Triple Peanut Butter Fudge Krispie Treats

If you’ll recall, and oh Lord I’m sure you might, I was having these weird mildly melodramatic  mental meltdowns earlier this year.  About being old. And stuff.

Like mini quarter-life crises.

Sorta shameful.

Anyway, that happened again.

Two days ago to be exact.

One of those moment of truth, smack you in the face with a fury realizations.

 

So I’m youngish and stuff.  Twenties. Hopefully have many blessed years ahead.

And for the vast entirety of my life, sans those few poopy diaper years, I’ve been learning, growing and progressively facing life’s hurdles in a massive body of my peers. Next grade level, next chapter of algebra, next school… we stood together in a communal assertion that this junk is fudging hard.

I mean yeah, as we get older the cohort changes and the tough stuff diversifies, but you’re still surrounded by doofwads in your age range who were experiencing similar issues.

Like right now, most of my fellow UGA comrades live within a 5 mile radius. I f I need a support line, some willing soul is a minimal drive away. Or a 2 second walk to the next bedroom over.

We might have different problems on our plates, but we’re all still chowing down and can relate.    Sorta.

But uh next year… sweet buttery biscuits, next  year is the last year I can enjoy this luxury.

This sweet haven of communal support where all the old people want to give you helping hands because you’re so young, bright and full of potential.

Then, BAM.

You’re officially require to become one of the old people.

Get a career. Be good at it.     What they’ve been molding you for since you were soaking up kindergarten wisdom from Frog and Toad.

Just you, by your lonesome, trying to find your lot in this cold lonely world.

Until maybe if you’re lucky, you end up with colleagues or something who like you because you all do the sameish work stuff and can bond over it.

But what if they don’t like you cause you’re new and kinda weird and have to pee all the freakin time? Or if you don’t even have legit coworkers? Or maybe they just aren’t social creatures and are wondering why you keep talking to them?  OR fate decides that you totally screwed up in your real world ambitions and you have to be a hobo… or go to law school.

Shoooooooooooot.

Point is, I was just belly-aching before. I’m not old.

Yet.

I’m about to be. Like real soon. Too soon.   One point five years soon.

Old.

It’s weird.

But making things like rice krispie treats helps to ease the anxiety. They taste like carefree youth.  And sugar.

Stoking them up with peanut butter x3 + chocolate helps me feel young, yet sophisticated. Cause I can do food math.

That’s what we call transitioning.

As deliciously consoling as they may be upon ingestion, these little guys aren’t super cute to look at.

But that’s cool. Just another part of growing up.

More old= less cute.

Can’t wait.


Triple Peanut Butter Fudge Krispie Treats

1st Layer – Krispie Treat Layer
3 cups Rice Krispies
1/2 bag (10.5-oz) miniature marshmallows
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2nd Layer – Peanut Butter Fudge 
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2  to 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 package mini Peanut Butter cups
3rd Layer – Krispie Treat Layer
3 cups Rice Krispies
1/2 bag (10.5-oz) miniature marshmallows
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
4th Layer – Peanut Butter Ganache
Generous 1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups chocolate, chopped
Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray, or alternatively grease pan with butter.
Measure cereal into a large mixing bowl, set aside. Melt the marshmallows and butter (along with peanut butter if using) together in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the cereal mixture, quickly stirring well to evenly coat the cereal. Pour the cereal mixture into the prepared pan and press evenly into the pan.  Set aside while preparing Peanut Butter Fudge Layer.
 Combine the butter and peanut butter in a 4-quart microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 2 minutes on high. Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. (Use caution when removing this mixture from the microwave, it will be very hot.) Add the vanilla and powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon.
Alternatively, prepare fudge on the stove, melting butter and peanut butter over medium heat.  Add the vanilla and powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. If mixture is very thin, add a little extra powdered sugar.
Spread the fudge over the 1st layer of Krispie treats and scatter the mini peanut butter cups over the top, pushing cups into the fudge.  Refrigerate until cool and firm enough to handle second layer of treats, about 1 hour.
After fudge is somewhat firm, prepare second layer of krispies.  Measure cereal into a large mixing bowl, set aside. Melt the marshmallows and butter together in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the cereal mixture, quickly stirring well to evenly coat the cereal. Drop the cereal mixture in “dollops” over the prepared fudge, pressing the cereal together and slightly into the fudge.
To prepare the ganache, melt the peanut butter and chocolate either in a microwave, stirring often, or over a double boiler on the stove, also stirring often, over low heat.  When the chocolate and peanut butter are fully melted, cool slightly and then pour over the krispie treats, smoothing with the back of a wooden spoon.  Give the pan a shake to evenly distribute the melted chocolate mixture.
Allow to cool (for those of us who are impatient – myself included – place treats in the fridge for about 1/2 of an hour until the ganache is set).
Getting the treats out of the pan and still looking pretty is always a bit challenging for me.  I usually cut about a 1 1/2 inch slice from the top of the pan (shorter side) and pull that out.  (usually I end up eating that before the rest of the treats are fully cut) With the gap left from that slice I can usually get a spatula under the remaining block of treats and using the spatula and my hands I can work the block out onto a cutting board.  I then use a warm, dry and clean knife to cut one slice of the treats, cleaning the knife off after each cut and continuing until all the treats are cut into the desired shapes.


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