I'm not sure what weather has been like in your corner of the world lately, but around these parts... things have been hot.
Now I don't mean the typical summer "wow this is hot but it's ok because it's summer and I can just go jump in the closest body of water and feel better" hot.
I mean " wow it's been 100+ degrees F for over a week, any body of water you come across is already the temperature of bath water" hot.
The, "it's summer and you can't really leave your house" hot.
Sufficient to say, it's bad.
It's left me with little to no motivation to do anything except eat frozen yogurt at all meals and have a cold drink in my hands at all times.
Lowest on my motivation ladder, however, would be cranking up my oven during this horrendous and unending heat wave.
That's where those little gems come in.
They take a total of five minutes to whip up, scream summer fun, and don't require the use of the oven.
Perfect for the summer days when doing anything more for entertaining seems like a total drag, but still with enough wow factor bound to make most people, kids or not, smile.
Dry cake batter is mixed in with the usual rice krispie treat suspects of butter, marshmallows, and rice krispie cereal. The flavor isn't overbearing, but just present enough to let you know these rice krispie treats are out of the ordinary.
Fun fact. In the Philadelphia area, what we see throughout the rice krispie treats as well as on top are called "jimmies" whereas in the rest of the country (as for the world I'm not sure) they are generally regarded as "sprinkles".
Seeing as I like to consider myself Philadelphia through and through and I make the rules here, jimmies it is.
You mix the jimmies throughout the rice krispie treats and sprinkle even more on top. These could not be easier. If you plan on celebrating the 4th of July on Wednesday, a fun addition would be to see if you could scope out a red, white, and blue variety and use them instead.
However, I happen to think these are pretty fun just as is.
And, honestly, this one just makes me smile.
Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats
Servings: Approx 16 large or 24 small
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 (10oz) bag miniature marshmallows
- 1/2 cup dry yellow cake mix
- 1 (1.75oz) jar rainbow jimmies (sprinkles)
- 6 cups rice krispie cereal
In a large saucepan, melt butter over low to medium heat. When melted add marshmallows and stir until melted and but not overly gooey. Turn off the heat, and take pan off stove. Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the marshmallow mixture and stir until combined. Stir in the rice krispie cereal as well as half of the jimmies (sprinkles). When well combined, press into a 9x13 inch pan. Top with remaining jimmies (sprinkles) and press down to stick. Let cool, cut, serve, and enjoy!