September 13, 2010

FINAL UPDATE -- Operation Baking GALS - Round 23

This round of Operation Baking GALS finished up over the weekend. I had all but one of the participants email me with information on how many packages they shipped. From what everyone listed it sounds like the soldier will have quite a variety of treats to enjoy and share. In addition to what the other team members shipped (listed below), I shipped four packages which included two cases (48 boxes) of shelf stable milk donated by PE's company, 5 varieties of Rice Krispies treats (recipes below), elk jerky, Crunchy Granola, cookies & cards (from Moo's church group), and magazines.

Here is what the other team members mailed.
CH - Shipped No Bake Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Monster Cookies, Peanut Blossoms, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Hershey Kisses, and postcards.
AC - Shipped one box with Peanut Butter Cookies and Sugar Cookies.
AR - Shipped Spritz, Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, and Fudgy Chocolate cookies.
HP - Shipped a couple kinds of bread and two kinds of cookies.
KS - Shipped two packages. One with Peanut Butter Cookies, and the other with Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Coconut Cookies
GW, MB - Shipped one package each. (They didn't tell me what they shipped.)

As mentioned above, I made five varieties of Rice Krispies treats. I made the traditional version, a Cocoa Krispies variation of the traditional, Caramel Krispies, Crispy Chocolate Berry Treats, and Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats. The traditional versions are pretty similar to the recipe you get on the box; I increase the marshmallows though. I prefer mine a little gooier than the original recipe. A1 introduced me to the Carmel Krispies a few years ago and they are one of my favorites. I had higher expectations for the Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies. Yes, they were good, just not fabulous as I was expecting from the combination of Oreos and Rice Krispies treats. I would make them again especially considering they were one of Bob's favorites. The Crispy Chocolate Berry Treats were my least favorite. I did not care for the cranberries in there. I usually really enjoy them in things so I am not quite sure why I didn't enjoy them more.

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Rice Krispies Treats
from Years of Making Them
Print Recipe

3 Tbsp butter
10 oz. bag of miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Melt butter in a large pot over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until smooth. Add cereal; stir to coat. Pour into greased 9x13 pan. Cool. Cut. Serve.

Chocolate version can be made by substituting Cocoa Krispies.

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Caramel Krispies
from Sparky
Print Recipe

Bring to a boil:
1 cup butter
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar

Let boil 1 minute.

1 cup sweetened condensed milk

Let boil 3 minutes.

Pour over:
9 - 12 cups Rice Krispies

Stir until combined; spread in 9x13 pan. Sprinkle with additional brown sugar if desired.

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Crispy Chocolate Berry Treats
from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Print Recipe

3 Tbsp butter
1 (10-ounce) bag marshmallows
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups Rice Krispies cereal (off-brand works too)
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted

Prepare pan by lining an 11X7-inch baking dish with foil, allowing excess foil to hang over pan edges. If you want the treats thinner, use a 9X13 – for thicker treats still, use an 8X8-inch pan. I found the 11X7 pan size to be perfect – not too thick and not too thin. Grease the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Melt butter in a large pot over low heat. Add marshmallows, white chocolate chips, and salt and cook, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth, about 8 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Off heat, stir in Rice Krispies and cranberries until incorporated. Scrape mixture into prepared pan and press into bottom and corners with a greased spatula. Let cool completely, about 1 hour. Melt semisweet chocolate chips in the microwave on low at 30 second intervals until smooth. Pour melted chocolate into a zip top baggie, pressing chocolate into one corner of the bag. Using scissors, clip a tiny piece off the corner and drizzle chocolate over cooled treats. Allow chocolate to cool, about 45 minutes. Using foil overhang, lift treats from pan. Cut into squares. Serve.

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Cookies and Cream Rice Crispy Treats
from Picky Palate
Print Recipe

4 Tbsp butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
8 cups Rice Krispie cereal
8 oz bag mini Oreo cookies
1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted

Melt butter in a large pot over low heat. Add marshmallows stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Stir in cereal and Oreo cookies. Pour into a large 9×13 inch baking dish. With the back of a large spoon that’s sprayed with cooking spray press and smooth treats. Drizzle melted chocolate over top and let cool. Cut into squares.

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