Cocoa Krispie Treats with White Chocolate and Sunflower Butter

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by Amy on September 21, 2010 · 14 comments

Rita Rudner told a joke years ago (or maybe it was Joan Rivers… or Phyllis Diller? Doesn’t matter…) Anyway, the joke is “You spend the first two years of your child’s life trying to get them to talk. And then spend the next two trying to shut them up.” Something like that.

Holy Helen of Troy, are my kids talkers. And they were early talkers, so I’ve had a head start on needing quiet time (for me, not them.)

With all that yammering, though, comes some hilarious statements.

Haley’s random observation at two years old: “It feels good to poop. And have teeth.”

Haley’s longing to be older at age three: “Mommy, when I am a grown-up I will play with scissors. And touch raw chicken.”

And yesterday, in her 4 1/2 year old infinite wisdom, she informed me of the following: Boys like Spiderman, Transformers, chasing, and walking next to each other. Girls like Hello Kitty, flowers, and ponies.

When I asked if she thought boys would like these treats, she replied, “Of course boys would like them. They’re not total stinky farty heads.”

Hm. I wonder if she’ll feel the same way when she’s 10 (about the boys, not the treats.)

Cocoa Krispy Treats with White Chocolate & Sunflower Butter
Makes 16 treats
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
• 4 cups mini marshmallows
• 1/3 cup sunflower butter*
• pinch of salt
• 6 cups cocoa krispies cereal
• 1 package (12 ounces) white chocolate chips*

Butter an 8-inch square baking dish. Set aside.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chips for 45-60 seconds, then check and stir. Continue to microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring each time, until completely melted.

Place butter, marshmallows, sunflower butter, and salt in a large pot. Stir to combine and melt over medium heat, stirring frequently (about 4-5 minutes.) Add cereal and mix to combine.

Put a little cooking spray on a wooden spoon and press half of cereal mixture into the baking dish. Spread half of the melted chocolate on top. Repeat with remaining cereal and chocolate.

Let chocolate harden and cut into squares.

Note: you could easily swap out the white chocolate and sunflower butter for milk chocolate and peanut butter.

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Angela September 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Sunflower Butter? I’ve never heard of such a thing- it sounds delightful! Love the recipe!


daphne September 21, 2010 at 8:10 pm

oooo. this looks awesome!!!!! and so easy to do as well. Great for a backup! thanks for sharing!!! love it!


Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary September 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm

How funny! Whenever someone was drinking alcohol and one of the kids wanted a sip, we used to say “no this is not for kids, it’s an adult beverage”, never thinking they would remember that. My oldest was about 6 and we were at a school function. His teacher was drinking from a plastic cup and he walked up to her and said “Mrs. Cassidy, is that an adult beverage your drinking?” I cracked up and then explained. Kids!

This recipe looks GOOD! I’ll have to see if my Target carries the sunflower butter. Yum!


Amy September 21, 2010 at 11:45 am

Joanne – It’s so funny the things they find important. She still, two years later, wants to touch raw meat so badly. It must be like a coming of age thing. Or the forbidden fruit. She has no idea how disappointed she’s going to be. You’ll be a fun mom!

Paul – Gee, I can’t imagine where she learned that phrase. One would only assume it’s from school, but I know better.

Dawn – I know, right? Their brains are on overload. So so glad you stopped on over! I love catching new readers in my web. The treats are usually what lures them in. My kind of people.

Dad – I remember thinking I would never ever bribe the kids with treats or dessert. Those foolish naive days are long behind me ;-)

Jen – Sunflower Butter is at Target Jen. And Nugget. I bet Raley’s has it too. It’s right next to the peanut butter and jelly, and other nut butters. Maybe you need a step stool.

Rachel – Read my comment to Jen, above, where to buy it. And yes, my love, you can sub peanut butter. I said that at the end, silly! My kids…sass. I am so in for it when the puberty years hit.


Rachel September 21, 2010 at 11:04 am

mmmmmmmmmm rice crispie treats. I love all kinds, all variations. Where do you get sunflower butter?? Could you sub peanut butter?

Your kids crack me up! “They’re not total stinky farty heads!” bwhahahahahahaha I love it! Because she’s right, they are. ;)



Jen September 21, 2010 at 11:03 am

OMG! I so love that girl! She’s wise beyond her 4 1/2 years.

Beyond that, these look SOOOO yummy! Next time you make them I want a care package…or maybe I’ll just have to make them myself. I’m having trouble finding the Sun butter, though. Where do you get yours?


Dad September 21, 2010 at 10:24 am

Well, well, well. The curse does work! Listen well, Joanne. Have kids and you won’t get a good night’s sleep for the rest of your life. Oh, sure, they’re all giggles in between the screaming and the crying, but the rest of the time it’s “You’re not the boss of me,” something that Amy came out with when she was 2!

So, since no one’s going to stop you including yourself, what you do is, as soon as the kid opens its mouth, you shove in a Cocoa Krispy Treat. Not only does that keep ’em quiet, but they’ll continue to poop even after their teeth fall out.

Not that I’d trade my kids or grandkids for anything in the world, but then again, no offers have ever been made. Besides, they keep currying favor with crispy treats. And then when they’re older, after years of practicing withering looks, they became the boss of me. Fortunately, I lost my hearing and I don’t see too well.


dawn hutchins September 21, 2010 at 9:46 am

Isn’t that why we have kids? So they can entertain us with their funny observations? I just started following you on twitter and saw this tweet so I had to come visit and oogle these treats. I LOVE sunbutter and just bought some last weekend. That being said, due to my love of sunbutter I do not believe I could be trusted around these treats.


5 Star Foodie September 21, 2010 at 8:13 am

Yum – those look so scrumptious! I love the white chocolate and sunflower butter here!


Paul September 21, 2010 at 7:36 am

“Total stinky farty heads.” Talking about her dad again, I see. I will attest to the quality of these krispy yummy bombs. Totally worth eating with icky girls too.


Joanne September 21, 2010 at 5:54 am

See now this is why I can’t wait to have kids. (a) I’ll have way more ridiculous stuff to blog about. (b) I shall most certainly get a good laugh every day of my life. And (c) I’ll have an excuse to make these fantabulastic cocoa krispie treats without feeling a speck of guilt. Or like I’m reverting back to five year old-dom.

And you can tell Haley from me that touching raw chicken is definitely not all that it’s made out to be.


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