Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cookies & Cream No-Bake Chex Bars

I wanted to make a little birthday treat for the receptionist at my dentist's office the other day but didn't want to turn on the oven.  I had found this recipe a few weeks ago, it's quick and easy.  With the introduction of so many new Chex cereal, I've used these a few times in place of the traditional Rice Krispies (see Snicker's Chex Mix, post 2-3-14 which uses the Chocolate Chex). 

You can also make these gluten-free if you pick up gluten-free chocolate cookies (not Oreos, but you can find them at places like Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc).


1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
10 oz bag mini marshmellows
12.1 oz box Vanilla Chex
20 Oreos or gluten-free version, divided
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Spray a 9x13 or 7x11 (depending on if you like them thinner or thicker) baking dish with nonstick spray then set aside.

Roughly chop 16 Oreos then add to a very large bowl with the Chex and set aside.  Chop remaining 4 Oreos a little more fine then set aside.

Add butter to a microwave-safe bowl then microwave for 30 seconds or until melted.  Add marshmellows then stir to coat and microwave for 1 minute and 20 seconds (keep cooking by 15 second increments if marshmellows haven't completely melted).  Stir until smooth then immediately pour over Chex mixture and mix until evenly coated.  Scoop into the prepared baking dish then press into and even layer (you can spray the bottom of a large measuring cup with nonstick spray then use that to press).

Add chocolate chips to a small microwave-safe bowl then microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until melted and smooth.  Drizzle over the top of the bars then top with remaining Oreos.  Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

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