I adore Rice Krispies treat squares; well, I adore homemade Rice Krispies treat squares. Somehow, the ones you buy taste too sweet to me. The ones made a home with butter, fluff or marshmallows, vanilla and crisped rice cereal always taste so much richer to me.
I was craving this childhood treat, and went to make it, but quickly realized I didn’t have enough crisped rice cereal for a full batch. Rather than halve the recipe, I peeked into my cabinet to see what else I could chuck into dessert square; I ended up selecting cinnamon toast crunch (to lend a kind of knock off s’mores bar square flavor) and pretzels (because I love combining sweet and salty). I added some mini-marshmallows to help the s’mores idea, along with milk chocolate (and peanut butter chips because if I have them, I cannot resist using them).
The resulting marshmallow salty-sweet peanut buttery s’moresish cereal bar was the perfect treat to enjoy on movie night, along with some very buttery popcorn. (Feel free to add or subtract whatever cereal or snack you prefer; just so long as you have 7 cups of dry snacks, the bars will stay together.)
3/4 stick butter
12 ounces marshmallow fluff
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups crisped rice cereal
3 cups cinnamon toast crunch
1 cup pretzel sticks, smashed into pieces
1 cup mini marshmallows
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter chips
Grease a 9 by 13 inch pan. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the cereals, pretzels and marshmallows and mix.
Meanwhile, combine the butter and marshmallow fluff in a saucepan. Over low heat, mix the butter and fluff together until they are melted and fully combined. Stir in the vanilla. Pour the hot marshmallow mixture over the combined cereal mixture and stir to combine, ensuring everything is evenly coated.
Press the mixture into the prepared pan and sprinkle over the chocolate and peanut butter chips. Allow to cool and set for at least two hours before cutting and serving. Enjoy!