Phew, the holidays are almost over! We had a blast though. Harper is getting so big and so much more fun during Christmas. She doesn’t 100% get it but it’s so amazing to watch her curiosity blossom. We didn’t get too crazy because we are going to New Zealand in two weeks so we sorta counted the family trip as a gift. Anyway, back to the real reason you’re here…
I know what you’re thinking…”rice krispie treats are so easy, why a 101 post?” Last week I was busy in the kitchen whipping up my contributions to a holiday party when I decided I would also bring some rice krispie treats. I thought, “they are so easy and I already have all the ingredients.” WRONG. Maybe I was too picky and my bad batches were actually fine but who wants to bring anything but their best to a party!?
After two attempts that basically turned into bricks I decided I probably wasn’t the only one struggling to make the perfect treats. So, I combined a few different recipes to create the one I have for you here.
- 6 cups of rice krispie cereal
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 45 large marshmallows
- 2 cups of mini marshmallows (optional)
- Sprinkles in the color of your choice (optional)
- 9×9 inch baking pan
- butter or nonstick spray for greasing
- aluminum foil
- 1/2 tsp of flavoring (I used vanilla)
Cover the bottom of your 9 x 9 pan with aluminum foil so that it continues up the sides then spray with a nonstick spray. The purpose of this is to make it super easy to remove the treats from your pan.
Melt the butter in a large (and tall) pan over medium heat. Once the butter is completely melted add in your large marshmallows. Stir the marshmallows often until they are completely melted. Then add in any flavorings, I like to use vanilla but you can adapt the recipe to do any flavor you’d like.
Here is where you would add in your mini marshmallows if you want some marshmallow chunks in them. I prefer them that way, it makes them extra goo-ey and aesthetically pleasing (if you’re into that) but be careful about adding them when the mixture is too hot, this would just cause them to melt all the way into your treats. After you have added your mini mallows go ahead and add your rice krispie cereal. Coat the cereal completely.
Transfer your mixture to your 9 x 9 inch pan. With a rubber spatula sprayed with nonstick spray press very gently to pack your treats down a little. If you do this too much they will turn to stone so be careful. You should press them down so you have a flat surface but not enough to remove all the air.
Add your sprinkles now if you choose to add any at all. If you add them at any other point the temp of the treats will melt them and you will have a strange colored concoction. Also, don’t mix sprinkles into the treats for the same reason.
So my advice really is about timing and “packing” the treats down. Doing this prevents those sharp edges that develop if your treat gets too hard or that feeling of eating nothing but air. Of course store them in an airtight container or they will become stale/dried out. I usually like to wrap them in individual treat bags. They stay super fresh and look cute with a coordinating ribbon.