It's been a while!

So, its been a while since the last time I have posted. There are a few reasons, one I am not baking just to bake. I have found that in the last year I have gained a few extra pounds due to eating yummy desserts. So, I have decided to only bake for reasons when it is necessary! Not just because I was craving a slice of chocolate cake. So, a few weeks ago, I wanted to bring in a treat for my staff meeting. I made Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats, from Baked! These things are dangerously good, an adult rice crispy treat! This was extremely easy to make, it just took a little time. Waiting for each layer to dry was so hard but, all I wanted to do was pour the chocolate in my mouth and drink like a smoothie!

(adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking)

2 cups rice crispy cereal
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp light corn syrup
3 tbsp butter, melted

peanut butter layer
5 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup creamy peanut butter

chocolate topping
3 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp light corn syrup
4 tbsp unsalted butter

To make the crust:
Spray an 8″ square pan with nonstick spray.
Put the cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
Carefully mix the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high. Insert a candy thermometer and boil until the mixture is 235 F. Remove from heat, stir in the melted butter, then pour over the cereal and mix quickly and thoroughly. Press into the prepared pan and let cool while you make the peanut butter layer.

To make the peanut butter layer:
Melt the milk chocolate and peanut butter together in the top of a double boiler over gently simmering water. Stir until smooth, then pour over the crust and chill for an hour or until set.

To make the chocolate topping:
Clean out the double boiler, then put the dark chocolate, corn syrup, and butter in it and put it over medium-low heat. Stir until smooth, then remove from the heat, cool for about 30 seconds (stirring constantly), then pour all over the peanut butter layer. Chill for another hour so the topping can harden, then cut the bars into small squares to serve.