Crispix Crunchies

It’s no surprise that I love cookbooks.  I’ve spoken about it a number of different places.  I’m taking some delight from a book (noncookbook) that I’m reading where one of the characters has been described as reading cookbooks like other people read the newspaper.  Although, I try to read the newspaper as well.  That being said, months ago a woman from my church lent me one of her cookbooks, the 75th Anniversary of 600 WMT radio.  Well, it’s been sitting in my pile and I have written down a number of different recipes from it.  However, I have literally had it for six months and not returned it.  I knew I wanted to get it back to her soon, but wanted to bring some treats that had taken longer than I had wanted it to before I gave it back.  This recipe from that cookbook looked like a perfect summertime treat for her and her family.

Crispix Crunchies

Crispix Crunchies

1 stick butter
4 regular size Snickers bars
1 bag marshmallows
1 box Crispix cereal

Melt together the butter and two Snickers bars.  Stir in marshmallows and blend well.  Remove from heat.  Stir in cereal.  Toss to coat.  Dice remaining two snickers bars and stir pieces into mixture.  Press into buttered 9×13 pan.  Cool and cut into bars.  Freezing candy bars first makes dicing easier

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Vanilla Wafer Bar

In my last post, I mentioned cutting the sugar habit and looking for things that are not over-the-top sweet, and these bars are the exact opposite of that.  But, for me, they were filled with nostalgia.  I’m not sure if this happened with other people’s grandparents, but I associate the vanilla (or strawberry or chocolate) wafers so strongly with my mom’s parents.  I think they must have always had them around when I was growing up.  So, when I saw a bar that called for them in the Minnesota Catholic Daughter Cookbook, it looked intriguing enough to try.

When cutting them up, I decided to cut along the lines of the vanilla wafers.  Had I waited and let them saturate a little bit more, I think I could have cut however I wanted to the next day.

Vanilla Wafer Bars

Vanilla Wafer Bars

1 pkg vanilla wafers
1 c graham cracker crumbs
3/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c coconut flakes
1/2 c butter
1/2 c milk

Bring crumbs, brown sugar, coconut flakes, butter, milk to a boil.  While this is cooling, line the pan with vanilla wafers.  Pour filling on wafers, then top with whole wafers.  Frost with powdered sugar frosting.