in the back of your pantry that you forgot about)
4 cups Cocoa Krispies Cereal
3 cups roughly crushed but not pulverized Oreo cookies

Butter a 9-x-13-inch baking pan. Or be lazy like me and spray it with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.

Over low heat melt 3 TBSP in a large pot (I like to use my stock pot because I am a messy person).

Once butter has melted, add marshmallows. Continue to cook over low heat while they melt. It may take a little time. Don’t turn up the heat to try and make it go quicker, you could end up with burned marshmallows or your treats could end up too hard once they firm up.

When most of the marshmallows have melted and they resemble marshmallow crème with a few lumps, remove from heat and add the cereal and cookies.

Using a wooden spoon, stir, stir, stir some more, until all the cereal is fully coated and other parts of the pot are not hogging all the marshmallows (so evenly coated).

Pour into prepared baking pan. Take a rubber spatula and either spray it with non-stick spray or simply get some water on it (I just put mine under the faucet real quick). Using the spatula, press the cereal/marshmallow mixture down into the pan, attempting to create a flat, even surface.

Cover with foil and let sit for a few hours to firm up.

Take foil off. Place wax paper down that is a little bit longer than the baking pan. Flip the pan over onto the wax paper. Cut into squares. Some would say 2-inch. But whatever size you would like works. You can also use cookie cutters to make them fun shaped.

 

Comments

  1. WOW – i want this. Now. Looks incredible!

  2. These look fantastic and sinful. I would have a hard time keeping portion control in mind while enjoying these!

  3. Holy smokes, those look good! And I’m definitely going to have to find that book. :)

  4. Haha, love it that your house was full of the contraband sugary cereals ;)

    You are WORLDS better than Sandra Lee, no worries – love the “Ode to Oreo” tribute with the bars!!

  5. great pairing!

  6. yum! these combine my favorite cookie and bake sale treat in one! and cocoa krispies are so much better than rice krispies!

  7. that was a pleasure to read – great story!

  8. What?!? How awesome is this recipe! My sister and I used to love making rice krispie treats. These just take it to a whole other level!

  9. I love rice crispies treats, yours look so good!!

    Thanks for the book review. After concocting a wonderful dessert yesterday, I was fantasizing about just such a career change. I may need to check this out for a good read!

  10. YUM! The bakery in college (located in the basement…bad news!) sold these once a week and we looooved them. I will have to try them again with your recipe!

  11. You are evil, but in a good way. Guess I will be going to the store tomorrow.

  12. These look AMAZING!!! I’ll have to add them to my crispie-treat file!!
    Sometimes, I crave a dessert like this, but the ‘plain’ ones just won’t do, so I came up with two variations that are always a huge hit, maybe you’ll like them…
    One is my white chocolate raspberry treats. I to either make a double batch of the cereal/marshmallow mixture or pour it into a smaller pan, so I have 2 layers… into the mixture I add white chocolate chips while its still warm. I add a layer into the pan, slather on some raspberry jam, then pour and flatten a second layer of cereal/marshmallow on top. Yum!
    The second is Coffee/Toffee… I add instant coffee to the marshmallows while melting them, then before pouring mixture into the pan I add some crushed heath bar. Double yum!
    Sorry if I’ve shared too much… I just love your recipe and thought you might enjoy mine too :)

  13. I’m adding this book to my reading list based on your post! Sounds like something I’d love.

  14. This is such a nice creation ^^

  15. Why couldn’t they have had this version of rice krispie treats when I was growing up?! This is just so… yummm.

  16. A very interesting take on the classic rice-krispie cookie!!!

  17. Woooooooow! that sounds insanely delicious!!!

  18. Thank you for sharing this book with us. I have already made a bee-line for Amazon and put it on my wishlist. It seems just the story I want to read for some baking inspiration.

  19. That books sounds interesting and those bars look incredibly “dirty”! Yummy!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  20. Ok, I WILL eat marshmallows in THIS form. Gee, I’ll try fresh marshmallows next time. Maybe they melt better than the old stale ones that slide around & around the saucepan with their crusty edges bumping off the sides & not melting.

  21. Yum! These look really good. I had to laugh at your post… sadly, I was apart of one of those healthy families. Just in time for my birth, my mom hopped on the 80s health-food craze. There are still tons of cereals I’ve never had, including captain crunch and cocoa krispies! Oh well.

