I wish I was one of those creative, crafty moms. I wasn’t born with much artistic ability so I cook instead. I am more into cooking savory foods then baking sweets and decorating them. But every once in a while I hunt the internet to try and find some simple holiday ideas that my kids will love. Last night, at about six o’clock, my son informed me that he was allowed to bring in a treat for the class today. My choices were to run to the local store and pick up some goodies or scramble to make something easy and quick. I guess I took the hard road. As my husband stated, I have a reputation to uphold. What would my son’s class think if the mom who had a food blog sent in store bought treats?
After checking my pantry, I realized we had a few boxes of crispy rice cereal. I decided to make good use of them and these treats are what I came up with. I made a quick trip to the grocery store and purchased some icing, marshmallows and jelly beans. This project was pretty painless even for a decorating and craft deficient mom like me. I found this recipe on the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies website and adapted it. The whole project was completed in less than an hour which included clean up time too. My son and I had a great time making them!
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- ½ package (10 oz) marshmallows
- 3 cups crispy rice cereal
- Green frosting (see note**)
- Jelly beans
- In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
- Add crispy rice cereal. Stir until well coated.
- Using wet hands (see note*), put balls of mixture into a (24 cup) mini muffin tin coated with cooking spray. Flatten mixture to fit muffin-pan cups. Cool.
- Carefully remove from pan.
- Spread green frosting on the tops of each cup. Top with two to three jelly beans.
- Best if served the same day.
- MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS:
- For step one, in microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Continue with next steps. Microwave cooking times may vary.