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Rice Krispie Treats

Until recently I had forgotten how ridiculously fast and easy it is to make rice krispie treats. Three ingredients: butter, marshmallows, and rice krispies. No baking required.

It turns out that the butter is what makes this recipe work. Marshmallow is incredibly sticky stuff and can be difficult to work with; the butter stops it from sticking to everything (the pans, the mixing spoon, the spatula…) so that you can get the cereal mixed in, scoop it into the pan, and flatten it down.

You can customize this recipe in interesting ways by adding flavorings: cinnamon, cocoa, pumpkin spices, pretty much anything else you can think of.

Let’s be honest here: there is very little that is nutritious or healthy about this recipe. It’s a very sugary snack, or more properly, dessert. But life is short and difficult, and sometimes we deserve rice krispie treats.

Makes one 13×9 pan (cut to whatever serving size you prefer). Time required: ten minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 10-ounce bag of marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

In a large saucepan or medium pot, melt the butter over low heat. Add in the marshmallows and stir until fully melted. Make sure there aren’t any lumps of half-melted marshmallows left — we want it nice and smooth. But use LOW heat; browned sugar is a wonderful thing, but burned sugar is the worst.

Remove from heat. Add the cereal and stir until well mixed and the cereal is consistently coated with marshmallow. Do this quickly; it will stiffen up as the marshmallow cools.

Spray non-stick cooking spray on both sides of a rubber spatula. Using the spatula, transfer the cereal/marshmallow mix into a 13×9 baking dish. Use the spatula to make it an even layer and to flatten the top. Seriously, spray the spatula. If you don’t, it will very quickly get covered with sticky stuff, which will make this task ten times more difficult.

Let cool. Cut into cubes and serve.

Tips and suggestions:

  • Wrap individual servings in cling wrap to stop them from drying out.
  • You can mix cinnamon, cocoa or other flavorings into the melted marshmallow (quickly!) before adding the cereal. Or you can sprinkle it on top after you’ve spread it out into the baking dish.

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