Aside from my family, there are two things in this world that I honestly don’t think I could live without. At the very least, my quality of life would surely suffer without them. They are Nutella and Rice Krispie treats. Seriously. I have to keep the Nutella jar safely hidden away in my pantry where I can’t see it, or else it would quickly disappear, spoonful by spoonful. And, don’t even get me started on the Rice Krispie treats! I always say that I make them for the kids, but the sad truth is I make them for ME, ME, ME! In fact, I rarely dare to even make them anymore, because if there’s a tray of them in the house, I cannot rest until I have consumed Every. Single. One. If there was a twelve step program for Rice Krispie treats, I’d be in it. Sigh…
So, imagine the allure of a Rice Krispie treat made with mounds of Nutella swirled in. It’s almost too much to contemplate! I can’t believe I never thought of it before! I actually didn’t think of it this time. I got the idea from an episode of Top Chef Just Desserts, which is pretty much the only thing I’ve gotten from that show so far, except a throbbing headache from watching all of the drama. (Seth, I’m talking about you!)
Now, I’m pretty sure that most of you already know how to make Rice Krispie treats. But I’m going to explain it anyway, because I need some words to go along with all of these pictures.
The first thing you need to do is melt some butter in a big pot. Try to use a nonstick pot if you can. You’ll thank me later.
When the butter is melted, add a bunch of marshmallows and melt them too. I prefer mini marshmallows for this. I think they melt faster. When I make Rice Krispie treats, I don’t want to wait any longer than I have to.
After your marshmallows are all melted, take the pot off of the stove and add in the Nutella. Make sure that you get it all mixed together really well.
Next, add the Rice Krispies…
…And stir, stir, stir. You will definitely need to use a little elbow grease for this.
Be still my heart!
Press the mixture into a shallow pan and let it cool.
When it has cooled, cut it into squares and just try to keep your hands off them. They are sticky, gooey, creamy chewy perfection! I guarantee you won’t be able to eat just one. If you can eat just one, let me know. I want to know your secret.
Nutella Rice Krispie Treats
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1 package (10 oz.) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup Nutella
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in Nutella until melted.
Add cereal. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until well coated. It helps to spray a little nonstick cooking spray on the spoon to keep it from sticking.
Using a sheet of wax paper, evenly press mixture into a 13 x 9-inch pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cool and cut into 2-inch squares.