Karen’s Chocolate Covered Krispies

Okay, it might seem completely self-obsessed to name these goodies after myself, but I did promise you three terrific alliterative treats, and adding my name to the whole thing did improve the awesome alliterative-ness.

Alliterative AND color coordinated?  Bonus!

Alliterative AND color coordinated? Bonus!

One morning I was waiting for the snooze to go off (why I don’t just get out of bed, I’ll never understand) when a brilliant idea popped into my head. I love Rice Krispie treats. I love Peppermint Bark. What would happened if I combined Rice Krispie Treats AND Peppermint Bark?

What would happen?  Amazing brilliance, of course!

What would happen? Amazing brilliance, of course!

First, I had to make some Rice Krispie Treats. Believe it or not, I had never made them before. I believe my mom tried a time or two when we were kids, but everyone just got frustrated with the stickiness factor. So, I decided to do a little research and came up with some “improvements” (both in taste and simplicity) from the original recipe.

Rice Krispie Treats

4 tablespoons butter (real butter…not margarine)
1 package (10 oz) marshmallows
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla
6 cups cereal (use generic, if you want)

1. Line a cookie sheet (approx. 12×18) with parchment paper.
2. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter, marshmallows, and salt. Stir often. When it’s smooth, add the vanilla. Then pour in the cereal and stir, stir, stir.
3. Dump the still warm mixture out onto the lined cookie sheet. Run your hands under COLD water. Don’t dry them. Use your wet hands to smooth out the mixture. If your hands start sticking (or burning!) just run them under cold water some more. No stick. No mess. As my friend, Erin, likes to say…easy peasy!

Look how smooth!  Super easy when you use your hands...

Look how smooth! Super easy when you use your hands…

Let cool. Now here comes the fun part!

Try to get a decent cookie cutter.  My grocery store tree fell apart by the end of this operation!

Try to get a decent cookie cutter. My grocery store tree fell apart by the end of this operation!

This is why we used a cookie sheet instead of the usual 13×9 baking dish. These treats are thinner than normal, which makes it possible to cut them out using a cookie cutter. The trees worked well, because the shape made for minimal waste. (The trimmings that were left over made for a fantastic breakfast the next day!)

Once you’ve got your shapes all cut out, put the whole tray in the fridge to set. This is important, because you’ll want them to be cold when you coat them with chocolate.

Like Bob Ross used to say, "Little happy trees!"

Like Bob Ross used to say, “Little happy trees!”

We’re putting the dark chocolate on the bottom, so let’s start with that. I used about 8 oz of super-extra-dark chocolate. But, if I was making these for kids, I would have gone with milk chocolate. The dark is my favorite, but it’s likely too bitter for most children. So, I only coated about half the trees with the dark chocolate. The “kids trees” I left bare on the bottom.

Remember...melt that chocolate on super-low.  It should be cool enough to touch!

Remember…melt that chocolate on super-low. It should be cool enough to touch!

As the photo caption says, melt the chocolate on loooooow heat. Take it off while there are still a few unmelted pieces and stir until smooth. If it’s too hot to dip your finger in, let it cool for a while. Then, start dipping the trees and place them chocolate-side-up on your cookie sheet.

Wowza.  Looking good, but we're not done yet!

Wowza. Looking good, but we’re not done yet!

Put them back in the fridge and wait an hour or so. Maybe make some toffee while you’re waiting.

Take 3-4 peppermint candy canes and grind them up in a blender or food processor. Then, melt about 12 oz. white chocolate on super low heat until just barely melted. (Again, remove when there are a few clumps and stir until smooth.) Add in about 1 tsp. of peppermint extract. Yum!

Messy...but adorable.

Messy…but adorable.

Now, since the bottoms are already coated in chocolate, you’re gonna make a huge mess if you try to dip the tops, too. So, just take a spoon and work some white chocolate into the top. Let it drip off to the sides a bit. After all…it’s supposed to look like snow!

Oh, and don’t forget to sprinkle liberally with crushed candy canes. Whoo hooo!

Last...but not least.

Last…but not least.

I put these in little favor bags and gave them to friends at the holidays. They’re cute enough to make a nice gift, but small enough that they don’t really add much to the over-indulgence of the holidays. Win-win!

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