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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Gingerbread Rice Krispie Treats

I know I sit here and tell you a lot of what I make is super easy.  And truthfully, most of it is.  I get my thrills from no fuss, no frills things that come out fancy anyway.  It's just me.

But you have to believe me when I say, these are super easy to whip up.  Like 5 minutes active time.

5 minutes!!

By the time you finish reading this they could already be cooling, waiting patiently to be consumed.  Rice krispie treats are the ideal baking sweet for a beginner to start with.

These are really hard to mess up.  And even if you do mess up, odds are it's still going to be delicious.  Messing up is a relative term anyway.  Marshmallow + krispies is hard pressed not to = great.

And when you add some winter spice it just goes above and beyond.

These were my secret ammunition.  They straight up smell like the holidays.  Try not to eat 1 or 100 when you're taking them out of the bag.

I added these along with some ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to really amp up the gingerbread flavor even more.  If you can't find these marshmallows don't worry.  Just add more of the spices to suit your tastes and we're still in business.

These rice krispies are best enjoyed on a vacation in sunny Florida with extended family wearing sundresses and sitting on the beach.  Because obviously that is where gingerbread things fit in the most in life.

Who said gingerbread things can't be enjoyed in a sundress on the beach?

My only regret was that I didn't save a few for myself at home so that when I returned to the cold weather and real life, I wasn't without them.

But everyone got to enjoy them so it was worth it.  And when my Aunt Sheri went home with the whole plate, we loved her even more.

Not pictured: Sheri and the rice krispie treats.  Sher, if you're enjoying one right now on the beach in a sundress.... lie to me.  Lie.to.me.

Beach or no beach, these are so incredibly good and oh did I mention?  They're not half bad in the healthy factor zone.  So you have no reason not to make them.

They could have already been done by now.  Go!

Gingerbread Rice Krispie Treats

Servings: 9 large or 16 small

-6 cups rice krispies cereal
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 (10oz bag) gingerbread marshmallows
- 2 dashes ground cinnamon
- dash of ground nutmeg
- dash of ground ginger
- pinch of ground cloves

Spray an 8x8 or 9x9 inch pan with cooking spray.  Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  When melted add marshmallows and stir until melted but not burnt.  Take off heat and sprinkle in spices.  Pour in rice krispies.  Stir until evenly coated.  Pour into prepared pan and press down with rubber or metal spatula to make even.  Let cool on a wire rack (or if you're impatient like me throw them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes).  Cut into bars and enjoy.  Store in an airtight container or covered at room temperature.  

Recipe: A Mary Original

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