One of my favorite things about cooking is that there are so many recipes where you can tailor it based upon what you have in your pantry. It allows you to have a little creativity if you are not able to completely cook from scratch and still want your food to turn out edible. :) I enjoy watching the show Chopped on Food Network and I've always wished that I had some of that talent! So for now, I just settled on my own variation of Rice Krispies Treats.
I recently bought the newest variation of Cheerios - Dulce de Leche. I thought that would be a good alternative to Rice Krispies.
Seeing as how I have already enjoyed a couple of bowls of this cereal, there was not enough left to make a whole pan. It just so happened that I also had a box of this:
...and voila! I new recipe has been born. And here's what I did - start by putting one stick of butter and a bag of marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high heat for 2 - 3 minutes.
I reserved one marshmallow to put in my container of brown sugar - I read on pinterest that the marshmallow can help keep the brown sugar from hardening. We'll see if it works!
Once the butter has melted and the marshmallows have become gooey, stir to combine.
Gradually add your cheerios. How much, you may ask. I like not having to measure everything, so I chose to just eyeball it. I started with the Dulce de Leche Cheerios, and added until I ran out. Then I added almost the same amount of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios and stirred until the Cheerios were well coated.
Then press into a 9x13 baking pan, or any container, really, since there is no baking involved. I stood there, staring at it, and I decided that a simple sprinkling of cinnamon would taste good. So I did that.
...and then I started eating. Not bad! The caramel flavor is very subtle, so I think the next time I make these, I might go a little heavier on the Dulce de Leche Cheerios. The cinnamon was a nice accent!
I know that not everyone enjoys the "dump and cook" method and prefer actual measurements, so I have the recipe written out below.
Caramel Apple "Rice Krispies" Treats
Makes one 9 x 13 pan
1 Stick of butter
1 bag of marshmallows
4 cups of Dulce de Leche Cheerios*
4 cups of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios*
1 tsp cinnamon, optional
*Feel free to change the ratios based on your personal taste!
Put the butter and the marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, until the butter is melted and marshmallows become gooey.
Stir to blend.
Add in your choice of Cheerios, half at a time, to make stirring easier. Be sure to coat the cereal well.
Press into a 9x13 pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
Let sit until it cools and firms.