{Bake} La Fheile Padraig Duit | Shamrock Rice Krispies Treats

March 18, 2011 in All Posts, Bake

Okay, so even though Hubby “Bah Humbug’d” St. Patrick’s Day, he was very happy to come home to these delicious, green Rice Krispies treats in cute little shamrock shapes:

Little Birdie Secrets inspired this fun St. Patrick’s Day activity that Jane and Sam enjoyed making and eating!

*Photo note:  We made these in the twilight hours between me coming home from work and the kids’ bedtime, so the photos are a little dark since I’m trying to learn how to use my camera without the flash – thanks for bearing with my experiment!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter

Kerrygold, of course!

  • 4 cups of mini-marshmallows (one 10.5 oz bag) or 40 regular-sized marshmallows (one 10 oz bag)
  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal

First, melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat.

Then, stir in the marshmallows and melt completely.

Jane "cooking" in her own pot

Just before the marshmallows have melted, add green food coloring (I used the tiniest smidgen of my trusty Wilton Icing Colors in Kelly Green for a light, lovely tint).

Once the tinted marshmallows are smooth and melted, remove them from the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies cereal.

Then, smooth out the mixture into a baking sheet or pan with a buttered or cooking oil-sprayed spoon or spatula.  If you don’t butter your smoothing device (even if it’s just your fingers), the mixture will clump up and refuse to lie down flat.  Don’t forget to use parchment paper or butter/cooking oil spray to line your pan, too!

We used a baking sheet instead of a pan so our shamrocks would be nice and thin.

Even Sam (9-months here) loved this activity!

Wait for the mixture to cool before cutting.

An alternative to waiting for the mixture to cool: Roll it!

Rolling: Step Two

Rolling: Step Three

Finally, use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out 3 or 4 hearts per shamrock.  For the stem, you can either make one out of the Rice Krispies treats or you can insert a wooden stick into the finished shamrocks.  (We used chopsticks).

*Tip, the smaller the cookie cutter, the more likely it will look better with just 3 hearts than 4.

This St. Patrick’s Day activity was sticky sweet fun and our next Rice Krispies Treat baking project will definitely incorporate Jane’s innovative  rolling technique!

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