I took a few days off last week to enjoy some extra time with my family. We had a nice day at home on Wednesday celebrating the 4th and my husband's birthday and then on Thursday left for Omaha to take our girls to the zoo there. We spent most of Thursday in Des Moines shopping and in the afternoon made our way towards Omaha.
Friday morning we headed to the zoo, let me tell ya, we sure picked a hot day to go! I think after dealing with 100+ temps for the past couple weeks we were just used to it at that point. Luckily, there were little sprinklers throughout the zoo so everyone could cool off. I think those might have been one of highlights of my girls' day!
Despite how hot it was, we all had a really good time and it was so nice to get away for a couple days and spend quality time together as a family. After all, that's what it's all about!
Since it's been so hot, I haven't had the oven on much lately. Which means I haven't been baking either. I was definitely itching to get in the kitchen yesterday and bake something. I let my oldest daughter choose from my never-ending list of desserts to try and these were what she picked:
Don't they look amazing? I didn't even have to turn my oven on after all, even better! If you have a cookie dough addiction, these are most definitely your treat. Besides being incredibly easy to make, they're so good you might just eat the whole pan. I'm not lying. I need to get these out of my house now.
Cookie Dough Rice Krispie Treats
3 tbsp butter
10 oz. bag large marshmallows
6 c Rice Krispie cereal
1/2 c chocolate chips
1 stick butter
1/3 c brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp flour
1 1/4 c powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp milk
1/2 c chocolate chips
Additional melted chocolate chips for drizzling, if desired
In a large pot, melt 3 tbsp butter and marshmallows over medium heat. Stir until marshmallows are melted completely. While marshmallows are melting, mix cereal and 1/2 c chocolate chips together in a bowl. Once marshmallows are melted, add in cereal mixture and stir to combine. Dump cereal into a greased 9x13 baking dish, using a spatula to press down into an even layer. Let treats cool while you make the cookie dough.
In a medium pot, melt 1 stick of butter. Once completely melted, add in brown sugar and whisk until dissolved. Once mixture is bubbly, let cook for 1-2 mins. and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Let set for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, whisk in flour, powdered sugar, salt and milk. Lastly, stir in chocolate chips. Spread cookie dough mixture on top of rice krispie treats and let chill in fridge for 20 minutes or until set.
Once cooled and set, you can drizzle additional melted chocolate chips on top. I like to place a Ziploc baggie over a glass, fill the baggie with melted chocolate. Then just snip a small corner and voila, you have your own decorating bag. Cut into squares and serve.
Adapted from: Steph's Bite by Bite