Strawberry Cheesecake Rice Crispy Treats

Strawberry Cheesecake Rice Crispy Treats

Last week I posted a new recipe for homemade Cheesecake Marshmallows, and I wanted to share the recipe of how I used the mallows because the flavor is so unique.

The recipe for the cheesecake flavored marshmallows can be found here.

I created this recipe some time ago. I started with strawberry Rice Krispie treats that I created for my nieces and nephews. To make simple strawberry flavored Rice Krispie treats, all you have to do is use plain marshmallows in lieu of these cheesecake flavored ones.
The natural progression for strawberry cheesecake Rice Krispie treats came when I decided to attempt to make my very own homemade marshmallows.

Like most recipes, it is simple to make your own flavor or version by switching out some of the ingredients. You can create or use any flavor marshmallow you like, and the same goes for the freeze dried fruit. Make banana flavored Rice Krispie treats by using freeze dried bananas. Or even thrown in some vanilla wafers to make banana pudding Rice Krispie treats. Maybe that will be my next recipe to post.

The good news is that this recipe is extremely simple, so any level of cook can make it. It is also a really great recipe to make with your kids. I hope it inspires you to come up with your very own uniquely flavored Rice Krispie treats.

Three finished treats stacked high on a plate

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Cheesecake Marshmallows

Cheesecake Marshmallows

Marshmallows are one of those things that I have always wanted to make at home. But when it is so easy to just buy a bag of pre-made marshmallows at the store, why take the time to do it yourself? Have you ever tried a homemade marshmallow? There is no comparison! Making them yourself is totally worth it.

The homemade version is fluffier, lighter, gooier, and even more so of all of the things that everyone loves about a marshmallow. And after making my very first batch (successfully might I add), I concluded that it is not very hard at all. The only troublesome part is dealing with the extra sticky freshly made mallows.

The second benefit to making them at home is that you can flavor your confection with almost anything. I found a bottle of cheesecake extract on Amazon and it arrived in two short days. Click here for the extract.

And finally, you actually get to see what is in your food. Instead of pumping yourself with processed store-bought stuff.In a few short days, I will post my recipe on how I used these little clouds of cheesecake heaven. Until then, just eat them by the handful.

The marshmallow being coated is powdered sugar

 

Churro S’more Brownies

Churro S’more Brownies

As a death row inmate, my last meal would most certainly include my mom’s meatloaf sandwich, loaded fries, and those cheap gooey brownies you make from a box mix.

I know kind of morbid, but we have all contemplated it or discussed our last meal with our friends.

I am not afraid to admit (even though I can be a food snob at times) that I absolutely love those cheap and easy box mix brownies. You are lying to yourself if you do not agree. The reason is simple: they come out perfectly soft and chocolaty every single time.

So why not take oozy, fudgy brownies up a notch? This recipe came about rather seamlessly; in fact I had been thinking about creating the dessert for sometime. I purchased some churro marshmallows to snack on, and quite honestly they tasted horrible on their own. As to not waste them (or my money) I decided to repurpose them.

You can buy them here. You can also make your own by coating plain marshmallows in butter and a cinnamon sugar mixture.

This recipe is a take on those classic fudgy brownies, but with a graham crust, Mexican chocolate, and charred churro marshmallows on the top.

Mexican Chocolate & Churro Marshmallow S’more Brownies 

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Graham Flour
  • 1/4 Cup of AP Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 6 Tablespoons of Butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons of Molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons of Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. Prepare a 9 inch square baking pan by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. In your stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together.
  4. While that mixes, combine your dry ingredients into a small bowl. Mix together.
  5. Slowly mix in your dry mix, alternating with the remaining wet ingredients. Mix until all of the ingredients are fully combined.
  6. Press down mixture into your prepared baking dish to create one even layer of crust.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and set aside.

Brownie Ingredients:

  • 1 Bag of Churro Marshmallows, cut in half length wise
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 2.7 Ounces of Mexican Chocolate, Grated
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup of Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of AP Flour

Directions:

  1. In a stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and Mexican chocolate. Mix to combine.
  2. Slowly add in each egg, mixing until fully combined.
  3. Last mix in your vegetable oil.
  4. Pour over graham crust. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Once baked, remove from oven and place marshmallows on the top of the brownies in a single layer, cinnamon side down. You want the cut side to be facing up. The residual heat from baking will cause the marshmallows to stick.
  6. Once the brownies have cooled and before serving, torch the marshmallow top with a baking torch. If you do not have one you can use your oven on broil.
  7. Slice and serve.