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S’mores Muddy Buddies

Smores muddy buddies 2

Happy Friday!  I thought I’d pop in here quick to share an easy, fun, and tasty recipe just in time for… National S’mores Day!  I can’t make this stuff up. 😉  National S’mores Day is August 10th, and I couldn’t let this little food holiday pass by without whipping up a little something s’mores-ish.

Although I’ve certainly enjoyed my fair share of cooler temperatures while in New York (I believe anything is more temperate than Florida’s August weather), it’s been a bit humid to turn on the oven the past few days.  So I had no-bake s’mores treat on the brain.  Something simple that still screams s’mores.  Enter: s’mores muddy buddies!

Smores muddy buddy mix

Not only do you not have to worry about turning on the oven to make this recipe, but it really comes together in no time.

I use a mix of Ghiradelli white chocolate melting wafers and peanut butter to coat the rice cereal. Earlier this week, I received a package of chocolate goodies from Ghiradelli, including their new melting chocolates.  I can’t wait to play around with the dark chocolate too!

Smores muddy buddies top

Anyway… if you’ve ever made muddy buddies (or “puppy chow”), you know the drill — you coat your cereal (rice Chex) with the melted chocolate/peanut butter mixture, then toss with powdered sugar.  But!  This recipe is different.  Since this is s’mores mix, I coated the cereal in a graham cracker crumb mixture.  So good.

Mini marshmallows and chocolate chips round out the mix, resulting in a sweet snack mix that is the perfect summer snack for s’mores lovers.

Smores muddy buddies

Warning: this recipe makes a lot.  I made sure to make enough for my family to enjoy, and also to be able to bring some on a little road trip this weekend (to New York City, woohoo!).  You can easily cut the recipe in half if you’d like, though if you’re like me, I’m sure you’ll find a way to inhale enjoy the big recipe. 😉

[print_this]S’mores Muddy Buddies

A sweet cereal snack mix made with graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows, and chocolate chips for a simple summertime snack.  For an extra chocolate flavor, use milk or dark chocolate in place of the white chocolate melting wafers.

Makes about 12 cups

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: n/a

  • 8 cups rice chex cereal
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups Ghiradelli white chocolate melting wafers
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Place the cereal, marshmallows, and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Place the graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar in a large ziploc bag.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate and peanut butter on HALF power, about 30-60 seconds, stirring occasionally, until melted.  Immediately pour over the cereal mixture; gently stir until coated.

Place the coated cereal into the graham cracker crumb bag.  Close and shake until well coated.  Allow the mix to cool before storing.[/print_this]

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CHOreos

CHOreos Oreo Cookie

There are Oreos…

And then, there are…

CHOreos. 🙂

CHOreos LBBakes

So, here’s the story behind these little bites of deliciousness.  When it comes to Oreo cookies, I’m one of five people the only person in the world who actually prefers the chocolate cookie component over the creamy filling.  I know.  Crazy stuff.

So when I had a few Oreo cookies left over after I made these crazy bars, I had a fun idea.  What if I remove the filling from the Oreo cookie, and replace it with Chobani Greek yogurt? … better yet, what if I remove the filling and replace it with CHO that has chocolate cookies mixed into it?

And thus, the CHOreo was born.  My new favorite chocolate sandwich cookie!

CHOreo Greek Yogurt Oreos

[print_this]CHOreos

Oreo cookies without the creme filling!  Replace the filling with a thick and creamy Greek yogurt filling for a chocolatey, cheesecake like treat.

Makes 1 dozen

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: n/a

  • 2 cups Chobani vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 16 Oreo cookies

Line a small bowl or plastic container with paper towels.  Place the yogurt in the bowl and refrigerate at least six hours, or overnight (this will allow the yogurt to thicken).

Reserve four Oreo cookies.  With the remaining cookies, remove the creme filling (alternatively, you can keep the filling, and just separate the cookies into halves).

Place the remaining Oreo cookies in the bowl of a food processor; chop until crushed.  Stir the crushed cookies into the strained yogurt.  Spoon the yogurt into a small plastic (ziploc) bag; using scissors, cut a 1/4-inch opening off one corner of the bag.  Pipe the yogurt filling onto one cookie half, then top with another cookie half.

Refrigerate the cookies until serving.  For best results, serve the cookies soon after piping the yogurt onto the cookies (as the chocolate cookies will soften over time).[/print_this]

Peanut Butter Balls

Can you believe Christmas is a week from today?  Time flies!

