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Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Move over beer brats there’s a new kid in town! Root Beer Brats are not only delicious but they are so easy to prepare. And since they’re made with root beer rather than beer, they’re family friendly too. Slow-cooking in a sweet root beer marinade […]

Slow-Cooked German Potato Salad

Slow-Cooked German Potato Salad

Summer BBQ season is finally here and we’re loving every minute of it! Aren’t summer foods just the best?!? Today I wanted to share with you a must have side dish for summertime picnics, potlucks, barbecues and get togethers, Slow-Cooked German Potato Salad. My German […]

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats

If you haven’t tried Cookies and Cream Rice Krispie Treats, then you’re doing it wrong! This extraordinary mashup combines two of my most loved goodies, Oreo cookies and Rice Krispies cereal. Have you ever asked yourself what happens when Oreo cookies and Rice Krispies collide? This spinoff on the traditional Rice Krispies Treat recipe is born. And it’s to die for!! They’re seriously the most delicious Rice Krispie Treat you’ve ever tasted (coming from a girl who’s tasted a lot of Rice Krispie Treats). We’ve jam-packed chunks of Oreo cookies throughout the cereal bar, smothered them in white chocolate, then loaded up the top with even more double-stuffed cookies and cream goodness. They’re crunchy, they’re chewy, they’re ooey, they’re gooey. THEY’RE AMAZING!!! Put ’em out at a party and they’ll be the first thing gone!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, mini marshmallows, Rice Krispies, Double-stuffed Oreos, and white chocoalte baking chips. Seriously only 5 ingredients!

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats ingredients list

Ok first things first let’s get our prep work done because once we get rollin’, this recipe comes together pretty quickly. So chop up those Oreos into decent sized chunks and set aside. Double-Stuffed Oreos are the obvious choice! Split the pile in half and set aside.

Oreo cookies cut up into chunks on a cutting board.

Oh and one more beyond fabulous bonus to this recipe, just like the regular version of Rice Krispies Treats, they’re no bake! Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Next add the mini marshmallows and stir and stir and stir until they’ve melted in with the butter. Be cautious while stirring. This mixture will get very hot and sticky.

Mini marshmallow sand butter melted down in a Dutch oven on the stovetop.

Remove from the heat and stir in half of the Oreo cookie chunks and all 6 cups of the Rice Krispies cereal. You want to not only evenly distribute the Oreo cookies throughout the mixture but also make sure everything is covered in marshmallow. I find that it’s easiest to work “gently” and also to constantly scoop from the bottom of the pan. It’ll take a few minutes to mix it all up. Just keep mixing til you’re happy with it.

Oreo cookie chunks and Rice Krispies cereal coated in marshmallow in a Dutch oven.

Grease a 9X13″ baking dish with butter. Really all that means is your smearing butter all over the pan so the cereal treat mixture doesn’t stick. Spoon the Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treat mixture into the pan. Gently press it out to flatten. Don’t pack them too hard otherwise we’ll end up with super firm, hard to bite into treats. If you use a gentle touch, you’ll achieve light and airy, perfectly soft and chewable Rice Krispies snacks.

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats spread into a 9X13" baking dish.

Add the white chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Continue to heat but this time in 15 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the white chocolate chips are smooth and creamy. White chocolate can be a bit tricky to work with. Basically if you heat it too quickly it becomes hard and unusable. But I find that 15 second intervals with lots of stirring in between heating helps to avoid this problem.

White chocolate chips melted in a microwave safe glass bowl.

Spread the melted white chocolate over the top of the Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats to cover. Use a butter knife of the back of a spoon to spread that deliciousness over every nook and cranny. We want it all covered!

Melted white chocolate spread over top of the Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats to cover.

Press the remaining Oreo cookies into the white chocolate before it has a chance to set. Cool to room temperature or until the white chocolate topping has set. Remove from the baking pan and cut into bars.

