I resisted making a Valentine’s day post. I even resisted making Valentine’s day treats. No, Wally did not get any heart-shaped treat yesterday. I do not like this holiday and I do not share the excitement behind it. I believe it’s a very materialistic holiday and I don’t like the idea that on the 14th of February you make up for everything by telling those you love that you do love them. I try hard to make that happen every day of the year.
Having said that, Carla is a kid and living the US she is immersed in this culture. Kids talk and celebrate V-Day at school, which I think it’s really ridiculous but, hey, that’s how things go…I can’t change the world. Surfing the net looking for a quick recipe to make with her (and having already failed a savory recipe that I was planning), I found these heart-shaped rice Krispies treats and I though she would have fun making them.
They were also fitting my idea of starting to use new ingredients to bake with Carla, so that she could see how creative you can get and how you can pull out something good from anything. Plus, these are no-bake treats. You just have a 5-minute time on the stove but that’s it.
The rice Krispies and the mini-marshmallows in this recipe were ideal as “new ingredients” in our repertoire. The final treats turned out ok. Actually, Carla and even her parents liked them. I don’t think I will ever want to try this kind of stuff again in my life. As per the child-friendly….I have my doubts about it! If by child friendly you mean a silly recipe that include children-beloved ingredients. This is a child friendly recipe. But you can’t really say you give ownership on the recipe with this one. Stirring the marshmallows on the stove (already dangerous for a kid) is very hard. Mixing the rice Krispies into that sticky thing is even worse. But hey, don’t get me wrong. I like to try anything so I’m still glad I did.
Rice Krispies Treats
3 tbsp butter
6 cups mini (or 60 regular-size) marshmallows
red food coloring
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Lightly coat a 10by15” baking sheet with cooking spray and set it aside.
Melt the butter in a large pot over low heat. Add the marshmallows, stirring them continuously until they melt. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in drops of red food coloring until you obtain the desired color.
Add the Rice Krispies, stirring until they are evenly coated with marshmallow.
Spoon the mixture onto the baking sheet. With waxed paper or lightly buttered hands smooth out the mixture, spreading it to an even thickness.
Cut out hearts with the cookie cutter.
Have a sweet day!
Source: adapted from Disney Family Fun, where you can also find the video of how to make these quick treats