This afternoon our family made a favorite treat, Crispy Rice Cereal Treats. We did not make just any old Crispy Rice Cereal Treats, we made "shaped" Crispy Rice Cereal Treats. Forming Crispy Rice Cereal Treats into shapes seems to be a popular thing to do right now, at least based on what I have been seeing on the internet.
I have been making angels, hearts and gingerbread-men-shaped Crispy Rice Treats since our girls were tiny. Who doesn't love to decorate wings and dress up an otherwise naked gingerbread dude and add dragees to create shiny, crunchy buttons. Don't you think it's funny how adding buttons to a gingerbread dude (or dudette) magically makes us consider them clothed?
Anyway, dig out our sprinkles, cookie cutters and your favorite Crispy Rice Cereal Treat recipe and collect up your family. These adorable, inexpensive little treats are gluten-free and nostalgic to boot! Mostly, the treats are just good old-fashioned fun! The only difficult part? NOT eating all of them yourself! I recommend making (at least) a double batch. Pack them up for your kid's friends or place them in cute, holiday goodie bags and attach them to the outside of presents. This little treat is guaranteed to elicit a smile, even from the Grinchiest Grinch or the Scroogiest Scrooge.
How do we make them?
We melt 1/2 Cup (1 stick) butter in a large pot over medium heat. When it's melted add 2 bags mini marshmallows and a pinch of salt. When the marshmallows are melted, turn off the heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and enough crispy rice cereal to make the mass cohesive but not too dry, about 2/3 of a 12 ounce box. Pour the treat out onto a lined, greased baking sheet. Allow to cool 10 minutes before shaping with your buttered hands or by stuffing the mixture into greased cookie cutters. Decorate as desired. Allow to set completely before wrapping. Enjoy!
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