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Grab yourself a big ‘ole glass of milk and enjoy!!! If you love keeping your kitchen cool in the summer, try our No Bake Black Forest Ice Cream Pie next! Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats by Happyifeblogspot.com #cookiesandcream #ricekrispietreats #oreoricekrispietreats #dessert #summerdessert #bakesale #nobakedessert

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats

June 12, 2019
: 2 dozen
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 8 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 3 cups double-stuffed Oreo cookies (about 20), chopped, divided
  • 1-1/3 cups white baking chips, melted
Directions
  • Step 1 Chop up the Oreo cookies into chunks and set aside.
  • Step 2 Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Next add the mini marshmallows and stir until they’ve melted in with the butter. Be cautious while stirring. This mixture will get very hot and sticky.
  • Step 3 Remove from the heat and stir in half of the Oreo cookie chunks and 6 cups of the Rice Krispies cereal. Mix until well combined.
  • Step 4 Grease a 9X13″ baking dish with butter. Spoon the Rice Krispies Treat mixture into the pan. Gently press it out to flatten. Don’t pack it too hard.
  • Step 5 Add the white chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Continue to heat but this time in 15 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the white chocolate chips are smooth and creamy. Do not overheat.
  • Step 6 Spread the melted white chocolate over the top of the Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats to cover. Press the remaining Oreo cookies into the white chocolate before it has a chance to set. Cool to room temperature or until the white chocolate topping has set. Remove from the baking pan and cut into bars. Enjoy!

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Make Ahead Crescent Rolls

Make Ahead Crescent Rolls

Once you try our Make Ahead Crescent Rolls, that store bought, canned variety will just never be the same. Sorry not sorry! Crescent Rolls, sometimes called Butterhorns are a fairly simple yeast bread. This beautiful bread bakes up pillowy soft with a subtle sweetness in […]

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball

Soooo….you know I love me a good no bake last minute recipe! With the Super Bowl less than a week away, I wanted to bring you this super easy, super delicious party snack. Just because a recipe comes together quickly doesn’t mean it can’t be […]

Cheesy Sausage Balls

Cheesy Sausage Balls

Is it just me or does it feel like once December 1st hits on the calendar, time actually speeds up??? I swear I blink and suddenly it’s Christmas Eve! Maybe it’s the millions of things I have to do from now until then. Or maybe I just get wrapped up in all of that holiday excitement. Or maybe I just over commit myself. It’s probably that one! Who can relate??? So instead of stressing this year, I’m just working smarter and not harder! What if I told you that you can make your holiday appetizers right now and then just toss them in the oven when you need them? You would be all in right?!? I know I sure am! I’ve got a tray of babies in my freezer right now, prepped and ready to go! These Cheesy Sausage Balls are the perfect accompaniment to breakfast, brunch, dinner, or any holiday party. They only require a few ingredients, you can whip up a large batch super quick, AND they are Dee-licious!!! Even my picky eaters love them! Clear some freezer space and let’s get ready to show the holidays whose boss!!

Here’s all you’ll need: pork sausage, Bisquick baking mix, cheddar cheese, onion, celery, black pepper, and minced garlic (I definitely recommend “cheaters” garlic. Anything to make this even easier!)Alright! Are you ready??? Just like December, blink and you’ll miss the instructions. Here we go! Step number one, toss every single one of the ingredients into one big bowl. Yup! Everything!!! 

Step Two, mix everything together with your hands. Squish it all up. The perfect bite will have a little bit of celery, a little bit of onion, and a little bit of cheese! That’s what we’re going for here.

Step Three, roll the mixture into 1 inch balls. If you’re really feeling ambitious you can use a cookie scoop to measure them out and keep them all uniform, but it’s totally not necessary. Just try to keep them all about the same size so they all cook evenly. Place in a 13 X 9 baking pan. It’s ok if they’re touching!

Can’t wait to eat ’em? Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before serving. Planning on saving them? Freeze in a baking pan. I love the disposal ones from the Dollar Store! Cover with aluminum foil and store in the freezer for up to two months. When ready to use, remove from the freezer and thaw for 15 minutes on countertop. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. I like to freeze in small batches so I can just use them as needed.

Neighbors drop in unexpectedly? Throw in some sausage balls! Last minute holiday party at work? Bring a tray of sausage balls! Need an appetizer for Christmas Eve? Sausage Balls to the rescue!!!

Cheesy Sausage Balls

December 2, 2017
: 60 balls
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2 16-oz packages Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage (original flavor)
  • 1-1/2 cups Bisquick baking mix
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
Directions
  • Step 1 Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • Step 2 Roll the meat mixture into 1 inch balls. Place in a 13 X 9 baking dish.
  • Step 3 Can’t wait to eat ’em? Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Step 4 Planning on saving them? Freeze in a baking pan. Cover with aluminum foil and store in the freezer for up to two months. When ready to use, remove from the freezer and thaw for 15 minutes on countertop. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

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