Cookie Cutter Rice Krispy Treats

Kids love cooking, and this is a simple, tasty, and fun recipe.  You can make the treats in any shape or color, so be creative!

You will need:

1.  Five cups of marshmallows

2.  Seven cups of Rice Krispy cereal

3.  1/2 cup of butter (Half a stick)

4.  Food coloring

5.  A greased cookie sheet

6.  Cookie cutters

Rice Krispy treats on a plate
Melting marshmallows in a pan Step 1.  Over medium heat, melt the butter in a large pan.  Turn the heat to low and add the marshmallows.  Stir until the marshmallows are melted.
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Add food coloring to the marshmallows Step 2.  Remove the melted marshmallows from the heat.  If desired, pour half of the mixture into another pan or bowl.  Add about three drops of food coloring and stir until the coloring is even.
Mixing in cereal Step 3.  If you divided the marshmallows, pour 3 1/2 cups of Rice Krispys into each bowl or pan.  Otherwise, dump them all into the one big pan.  Stir until the cereal is evenly coated with the marshmallow goo.
The layers of Rice Krispy treat Step 4.  Pour the mixture onto the greased cookie sheet.  Use a spoon to press it into a rectangular shape, about 1/2 inch thick.  You can use your hands, but be very careful.   The marshmallow goo is hot and can cause burns.
Cutting out Rise Krispy Treats with a cookie cutter Step 5.  Let sit for a few minutes until the marshmallow goo cools and hardens slightly.  Cut out shapes with the cookie cutters.   Put them as close together as possible to get lots of shaped treats.  Snack on the in-between fragments.  Yum!

Mr. Kellog began marketing cereal in the US in the early 1920s, and introduced Rice Krispy Cereal in 1927.  The cereal was moderately popular.   Mildred Day, an employee at Kellogs, is credited with inventing Rice Krispy Treats as a Campfire Girl fundraiser.  The gooey treats helped make Rice Krispys even more popular, and they have remained a well-recognized treat ever since.


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