Before college, I rarely cooked for myself. I had parents who cooked wonderful meals for me and although I would occasionally help by peeling some potatoes or stirring the sauce, I didn’t learn much. Cooking just wasn’t interesting to me. Entering college, I knew how to boil pasta and make anything that came in a box (well, except rice because that is really hard to screw up) or anything frozen. Eventually, I learned how to make myself an edible chicken breast and burger. My roommates were definitely better at making elaborate meals while I was basically asking them a million questions on how to feed myself. I’ve been banned from the kitchen multiple times for setting the fire alarm off, burning pans, burning myself, and basically, every kitchen disaster except a fire.
Cooking is hard, ok? I mean, I do try my best but I just don’t have the natural talent my parents have for making a non-pasta meal. The only slightly complicated dish I know how to make is a “spaghetti carbonara” that has become a speciality of mine (I did mess it up the first time I tried to make it, though. Did you know bacon burns easily?). I’m much better at baking but that’s only if I have made it before, which basically means my friends get to choose from four dessert recipes for their birthday. Surfing through Pinterest, I have a habit of “pinning” recipes I know I will probably never get the guts to make because I don’t trust their “easy recipe” headlines. I think it is time, though, to really put my baking skills to the test and see if I can add another dessert to my menu.
I tried a Pinterest recipe and here’s what happened. Bare with me while I attempt to make “S’mores Rice Krispies Treats Pinwheels.” Note, the author said they are “crazy easy to make”.
I think it is important to mention that I am doing this Pinterest recipe at 12:20 in the morning because college. I did, however, venture out to the grocery store (ok, it was CVS but whatever) earlier and bought all the ingredients I needed. I did need to alter that list, though, because CVS didn’t have marshmallow fluff so I had to make it from scratch. I got all the other Smores ingredients and a nice nostalgic box of Rice Krispies!
Now I begin. It made sense in the beginning to preheat the oven to 200 degrees because all the preparation is supposed to take like 10-15 minutes but let’s just say I could have waited to turn on the oven. The recipe said to use wax paper on the pan but who the hell just happens to have wax paper in their kitchen so I used tinfoil, which worked fine. With the oven on and the pan set, it was time to actually start baking.
The first thing I needed to do was heat 10 oz of mini marshmallows in a bowl with 1/4 cup of butter in a microwave for thirty seconds. Then I took it out, stirred it and placed it back in for another 30 seconds. I had to keep doing that until everything was completely melted and the entire apartment smelled delicious. When that was done, I had to pour in 3/4 of the box of Rice Krispies and some crushed up Graham Crackers (that was fun, jumping on a bag filled with Graham Crackers) into it. Very carefully (I had a small bowl), I stirred all three of those ingredients until, to my opinion, it looked good enough.
Here is where I realized I screwed up already. After I dumped the batch into the pan and pressed it until everything was flat, something looked a bit off. Shouldn’t this be more clumped together? Like an actual Rice Krispie treat? That’s when I noticed my friend eating the bag of mini Marshmallows that was 3/4 filled and on the side of the bag, it read “10.5 oz.” In other words, I should have basically used the entire bag. See, what I did, was pour the Marshmallows into a measuring cup, which I now know only works for measuring LIQUIDS, not SOLIDS. I really only heated like 2oz of Marshmallows, hence why the batch wasn’t more compacted.
Guess who had to scope the batch out of the pan and back into the bowl?! That was fun. I melted ALL of the mini Marshmallows with some more butter and mixed it into the batch. Now, it was much more Rice Krispie-esque. I poured it back into the pan that had some fresh tin foil and it worked so much better this time. While I was fussing over all this, my friend was nice enough to make me some homemade fluff, which, of course, she made perfectly. I have never worked, before, with marshmallow cream and I will probably never again. Seriously, melted fluff is such a pain in the ass to spread onto anything. IT STICKS TO EVERYTHING.
I don’t know how the Pinterest recipe person did it so perfectly. Maybe she photoshopped it, I don’t know. All I know is I’m never doing this again. It stuck to the bowl, it stuck to the spoon, it stuck to my fingers. IT WAS NOT EASY, OK! I freaking dropped the spoon in the pan and both the Rice Krispies and the fluff attached to my spoon. Let’s just say, during this part, my roommates heard a lot of curse words. After the fluff incident was over, I placed all 6 chocolate bars (every. single. one. broke.) onto the fluff and then placed the pan in the very heated oven and walked away for two minutes.
After my creation cooled for two minutes, I had one final step to do: roll it like a cinnamon roll. This involved the help of my friend as I rolled while she peeled away the tin foil. When it rolled to the end, I had to pick up the heavy log and place it seam-side down. Voila, it was done! Well, it did have to sit in the fridge for 45 minutes to harden but after that, I was able to actually eat it! For something that ended up taking me 2.5 hours to bake, it didn’t taste half bad! I went around and forced everyone to try it and they seemed to like it! It definitely didn’t turn out to look like the Pinterest picture but whatever, it was edible.
All images are my own unless otherwise stated.