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2019 Holiday Baking - No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Thursday, December 19, 2019

This year, I only have a toaster oven because sometime last year, our ancient oven went out on us. They no longer make ovens in that tiny size---unless I want to spend thousands on a European oven. Not that I'm opposed to that, but if I'm gonna invest that money, it will go toward a TOTAL remodel of our home. Why? Because I love our neighborhood and location and I love our home. BUT, it is in desperate need of some TLC. We need a new foundation, to replace all of the pipes, add a bathroom, remodel the existing bathrooms, knock out walls to extend the living area, full remodel of the kitchen and laundry room, and adjust the fireplaces. See what I mean? Full remodel. So for now, I wait until that day, content with my 15 year old toaster oven, which is just as trustworthy as ever, albeit tiny. I digress...
No bake treats are a plus in my book. This year, I opted to make my MIL's chocolate peanut butter balls, but modified to fit our dietary needs. Gluten free, lactose free, and soy free with natural products. What happened was that I did NOT make the chocolate covered peanut butter balls. Nope. Instead, I failed forward and emerged victorious with chocolate peanut butter rice crispy treats. 😀

Recipe:

1 stick of unsalted butter (Vital Farms if you got it)
1 cup of cane sugar that I pulverized into powdered sugar because I didn't have powdered sugar. meh, no bigs
2/3 of a container of organic creamy peanut butter
Rice Crisps until it looked good. recipe called for 3 cups and I stopped counting after 5 cups.
1 package of Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chunks - melted over double boiler. 

Process:

Drink 1 glass of wine. 
On the stove melt butter, then add peanut butter. Mix well. 
Pour another glass of wine, set aside. 
In a separate bowl, mix powdered sugar with rice crisps. Pour your peanut butter mixture over the rice crisps mix. Stir until generously mixed. Set aside. Sip the wine to make sure that it is opening nicely.
Melt chocolate in double boiler (be sure to line your bowl with butter so it won't stick too much!) and pour melted chocolate over the peanut butter rice crisp mixture. Mix it generously.
Pour all of that onto parchment paper and refrigerate for about an hour. 
Finally, enjoy what remains of your second glass of wine.
After one hour, remove from fridge and cut into squares and package individually for delicious treats! These are best when refrigerated. If you let them sit out too long, they begin to melt and you will need lots of paper towels or a spoon to eat. 
Enjoy!
They don't look the best here, but they are delicious. No, I don't have the nutritional content. They are sugary, buttery, with many calories and some protein.

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