As promised, here are pictures of holiday treats I made to bring home to my family. This year, I only wanted to make recipes I hadn’t tried before, so there was
a bit a lot of trial and error. Probably not the smartest thing to do when you only have one night to get it right – no pressure! I ended up making four different recipes (it was a busy night), but these bars were the best recipe by far.
These bars are essentially just a holiday twist on old-school rice krispie treats and, just like the original, there’s no baking involved! This makes it a great recipe to work on if your oven is otherwise occupied. The recipe calls for dried cherries, but I think you could also use dried cranberries to make it more festive! The dried fruit gives it this great zing that balances out the sweet gooey-ness of the treats (and I’m obsessed with the color).
The original recipe tells you to melt the white chocolate chips and the marshmallows together, but I think it’s kind of sad to melt away the chocolate. If you melt it away, it just disappears into the bars and you might not notice it at all. Instead, I add the white chocolate chips in off the heat, while you’re adding the cereal and the cherries. That way, you’ll actually be able to see (and bite into!) white chocolate chips.
The cooled treats get a quick drizzle of melted chocolate, and this is what makes them a showstopper. The recipe calls for milk chocolate, but I’m sure you could use dark chocolate if you wanted. My melted chocolate was a bit too thick to “drizzle” so I quickly scooped it into a small ziploc bag, snipped off the corner, and piped the chocolate over the tops instead. The treats were crispy, chewy, chocolatey, and tart from the dried cherries. It was so easy to make and the final product was pretty enough to show off at parties – definitely a keeper. Enjoy!
White Chocolate and Cherry Crispy Treats
- 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 (10 1/2-ounce) bag marshmallows
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup dried cherries, chopped
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
- Line 8-inch square baking pan with foil, allowing excess foil to hang over pan edges. Grease foil. Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and salt and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is melted and smooth, about 8 minutes; stir in vanilla.
- Off heat, add cereal, white chocolate chips, and cherries and mix until incorporated. Scrape mixture into prepared pan and press into bottom and corners with greased spatula. Let cool completely, about 1 hour.
- Drizzle melted chocolate over cooled treats. You can also transfer melted chocolate to small piping bag and pipe the chocolate over cooled treats. Allow chocolate to cool, about 15 minutes. Using foil overhang, lift treats from pan and transfer to cutting board. Grease knife and cut into squares.
Source: Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Holiday Cookies Special Issue 2010