When you first start cooking and baking, you want to try simple things. But simple doesn’t have to mean boring! For your next work function, party, picinc, whatever, consider putting a new spin on an old classic.
Rice Krispie treats are only three ingredients: marshmallows, butter, and Rice Krispies cereal. Melt the butter and marshmallows in a pot, then remove from heat and stir in the cereal.
Don’t get me wrong, you can still burn the marshmallows if you’re not paying attention, but 3 ingredients and 2 steps isn’t so tough. If you think you can handle it then here are some ways to make them even better!
1.Use a cereal other than Rice Krispies
You can start as easy as Cocoa Krispies or try your other favorites. You may need to adjust measurements. This honeycomb cereal treat used 4 1/2 cups (plus peanuts), but mine ended up much more marshmallowy than the picture on the website.
2. Cut or Mold into Shapes
Use a cookie cutter (stars, hearts, etc) for cute shapes for the holidays. When still warm, rice krispies can be molded into shapes. I’d recommend simple shapes, because sculpting can take some practice! Some of you may have seen my attempt at the #NailedIt challenge:
3. Crush in Your Favorite Cookie
I’ve seen all sorts of added bits of crushed cookies, other cereals, or even potato chips!
4. Add Nutella or Nut Butter
Once the marshmallows and butter are melted, add in 1/3 cup of nutella, peanut butter, or other nut butter. Then stir in the Rice Krispies/cereal of choice.
5. Dip in Chocolate & Add Sprinkles
The dessert blogger Sprinkle for Breakfast has mastered this. She’s made everything from football fields to classy lavender rice krispie treats. You can buy pre-colored chocolate candy melts from many craft stores. Just melt and dip! Add sprinkles before the chocolate cools.
Making tasty treats, contributions to a party, or pretty desserts doesn’t have to be difficult. I highly encourage starting simple with upgrading store-bought or box mix baked goods, then upgrading to simple treats. It’s a great way to build your confidence for bigger projects.