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Dec 11

Holiday Rice Krispies Treats

Gingerbread and chocolate-peppermint Rice Krispies treats

Rice Krispies Treats are one of those things that everyone loves to eat but no one ever thinks to make, unless they are living with 7-year-olds.

I don’t remember what I was reading late last night, but all of a sudden I had a hankering for Rice Krispies Treats. And then I thought, I should make some tomorrow for the food blog. And then I thought, I should make them CHRISTMAS-Y! With SEASONAL FLAVORINGS! And SPRINKLES! And I got really excited. This is the kind of brilliant thinking that strikes at 2 in the morning.

When I woke up this morning, I began to reconsider my grand plans. Rice Krispies Treats are pretty perfect all on their own … what if my attempt to make them Christmas-y only succeeded in making them disgusting?

But it’s been so long since I posted a recipe, I figured I might as well try it and see what happens. So I Googled for a little inspiration, and then made me some holiday Rice Krispies Treats. And guess what? They’re delicious! If you make them, you will love them. Even if you’re not a 7-year-old.

Because I can only eat so much sugar at one time, I split the regular Rice Krispies Treats recipe in half and made a half-batch of gingerbread treats and a half-batch of chocolate-peppermint treats. If you want loads and loads of treats, go ahead and double the recipes.

Recipe: Gingerbread Rice Krispies Treats

Adapted from RiceKrispies.com and Everyday with Rachael Ray

  • 1½ tablespoons butter
  • Half a bag of marshmallows (I used 26 marshmallows, a number I picked entirely at random)
  • ½ tablespoon molasses
  • Heaping ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies cereal

A bowl full of Rice Krispies!Melting the marshmallows, molasses and pumpkin pie spice.Rice Krispies Treats chillin' on wax paper.

  1. Coat a baking pan with cooking spray. (I used a 2.2-quart Pyrex baking dish.)
  2. In large saucepan over low heat, melt butter.
  3. Add marshmallows and stir until they start to get melty, but aren’t completely melted.
  4. Add molasses, pumpkin pie spice and salt; stir until marshmallows are melted and everything’s blended.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat. Add Rice Krispies and stir until coated.
  6. Using wax paper or a buttered spatula, press mixture into pan. Let cool.
  7. Cut into squares — or circles, like I did, using biscuit cutters. You can use cookie cutters, too.
  8. Add festive holiday sprinkles! Michael’s (in the Marigold Center in SLO or in the Target shopping center in Paso) has a good selection. Mine are from Crate and Barrel.

Gingerbread Rice Krispies Treat

Recipe: Chocolate-peppermint Rice Krispies Treats

Adapted from RiceKrispies.com

  • ½ cup of chocolate chips
  • 1½ tablespoons butter
  • The other half of the bag of marshmallows
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies cereal (or Cocoa Krispies if you mean business)
  1. Coat a baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Heat chocolate chips over a double-boiler and stir until melted; set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Stir in melted chocolate.
  4. Add marshmallows, and stir until melted. Remove saucepan from heat.
  5. Stir in peppermint extract.
  6. Add Rice Krispies and stir until coated.
  7. Using wax paper or a buttered spatula, press mixture into pan. Let cool.
  8. Cut into shapes and decorate!

Chocolate-peppermint Rice Krispies treat

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1 comment

  1. Joe

    I almost broke my tooth on one of those peppermint balls buried in soft Rice Krispie treat like little land mines. But thanks anyway for bringing them!

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