Chocolate Rice Krispies® Treats Recipe

Rice Krispies Treats are the king of no-bakes, in my book. These are simply Rice Krispies Treats with added chocolate. They’re nearly as simple as the original recipe, but the chocolate melts into the hot marshmallow. Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats Recipe Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 4 cups miniature marshmallows 1 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or equal Directions Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. In a large pan on the stovetop, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows. Stir until the mixture is hot, melted, and smooth. Add the chocolate chips …

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Chocolate No-Churn Ice Cream

This chocolate no-churn ice cream is so simple to make that it’s amazing. It has only three ingredients: heavy whipping cream, condensed milk, and chocolate syrup. How could anything go wrong with those three ingredients? It’s a match made in chocolate heaven. It’s really quite good, and once you have the ingredients on the counter, you should be able to whip it up in minutes. How could you get any simpler–only three ingredients and three simple steps? The Chocolate No-Churn Ice Cream Recipe Ingredients 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk 2/3 cup chocolate syrup Directions 1. …

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Plum Crazy No-Churn Ice Cream

This Plum Crazy no-churn ice cream is another very simple no-churn ice cream dessert. You can use this as a template for other fruit-flavored no-churn ice creams. We used Plum Crazy Syrup and Red Angelino Plums but we’re sure that combinations like boysenberry syrup and dried cherries would work. Experimenting with Fruity No-Churn Ice Cream This is an intriguing, fruity, ice cream that is good enough to serve to guests. After you have tried this, experiment with other syrups and fruits. If you would like to make a fruity no-churn ice cream with fresh or frozen fruit, use our Mountain …

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Mountain Blueberry No-Churn Ice Cream

This mountain blueberry no-churn ice cream uses the same template as the Plum Crazy ice cream. Instead of dried fruit, we used frozen fruit. Instead of plum syrup, we used blueberry. The no-churn ice cream makes it a much easier recipe to follow and takes a lot less time and effort as well. The Mountain Blueberry No-Churn Ice Cream Recipe Ingredients 1 1/4 cup individually frozen blueberries 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk 2/3 cup Blueberry Gourmet Syrup Directions 1. Lightly press the blueberries so that most of them split open. Set aside.2. Beat the whipping …

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Cranberry White Chocolate Rice Krispies® Treats Recipe

These are simply Rice Krispies Treats with added white chocolate chips and dry cranberries. The white chocolate melts into the marshmallow mixture and makes for a much richer and very attractive bar. This is very suitable for guests. It is nearly as simple as the original recipe. Look for white chocolate chips made with cocoa butter instead of vegetable or coconut oil for a better taste. Cranberry White Chocolate Rice Krispies Treat Recipe Ingredients 4 tablespoons butter 4 cups miniature marshmallows 1/2 tablespoon good quality vanilla 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or equal …

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How to Pack a Terrific Lunch for a Nature Hike

Several years ago, Merri Ann and I hiked up Burns Creek Canyon in the Big Hole Mountains and then up a side canyon called Hells Hole. (It’s not aptly named unless you’re trying to climb out the top of the canyon.) We found a beautiful meadow overlooking the canyon where we spread out a blanket and had a wonderful lunch from our daypacks. The Perfect Lunch for a Nature Hike To keep our food cool and safe in the summer sun, we packed insulated lunch bags, each with an ice a pack and then our food, and then buried them …

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Light Vanilla No Churn Ice Cream

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Light Vanilla No Churn Ice Cream If you make ice cream with heavy whipping cream, it will be rich. (Some would argue that is what makes ice cream so great.) For those who asked for a lighter version, we went to work to reduce the amount of cream and sugar. You can enjoy it with less guilt! This ice cream uses Splenda instead of sugar and replaces one-third of the heavy whipping cream with skim milk, so it isn’t nearly as rich as regular ice cream which means less guilt as you enjoy your …

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Potato Ricer Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose the Potato Ricer that is Right for You

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Once you’ve tried a potato ricer to make mashed potatoes, hashbrowns, jams, and more there’s no going back. It presses the food into such small particles to make every recipe deliciously light and fluffy. We’ve got four to choose from. This guide will help you decide which potato ricer is best for you. The Advantages to a Potato Ricer When mashing potatoes, there are two advantages to using a potato ricer: No more peeling potatoes: A potato ricer is designed to mash the potatoes and leave the skins behind.  That means that you don’t have to peel the potatoes before …

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How to Make Chocolate Banana Pops

chocolate banana pops hanging from clothes line to show chocolate setting.

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart How to Make Chocolate Banana Pops Make chocolate banana pops the kids will love! We made some of these with our five-year old granddaughter, Anna. She was so excited. They’re easy, fun, and really good. They’re frozen bananas on a stick, dipped in chocolate, and rolled in sprinkles. So fun to make! Turn these chocolate banana pops into a project for the kids. They’re so fun and easy to make. The whole family is sure to love them. Great taste! Who doesn’t like chocolate and bananas? It’s a classic combination, and the crunch …

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The Versatile Santa Fe Sopaipillas

Sopaipillas are more like donuts than bread, but they make a perfect vehicle for any Mexican dish. They’re light, crispy, fluffy, and pillowy without having to mess with any rising. Just mix them, fry them, and cover them with cinnamon and sugar or as desired. The Versatility of Sopaipillas We like the versatility of sopaipillas. They are great at home as an accompaniment for meals, a vehicle for our favorite Mexican foods, or dipped in cinnamon and sugar and served as a snack for the kids.  Sopaipillas also work as camping food.  They can be made ahead of time as …

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Six Great Snacking Cheeses to Serve with Fruit

