Mom’s Spaceballs (Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats)
When I cook, I think of my mom. She loved to cook and took joy in feeding others. In addition to cooking for my family and volunteering at a soup kitchen, she spent over twenty years lovingly preparing snacks for 2-5 year olds at a local Catholic preschool. As early as fifth grade, I remember helping her write the month’s snack menu; I even worked there as an aide for a few summers in high school. When she passed away, they created a garden to honor her:
I grew up when a little junk food wasn’t a big deal because we expended most of that energy riding our bikes, roller skating and running around the neighborhood. One of my favorite things she made was what she called space balls: honey nut cheerios covered in melted marshmallows and peanut butter. On special occasions, she dipped these balls into chocolate.
We had friends over for dinner on Monday and went to a potluck at my cousins’ on Wednesday; I didn’t have much time to prepare dessert but I was feeling nostalgic. These peanut butter rice krispy treats take about 5 minutes to pull together, about as much time as I have after work.