Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats

Did I tell you I have not one but three kid birthdays to celebrate just days before Christmas?

I already told you about one in the previous post.

The other two are on the same day – the twins.

After 10 years of this, I should be used to all the crazy fun it brings to the holidays. I am… kind of.

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I try to make their birthday celebrations special and separate from Christmas. Although, my kids like to have their classroom birthday treats Christmas themed.

This year, I made Christmas Tree Rice Kristie Treats for the twins to share with their class.

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I made the classic Rice Krispies Treats recipe.

I cut the Rice Krispies Treats into triangles. You could use a Christmas tree cookie cutter but simple triangles are easier to make.

I decorated them using green icing, mini red M&M’s as ornaments and mini yellow M&M’s as the stars.

I also decided to keep the trees simple by not coloring them green (using food coloring or even green sprinkles). During y first attempt, I did use green sugar sprinkles but it made the Rice Krispies treats taste too sweet. I think it looks nice without the coloring. The green icing garland gives it enough color.

Also, just like on my Christmas Tree Brownies, the green icing garland paired with the yellow M&M stars and red M&M ornament makes it holiday-ish.

Have you made any Christmas treats this holiday season?

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Reindeer Cocoa Krispies Treats

If you’re a mom with kids, especially in preschool or elementary school, then you are familiar with the parent sign-up sheet for parties. You know the one. The teacher lists food and party supplies for parents to contribute and then the parents put their names besides an item or two.

When my kids were in preschool, I was the mom who would volunteer to bring plates, cups, napkins or a bag of pretzels. Something easy and didn’t require me to make it.

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I was definitely not putting together all the cute treats you’ve seen here the past few years. The cute stuff started coming out of my kitchen when all my kids were out of preschool. Maybe, it’s because I was a slacker back then. Maybe, it was because there was no Pinterest to inspire me. I like to tell myself it’s because I was busy with 3 kids in preschool with little time for anything else.

Anyways, when it comes to my kids birthday classroom treats, now I will happily make an adorable sweet treat. My daughter asked me to create something using Cocoa Krispies Treats for her birthday classroom snack. And so I did – Reindeer Cocoa Krispies Treats. I based it off the reindeer treats, Mini Reindeer Donuts, I made last year.

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I made the classic Rice Krispies Treats recipe using Cocoa Krispies.

I cut the Rice Krispies Treats into squares.

I used Wilton Candy Eyeballs. The noses are red M&Ms. I used chocolate icing to keep the eyes and noses in place on the Cocoa Krispies Treats. I drew the antlers using chocolate icing with a round tip. And that’s all I did. Easy.

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Monster Rice Krispies Treats

Earlier today, I made these adorable Monster Rice Krispies Treats for my kids’ classroom Halloween party. Yes, it was so easy I am already posting about it. I wanted to share it with you as soon as possible in case you needed to make a last minute Halloween treat. You could serve them at a Monster-themed party. Match them with my Monster Paper Lanterns and my Monster Wreath with Colored Googly Eyes.

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I made the classic Rice Krispies Treats recipe. All I did was shape them into balls and then top them with sugar sprinkles and candy eyeballs.

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To make the Rice Krispies Treats into ball shapes, I used my fingers to scoop the mixture. I them shaped it using my hands.

Tip: I put a lot of butter on the palm of my hands and fingers so the mixture wouldn’t stick to them. I repeated this whenever my hands started getting sticky.

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I topped the Rice Krispies Treats with sugar sprinkles in orange, purple and green. Another way to color to your monsters is to add food coloring to the melted marshmallow mix before adding the Rice Krispies cereal.

I used colored sugar sprinkles to give my monsters their color. It is easier this way in my opinion.

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I added Wilton Candy Eyeballs to the Rice Krispies treats. I used Wilton Tube Decorating Gel – White to keep the eyes in place on the Monster Rice Krispies Treats.

How fun are these monster treats? I was able to make 20 little monsters.

Have you made any Halloween or monster treats?

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars Recipe

I’m excited to share this Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars recipe. It’s not just because of the obvious -  such as it’s yummy and has chocolate. After several trial and error attempts, I have a few helpful tips to share with you.  This doesn’t make me an expert but I do hope it makes your granola bar making experience go more smoothly.

Be sure to read the entire recipe and all the tips. I wish I had know about them the first time or the second time or third time I made chewy chocolate granola bars. You get what I mean. I hope my mistakes (I should call them learning experiences) makes it easier on you.

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The first thing I tweaked with this recipe was the ratio of oats to rice cereal. Too much or too little oats and it didn’t taste right to my family. You can modify this – it’s may be a personal preference.

This recipe may seem familiar to our No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bites and our Granola Cereal. But out of all the granola recipes I make, Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are my family’s favorite.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars Recipe

(adapted from Everyday with Rachel Ray)

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2.5 cups oats – I use quick oats
  • 1.5 cups crispy rice cereal – I use Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Melt butter, honey and brown sugar together in a pan until it bubbles. Simmer on medium low heat about 2 minutes until sugar dissolves.

