Saturday, January 30, 2010

Booberry Marshmallow Treats

My favorite cereals have all been discontinued: the Original Home Run Crunch (Cap'n and marshmallows), Dino Pebbles and Yummy Mummy, in no particular order.

I think there even may have been a Fruity Pebbles with marshmallows that I totally missed out on because I only recently realized that being a grown up means I can buy ridiculously sugary things for myself if I want to. (Sorry Mom, but I've powered through a handful of Fun Dip since this revelation).

At any rate, despite the premature death of Yummy Mummy, a few monster cereals are still around. The Frankenberry Marshmallow Treats were quite successful. And hot pink! I still had a box of Booberry lurking in my pantry, so I thought this week would be a good time to use them. Didn't have a lot of time on my hands to make something for Runway night, and Rice Krispies treats of any kind are quick and easy to whip up. I switched up my ratio to try and achieve a gooier treat.

6 cups cereal
1 bag minimarshmallows
2T butter

You know the drill and blah-blam: goodness.

They are definitely gooier. I think the next time I make this style of treat, I'll return to Rice Krispies and add a little sumpin' sumpin' to make them extra special.

Those of you feeling nostalgic for marshmallow cereal take heed: Chocolate Lucky Charms and the monster cereals seems to have a much lower mallow to cereal ratio than regular Lucky Charms. Triflin'.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I don't like chocolate chips. If it can be avoided, I don't use them. I think adding chocolate chips to cookies, cakes and brownies detracts from the goodness. That being said, I'm a proponent of white chocolate chips, and I use them as a chocolate chip substitute regularly.

For Christmas, I received two Cake Mix Doctor books, which I have been using frequently. She starts every recipe with a cake mix and goes on from there: cakes, cookies, bars. It's aaaaaaaaaawesooooooooooome!

Today's adventure was chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips in them. I don't think I'm actually allowed to post the recipe, but I can give you the generic info: devil's food cake mix, butter, egg, oil, vanilla, and white chocolate chips. Mix, scoop, bake. Voila: Cookies.

Tasting team says they are pretty alright, especially right out of the oven. If you like softer cookies, using a cake mix is one way to go about it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Chocolate Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

Chocolate Lucky Charms = where's it's at. It's probable that you won't find this cereal at your regular grocery store (unless you are cool with the generic brand). However, I was lucky (heh) enough to discover that Walgreen's carries it.

To each his or her own with the specifics to this recipe. I tend to use less butter than most only because it's nicer to my tummy.

Here's my usual ratio:

6 cups cereal
4 cups mini marshmallows
1 T Butter

Melt the butter. Add the mallows and melt them up, too. Mix in the cereal. Slap it in a baking dish
(grease the dish with shortening to allow for ease of removal).

I find that non-stick aluminum foil is great for smashing the gooey mix into the pan (fyi, only one side of the foil is non-stick). Let 'em cool. Slice and serve. Blam!

Oh, never put these bad boys in the fridge. Dries them out. And the longer you leave them out to cool, the less gooey they will be. So if you like yours a bit softer (I know I do), cut and store them sooner.

Also, you can see that most of the marshmallows from the cereal are intact; however, they do melt to some extent. I haven't tried it this way, but you could see if they hold up better if you freeze the cereal for a while beforehand. Beats me what will happen.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Cereal Baker Begins

Here's the real deal: I love to bake. And I love attention. (Hey, it's the truth, so why hide it? Ain't no shame in my game.) So what better way to achieve both simultaneously than a baking blog?

I'm known, to an extent, for my cereal-based desserts (think, Rice Krispies treats...TO THE EXTREME!), hence the name.
But I certainly don't limit myself. Cakes, cookies, pies, brownies, breads, I bake 'em all.

I hope you enjoy reading about my baking exploits as much as my tasters enjoy their part of the process (Ha, doubt it, suckas!).

- The Cereal Baker