  22. Those look sinful, and I’m now wishing I was having cocoa crispies or lucky charms instead of peaches for breakfast. Thanks for sharing though. I’ll have to look into that book.

  23. Time to go buy some cocoa krispies-my kids will l.o.v.e. these!!

  24. Those are sooo easy to make – and sound so yummy. I’ll be trying these out on co-workers. They’ll eat anything, so these should be gone in about 2 seconds.

  25. Hahaha, raisins for Halloween! When I was a kid there was a lady who gave out raisins too, and I was like wtf? Okay, maybe not “wtf” back then, but we still didn’t eat them. Not that I didn’t love raisins, because I did (still do). Those mini boxes aren’t sealed in plastic, so the grown folks made us throw them away!
    I’m glad I didn’t grow up in a healthy household :D

  26. Ooo! mmm… I’m totally going to try this with chocolate marshmallows and chocolate filled oreos…

    You can never have too much chocolate, right?

  27. Oh, no, my favorite culinary evil genius has struck again! How am I to resist?

    PS – Let me know if you need more reads. :-)

  28. Holy yum, these look amazing. These are seriously the winner of the cereal treat wars. YES!

  29. How did you know I was contemplating using the old, stale bag of marshmallows at the back of the baking cupboard? ;)
    These look fabulous—a must-make for a long weekend of backyard picnics. Thanks!

  30. Those look great. I’ll have to get that book (it looks like it will be in bookstores next week). I’m getting low on my pile of books to read. Thanks for the recommendation!

  31. Wow. Those look insanely good. And I don’t even like Rice Krispie treats.

    That book sounds good, too. It’s on the “library list” on Amazon already. :)

  32. Ooh yum! And the scary thing is, I have all the things right now to make those!

  33. Oh my…What a great idea. I love oreos and I love rice krispy treats, but at last together as one. I kind of wish I had not seen this :$

  34. Oreo rice krispy treats sound delicious! It’s weird, I’ll sometimes get a craving for RKTs and have to go to the store right away to get everything for them!

  35. If I enjoyed marshmallows I’m sure I would heart these, too.
    Am reading the Julie/Julia book now that I’ve seen the movie. For a blogger, the book is much better…more about blogging than the movie. You could add it to your list…I found it at Costco :)

  36. Nearly every time I visit your blog (which is pretty much all the time), I find another recipe to add to my “to make” list, or an inspiration to put on my “creation ideas” list…and now a book for my “to read” list! Your blog is dangerous, dear Peabody. At this rate I’ll need another lifetime just to get through my lists! :)

  37. Peabody, once again you have hit it out of the ballpark. These look so good.

  38. Wow, I can just imagine what my girls would think of your treats. I’ve made them with Cocoa Krispies before, but never would have thought to add the Oreos. Yum. And I’m definitely going to look for the book when it comes out on Tuesday.

  39. I loved your review! I don’t think you needed to add a thing. Those crispy treats look soooo yummy (and something I could handle getting in the kitchen for right now!)

  40. I made these yesterday, and we ate a few before bringing them along to a cookout, and it’s a good thing we did! They went pretty fast! They were amazing!

  41. They would go crazy for these at work… I’ll have to try this recipe out soon. Thanks for book suggestion too, will check it out.

  42. don’t you just love the versatility of rice krispy treats? man oh man I must try these, and soon.

  43. Oh, YES PLEASE!!! I was wondering what to make for a picnic tomorrow, now I know!!

  44. Dear Peabody, this excellent creative recipe for marshmallow treats (if you like ‘em) and things like the photo with the marshmallow on fire are examples of why I have awarded you the Kreative Bloggers award. Not sure how to do a link in comments, so come on over to my blog and see what it is all about and pick up your badge.

  45. Oh god this looks so friggin good.

  46. i love the combination of flavours, it looks so yummy! it looks delicious,

    cheers from london,

    pity

  47. I spray my hands with Pam and then use them to spread the rice krispies out… maybe not as fancy as spraying a spatula. But gets the job done.

    I so want to make these chocolate ones!

  48. Sounds like a great book. Raisins for Halloween – ewwww! Oreo-rice krispie treats sound marvellously decadent – perfect for settling down with a coffee and a book.

  49. Hi, I made a variation of these on Sunday for a bunch of 13 yr old boys spending the night. They LOVED ‘em! All the boys asked how’d I make ‘em so they could tell their moms. :)

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~ingrid

  50. Sounds like a great book. I grew up in the healthy cereal house too – I was that kid who actually liked grapenuts.

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