In honor of St. Patrick’s Day this weekend I wanted to whip up a fun treat for J. and our friends. J.’s mom makes these amazing red and green Christmas Rice Krispie treats so I was inspired to tweak the recipe to include a little “luck o’ the Irish” flare.
Leprechaun Rice Krispie Treats
- 5 TBSP unsalted butter
- 8 cups mini marshmallows
- 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup Lucky Charms marshmallows
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 drops of green food coloring (optional – if you want to be extra festive)
Before you get started, measure out your mini marshmallows, cereal, and Lucky Charms marshmallows. Line a 9×13 pan with waxed paper or tin foil and grease with butter. (These treats are super sticky so it helps to have both the waxed paper and greased inside.)
In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat – make sure it doesn’t burn! Once melted, mix in the salt, vanilla, and food coloring and then add the 8 cups mini marshmallows, stirring constantly.
Once the mini marshmallows are melted, remove from heat and add the Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until cereal is well coated. Next mix in the cup of Lucky Charms marshmallows. (Note: make sure to work quickly as the marshmallows will begin to seize up!)
Pour the mixture into your prepared pan and press down evenly (with a large spoon or spatula – the treats will stick to your hands). Be careful not to press too hard as you can break the cereal and make them tough.
Let them cool on the counter until they have set and then cut into squares (recipe should make about 16). These are best served same day while they are fresh, but if not, store them in an airtight container to keep them from going stale.
Now pair with some green beer and you’ll be all set to celebrate! 🙂
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!