Thursday, August 31, 2006

Satisfying a craving

The Original Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Recipe
Favorite Brand Name Bake Sale Cookbook Copyright 1997

3 tablespoons margarine the generic version calls for 4 tablespoons butter or margarine - I used 4 tablespoons of butter
1 package (10 ounces, about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal the generic version calls for 5 cups, I eyeballed it, probably just a little short of 6 cups
vegetable cooking spray

1. Melt margarine in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly into 13x9x2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cut into 2-inch squares when cool.

Makes 24 treats

I just got it into my head that I wanted to make rice krispie treats. They're so simple to make, there was nothing to stop me. Certainly not money or time since these are inexpensive and quick to make. These are a much better choice than buying something, those times when you really don't feel like baking (or have the time or energy) but you want to have something sweet on hand.

I'm a purist when it comes to rice krispie treats. I prefer them without peanut butter (even before peanut butter was off-limits here) and without other adornment. You can buy these prepared now (how lazy and/or crunched for time have we become?) but they're just not the same. I like my rice krispie treats on the gooey-side, mixed a little bit unevenly so that I get a semi-unexpected pocket of marshmallow goo every now and then.

I had the original recipe ready but the generic cereal I bought had a slightly different version. Were they trying to avoid copyright issues? What I made was actually closer to the generic version, which called for more butter or margarine and less cereal. Rice krispie treats are not an exact science.

These may not exactly be healthy, but they're better than a lot of other sweets (especially store-bought). The inventor of the Rice Krispie Treat, Mildred Day, lived to the ripe old age of 92 so how bad can they be?

Question of the Day: What kind of sweets do you usually keep on hand?


Unknown said...

I love rice krispies! I do like the peanut butter ones but I don't like it when chocolate is added. The only treats I "keep on hand" are the cookies I made. Other than that, I don't usually keep anything on hand if anything at all.

Anonymous said...

Sugar-free cookies, sugar-free jello, sugar-free pudding. (You get the drift.) BLAH!!! :/


DancesInGarden said...

Up until maybe last year, the closest thing to a sweet would have been honey in the cupboard, or home made jam. Except for holidays of course. Sometimes I would have tea biscuits, which are sweet enough for me but not for the two whackos I live with. They prefer poptarts. *shudder*

Dh is a rice krispee treat purist as well, and didn't believe me that I was genetically unable to make them. He believes me now. I got it from my mother. She can't make them either!

ThursdayNext said...

The new Weight Watchers cakes are really good, especially the lemon cake! :) I have fro yo in my freezer year round for a sweet tooth attack!

Annie said...

What one's don't I keep on hand???