Double chocolate cranberry crispy bars (tnt)
I had to bake for a neighborhood block party this past weekend but it was too hot to turn the oven on. I decided to make Rice Crispy Treats but wanted something a little different than the standard (although they're always good too!). I came up with this recipe (the tart cranberries play off the sweet chocolates and marshmallows nicely):
Double Chocolate Cranberry Crispy Bars
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1 (8-ounce) package miniature marshmallows (about 5 cups)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 cups oven-toasted rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
1 cup dried cranberries
White chocolate chips
Toss together rice cereal, chocolate chips, and cranberries, set aside.
Lightly coat a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in marshmallows; cook 2 minutes or until smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and salt. Stir in reserved chips, cereal, and cranberries. Scrape mixture into prepared dish using a rubber spatula. Lightly coat hands with cooking spray; press cereal mixture evenly into prepared dish. Cool completely.
Melt white chocolate and drizzle in desired pattern over bars. Allow to set. Cut into squares or triangles.
Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 bar)
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