Sunday, December 12, 2010

DIY: Rice Crispy Treats

You may be asking why I would post about something so easy to make. I ask the same thing every time I walk past the pre-made cookie dough, in pre-spooned little balls. Many cookies and sweets are super easy to make.

Rice Crispy Treats are an old favorite of mine. As kids we would make it around the holidays with my Nana.
And, as always, there are endless combinations of how to make them even more delicious.

It had been years since making these childhood memories come to life.
Naturally,  I Googled the recipe and felt that the Kellogs Rice Krispies website was the best place to start. The talking Rice Krispies Elves greeted me, along with "The Original Treats" recipe: 
1 bag marshmallows, three tablespoons butter, and six cups of Rice Krispies. 

Step 1: slowly melt butter over low to medium heat. 
Step 2. melt marshmallows over medium heat, making sure to stir constantly so that they do not stick and burn to the bottom. 
Step 3: once marshmallows are thoroughly melted, take pot off heat and stir in six cups Rice Krispies. 
Step 4: Pour into a pre-greased pan to cool (or roll into balls with well buttered hands). 

Note: These little balls of goodness were a little tough to bite into (Read: HARD). And the pan was a sticky mess (Read: it took two days of soaking to clean). Despite afore bumps, they were a huge hit at a potluck, so I decided to make another batch to perfect the ageless treat.

So, in the Miriam's Rice Crispy Treats (because I don't care if you use the expense brand name Rice Krispies or not) use SIX tablespoons melted butter (and remember to coat the sides of the pan before dumping in the marshmallows). Secondly, use only mini-marshmallows, as they melt quickly and evenly.

There you have it! Enjoy! Toss some vanilla in for added flavor, decorate, or sprinkle crushed candy canes on top when they are still gooey. Dump in some cocoa or chocolate chips, ... or just eat them as is!

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