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April 10, 2013

Lemon-Ginger Crispy Treats

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I accidentally forgot my headphones when I was going for a walk yesterday, so instead of using that as an excuse (I'm always full of them when it comes to exercising), I thought I'd use the opportunity to clear my head before I started working in the kitchen. What could be better than listening to chirping birds and overzealous crickets surrounded by redwoods? I'll listen to podcasts another day.

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For some reason I just couldn't focus. The chatter in my brain went something like this: BIRDS CHIRPING, Whoa. LEMON, GINGER, RICE KRISPIES, Is that poison oak? WHITE CHOCOLATE, EMAIL, ZEST, LEMON CAKE.What time do I need to get this done. RICE KRISPY TREATS.  Repeat that for 60 minutes and you'll have my workout. I think I walked fast just so I could get home and tackle this. I suppose that might be good motivation?

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And so I made them...and they were everything I'd hoped for. Rice crispy treat meets lemon cake meets ginger white chocolate bark. Now if only I could meditate hard enough to make fries magically appear in my kitchen. Hold on, let me concentrate and get this crazy brain going....

And we're off!

Ingredient gathering.

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Butter + Marshmallows= LOVE

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Lemon zest & lemon extract go into the melted marshmallow mixture.

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Let's introduce the cereal to the marshmallow. Good things are happening!

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ARM WORKOUT!!!! SERIOUSLY. You know what I speak of.

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Let's get ready for the next step. Mixture goes into a parchment/cooking sprayed lined baking dish.

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PLOP.

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Pack it in! Use your hands. Get them slightly wet before you do. It helps like WHOA.

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And here comes the topping!

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Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Add in lemon zest & lemon extract.

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Spread it all over the top.

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Top with chopped candied ginger. Now transfer to the fridge to let the chocolate cool/set.

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Cut up into pieces.

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They're absolutely stunning.

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And chewy and crispy and...

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I'm having a hard time sharing!

Lemon-Ginger Crispy Treats

makes 24 squares

  • 1 16oz. bag large marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 7 cups puffed rice cereal

for the topping:

  • 8 oz. white chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup candied ginger, chopped

Line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchment and spray lightly with cooking spray. In a 10-12 quart pot, melt the butter and marshmallows over medium low heat, stirring occasionally until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest & 1 teaspoon lemon extract. Stir to evenly distribute.

Using a wet spoon or spatula, fold in the rice cereal until cereal is evenly coated with marshmallow mixture. Spoon mixture into the prepared baking dish. Using slightly damp hands or a wet spatula, press into an even layer. Let cool completely.

Place white chocolate in a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 3 minutes (on HIGH power) stopping at 1 minute intervals to stir mixture. When chocolate is completely melted, stir in remaining lemon zest & lemon extract.

Pour white chocolate over cooled crispies. Spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle chopped crystalized ginger on top and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes, or until the chocolate is set. Cut into 24 squares & serve.

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