bakers need recipes that are easy to make and enjoyed by everyone.
Although there are times when nothing gives me more pleasure than spending
a morning in the kitchen making a layer cake
with swirls of frosting, there are also times when I need something that's quick
and easy to make.
That is when I turn to Rice Krispies Treats® (Squares). It is the busy mother's dream;
ten minutes and you are done. Just mix together rice cereal
with melted marshmallows and butter (or margarine). And the best part is that both
kids and adults love this candy-like square, with its sweet flavor and
We can thank Mildred Day for Rice Krispies Treats®, a Kellogg's® Home
Economist who invented them back in 1941 when she needed something for a
Camp Fire Girls' bake sale. Kellogg's® must have known they were on to
something big, because shortly after their invention they started printing
the recipe for Rice Krispies Treats® on every box of Kellogg's Rice Krispies®.
The basic recipe has changed very little over the years. Oh, some of us
now prefer to use butter, in place of margarine, and we may tinker a
little with the ingredients, but its original flavor and texture are still
there. While my personal preference is to use miniature marshmallows,
large ones are fine, or you can even use marshmallow creme. But it is
important to use fresh marshmallows as they melt so nicely, and make sure
to butter or spray, with a non stick vegetable spray or flavorless oil, the baking pan, the
saucepan, the bowl, and all utensils, as this mixture is very sticky.
Treats®: Butter, or spray with a non stick vegetable spray, a 9 inch
(23 cm) square baking pan.
Place the rice
cereal in a large bowl that has been buttered or sprayed with a
non stick vegetable spray.
Butter, or spray
with a non stick vegetable spray, a medium sized saucepan. Melt the butter in
the saucepan over medium low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly,
with a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula, until the marshmallows have completely
melted. Add the vanilla extract and then pour the mixture over the rice cereal and stir until
all the cereal has been coated.
the mixture into your prepared pan and lightly pat until even. Cool at room
temperature until the Rice Krispies Treats® have set. Cut into
squares. Well wrapped, these treats can be stored at room temperature or in the
refrigerator for a few days.
Preparation time 15
minutes. Makes about 16
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