I feel like I’m behind this year on holiday treats… probably due to the fact that the first half of December was spent writing papers under sunny skies in Florida.  Luckily, I’m in New York now without a grown-up thing to do for a few weeks, which is quite conducive to making things like these easy, four-ingredient peanut butter balls.

I went Christmas cookie crazy last year, but I’m not really feeling that ambitious right now. 🙂  So, I’ve decided I’m going no-bake this year.

To get things started, I made what I believe is a classic no-bake holiday treat, peanut butter balls.  I know a lot of people make peanut butter balls for cookie exchanges and holiday get-togethers, and since I’d never made them, I figured now was a good time.

Since I’m a peanut butter addict, this recipe relies entirely on peanut butter, rather than a butter/peanut butter combination that many other recipes use.  Peanut butter > butter. 😉

Also, these little guys are gluten free.  I noticed a lot of recipes relied on either graham cracker crumbs or all-purpose flour.  Don’t get me wrong, I love graham crackers, and all-purpose flour is my go-to for countless recipes.  But I have a gluten free sister, so every now and then I try to make something that she can indulge in as well.

Minus the fridge-chilling time, these are literally done in less than 30 minutes, which means you have no reason not to make them. 😉  Enjoy!

[print_this]Peanut Butter Balls

A classic holiday treat, perfect for peanut butter and chocolate enthusiasts.  For a festive touch, decorate the peanut butter balls with sprinkles or candies.

Makes about 20

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 1 minute

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup peanut flour
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet or dark chocolate chips

In a small mixing bowl, mix the peanut butter, sugar, and flour until mixed well.  Form the mixture into balls approximately one inch in diameter; set the balls onto a large plate or cookie sheet.  Refrigerate 45 to 60 minutes.

Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe dish.  Microwave on High in 30-second increments, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is melted.  Use a spoon to coat each ball with the melted chocolate, then place back onto the plate.  If desired, decorate with sprinkles, chocolate chips, or crushed peanuts. Refrigerate 1 hour, or until the chocolate is set.[/print_this]

Peanut Butter Oh!s Squares

Hello and happy Monday!  I hope you had a nice, relaxing weekend.  Despite my last-minute packing, I actually did have a fairly relaxed weekend, and am now cruising down the east coast toward my new state of Florida!  My mom and I spent last night in Virginia and got to take a field trip to Trader Joe’s (woohoo!), and today we’re headed to Savannah!  I’m so excited for Savannah, it’s a place I’ve wanted to visit ever since I started watching Paula Deen throw butter and mayonnaise into dishes right and left. 🙂

Since I’m the midst of a major road trip, I thought I’d share with you one of the snacks I packed for our trip, peanut butter Oh!s squares.  They’re essentially just peanut butter rice krispie treats made with a different cereal, but oh (ha!) what a cereal it is.

My family grew up going through boxes and boxes of cereal every week, and Oh!s were one of our all-time favorites as kids.  As the box states, “good stuff in the middle.”  If you’ve never had them, they’re a circle shaped cereal that tastes sort of like Cap’n Crunch, with little crunchies in the center of the circle.  Basically, they’re sugary cereal deliciousness that you have to try at least once in your lifetime.  I order you. 🙂

I whipped these squares up over the weekend (in between stuffing my car with everything I didn’t have the moving company take) and they’ve been the perfect treat to have on hand as we zip down the east coast.  Make a batch soon, they’re easy and delicious!

[print_this]Peanut Butter Oh!s Squares

Crispy, crunchy peanut butter cereal bars made with Oh!s cereal.  You can find Oh!s in most grocery stores, but if you can’t, substitute Cap’n Crunch or Cheerios.

Makes 20 squares

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 minute

  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 5 to 6 cups Oh!s cereal

Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, then line with parchment paper.

Place the marshmallows and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl.  Microwave on High 30 to 60 seconds or until the marshmallows puff and begin to melt.  Remove from the microwave and stir immediately, until smooth.  Add the cereal; stir until evenly coated.

Spread the mixture into the prepared baking pan.  Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares.[/print_this]

S’mores Oatmeal Bites

Happy day after the 4th of July!  I know, that’s almost as bad as saying “Happy Monday!”

Hopefully you’re enjoying the rest of this strange long weekend the 4th of July has produced this year.  Unfortunately, the only day I had off from work was yesterday,the 4th, but I’m doing my best to keep that holiday spirit going through the weekend!

