Thursday, July 26, 2012

Blessing and a Curse Cookies

It has been so hot this summer I have not wanted to fire up the oven and stand in front of it for two hours to make cookies. I've been searching my recipe archives to find something that is easy and edible.  The two do not always go together.  Peanut Butter Krispie Squares is what I found and we have made them several times this summer. The chocolate topping is not necessary. My daughter said "they are a blessing and a curse" and I couldn't agree more. 

Peanut Butter Krispie Squares

9 c Rice Krispies (Cheerios work well too)
3/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c light corn syrup
3/4 c peanut butter
3/4 t vanilla

Optional topping
1 c chocolate chips
1/2 c butterscotch chips
3T peanut butter

Grease a 9x13 pan with butter.

Combine sugar and corn syrup in a dutch oven or large saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, to a full rolling boil.  Remove mixture from heat, stir in peanut butter and vanilla.  Pour in cereal.  Mix until well coated.  Press firmly into prepared pan.  Optional topping can be prepared at this time.

Topping instructions:  Combine topping ingredients in a double boiler and melt.  Spread over bars and cool in refrigerator until chocolate is set.

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