Rice Krispies Treat Snowman

I firmly believe that a Rice Krispies treat is one of the best desserts in the world.  A Rice Krispies treat can be simple: just mix them up, slap them in a pan, cut, and devour.  Or a Rice Krispies treat can be fancied up with icing dye, candies, pretzels, or anything else you desire.  You can even sculpt your Rice Krispies treat into a cool thing.

Last year, I made Rice Krispies treat Christmas trees.  This year I wanted to go three dimensional.  And that was how the Rice Krispy treat snowman was born.

Rice Krispy Treat Snowman (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

I already knew from making Rice Krispy pumpkins and Rice Krispy goblins for Halloween that making them into a ball is fairly doable.

To make your Rice Krispies treat Snowmen, double your basic Rice Krispies treat recipe:

1/2 cup of butter, melted
8 cups of mini-marshmallows (or 80 large ones)
12 cups of Rice Krispies cereal

That’s it.  Melt the butter, melt the marshmallows in the butter (stirring of course), and then stir in the cereal.  Because of working with such a large amount, I find that I get better results by slowly mixing in the cereal for the first bit, then just dumping the whole mess on a prep area of parchment paper and finishing the mix up by hand.

Warning: when mixing it with your hands, it’s hot and sticky.  Spray Pam cooking spray on your hands to keep your hands from getting too coated and be prepared to rinse in cold water when you come across a hot spot.  Don’t let your kids help with that part because it hurts.

Once you’ve got your goo mixed, start pressing them into balls.  The largest one should be about the size of a softball for your base layer.  Your middle layer should be about the size of a tennis ball or baseball.  Your top layer should be smaller, of course, but still to scale.  You may end up needing to reshape the balls as they harden, otherwise your snowman will end up listing to port.

Decorate your snowman before he gets too hard.  The more the treat goo has time to set, the more difficult it is to jam in those little eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons.  In fact, ours was too hard to give a mouth.  We used raisins for the eyes, nose, and buttons… but probably could have painted one on with decorative icing gel.

For the arms, we used toothpicks, but you can always use something like pretzel sticks.  We skipped the hat, but a chocolate dipped marshmallow would be a great choice!  A sprinkling of shredded coconut will make a nice bed of snow.

Even better?  The Rice Krispies treat snowman is something that your littles can help with, too (once the goo is cool enough, of course.)

Rice Krispy Goblins

Rice Krispy Goblin - Cloth Diaper AddictsRice Krispy Treats is my favorite snack food in the world.  Okay, maybe not 100%, but it’s something that I can eat bucket loads of.  I have never gotten tired of them.  What makes them even more fun is you can actually do stuff with the pile of cereal and marshmallow goo.  This time around, we did Rice Krispy Goblins.

Making Rice Krispy Goblins is a pretty simple thing… and someone who is more artistic than I could make something pretty fierce and amazing.

Rice Krispy Goblins:

1/4 cup of butter

40 large marshmallows or 5 cups of mini marshmallows

6 cups of cereal

As per usual, melt butter, add marshmallows, and stir until marshmallows are smooth and creamy.  Add in some green icing dye or food color (I prefer icing dye, hands down) and mix until you have a bit darker than the desired color.  Stir in cereal.  Dump on the counter to make shapes.

I’ve found (through sheer accident; I had to wait a bit for Norton to finish washing his hands) that the shapes set better when it’s had a little to start to settle.  It also sticks less to your hands.  (Usually, I end up having to spray my hands with copious amounts of Pam as I make the shapes.  The Rice Krispy pumpkins were especially sticky.)  On the downside, though, the finished product tastes a little less gooey, too.  Or maybe it’s because I used large marshamallows… and I should have used more to get the same results of 5 cups of mini marshmallows.

Once the balls are rolled, I dipped the top of my Rice Krispy Goblins in chocolate frosting and then rolled the top in toffee chips.  I used mini M&Ms, also dipped in chocolate frosting, to give my Rice Krispy Goblins eyes and a mouth.  Candy corn would have been another awesome alternative… but I didn’t have any, so I used what I had.

And Norton and Eudora really seemed to enjoy it.

What’s your favorite Rice Krispy food art?

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Rice Krispy Bats for Halloween

I love making Rice Krispy treats.  Making holiday ones are even more fun.  Yesterday, I made a different spin on my favorite Rice Krispy treats: Rice Krispy bats!

I used the basic Rice Krispy recipe to start:

1/4 cup butterRice Krispy Bats (Cloth Diaper Addicts)
5 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups cereal
A splash of vanilla  (some recipes say to use it, some don’t, so I just tossed a little in)

As always, you melt the butter in your heavy sauce pan.  Next you add your marshmallows and stir to melting.  The one thing that I do differently to make my bats is add some black icing dye gel.  (Warning: that stuff is extremely concentrated.  It doesn’t take much.  I added a bit too much and we ended up with blue-black lips and tongues.)  Stir in your cereal to coat it, and then dump into a non-stick coated pan.

Put a layer of parchment paper over your delightfully black and sticky gooey Rice Krispy treat mixture, and then press into the pan.  Once it’s cooled and hardened, pull out your nifty little bat shaped cookie cutter and cut out some cute little Rice Krispy bats!

If your children are patient enough, you can do fun things with your cut out Rice Krispy bats like use candy corn to give fangs or paint on the bat’s face with white or grey frosting.  Norton, however, is not that patient, so our bats were devoured promptly.

There’s more fun to come with making Halloween treats this year!  We’ve got the ingredients to make more treats, so we’ll probably do Rice Krispy pumpkins this weekend.  Even better?  Eudora will be big enough to help this year.

What Halloween treats will you be making with your littles?

 

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Daily Toddler Play – Pumpkin Crispy Rice Treats

Norton “helps” me shape the Rice Krispy treats into balls

Since it seems like some of the most memorable moments of toddler play for Norton and me are in the kitchen and we had so much fun making them together last year, we made some pumpkin crispy rice treats.  It’s pretty easy.  You use your standard Rice Krispy treat recipe, but with some minor alterations.  (For starters, we doubled the size.)  We had so much fun making them last year that we decided to do it again this month.

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