Peanut Butter Krispie Treats
The iconic cereal we all know and love as Rice Krispies arrived on store shelves in 1928. The cereal was not an instant hit. In fact, it took 10 years and a desperate woman to help it rise to the popularity that it has today. We have the Campfire Girls and their troop leader Margaret Day to thank for the iconic Rice Krispies Treats that make us all kids at heart.
1939 found Margaret Day searching for an inexpensive fundraiser that would allow her Campfire Girls to raise a lot of money for their camps and summer activity programs. She needed something that would be quick and easy to make. Margaret modified a recipe she had in her recipe box that used Rice Krispie cereal and added some “Campfire Marshmallows” that her troop sold. Not only did Margaret want to earn money for her troop, but also wanted to support the local Kellogg company. During the Great Depression the Kellogg company took great care of its workers, not laying anyone off and even sending supplies to the troops. Day was hoping that by combining marshmallows and the communities love for its local Kellogg’s company, she would have a winning recipe.
Day’s Marshmallow Krispie Treats were a huge hit in her community! So much so, that the Kellogg’s company took notice. In 1941, Kellogg’s added Margaret Day’s recipe to the back of their Rice Krispies Cereal boxes and trademarked their name. These treats, created by an innovated Campfire Girls leader, soon became a national sensation.
No church potluck, lunch box, or party spread is complete without a tray of these tasty treats. These versatile treats can be shaped with cookie cutters, tricked out with the addition of special flavors, and made either using the original flavor or their cocoa counterparts.
To make our special football themed Peanut Butter Krispie Treats, we have done all of those things. Using the Cocoa Krispie cereal, we added in the delicious pairing of peanut butter. Once our Krispies were made and packed full of peanut butter cups, we used an oval cookie cutter to shape the treats into little football shapes.
To top our little football’s off, a peanut butter frosting is used to pipe in the laces. (Be sure that the laces are Out!!!! Sorry, I cannot think of football laces and not hear the infamous Ace Ventura scene in my head. I am a connoisseur of great cinema.)
If you are not in the need of adorable little football’s; cut the treats into squares. Use the squares to make a sandwich treat with the peanut butter frosting as the filling for the sandwich. No matter how you shape them they will be a huge hit.
- 1, 15.5 oz. Box Cocoa Krispies Cereal
- 1, 10 oz. bag mini marshmallows
- 4 Tbsp. butter
- 2 Cups chopped Peanut Butter Cup pieces
- For the frosting:
- 4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter, creamy
- Heat butter and marshmallows in a saucepan, over medium high heat until marshmallows have melted. Remove from heat.
- Spray a wooden spoon with cooking spray and use it to stir Krispies into the marshmallows. Once Krispies are well combined with marshmallows, transfer the mixture to a jelly roll pan or a cookie sheet (with sides) that has been lined with parchment or sprayed with cooking spray. Spread Krispies into a smooth layer over the pan. Let cool for 5 minutes.
- While Krispies are cooling, chop up peanut butter cups into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle the peanut butter cups over the tops of the Krispie treats and press firmly to imbed them into the treats.
- To make the treats into footballs, use an oval shaped cookie cutter and cut out shapes. Once your ovals have been cut, pinch each end slightly to make the football shape.
- Combine sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, and cream cheese. Place frosting into a baggie. Push the frosting towards a single corner of the bag and snip the tip of the bag off with scissors to make a piping bag. Using the bag, pipe one long line down the center of the football, followed by three short lines that run side to side to form the laces of the football.