Friday, December 02, 2005

March Hare's Special Holiday Marshmallow Treats

My do not take nearly as much time and/or effort as The Anchoress's Rainbow Cookies. But they are a tradition in the Rabbit Warren:

Use the standard recipe for Rice Krispie Treats(tm), only buy the special red & green Rice Krispies(tm) that come out this time of year.

Melt the marshmallows and butter in the microwave. It's quick and easy. Also use generic/store brand marshmallows. Those are 16 oz. versus the 12 or 14 oz. in the name brand bag. The more marshmallows, the chewier the treats.

Make the treats in usual manner. Put in a baking pan.

In the microwave, melt together chocolate chips and mint chips. Or use chocolate mint chips. Whatever your store has. Melt more than you think you'll need. The only waste it will go to is yours!

Spread the melted chocolate mint mixture over the top of the treats. If you're like me and are making these treats at the last minute before you have to actually take them someplace, like a PTA meeting or school party, stick the baking pan in the freezer. That will set the marshmallow treats and harden the chocolate mint topping.

When the pan has cooled, the topping will harden like a candy bar. Cut into squares. You may want to dip the knife into hot water to help cut it.

It takes about 20 minutes to make the treats, including the topping, and about 30 minutes or less for them to cool in the freezer.

My favorite commercial for these is the mom who is reading a novel in the kitchen. She keeps telling her family, "Just a couple more minutes!" and goes back to reading. Just before she walks out with a plateful of treats, she dips her hand into the flour and sprinkles some on her face. She walks into the dining room, sighs, and smiles at the grateful and enthusiastic response she receives from her family.

I've never had the guts to actually sprinkle flour on my face!