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I don’t know from whence it came, but a few days ago, this idea popped into my head:

Rice Krispie Treats with liquor! Chocolate-Banana-Liquor! And Pretzel Sticks to set off all of that sweetness.

No sooner popped than done, I present to you:

Butterscotch Banana Rice Krispie Treats (with Pretzel Pieces)

These sort-of grown-up Rice Krispie Treats are Heaven Squared!

You will need:

2 tbsp butter plus more for the pan and the parchment

1/4 cup chocolate banana liquor

1 10 oz. bag of marshmallows (or a 7 oz. jar of marshmallow fluff)

6 cups Rice Krispies or similar cereal

a handful of pretzel sticks (depending on how salty you like your sweets)

1 cup butterscotch chips, divided

Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan as well as a piece of parchment paper.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.

Add the liquor just before it’s completely melted.

Turn the heat down a little and add the marshmallows.

Fun fact: If you breathe in, with your nose a few inches from the melting marshmallows, you’ll notice that some of the alcohol is evaporating from the liquor. *hiccup*

Stir.

Stir.

Stir.

Once the marshmallows are completely melted, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the cereal and the pretzel stick pieces.

Stir, stir, stir, add half of the butterscotch chips and stir, stir, stir until you have patches of melted butterscotch chips throughout the mix.

Press the mixture into the prepared pan using the piece of parchment paper to keep your hands clean. Simply peel off the parchment, and voilà: Butterscotch Banana Rice Krispie Treats!

But that’s not nearly enough butterscotch, is it?

No. It isn’t.

Sprinkle the treats with the remaining butterscotch chips and push them in firmly with the parchment again.

Let the whole thing cool on the counter or in the fridge and cut into squares.

Notes:

If you can’t find any chocolate banana liquor, try Bailey’s Irish Cream with the tiniest splash of banana syrup or even less banana extract. Crushed-up banana chips would also be awesome in these!

Chocolate chips work in a pinch instead of butterscotch, but they won’t be butterscotch… you knew that, of course.

I bet this works with a whole bunch of different flavor profiles. Anything mint and chocolate, for example. If you’re not sure whether two flavors go together, do as I do: hold both under your nose simultaneously and breathe in. If you like the smell, you’ll like the taste.

 

By the way, for Easter, I made these lovely Rice Krispie Eggs for my Loved Ones.

Aren’t they adorable? And they were surprisingly easy to make… once I had let go of the idea that I could keep my hands clean.

If you make these, be prepared for a bit of a mess and very greasy hands, and you’ll be just fine!

Really Cute Idea from ricekrispies.com via The Pioneer Woman.

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