My boyfriend, Zach, and I have been spending our quarantine over the last 6 weeks (woah it's been that long?) in Pennsylvania with his family. For the past couple of weeks specifically we have been at his dad's lake cabin enjoying the peace and quiet. I've been especially enjoying time spent in nature and learning about the plants around us. It is very different from what we are used to living in Brooklyn, but I am grateful to have this time to pause and reconnect with trees and streams and grass and moss. Plus I found the mother lode of RAMPS(!!!) which is incredibly exciting. Not finding ramps growing in the wild on Myrtle Ave anytime soon, after all.
Anyway, when I think "cabin by the lake" I think campfires. And what goes with campfires? Marshmallows of course. Every good cabin will have a supply. Just our luck that we are spending this time in a good cabin.
The cabin also has all the fixin's for a proper smore's, but marshmallows are good for more than just being roasted between chocolate and graham crackers (though, that is effing delicious). I've always been a sucker for gooey crispy rice squares and love how easy they are to make! My go-to recipe, Dark Chocolate and Cranberry Rice Squares, is so delicious and satisfying (click for recipe). But sometimes you gotta change it up because why limit yourself to one way of making something when there are so many tasty combos out there?
Enter cheerios. Dried cherries. Cashews. Brown butter. WHAT. A. COMBO! The way these flavors intertwine is pure magic. You have a sweet but not too sweet note from the cherries and marshmallows. A rich nuttiness from the cashews and brown butter. And a perfect toastiness from the cheerios that balances everything out.
I would never be able to say which recipe (this or my go-to) is better than the other. That's like picking a favorite child. But I will say this version absolutely kicks ass and has earned its seat at the table.
Cherry Cashew Cheerio Squares
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes (mostly rest time)
Yields: 12 squares
You Will Need:
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