TIP: This step is important. I’ve made this without simmering until sugar was dissolved and the granola bars did not turn out right.

Remove from heat.

In a separate bowl, combine together the oats and crispy rice cereal. Pour this mix into the wet ingredients in pan. Mix together.

Place granola mixture evenly into a 9×13 ungreased pan and press into pan.

TIP: Let cool for a few minutes before topping with chocolate chips. If the granola mixture is too warm, then you end up with a mess of melted chocolate chips. That’s not the worse thing in the world because chocolate is chocolate.  But, I prefer to keep my chocolate chips in tact.

Top with chocolate chips. Press entire granola mixture firmly into pan. You want to press the mixture into the pan tight so your granola bars are compact and won’t fall apart.

TIP: I discovered a technique to press the granola mixture into the pan. I use another 9×13 pan and place it on top of my granola bars. So, first place parchment paper on top of your Chocolate Chip Granola.

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Then place your extra pan on top of that.

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Now, press down hard on the pan. Remove the extra pan and parchment paper.

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Now, you have nicely packed granola bars.

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Set in refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Cut into bars. Enjoy your yummy Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.

Have you made any homemade granola bars?

Have a Sweet Day!

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Rainbow Sprinkle Rice Krispies Bites

I am sharing Rice Krispies Treats with a simple but fun twist – Rainbow Sprinkle Rice Krispies Bites. It’s a small change to a classic. I made them bite size and added rainbow sprinkles. They are like little sprinkles of fun.

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Lately, I’ve noticed there are several Rice Krispies Treat variations. I’m not talking about different shapes or colors. I mean flavored ones like Lemon Meringue Rice Krispie Treats, Carrot Cake Rice Krispie Treats,  Dulce De Leche Rice Krispie Treats and many more. In fact, I even made Vanilla Cream Rice Krispies Treats in the past. They all sound wonderful to me. But, honestly my family members (kids and husband) prefer the traditional version.

Truth be told, that’s how they are with most desserts – including cakes, cookies and muffins. No foodies in our household. I don’t mind. I like to keep things simple especially in the kitchen.

So, even though this is not a different or fancy Rice Krispies treat, it’s fun, yummy and most importantly, my family will eat it happily.

Rainbow Sprinkle Rice Krispie Bites Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal
  • rainbow sprinkles

Melt butter over low heat and then add marshmallows. Stir until melted completely. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until cereal is completely coated.

Add sprinkles… then stir. Add more sprinkles… then stir. Keep repeating the sprinkling step until you’re happy with the amount.

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Roll into small ball shapes. I use my fingers to scoop the mixture. Tip: I constantly put butter on the palm of my hands so the mixture won’t stick to my hands.

Optional – Coat top with additional more sprinkles (although, I find this to be is a little tricky).

Have you made any Rice Krispies Treats lately? Do you like it plain or do you like to change it up with different flavors?

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Rice Krispies Bird Nest Treats

Here is an easy to make and sweet Easter treat – Rice Krispies Bird Nest Treats. The combination of nest shaped Rice Krispies treats and M&M’s chocolate candies are a sweet pairing. They also look cute.

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It is a fun treat to make with the kids. My kids requested we make these Rice Krispies Bird Nest Treats again this year. We already did as evidence by this post.

Rice Krispies Birds Nest Treats Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal
  • Small egg shaped candy such as chocolate eggs or jelly beans. (I used M&Ms Speck-tacular Milk Chocolate Eggs)

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Melt butter over low heat and then add marshmallows. Stir until melted completely.  Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until cereal is completely coated.

Spray muffin tins with baking spray or butter the muffin tin cups. I divide the mixture to fill 24 muffin tin cups.

I use a spoon and my fingers to scoop the mixture into the muffin cups. I just keep putting butter on my fingers so the mixture won’t stick to me. Once a scoop of the mixture is in all the muffin cups, I place a piece of parchment paper on top of each Rice Krispies treat cup and press down.

To make a nice nest shape, I  use a tool I’ve had for years from Pampered Chef called a Mini-Tart shaper. I place a piece of parchment paper on top of the Rice Krispies treat and press the Mini-Tart shaper down the middle.  If you do not have a mini-tart shaper, then using your fingers should work.

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Let cool completely.

Top each Rice Krispies Bird Nest with egg shaped candy. You could use frosting to make the candy stay in place. We did not do that. The candy could be colored coated chocolate candy or  jelly beans.  I used M&M’s Speck-tacular Milk Chocolate candy. They come in pastel colors. The picture at the top of this post shows only the blue colors.

Do you like to make any special sweet treats or desserts for Easter.

Have a Sweet Day!

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Valentine Chocolate Heart Pretzel Treats

I have a sweet and salty treat to share with you. If you love chocolate covered pretzels – I know I do – then you’ll love our Valentine Chocolate Heart Pretzels. It’s an easy-to-make treat.

