Peanut butter rice krispies

This week’s article is dedicated to all those out there with a sweet tooth who will be celebrating Passover next week.

Back in high school, I would celebrate “Cupcake Wednesday” every week with my friends at lunch. Each Tuesday night I would sit down with Martha Stewart, Betty Crocker, and some of my blogger best friends to find the perfect cupcake to bring in the next day. Except, I always forgot about Passover each time it came around. My friend Abby London was always left without a cupcake, and I felt so bad!

This year, even though I won’t be around to actually give her a special treat, I’m dedicating this recipe to her.

Just because leavening is off the table doesn’t mean that dessert has to be, too. I found this recipe when I fell down the rabbit hole of Pinterest. I like that it’s not only a really fun, unexpected flavor that brings back memories of elementary school packed lunches, but it’s also really quick and easy to make!

The gist of this recipe? Take the blank canvas of Rice Krispies treats that’s already almost as perfect as can be, and then add peanut butter. Marshmallow and peanut butter are such a great flavor combination that can only get better with the added crunch of the cereal and richness from the butter.

Fluffer Nutter Rice Krispy Treats
1/4 cup of unsalted butter
1 10-ounce bag of regular sized marshmallows
1/2 cup of peanut butter
5 cups of crispy rice cereal
1 1/4 cups of mini marshmallows
1 bag of Reese’s peanut butter chips
1 or 2 bags of mini Reese’s cups

1) First things first: Either coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray or line the pan with some parchment paper.

2) Melt butter in a pretty large pot over low heat. Then pour in the marshmallows. They’ll start to soften and eventually just melt into a soft shiny cream that will be tempting to dig into with nothing but a spoon and what little pride you might have left. But wait. Next, add in the peanut butter. It, too, will melt into the marshmallow butter sauce. It also might turn you on a little. Before your stimulated senses lead you astray, take it off the heat.

3) Before this concoction has too much time to cool down, stir in the cereal and make sure it’s evenly distributed so you don’t have any really sad pockets of dry cereal with globs of peanut butter elsewhere. Then when the mix is cool but not set, stir in the mini marshmallows by hand. This step is optional if you would rather not complicate things too much, but it really adds some fun to each bite! The marshmallow flavor can get buried under the peanut butter, so the mini ’mallows throughout really help to give that flavor a boost!

4) Dump the treats out into the pan, but don’t press down too hard while evening it out. After that, melt the peanut butter chips in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between. Spread the melted chips out across the treats, and before that hardens, sprinkle the mini Reese’s cups over the top: If you can bear it, try to wait at least a half hour for everything to set. It will be so worth it in the end. Because truly, these will blow your mind. AND they’re Kosher!

Looking for a few more Passover-appropriate dessert options? More kosher options (without nuts)?

Anything fruity is a great option! You could make any kind of fruit salad that your heart desires, or even a parfait. Layer some awesome seasonal fruits with any flavor yogurt or pudding in cups for yourself or your Seder guests. For an added treat, you can soak the fruits in some orange juice and sugar for an hour or so. This will make them extra juicy and flavorful.

Desserts that use egg whites also leave you with so many great choices. You can treat yourselves to some macaroons, meringues or even pavlovas! These are a little tricky to make, but store bought is usually still a great option.

You can also stick with a classic and indulge your sweet tooth with some Matzo. You can make an ice cream sandwich, spread some Nutella and top it with bananas, or my favorite — s’mores!