Monday, July 9, 2012

Cheerio(s), Old Chap!

I've always wanted to say that.  Now if I can just figure out a reason to title a post, " 'ello Govna."

Let's talk about these cereal bars for a minute.  They're basically rice krispie treats made with chocolate and peanut butter Cheerios.

Ever since I spied a box of peanut butter Cheerios (oh, 6 months ago), I've been jonesing to make them.
{Sometimes it takes me awhile.}

My theory here is that these treats have the same "negative calorie" intake as that cabbage soup diet.  You expend a lot of energy stirring 6 cups of cereal into melted marshmallows.  And, these are double-layered, so you do it twice.

Add in nutritious Cheerios and basically, you have yourself a bar full of health.  You can quote me on that.

Peanut Butter Cup Cheerios Bars

for the chocolate layer:
3 TBSP unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
10 ounces marshmallows
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
6 cups Chocolate Cheerios

for the drizzle:
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup semisweet chips

for the peanut butter layer:
3 TBSP unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
10 ounces marshmallows
1/2 cup peanut butter
6 cups Peanut Butter Cheerios

topping:
8 ounces mini Reese's cups (the unwrapped kind)

In a large stockpot or dutch-oven, melt the butter, salt, marshmallows, and vanilla for the chocolate layer over medium-low heat, stirring often.  Once the marshmallows are almost all the way melted, add in the chocolate chips.  Stir until completely melted.  Add in the chocolate Cheerios and stir with a silicone spatula until evenly coated.

Pour the mixture into a 9x13" pan.  To spread easily, place your hand into a baggie and spray the baggie with cooking spray.  Use your covered hand to press the cereal into the pan.

Melt the peanut butter chips and chocolate chips (in separate bowls) in the microwave in 30-second intervals at 50% power.  Stir after every interval until the chips are melted.  If the melted chips are too stiff for drizzling, stir in 1/2 tsp. shortening.
Place the melted chips in separate pastry bags (or baggies), snip the tips, and drizzle half of each mixture onto the chocolate cereal layer.  Reserve the remaining melted chips.

Make the peanut butter layer by melting the butter, salt, and marshmallows over medium-low heat, stirring often.  Once the marshmallows are almost all the way melted, add in the peanut butter.  Stir until completely melted.  Add in the peanut butter Cheerios and stir with a silicone spatula until evenly coated. 

Press into the pan on top of the chocolate layer as described above.

Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate and peanut butter chips over the top.  (Microwave the pastry bags for 5 seconds if they have hardened.

Coarsely chop the mini Reese's cups.  Sprinkle over the drizzled chocolate...you'll want the drizzle to be warm, but not piping hot, so it won't melt the Reese's.
Let the bars set for one hour before cutting.  A bench scraper is a great tool for cutting the bars.

If you love krispies, and really, who doesn't...you'll need to visit my friend Shelly over at Cookies and Cups.  Shelly is the Krispie Queen...yes, royalty.  {Go look.}
Peanut Butter Cup Cheerios Bars...they're not just for breakfast anymore.

{{psst...remember that Red-faced Runners challenge?  Because of the amazing response and enthusiasm from all of you, there is now a Red-faced Runners BLOG!!! It launched today with an inspiring inaugural post from Dara.  Come check it out!}}}

42 comments:

  1. Chocolate & PB, two of my fave things! And I love both of those flavors of Cheerios and marshmallows and mini PB cups..this is PERFECT!

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  2. Wait. There's chocolate and peanut butter flavoured Cherrios?!?! How did i not know this?! We need to get us some of that in the UK.
    That looks fab! :D

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  3. Oh boy...these look seriously dangerous! Yum!

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  4. WHAT!? Peanut butter cheerios!? I had no idea. These look fantastic!

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  5. (J)ello, Govna... :-) Those bars look pretty yummy.

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  6. Oooh amazing! Wish we had peanut butter cheerios in the UK, we've only just gotten chocolate ones (although they are more chocolately looking than yours!). I've made cheerio treats before just with melted chocolate and cheerios and they were delish - definitely give rice crispies a run for their money!