(Updated from May 10, 2014) Finding a snack that is quick, easy, and not too unhealthy can be hard to do. Sometimes the simple foods are the best . . . and there is nothing better on so many occasions than fresh fruit and cheese. It makes a party better, it makes a great mid-afternoon snack, it’s a wonderful appetizer, and it goes well in a packed lunch. But there are so many cheeses to choose from. We’ll help. Here are our favorite snacking cheeses to serve with fruit—apples, grapes, pears, and more. Snacking Cheeses to Pair with Tart Fruits …

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Ham and Cheese Canapés (French Apetizer Bread)

These ham and cheese canapes make cute snacks or appetizers. You can even have make-ahead canapes by preparing the bread and toppings separately and assembling them when you’re ready. Canapes: The French Apetizeer Bread The word canape (can-uh-pay) is French for sofa. It’s as if the toppings were sitting on a “sofa” of bread. Canapes are French appetizer breads that are made in a specific pan for the right sizing and shape, sliced, and topped. They’re typically small, savory bread bites that can be made into works of art with the shaping and toppings. Notice how the image above shows …

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Four Keys to the Perfect Cheesecake

(Updated From August 13, 2016) Get a FREE Snickerdoodle Mix! Add it to cart and use code “Z145” at checkout. Cheesecake is my ideal treat in the summertime, but cheesecakes can be finicky creations, and it can be hard to create the perfect cheesecake. That’s why I’m going to help you make the perfect cheesecake this summer. Here are four keys to never forget to make the perfect cheesecake. Key #1: Bake Your Cheesecake Precisely. Baking is a game of precision. This couldn’t be more significant than with baking cheesecakes and custards (a pumpkin pie is a custard). If it …

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Can I Substitute Butter or Shortening for Oil in My Recipe?

When we developed this snickerdoodle mix, we wanted the crispness of shortening but the flavor of butter. So we used both. After several trials, it worked perfectly. So much so that the proprietor of a cookie store contacted us and asked if she could buy the mix in bulk and sell these in her store.“She said, ‘I’ll even put a sign on them saying, “Prepared Pantry Snickerdoodles”.’Of course, we said “yes.”Use the code above and share these extraordinary snickerdoodles with your family or friends.” Dennis Weaver The perfect cookies, the best sandwich loaves, the tastiest muffins— all of these require …

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What To Do With Leftover Cheesecake? Refrigerate or Freeze?

(Updated From May 10, 2014) Get a FREE Snickerdoodle Mix for Your Cheesecake Crust! Add it to cart and use code “Z145” at checkout. Cheesecake is the million-dollar dessert that you just can’t bear to throw away. They are so good but so rich. Unless you have a real party, there’s likely to be some left over. Before you guiltily indulge in every last crumb, know that those decadent treats can be stored as leftovers without a hitch. Here’s what you can do with those too-good-to-waste leftovers, whether you’re freezing your cheesecake or refrigerating it. To Refrigerate Your Cheesecake: Wrapped …

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Frying Food at Home – Traditional Deep Frying or Air Frying?

By Cherry Saunders Even though it is pretty clear that fried food is unhealthy in large quantities, there is nothing wrong with enjoying the occasional crispy treat if you indulge responsibly. You don’t even have to leave home to enjoy delicious fried food, either. Home fryers allow you to cook it right on your kitchen countertop. Now you can choose between a traditional oil fryer or one of the new air fryers.  What is an Air Fryer? An air fryer operates, as its name suggests, by using extremely hot air to cook your food. Temperatures in a domestic air fryer …

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Patriotic Trifle

Casey Archibald The 4th of July is filled with memories for most people. For me, the memories that flash through my mind include the time when I accidentally shot a bottle rocket at my high school boyfriend (don’t worry, he was fine), when I went out on my good friend’s boat to the middle of Lake Washington to watch fireworks, and when I rode my bike with my cousins at our annual family 4th party. The 4th is coming and it’s time to make new memories with these fun and delicious red, white and blue treats. It’s gotten me in …

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Mango Paradise Muffins

This time of year, the mangos look so luscious, especially since the local fruit is not on yet. With a little luck, you’ll find firm, ripe mangos without bruises at reasonable prices. Load up on them. Now what to do with all those luscious mangoes? Mangos work well in muffins and quick breads where the moisture enhances the bread. The following recipe calls for diced mangos and coconut. The recipe also calls for a touch of allspice which complements the mango well. They are topped with a brown sugar streusel. These are great, moist muffins that bake into well-domed attractive …

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Streusel Topped Peach Muffins

It’s peach season. If you have a couple extra peaches, treat your family to these peach muffins. They are light and airy with nuggets of peaches buried within and topped with a brown sugar streusel. Muffins can range from hearty and bread-like to rich and cake-like. This is more like the latter—light, topped with a streusel, and sweetened with peaches. The sour cream gives these a richness. Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon allspice 2 large eggs 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 tablespoons milk 1/3 brown sugar 1 …

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Mexican Nacho Platter

There’s a million ways to fix this Mexican snack platter; we never seem to make it the same way twice.  We tend to load it up with avocados, tomatoes, and olives but you can make it the way you like. Ingredients 1 14.5-ounce can refried beans 1 1/2 cups sour cream 1 tablespoon taco seasoning 1 cup homemade or commercial guacamole 1/4 to 1/2 cup homemade salsa or commercial salsa 1 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese 2 green onions, chopped (optional) 1/2 14.5 ounce can black olives, sliced (optional) 1 ripe avocado, sliced (optional) 1 ripe tomato or grape tomatoes …

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