Where my mother lives there is a community center. She volunteers there, and in the Summer months they have a farmers market.
My mother works a bake sale booth each week to help raise money for the center. We often chat about things to make and what she has made for the sale. And the one thing we always giggle at is the fact that the first thing that always sells out is Rice Krispie Treats. Doesn’t matter what else is there, people want their marshmallow covered cereal.
I found this to be true with my hockey team. I would bring all sorts of goodies, and though they would eventually get eaten, but it was when I brought various forms of marshmallow squares to the locker room that they would get most excited. So I just stop bothering making the other treats and just make the marshmallow squares. I mean, they are super simple. Who wouldn’t want to do the simple thing over the hard?
Now to keep myself from going insane I make a different kind usually each time I bring them. I probably could have written a marshmallow square cookbook at this point with all my variations. This weeks variation celebrates the joy that is Nutella. Smooth Nutella is added to the marshmallow mixture and Pirouette Rolled Wafers in Chocolate Hazelnut flavor are crushed and added to the mixture. I’m quite sure they would be a hit at my mother’s bake sale. 🙂
And speaking of mothers, I want to wish mine a very happy birthday! I wont say how old she is, but if you know hockey, let’s just say she has the Mario Lemieux birthday this year. And of course, the following day is Mother’s Day. So I am wishing her a happy Mother’s Day as well!!! Thanks for putting up with me all these years mom! Love you.
Thanks For Putting Up with Me Mom Chocolate Hazelnut Coco Krispies Treats
6 TBSP unsalted butter
16 ounces mini marshmallows (fresh, not the stale ones hiding in the back of your pantry that you forgot about)
½ tsp vanilla
½ tsp hazelnut extract
½ cup Nutella
7 cups Cocoa Krispies Cereal
3 cups roughly crushed but not pulverized Pirouette Rolled Wafer Cookie (Chocolate Hazelnut flavor)
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 6 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. Stir in the Nutella and extracts until fully combined. May take a little bit of time for the Nutella to melt in.
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.
Happy Birthday to your mother! Those bars are always very tempting and addictive. Your version looks mighty good!
Cute, sweet tribute and stellar treat 🙂
Kathy @ The Sugar Queen says
With Nutella in these, they must be good!!
I’d love to try these out one day.
I’ve never understood why they are so popular at bake sales– it’s something that’s so easy to make, spend your money on something that requires a little more energy! These do look rather edible, though. As always, I want to try them!
Yum! I don’t think people realize how easy these are to make. I love seeing new variations- I definitely want to try these!
Improve on a Rice Crispy Cookie … only Peabody could even dream of it and then make it so.
I really happy your mom put up with you too! so Happy Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day to her too!!
Have you ever tried rice krispie squares substituting Mars bars for the marshmallows, then spreading a very thin layer of chocolate over the top? My guardian in England used to make them whenever I visited – OH! so good!
Years ago before I had kids, the husband and I would go watch the local ECHL hockey team practice. He knew a couple of the guys, so after practice they would hang out and talk. One day I made them regular rice krispie squares. Oh my cow, they went nuts over them. We handed them out as they were heading into the locker room. One of the guys came out of the locker room still in his hockey pants to ask if there were any left. He stuffed what I had left in his pants. Cracked me up.
It really is amazing how pleasing the simple things can be. Sure triple layer cakes are gorgeous. But sometimes what you really need is a chocolate chip cookie. Plain and simple.
These sound delicious. You should TOTALLY write that cookbook. It would be every baker’s dream.
How ironic! I organized a big bake sale for Bake for Hope. It was held in my office and so many people contributed, I couldn’t even count. But wouldn’t you know, no one thought to bring rice krispie treats of any kind. Now I have another idea for next year!
so true! its the simplest treats that get the biggest reactions :p
Sweet post. I have to admit I love a Rice Krispy treat. I think your version looks divine!
I hope your mum has a great birthday and mother’s day! These bars look really delicious, I love the fact you vary them each time as well.
Kate D. says
The possibilities really are endless.
Diana @ frontyardfoodie says
Oh my goodness that looks incredible! I want to be on your team!
This is going to sound weird but Rice Krispie treats are the only time I wrestle with my vegetarianism. Marshmallows have gelatin in them, as you know, and that is not veg. But oh, I love a good Rice Krispie treat and I can’t even imagine how good these are. Thanks for the temptation.
Awesome post and great looking treats!
Great photos….the addition of nutella great idea… 🙂
the cookbook sounds like a very good idea… 🙂
Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) says
Oh this looks delicious! Can you believe I have yet to try a RKT? I am going to make one asap!
I would love to see a marshmallow square cookbook from you too. How intriguing especially seeing your twist –(Nutella? Hazelnut extract?) Brillant!
I love the brown butter/sea salt RKT – I use the pretense of making them for my kids…(then I eat the whole pan)
Baking Monster says
That’s so true about the anything with marshmallows,people just cant resist, I think it must remind them of their childhood,but if it’s easier for you and the rest of us bakers whats the harm. 🙂 I like the idea of nutella mixed in!
Oh no…I’m lost. Based upon this recipe alone, consider yourself “subscribed to”! Think these need to be unleashed on my poor unsuspecting bookclub. 😉
Mrs. L says
You know I’d be first in line to buy that cookbook!
Lol, I love how you’re able to put some variety into RKTs (to keep from going crazy?). This is a fabulous way to go.
Hope your mam had a good birthday, these coco krispie treats look so delicious, theyre such a classic and so yummy yet easy to make :D.
I love you. That is all.
Made these yesterday, and they were delicious! Just the right amount of chocolate and krispieness. This one is a keeper.
Lisa @ The Cooking Bride says
That’s amusing how the rice crispy treats always sell out. That’s usually the last thing I go for because they’re, well, rice krispy treats. Everyone makes them.
However, not everyone makes them LIKE THIS! Given everyone’s love affair with rice krispy treats, you should seriously consider the cookbook. I bet it would be a big seller.
Susan Ramey Cleveland says
WOW on the weight loss. You look great either way, but I’m sure the lighter you is a healthier you. Now if I could just do likewise. Questions: How you gonna keep it off if you keep cooking those delcious looking desserts?
Love to eat, and to cook says
Holy cow! Everything looks so delicious … I’ve got to try some of these recipes.
Wow! This is the best cooking blog I’ve ever visited. The recipes are very creative, and the pictures are mouth watering … It makes impossible not to want to go to the kitchen right away!
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