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  7. Love the look of the chunks of Reese's on top! Great idea... Never would have thought of substituting another cereal for the Rice Krispies!

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  8. oh my gosh... please give me this for breakfast.

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  9. I love these!! Pip Pip, Cheerio!!!

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  10. I am a cereal addict! LOVE these bars!

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  11. Oooooo, these have my mouth watering Bridget! My favorite combo's here :) Fabulous!!

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  12. This is truly the perfectly balanced breakfast. They have cereal in them! Totally breakfast food!!

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  13. Definitely a healthy treat. I mean, peanut butter has protein and Cheerios, well they're a healthy food. :)

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  14. Oh my gosh I LOVE peanut butter Cherrios! These look insanely good.

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  15. Your cookie making skills are probably awesome enough to make some governor inauguration cookies or something, maybe you should get on that... so that you can then blog about it and title the post 'ello Govna!

    These look awesome. I do have a bag of marshmallows I'd like to use up...

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  16. The Summit Bar in the East Village, NYC has a cocktail called The Guv’nor. Maybe create a treat influenced by those flavors and call it The Guv'nor!

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  17. What's not to love about these bars? My absolute favorite combination and perfect for these steamy summer days since they are no-bake!

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  18. I do believe this must be what heaven would taste like.

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  19. Hi Bridget,

    This is Ashley from the Cheerios Social Community team. We would love to post this recipe for our fans to our Facebook page. It looks incredible and has us all drooling over here. :) May we have your approval to do so? Would you mind shooting us an email to ashley.vaness@me.com? Thanks in advance.

    Best,
    Ashley
    General Mills | Cheerios Social Community

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  20. Your blog is amazing and this recipe is "OH MY"!!! Thank you for sharing

    Shannon
    http://whimsical-inspiration.blogspot.com/

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  21. BEAUTIFULlllll. I like the negative calorie idea. That makes complete scientific sense!! ;) Therefore, I will make these and eat the whole batch... you know, to get the maximum negative calorie benefit!

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  22. Oh {blush}! THanks for the shout out! Krispie treats are basically a member of my family.
    I LOVE these. I mean, Reese's and krispie treats?? Heaven.
    Now, you just need to figure out a way to incorporate "Pip, Pip Cheerio" into a post and you're golden :)

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  23. These look divine! I think those mini Reese's have to be one of the best inventions ver!

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  24. I just went the S'mores route with Golden Grahams and extra chocolate chips. I haven't seen PB Cheerios yet - I must find a new grocer! These just scream - EAT ME!

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  25. Is it wrong that the first thing I thought of was how AWESOME of a breakfast would this be?! Oh, these look divine!

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  26. This is an excellent treat for the kids. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  27. These sound delicious! Beautiful photos as well -- I too have always wanted to find the perfect moment to throw out a "cheerio old chap" phrase!

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  28. I love peanut butter Cheerios, what a great use for them!

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  29. MADE THEM LAST NIGHT... Family and Co-workers freaked! Fabulous recipe!!!

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  30. Oh these look amaZing!
    Only you would spot those healthy Cheerios and whip up something this delectable {do you like that fancy word} with them!
    Love me some KRISPIE~whatever it is!
    So happy to know that I have 2 ROYAL friends:
    *QUEEN of COOKIES & QUEEN of KRISPIE*
    Love you both!
    xo
    Yeah for Red Faced Runners!

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  31. This look sooo awesome. I always loved to use different types of cereal but just rice krispies for a krispie treat. Love the addition of rolo. In Germany, where Marshmallows are quite that common we often used melted chewy caramel candies instead. I think with the caramel filling from the rolos this will taste similar :)

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  32. Yes!! I saw this the other day, and forgot to repin it. I've been searching all morning for it again, and 'voila'! I can't wait to make them!

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  33. I had not a clue they had chocolate + PB Cheerios ~ oh my do these bars look good!

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  34. I just made these over the weekend and my husband and kids CAN'T GET ENOUGH of them. Thank you, thank you so much for this recipe!

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