I have been absolutely horrible about updating my blog over the holiday season. I did a little bit of baking and a little bit of crafting but have generally been in a somewhat of a creative rut. I've got lots of plans for the new year, though, and will have a flurry of posts soon :)
I made these bars over Christmas after seeing the idea on Pinterest (yes, still obsessed). I called them "coal" and gave a batch to my nephew. The process for making these is the same as Rice Krispie treats - very easy! I am thinking about trying other cookies to see what else might work. The oreos work well since they aren't a super sweet cookie and the mini peanutbutter cups I added provide a nice salty touch. These look quite a bit like brownies but are chewy like Rice Krispie treat.
Marshmallow Oreo Bars
1 package oreo cookies
1 package marshmallows
4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
toppings such as mini peanut butter cups (optional)
- Prepare pan by lightly greasing (I used a 9"x9" pyrex pan but anything works, since you aren't baking it. If you use a larger pan then your bars will just not be as thick)
- Crush oreos (the whole cookie, including filling) in a food processor until fine crumbs. You can also crush them by putting them in a plastic bag and crushing with a rolling pin. The finer you get the cookie crumbs, the more consistent the color/texture of you bar will be. I wanted mine to look very dark without a lot of chunks or streaks so crushed them as fine as I could.
- Melt butter and set aside.
- Microwave marshmallows on high until melted (about 2 minutes?). If you make Rice Krispie treats then you know the deal. They will puff up quite a bit but should stir easily when you stir them with a wooden spoon or spatula.
- Stir butter into marshmallows. Work somewhat quickly as you don't want the marshmallow mixture to cool.
- Add cookie crumbs and stir vigorously, folding and mixing to make sure there are no dry pockets. I'm not gonna lie - this is a messy and difficult process. The faster you work the better.
- As soon as it is sufficiently mixed, pour mixture into prepared pan, making sure to press into corners. A metal spoon or stiff spatula is helpful to get as much out of the bowl as possible.
- If using, sprinkle toppings and press them down into the top. Let cool and set about an hour. Wrap airtight.