Let’s address the elephant in the room. I didn’t caramelize the Rice Krispies. Ain’t nobody got time for that when you realize your baking assignment is due tomorrow, it’s 8:00 pm, and you are just getting dinner on the table. This has to be the laziest, most extemporaneous dessert I have made in ages. Forget chopping chocolate, I had mini chocolate chips. Ran out of parchment? Foil will have to do. Unable to make a smooth cookie base? It’s French, so it must be “rustic”. Incidentally, as posting this I realize that I am actually a week ahead. Sigh.
Dorie encourages you to take your cookie base batter to task to get it into the pan. Show it who is boss. That I did, as did I also lick a great deal off of the paddle attachment and the spatulas.
I like to think that I could have done without the Rice Krispies, but I think without them, the bars would be too rich. Of course that could just be because I didn’t mess around with the caramelization, and I think I would take the extra measure if I made these again and if I planned ahead.
Lastly, if you wanted to go more Milk Bar with these, you could change the dark chocolate out for white, and then sub out the Rice Krispies for, maybe, Fruity Pebbles.