With Christmas just around the corner now and several "cookie days to give to others" under my belt, I wanted to make a holiday treat that was just for my little family. But as I haven't been feeling well the last few days I wasn't all that enthused about spending hours in the kitchen making more of the traditional Christmas Cookies. Then I thought about Rice Krispie Treats!
Growing up, Rice Krispie Treats were a staple at almost any gathering. Now I'm sure we've all had tho's ones that were hard...dry...and nearly tore apart your mouth as you attempted to eat them. This is how my first try at making them turned out a couple years back after trying a random recipe in a cook book. But please do not let that experience dampen your mind to the possibility that Rice Krispie Treats can be delicious! With the perfect texture combination of crunchy, chewy and lightly sweet.... yummmm ;)
(I know, I took out of the middle, hehe ;)
The way to get soft Rice Krispie Treats is in simply not adding too much of the cereal to the marshmallow/butter mixture. Now, for my recipe I do not care for the treats to be too "thick" but rather to be easier to get my mouth around. So if you prefer thicker bars simply expanded the ingredients until you get them the way you like them.
For mine today I kept them simple, the traditional Treat with a little added holiday cheer for the kiddos, sprinkles and m&ms, but the list is endless to what you can do to these! I'll share with you my base recipe then some ideas of how to dress them up a little...
Rice Krispie Treats
1\4 c. butter
10 oz bag mini marshmallows
6 even cups of Rice Krispies
Prepare a 9X13 pan by greasing it with butter. Measure out the cereal into a bowl and set aside. Begin melting butter in a med-size pot over med. heat. Add in marshmallows and stir, heating just until until marshmallows have melted. Remove from heat and immediately add Rice Krispies, folding in gently until evenly coated. Poor into prepared pan then with buttered hands gently press into an even layer. At this point, while the marshmallow is still "wet", I added the sprinkles and pressed in some m&ms. But this of course is optional. Allow the bars to set at room temp. until set, about an hour or 2. Cut and serve (with coffee!).
These are just way too much to take pictures of!
Now for another way to fix these up, which is my ultimate favorite, is with some white chocolate and coconut! Add in about a 1\2 t. of coconut extract to the marshmallow mixture before adding the cereal. Then, after pressing the Krispies into the pan, spread 1 c. of melted white chocolate chips over top and garnish with already toasted coconut flakes. I used these one time at a western-themed party as "hay-bales", they were a huge hit! But by all means, experiment around! Try stirring in some crushed Oreos or chopped Reeces and drizzling with white chocolate for the Oreos and milk chocolate for the Reeces. You can also use Fruity Pebbles or Cocoa Pebbles in place of Rice Krispies to switch it up. Have fun!
If you come over now, you can join me
for one of these chewy bars with cup of coffee....
they were meant to go together ;)
But hurry, they wont last long!