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This is a variation on the traditional holiday pretzel treat that may already be familiar to you. I make them every year for Christmas using Snyder’s of Hanover Snap pretzels, Hershey Kisses and Christmas colored M&M’s.

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To give these sweet treats a Valentine’s Day theme, I used mini (salted) pretzels, heart shaped Hershey chocolates, pink and red M&M’s and Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles. The mini pretzels look more like a heart than snap pretzels. So the combination of the mini pretzels and chocolate hearts go well together.

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You could use any small chocolate hearts. For example, I also tried Dove chocolate hearts. The Dove hearts are smaller than the Hershey hearts. I asked my family if they preferred the bigger or smaller chocolate hearts. The answer was the bigger hearts. Their reason was simple- because there’s MORE chocolate.

More Chocolate -that makes sense to me.

Here’s how to make these easy Valentine Chocolate Heart Pretzels:
Place pretzels on a baking sheet. Top each pretzel with a chocolate heart. Bake in oven at 170 degrees for about 3-5 minutes.  (Oven temperature and times may vary.) You want the chocolate soft enough to push an M&M on top. Don’t overcook, though, because the chocolate will melt through the pretzel holes.

I decorated some of the chocolate heart pretzels with only M&M’s, some with only sprinkles and some have both M&M’s and sprinkles.

I also chilled in the refrigerator so the chocolate would harden.

And that’s it! Sweet and salty goodness made easy.

How do you like your chocolate pretzel treats? Do you like it with M&M’s, sprinkles or both?

Have a Sweet Day!

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Granola Cereal Recipe

I have spent the past several months trying new from scratch recipes. It’s part of my plan to cook more homemade food in combination with buying less packaged food items. One recipe I tried was homemade granola cereal.

I honestly wasn’t sure if I would like homemade granola because I didn’t eat store bought granola in the past. Now, my granola cereal is a staple in my family’s pantry. I make a big batch of granola cereal on a regular basis – usually once every 7-10 days.

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NOTE: All pictures in this post are from making two batches of the recipe. (Recipe was doubled.)

The recipe below is based on one I found on Food.com. I changed it after several attempts. First, the granola cereal was too soft. I like it crunchy. Then I thought it was too sweet so I reduced the brown sugar. The nice thing about granola cereal recipes is you can customize it easily to fit your likes and preferences. If it’s not sweet enough, add sugar. You can also add sunflower seeds and/or dried fruit if you want more than just oats and nuts.

Homemade Granola Cereal Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix together oats, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.

In another bowl, mix together butter, honey, water and vanilla.

Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients and mix well.

Spread granola mixture into pan lined with parchment paper. I bake mine in a large cookie sheet. NOTE: All pictures in this post are from making two batches of the recipe. (Recipe was doubled.) If you make this recipe, then it would fit in one big cookie sheet. If you double the recipe, then you will need 2 large cookie sheets.

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Bake at 300 degrees for 50 minutes.

After the 50 minutes, take out of oven. Move any granola pieces you feel is “cooked enough” into a bowl to cool. My personal preference is to have brown crunchy granola. I remove only the browned/crunchy pieces from the pan. The rest of the granola, which is soft and light in color,  I leave in the pan. I cook that for another 10-15 minutes. I repeat this until all the granola is cooked the way we like it.

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NOTE: All pictures in this post are from making two batches of the recipe. (Recipe was doubled.)

The granola will brown as it cooks. It will also harden more as it cools.

Store in an airtight container.

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Hope you have a happy day. And Smile – That is what I did when I saw my son in the background in the picture above.

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Christmas Tree Brownies

Yesterday, I told you about mini reindeer donuts. Today, I have another fun holiday treat to show you – Christmas Tree Brownies. We shared this sweet dessert with my oldest daughter’s classroom to celebrate her birthday.

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I baked my homemade brownies. I cut the brownies into triangles. NOTE: I was able to get clean lines by cutting the brownies using a plastic knife while it was still warm in the pan. A plastic knife makes a big difference versus using a regular knife.  A great tip I found on TheFrugalGirls.com.

After the brownies were completely cool,  I decorated them using Wilton Cookie icing – Green, mini red M&M’s as ornaments and mini yellow M&M’s as the stars.

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Have you made any Christmas Tree shaped treats this holiday season?

You can get my homemade brownie recipe HERE.

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Mini Reindeer Donuts

I had so much fun making these Mini Reindeer Donuts. Aren’t they cute? They are an easy-to-make Christmas treat.

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Last year, I made Mini Snowman Donuts for a birthday snack for my twins’ classroom. They wanted a similar treat this year. I remembered all the cute Reindeer shaped treat ideas I posted previously. We decided on the mini reindeer donuts (seen on Free-N-Fun Christmas).

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I used Wilton Candy Eyeballs. The antlers are made out of pretzels. I found using alphabet pretzels, specifically the letters “Y”, “T”, “F” and “J” work great. The noses are red M&Ms. I used Wilton Tube Decorating Gel – Brown to keep the eyes, noses and antlers in place on the chocolate donuts.

Have you made any reindeer treats this holiday season?

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