It’s like 2 degrees outside and I’m not the least bit concerned about it. Even after 2 frozen pipes and a few other mishaps I can smile because there are awesome things in this world like Rice Krispie Treats and Nutella. Put the two together and hot dang you gotta tasty treat. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter and you gotta tasty treat for your Valentine Pretty sweet.
Although Nutella originates from Italy, waaaaay back in the summer of 1995 I went to Germany and lived with a host family for a few weeks where I was first introduced to Nutella. We spread it on rolls for breakfast. I thought to myself back then “This stuff is really good! I wish I could get this back home.” Nearly 20 years later, Nutella seems to be all the rave in the U.S. (not sure what took so long for it to catch on) and I thought it would be fun to incorporate an Italian classic into an American classic, the Rice Krispie Treat.
Normally, you mix the Rice Krispie Treat ingredients together and pour it into 1 pan and wait for it to cool. Since this is more like a Rice Krispie sandwich, I divided the recipe in half and made 2 half batches in 2 pans so I’d have 2 layers to slather the Nutella buttercream in between. Whew! That’s a lot of 2’s!
These little Rice Krispie Treat-whoopie pie-sandwich-thingies are so good and easy to make… Something fun to do with the kiddos, or the husband! We took them to Gary’s parent’s house and our nieces and nephew, and the grown ups gobbled them up. If you wanted to add several drops of red food coloring to the melted marshmallow and butter you can have pink hearts to be more festive. Or skip the hearts all together and just cut them in squares.
- 3 Tbsps. salted butter or coconut oil, divided
- 1 (10 oz.) package regular marshmallows or 4 cups mini marshmallows, divided
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal, divided
- ¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter at room temperature
- 1 cup Nutella
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 3 Tbsps. milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Make the Rice Krispie Treats by melting half of the butter/coconut oil in a medium sauce pan on low heat.
- Once melted add half the marshmallows and cook until completely melted.
- Remove from heat and stir in half the Rice Krispies until well combined.
- Transfer to a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Using your hands spread the mixture out evenly and pat down.
- Repeat to make a 2nd half batch.
- While the Rice Krispie Treats are cooling, combine all Nutella butter cream ingredients together in a medium bowl and mix with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy.
- Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out the Rice Krispie Treats until all the hearts are cut out. Take the scraps and form together and cut more hearts so not to waste too much of the treats. My batch yielded 20 hearts (to make10 whoopie pies).
- Take one heart, lather it with a generous amount of the cream butter and top with another heart. Repeat until all the heart whoopie pies are made.