Food for Thought: Krazy for Krispie Treats

For anyone desperate for a last minute treat for the whole family, may I recommend a holiday classic:  no-bake, one-pot, and so, so, tasty!  Of course I’m talking about the amazing and wonderful favorite for kids and adults alike, Rice Krispie Treats.

Let’s pretend that you realized at the last minute that you needed to bring a dessert to your in-laws’ Christmas Eve party. Let’s pretend you didn’t panic hysterically for a good ten minutes. Then, let’s pretend you realized in a stroke of unintentional “mom-genius” that you’d bought all the ingredients necessary to make America’s favorite simple dessert a few days earlier when you saw some fun “Holiday” Rice Krispies as a way to occupy the kids for 15 minutes.  In a total holiday miracle, you are all good!

Rice Krispie Ingredients

As you will learn, I’m all about recipes under five ingredients and this is right up my alley. For one batch, all you need is:

  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • one bag of marshmallows

We doubled the recipe since we needed to serve more than 12 people, but everything still fit in the pot. We actually grabbed the recipe straight off the cereal box or you can find it online here. I admit food inspiration comes from

We followed the recipe exactly as outlined, then laid out the “treats” to cool.

1.) Slowly melt the butter and marshmallows over low heat until smooth.

2.) Turn off the heat and stir in the rice krispies slowly – one cup at a time.

3.) Spread the rice krispies and marshmallow/butter mix into a baking dish. Put buttered (or cooking spray-treated) wax paper under the mix to make clean up easier.  Perfection isn’t critical here. Just spread it as evenly as you can. When you cut the squares, or use cookie cutters to make shapes, you can make them look pretty.

This recipe – from start to finish – took 20 minutes!!!

To add a little holiday flair, I used cookie cut outs to make Christmas trees and snowmen and threw them on the a pretty Christmas plate. Make sure to cut the treats before they have fully hardened. You need them a little soft and sticky still to make clean cuts.

Now, to keep the kids from eating these in the next two hours!

Hope this is helpful to someone else.  It sure saved the day for me.

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