Rice Krispies Treats are an all American dessert. There is a minimal amount of work involved in their preparation and it is so easy that the kids can get involved as well. Even the youngest child can help. They can be made with the traditional recipe but there are many variations that can make them a little different every time.
Standard Rice Krispies Treats
3 tablespoons of butter (or margarine)
4 cups of mini marshmallows
6 cups of Rice Krispies Cereal
Grease a nine by thirteen pan.
Melt the butter (or margarine) in a large sauce pan, add the marshmallows and cook over low heat stirring constantly until it is totally melted. Add the cereal and mix, this can be quite a project, you may have to mix them with your hands. Pour into a 13 by 9 pan and pat it down flat with a spatula. I often grease my hands to press the treats down into the pan, be careful not to burn yourself. Let it cool and cut into twenty-four pieces. At this point you can throw a little flour on your face like they do in the commercial so your family realizes how hard you have been working.
Now if you want to take it up a notch. Here are a few variations.
Replace the white marshmallows with pastel, this is especially nice in the spring. Add a 1/2 cup of mini chocolate, peanut butter or butterscotch chips to the mixture just before you press it into the pan.
Place half the mixture into the pan and press it down, melt a cup of semi-sweet chocolate bits in the microwave and spread on the top of the first half of the treats. Then press in the second half for a sandwich effect. Melted chocolate can also be place on top of the bars or the cut bars can be half dipped in the chocolate.
Add 1 cup of M&M’s to the treats before pressing into pan.
Use a cookie cutter and cut the treats in fun shapes.
Add 2 drops of food coloring to the melted marshmallows and butter. This is great for Halloween pumpkins or Christmas bells.
These sweetly sticky treats are a favorite with everyone from small children to seniors. If you wrap them in wax paper they are a portable treat that you can enjoy anywhere, any time of the day. Don’t be afraid to experiment with these delicious bars, the more you add the better they get.