Pipe Dream #197: To Scare Them Away – Cookie Dough-Stuffed Rice Krispie Treats

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So I brought these to work, right? And I set them in their usual place of glory–the centrally-located filing cabinet space by the two fellas in my division. I mean, this positioning spares me some lectures from the ladies. (Ok, they don’t chastise me when I bring in treats, but we are just all so very, very aware that boys can handle eating mass amounts of treats and work a desk job without any adverse effects. Thus, the treats land there.)

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But before I brought these bars over, I walked past another dude from a different division. It’s a long hallway, and though there weren’t too many bars, I thought it would be rude to wave a plate of fabulous treats under his face and not offer him any, so I asked him if he wanted one.

As he reached for the plate, he asked, “What are these?”

I replied, “Chocolatechipcookiedough-stuffedRiceKrispiebars.”

Quick as a wink, he jerked his hand back from the plate.

Taken aback, I was like, “Dude, what’s up? Is that the worst thing you’ve ever heard of?”

And he said, “Wait, say that again. What are these? They had such a long name, I was worried that they were something weird.”

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And I was just amused. It’s just not the usual reaction people have to baked goods. What do these look like, chocolate covered scorpions? Glazed eel ovum? He seriously jerked away like they were going to bite. So scared of Rice Krispie bars, one of the most classically delicious treats out there.

And these bars just happen to be stuffed with marshmallows and cookie dough, a few other innocuously delectable American delicacies.

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You know you are going to make these tonight. Come on. So easy and fairly harmless compared to white chocolate cheesecakes. Like the Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies I made once, these were a bit sweet for me, but they’re worth a shot as an easy weeknight treat.

Happy Halloween,


Cookie Dough-Stuffed Rice Krispie Treats

Inspired by averie cooks

For the cookie dough:

4 tablespoons salted butter, softened

1/8 cup coconut oil*

1/8 cup vegetable shortening*

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

1 egg**

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon cornstarch

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chips

* You can really use whatever fat you like, as long as you have 3/4 cup worth. So you could use all butter, all coconut oil, or all shortening, but there will be flavor differences for sure.

**This batch makes enough to stuff the bars and have some leftover for cookies, which is why I included an egg. If you’re worried about eating raw cookie dough, try a vegan version, like this one.

Melt the coconut oil and shortening in a microwave safe bowl, and set aside to cool. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together, then add in the melted oil, stirring until well-mixed. Beat in the in egg and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Dump all of the dry ingredients except the chocolate chips into the bowl and stir together until dough forms. Make sure to beat this pretty well to distribute everything if you don’t sift the dry ingredients together. Stir in chocolate chips. Stick this in the fridge to chill.

For the bars:

1 10 ounce bag of marshamallows + 1 cup mini marshmallows, reserved

4 tablespoons butter

5 1/2 cups Rice Krispies or other rice cereal

Melt the butter in a large pot of over medium heat. Add the marshmallows (not the mini marshamallows), stirring often until the butter and marshmallows are melted and combined. Remove from the heat and add the rice cereal, stirring until well-combined.

Spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick spray. Press half of the rice cereal mixture into the pan using a spatula sprayed with non-stick spray. (Mine only took up aabout 2/3 of the pan, but try to spread it out–my bars were a little thick.)

Remove the chilled cookie dough from the fridge and sprinkle decent-sized chunks all over the cereal layer. Sprinkle the mini marshmallows over the first layer as well. Take the remaining cereal mixture and spread that over the dough layer, pressing it down firmly. The “firmly” part of this is key, otherwise your bars will break apart.

Let cool, then cut into bars.

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