Yup, you read right – 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats. But Nancy, you say, it’s only the second week of October. What the hell is wrong with you?
If by “wrong” you mean right, let me introduce you to the fabulous Brenda of Meal Planning Magic who is hosting this blog hop. The premise is this: different bloggers get together every Thursday for the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas to link up their posts and share delectable holiday treats in preparation for the big day. To me, this is a seriously fantastic idea. I’ve already missed the first two weeks (I just couldn’t get my act together) but I’m glad to be a part of week 3.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I freaking LOVE Christmas. I blame it on my Dickensian childhood where my family didn’t have much in the way of earthly possessions. As a child, I couldn’t wait for the department store Christmas catalogs to come in the mail. I’d flip through the endless glossy pages advertising all the latest and greatest toys that I would never own and imagine playing with said toys.
My parents couldn’t afford to buy us things beyond life’s necessities so Christmas was the only time of year we received presents. The clothing company where my mom worked as a seamstress used to hold a big Christmas party every year and if you were 7 years old or younger, you were able to attend. There’d be free food, pictures with Santa, and the most wondrous moment of all was when each child was invited to a giant pile of presents and selected one for their very own. It didn’t matter if the toys weren’t extravagant, expensive or on trend. The simple act of receiving and keeping a gift was unbelievably gratifying.
I can still remember the intense joy and awe I used to feel, sitting under our Christmas tree, all the lights off except those twinkling in the fake plastic branches above me. I used to shake the one present that I had and try to guess what was inside, sometimes gingerly peeling away a corner of the wrapping paper to see if the box would give the contents away. I will unabashedly proclaim that those moments in my life were absolutely magical (standing in stark contrast to the decidedly un-magical moments that made up the rest of my younger years).
1/4 cup butter
1 bag of mini marshmallows
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 1/2 cups chopped honey roasted peanuts
1 cup of peanut butter chips
1/2 teaspoon salt
approximately 6-7 cups of Rice Krispies
2 cups dark chocolate
1/4 cup butter
Butter a large plan.
Place 1/4 cup butter into a deep pot and melt over medium high heat. Turn the heat down to medium and add the marshmallows. Constantly stir until the marshmallows are melted through. Stir in the salt. Add the Rice Krispies. I’m not actually sure how much I used – I totally eyeballed it. I don’t like to add too much of the cereal because I like my Rice Krispies squares to be super chewy. Add the chopped peanuts and the peanut butter chips. Then mix like crazy because the mixture stiffens up pretty fast.
Pour the Rice Krispies mixture into the buttered pan. Press down the top until even. Let cool.
To make the chocolate topping, place the chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and microwave until melted. Cut in the 1/4 cup of butter and stir until completely melted and the chocolate is smooth and glossy.
Pour over top of the Rice Krispies and allow to harden.
Damn these are good. So chewy, so peanutty, so chocolatey. The squares aren’t too sweet because of the salt and the honey roasted peanuts. The dark chocolate topping just brings it all together. To prevent myself from eating the entire pan, I sent it to work with the Husband. I hear there were some happy employees at his office today.
Check out everyone else’s holiday treats. It’s never too early to start celebrating!
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