Thursday, January 26, 2017

[Royal Treats]: Homemade Snickers and Snickers Crispers!




The recipe is based on this one from Imperial Sugar, with a few minor changes.

I started out by making the recipe just as it is -- and it's AMAZING.

But you know me: I had to tweak it a bit. Plus I wanted to try making a Snickers Crisper. Which also turned out equally amazing. I'm in love with these.


First I'll share the original recipe. Then I'll tell you how to make the Crispers. It's easy, I promise!


What You'll Need:


Chocolate layer 1:


  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter


"Nougat" Dough:


  • 7 ounces marshmallow fluff
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar


"Filling"

  • 1 cup dry roasted unsalted peanuts


Caramel:


  • 11 ounces caramels
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


Chocoalte layer 2:


  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter




Directions:



1) Line an 11x7-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

2) Place 1 cup of chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons of peanut butter in a heatproof bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds then stir; microwave another 30 seconds and stir until smooth and combined. Microwave times may vary, but keep your eye on it. You do not want burnt chocolate! (Trust me. -_-)

3) Pour melted chocolate in prepared pan and spread evenly. Place pan in freezer for 5 minutes at least. I just left it in there while I got the next layers ready to go.

4) In a clean bowl, place marshmallow fluff, 1/4 cup peanut butter and powdered sugar. I suggest you start mixing the marshmallow fluff and PB then slowly add the sugar. It's not going to come together completely by stirring with a spoon only; you'll need to get your (clean!) hands in there and work it like dough. It'll only take a minute or two this way.

5) Press the dough onto the chocolate layer as evenly as possible. You can roll it out a bit first. Make sure it covers all of the chocolate!

6) Sprinkle the peanuts over the dough and press them in.

7) In a small microwave safe bowl add the caramels and heavy cream. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir; heat for another 30 seconds (or more, if needed, always watching to avoid any disasters!) and stir until melted. Immediately pour over peanuts, spreading it all over. Stick the pan back in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.

8) Melt the second batch of chocolate/peanut butter exactly as before. Spread it over the caramel layer.

9) Put the pan back in the freezer for at least an hour to set. Then cut into squares (or rectangles) and store in a sealed container or baggie in the fridge. You can also store in the freezer, though you'll want to let them warm up a bit before eating as the caramel will harden.






Some tips and variations:

1) Cover your measuring spoon/cup with plastic wrap to make it easy to get the peanut butter out. Quicker clean up at the end, too!

2) You could use dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet, if you wish, or a mixture of the two. Same with milk chocolate. On my second batch, I did 3/4 cup semi-sweet and 1/4 cup milk chocolate and I quite preferred that taste. On my third batch, I ran out of semi-sweet and used all milk chocolate; it was still great, but I prefer the mix of the two the very best.

3) You could switch out other nuts for the peanuts to make your own Snickers flavors. Almonds would be lovely!

4) These are rich, perhaps more so than the actual candy bar, so trust me, you don't need to cut them very big! A small square will be more than enough for a treat. Plus you can always go back for seconds. :)

5) If you want to be extra fancy, you could coat the cut squares with more chocolate/PB to make it look like the real thing, but I'm too lazy for that and it tastes just like the real candy bar as it is so who cares?

6) To make Snickers Crispers, follow the exact recipe listed above but add 1 to 1 1/4 cups of Rice Krispies on top of the peanuts before adding the caramel and final chocolate layer. Yum!



Here's a video I posted on Instagram that shows the steps:



video



They truly do taste like the real thing. And it's so easy to make. 12/10 would recommend!






Enjoy!



Until Next Time,
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