Ingredients:

Rice Krispies Treats®:

6 cups (150 grams) Rice Krispies® cereal

3 tablespoons (42 grams) unsalted butter or soft natural buttery spread*

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 - 10 ounce (285 grams) package miniature marshmallows

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

* I like to use either Smart Balance® or Earth Balance®


Instructions:

Rice Krispies Treats®: Butter, or spray with a non stick vegetable spray, a 9 inch (23 cm) square baking pan.

Place the Rice Krispies® in a large bowl that has been buttered.

Butter, or spray with a non stick vegetable spray, a heavy medium sized saucepan. Melt the butter and salt in the saucepan over medium low heat. Add the marshmallows and constantly stir until the marshmallows have completely melted. Add the vanilla extract and then pour the mixture over the Rice Krispies® cereal and stir until all the cereal has been coated.

Immediately pour 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. Can store at room temperature for a few days if well wrapped

Makes about 16 squares. Preparation time 35 minutes.


Description:

All bakers need recipes that are a snap 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 fruit tart or a layer cake piled high with swirls of frosting, there are also times when I need something quick. That is when I turn to Rice Krispies Treats®. It is the busy mother's dream; ten minutes at the most and you are done. Just mix together rice cereal with melted marshmallows and margarine. And the best part is that both kids and adults love this candy-like square, with its sweet flavor and crispy texture.

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 for Rice Krispies Treats® 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 a 7 ounce jar of 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, the baking pan, the saucepan, the bowl, and all utensils, as this mixture is very sticky. These treats are definitely at their best when freshly made, although they can be stored for a few days at room temperature.