27 June 2011

Brownie Batter Crispy Treats

Last night I couldn't sleep. I woke up at midnight and it took me a couple hours to fall back asleep. I couldn't stop thinking about my to-do list: bake this or that, write this or that, stuff I had to do before our playgroup today, etc. I spent the hours tossing from right to left coming close to sleep a few times, only to be startled awake by a new thought like, "Where did I put those water balloons???" followed by another amount of time obsessing about where I could have put them.

Whenever I have nights like these, I remember what my dad always says about restless nights. He'd find himself awake at nights worrying about work and he would envision a little guy up in his head with a big broom who would sweep, sweep, sweep those thoughts away. It helped him to clear his mind so he could fall asleep.

So, last night, I dutifully brought out my little guy with his broom. I tried to make him sweep. But, this is where I differ from my dad. Because the little sweeper doesn't make me stop thinking about things, in fact it does the opposite.

What is the guy wearing? A green maintenance suit? Shorts and a t-shirt?

What's he look like? I can't just envision a faceless person, that's creepy.  Glasses? Hair? No hair?

Wait a minute. What if it's not a guy? What if it's a girl? Is she pretty? Sparkly? Thinner than me?

Wait a minute, she is thinner than me! I must stop baking so much. I need to work out more. My tummy is too  smooshy.

Speaking of smooshy tummy, how am I going to look good in a bathing suit? I want to look good on our (adults only!) trip to Las Vegas. I can't wait; it's for our anniversary.

Oh, but before our anniversary is my husband's birthday. A big party. I have so much to do. Shop, make, cook, plan. Oh I'm so stressed out about his birthday.

And I end up right back where I started.

You know what's better than a sleepless night?  These Brownie Batter Crispy Treats.

Awhile back I made Cake Batter Crispy Treats, from How Sweet It Is. A few weeks later I wanted to use up some of the crispy rice cereal I had overbought and I was trying to think of a new flavor treat. I'd already done peanut butter. I was looking through the cabinet when it hit me. Brownies! Brownies are one of my absolute favorite desserts (add a crust and it gets even better). I did the same thing for the Brownie Batter Crispy Treats that I did for the cake batter ones - just added some powdered mix into the melted marshmallow/butter mixture.

If you need something to take to a party this July 4th, think about making these treats. They're easy to make and very portable. Kids love them (and adults too!)

So, next time you have a restless night, make some Brownie Batter Crispy Treats. They might not help you get back to sleep, but they'll sure taste good.

If you get a chance, head on over to Something Swanky: {DIY} Specialty Cupcakes and Desserts today. She recently hosted a bake sale and used several recipes from fellow bloggers. I was privileged to be one of them! You can read about my Oatmeal Cookie Brownies at her bake sale.


Brownie Batter Krispie Treats

by Crazy for Crust

  • Ingredients:
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows
  • 5 cups Crispy Rice Cereal
  • ¾ cup brownie mix (the powder, not the batter)
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter and the marshmallows in a medium sized saucepan over medium-low heat. As the marshmallows begin to melt, slowly add in the brownie mix until it is incorporated with the marshmallows and butter. Quickly stir in the crispy rice cereal.
  3. Pour the marshmallow-cereal mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and press to combine. (I like to spray my hands with cooking spray and use them to press the treats into the pan – just be careful not to burn yourself.) Cool completely before cutting into squares.
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This recipe will be linked with:
Mingle Monday (Add a Pinch), Joy of DessertsCast Party Wednesday, Made It On Monday (Lark's Country Heart), 2 Maids a Baking (2 Maids a Milking), This Chick CooksSweet Treats Thursday (Something Swanky), Chic-and-Crafty (Frugal Girls), Sweet Tooth Friday (Alli-n-son), Sweets for a Saturday (Sweet as Sugar Cookies), A Well-Seasoned LifeSavory Sunday (The Sweet Details)

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At June 27, 2011 at 11:57 AM , Anonymous Rhondi said...

My kids would go crazy for these! I will be making these real soon.

At June 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM , Blogger justjenn said...

I actually have TWO boxes of brownie mix waiting for something like this...

At June 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM , Blogger Sweet And Crumby said...

I am literally emailing this immediately to my daughter so her and her friend can make it today while they are hanging out trying to think of things to do on this summer day.

At June 29, 2011 at 7:02 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I hope they like them! :)

@Sweet and Crumby
Thanks! I hope the making and the eating keeps them busy! :)

At June 29, 2011 at 11:47 AM , Blogger Holly said...

YUM-O!!!! These sound fab:)

At June 29, 2011 at 6:46 PM , Blogger The Pastry Chef said...

Saw this on Made It on Monday - I love rice krispie treats! I have a recipe for something similar but with chopped up Snickers and you make into little rice krispie balls.

At June 29, 2011 at 6:58 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thank you for your comment, and for reading!

@The Pastry Chef
YUM! That sounds fantastic.

At June 30, 2011 at 5:45 PM , Blogger Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

I hate the restless nights like that. My mind runs a mile a minute sometimes too. Those crispy treats look wonderful and I LOVE your pictures :)Thanks for sharing your recipe.

At June 30, 2011 at 10:52 PM , Blogger Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Oh heavens...I think I just might sleep like a baby after eating a few of these!

So glad you linked them up to Made it on Monday.

At July 2, 2011 at 7:41 AM , Blogger Kim McCallie said...

These look and sound delicious! I'm going through a rice krispy treats phase myself and will be making some later today. Thanks for sharing yours on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.


At July 20, 2011 at 7:52 PM , Blogger Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

We like rice krispy treats. This is a nice one, Dorothy. Thanks for linking it at Joy of Desserts. Sorry I missed it somehow. I remember the post so either I was interupted or Blogger ate my comment. :-(


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