Friday, December 18, 2009

Rice Crispy Trees

A simple twist of turning a standard rice crispy treat into a tree is pretty simple - so I thought. Have you ever tried to get the gooey mess into a shape?

Found a great technique to keep your hands mess-free and get the trees nice and firmly packed. I took a simple plastic baggie and sprayed the inside with oil cooking spray. Spoon a dollop of the crispy treats in and press down into the corner of the bag (can twist the top to pack or use your hands to push on different sides of the bag repeatedly). To remove, peel back the plastic or turn inside out. Cool on a lightly sprayed piece of wax paper.

6 c Rice Crispy cereal
3 T Butter
1 bag Mini Marshmallows
Green food colloring
Decorations (red hots, red icing, rope licorice, etc) - optional
Cooking spray

Melt butter in a large pan over medium low heat. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until smooth. Do not over cook or allow it to brown. When the sugar in the marshmallow starts to caramelize, it gets hard and tough. Turn heat off (add coloring if desired) and add cereal, stirring until evenly coated and slightly cooled.

Press into a lightly greased pan (use a sprayed piece of plastic wrap or wax paper to press it in) or scoop into bags to make trees. Decorate as you wish.

Total Cost: $1.99
Marshmallows $.79 (Aldi)
Butter $.20 (Aldi)
Cereal $1.00 (Aldi or Meijer)

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