If you pay any attention to the news, you know that much of the eastern United States is having quite the battle with heat this week.  Actually, here in upstate New York it hasn’t been that hot — high 80’s — but in Little Bitty Bakes land, that warrants switching over from baked to no-bake desserts… like these little s’mores oatmeal bites!

I’m pretty much obsessed with everything s’mores, especially in the summer.  But you definitely don’t need to be around a campfire to enjoy the flavors of a s’mores treat!  These little oat bites are the perfect snack that can be enjoyed any time of day.  And for you summer road trippers out there, these would make the perfect car snack!

Enjoy — and happy extended 4th of July!

[print_this]S’mores Oatmeal Bites

These simple no-bake oatmeal bites pack the flavors of a s’mores treat in each bite.  They make for the perfect on-the-go snack! 

Makes about 20 bites

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: n/a

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup marshmallow fluff

In a small mixing bowl, stir the rolled oats and graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips.  Add the marshmallow fluff; mixed until combined (it will be very sticky — I sprayed a spoon with nonstick cooking spray to make the mixing easier).

Form the mixture into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature.[/print_this]

Pretzel-Doritos Rice Krispies Treats

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a nice little spring weekend.  Even though we had a glimpse of spring/summer up here last month, I think it’s really starting finally feel like spring.  Birds are chirping, local rhubarb and asparagus are in all the stores, and my allergies are officially in crazy mode.

…Which apparently is making my mind go into crazy mode, because on Saturday morning I whipped up a really crazy treat.

Pretzel Doritos Rice Krispies Treats!

You just have to trust me on these.  If you like rice krispies treats and you like salty snacks, I think you’ll love these.  My mind was in easy-dessert mode over the weekend, which meant I was about to whip up a batch of rice krispies treats.

And then I saw a bag of Doritos.

And I remembered how oddly delicious Doritos brownies were.

And the rest is history. 😉

[print_this]Pretzel-Doritos Rice Krispies Treats

Not your average Rice Krispies Treat!  These sweet ‘n salty treats have crushed pretzels and Doritos chips stirred in for a goeey, subtly cheesy treat.

Makes 16 bars

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 minute

  • 2 cups bite-size pretzels
  • 2 cups Doritos chips
  • 2 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

Spray a 8- or 9-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Place the pretzels and Doritos in a large plastic bag; break the pretzels and chips into tiny pieces (a food processor would also work).  Pour the pieces into a large bowl with the cereal; set aside.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave the marshmallows and butter on High 30 to 60 seconds (or until marshmallows begin to puff up and butter is melted).  Using a rubber spatula sprayed with nonstick cooking, stir the mixture until smooth.

Immediately pour the marshmallow mixture into the pretzel-chip-cereal bowl; stir until mixed well.  Press the mixture into the prepared pan.  Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares.[/print_this]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Do you ever feel like your days are so busy and exhausting but you have nothing to show for it?  That’s how I’ve been feeling for the past week or so.  A billion little projects right and left.  Heaven help me when I actually have a family in… 20 years. 🙂

You know what I do when I desperately need to make something sweet (desserts are critical to life, obviously) but I just don’t have the time?  I fall back to the simplest treats I know… rice krispie treats.  Keep ’em traditional, change up the cereal, add some sprinkles, chocolate chips, or… make chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats.

If you’ve never had chocolate peanut butter, you’ve never lived. 😉  I buy Peanut Butter & Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams variety — I’ve never see any other brands, but I’m sure there must be some others out there.  Anyway, all you do is swap some of the butter for the peanut butter, and before you know it you have crisp and gooey chocolate peanut butter treats. 🙂

[print_this]Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie treats made with chocolate peanut butter — every chocolate and peanut butter lover’s dream!  If you don’t have chocolate peanut butter, substitute regular peanut butter for an equally delicious treat.

Makes 16 bars

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: no-bake

Spray an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray, then line with parchment paper (spraying the pan helps the paper stick to the pan, you’ll appreciate this soon).

In a large mixing bowl, stir the melted butter and peanut butter until blended.  Add the marshmallows and microwave on high 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.  Immediately stir in the cereal, mixing until the cereal is coated evenly.

Immediately press the cereal mixture into the prepared pan, using a wooden spoon (or greased hands) to spread evenly.  Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.[/print_this]