For “Treat: 50 Recipes for No-Bake Marshmallow Treats” (Clarkson Potter, $14.99), Stephanie Banyas came up with dozens of innovative spins, including raspberry cheesecake, gingerbread, lemonade key lime and these puppy chow treats that get a salty crunch from pretzels. She also includes marshmallow recipes, but store-bought ones will save you a ton of time and cleanup.
Puppy Chow Pretzel Treats
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use natural peanut butter)
1 (16-oz.) bag marshmallows or 15 ounces marshmallow spread
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
6 cups puffed rice cereal
1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Using 1 tablespoon of the butter, grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch-by-13-inch glass or nonstick baking dish.
In a medium pan set over medium heat, melt the remaining 5 tablespoons butter. Add the chocolate and peanut butter, and stir until smooth. Add the marshmallows, reduce the heat to low, and cover the pan. Let stand until the marshmallows soften, 2 minutes. Fold in the vanilla, salt, cereal and pretzels, and stir gently.
Scrape the mixture into the prepared dish and spread evenly with a piece of wax paper. Refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes. Cut the treats into 1-inch bars.
Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a bowl and toss the treats in the sugar until well coated. Serve. Makes 88 pieces.
— From “Treat: 50 Recipes for No-Bake Marshmallow Treats” by Stephanie Banyas (Clarkson Potter, $14.99)