The bat phone did not go off all day. A perfect day to stay in. But even better I had guests. Mr. and Mrs. Blue of Blue's Blog stopped by to visit for a couple hours on their way back from vacation and a stop to visit grandkids in my state. It's so fun meeting cool people that you've chatted with on and off blog (Blue is a pilot) and finding them even cooler in person! That was an afternoon very well spent talking shop and airplanes and big dogs but soon it was time for them to go home. I offered water and snacks for the drive but they were already well prepared (why am I not surprised). Thank you both so much for the visit. It was an honor to finally meet you in person, we'll have to do it again!
But now house is quiet, what to do now. Watching crime drama is making me want to take the bite out of something other than crime. Something sweet and salty, maybe even something sweet and salty and covered in dark chocolate. (insert evil laugh here).
Note: 4/21/12 I made two batches of these in two weeks for friends and coworkers and on the second batch I tweeked the instructions slightly to make them easier.
Start with a batch of your favorite Sugar Cookie recipe or use some store bought sugar cookie mix.
Next you will need:
2/3 cup Corn Syrup
1 cup Peanut Butter Chips
2 and 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
4 Tablespoons salted Butter (NOT margarine)
1 1/2 cups rice crispies
2 1/2 cups salted peanuts.
While the cookie base layer is baking, heat corn syrup, peanut butter chips and butter and vanilla until melted over medium heat, in a large saucepan, stirring occassionallyto ensure it doesn't burn. Do NOT bring to a boil. Stir in rice crispies and peanuts (you will need a big wooden and some muscle), reducing the heat to warm until cookie/marshmallow base is done. Spoon over crust/marshmallows carefully and spread evenly (Spraying your spoon or spatula with a little non stick spray will help keep it from sticking.
Melt 1 bag mini dark chocolate chips in bowl in microwave 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so.
Pour over peanut layer. When cool, cut into bars or small squares.
Take them to work to share, to do otherwise would be a crime.