We’re lucky to have Chris Mower share a fun, easy Christmas dessert with us! Not only is Chris a fabulous cook, he is the designer behind my website. Multi-talented, yes? If you need website work done, I would highly recommend him (visit Chris Mower.com to get more info).
Today we get to see his creative, cooking side. Isn’t the idea of Christmas tree rice krispies so fun? I love the fact you can make it with everyone in your family as well. Thanks so much, Chris, for being with us!!
It’s Christmas time! Bring on the carols, sleigh bells, and hot cocoa! When I think of Christmas, these are usually some of the things that come to mind. They are often accompanied by thoughts of snowballs, frozen noses, parties, and treats. Lots and lots of treats.
I’ve always considered myself one of the lucky ones who grew up learning to make all sorts of delectable goodies for the Holidays. Divinity, fudge, peanut brittle, caramels, and cookies galore were spread out everywhere on our counter tops and outside in the garage wherever we could find a flat surface.
After a couple days of baking and cooking, we’d load up a couple dozen plates and take them around to the neighbors. Of course one of the best part of doing this as kids was doorbell ditching. We’d sneak up to the doorbell, leave the plate of cookies in front of the door, smack the doorbell and make a run for it. I’m sure the neighbors never figured out who it was, unless of course they read the attached tag: “Merry Christmas from the Mowers.”
Since leaving the frozen antarctic temperatures of Star Valley I’ve tried to keep the tradition at least partially alive by making an obscene amount of goodies every Christmas. A few years ago we weighed it all: 50 pounds. Can we say insane? I can.
This year, however, the time has literally run away with me; I can’t believe it’s already December 19th! The usual careful planning involving all the little goodies may not happen. Yet all is not lost. This year I’ve decided to focus on some quick goodies that I can make in a mere 30 minutes.
As I was brainstorming for ideas, I browsed around my kitchen pantry and came across a bag of my kids’ Rice Krispies cereal. It was then that a lightbulb began to flicker inside my head. Rice Krispies treats are one of my all-time favorite snacks—they’re crunchy, chewy, and oh so flavorful. They are also dead simple to make. Bingo. Christmas Tree Krispies.
These are one of the easiest and quickest Christmas treats I have ever made (even after I accidentally dropped not one, but two butter knives into the melted marshmallow goo). I might add that anytime I get to work with food dye and sprinkles, I enjoy it even more. Okay, now let me share it with you. This takes right around 30 minutes from start to finish as long as you’re not too picky with how your treats are decorated.
Christmas Tree Rice Krispies
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
3 tablespoons butter
10 oz. marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla
Green food coloring
Random sprinkles and candies
1. On low heat and in a large and deep sauce pan, melt the butter.
2. Add marshmallows to melted butter, stir frequently to keep marshmallows from burning until mostly melted.
3. Add green food coloring until desired color is reached.
4. Once marshmallows are completely melted, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
5. Stir in the Rice Krispies.
6. Spread treats on a buttered pan or piece of wax paper and spread out until about 1/2 inch thick.
7. Using a cookie cutter or knife, cut out tree shapes.
8. Decorate with sprinkles or cinnamon candies.
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