You may have noticed my Disney theme lately...a recent trip is still in my memory and I'm trying to relive my vacation. Tis the season for gifts for friends, neighbors and co-workers. In my office, it can be comical how quickly a small gift shows up on your office chair when you've been around the corner only a moment (I have really great co-workers). I decided to do some tasty treats for everyone (I have nearly 35 people in my department)--one treat is healthy clementines and the other is less healthy but very tasty: rice crispy treats.
In the cafeteria in my building, they make the most delicious crispy treats. Soft and chewy and buttery--oh so good (if you really want one, you have to wander down by 10am or risk them being all sold out by the time you get down to lunch). I asked the Queen Crispy Treat Maker (Jamie) what the secret was--more marshmallow? or butter? or secret sauce? Nope, she says. Just don't melt all the marshmallows. Instead reserve some of the marshmallows and stir them in with the cereal and the melted marshmallows. Genius.
5 C. rice crispy cereal
16 oz pkg mini marshmallows (about 10 cups)
5 Tbs. butter
1/8 tsp salt
Before you start, line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper that you've sprayed with non-stick spray. (I used my 9x13 pan but didn't fill it on one end).
In a large pot melt the butter over medium heat then add 8 cups of the marshmallows and the salt. Stir constantly until all melted and smooth. Pour the cereal into the pot and stir a couple times, then dump in the rest of the marshmallows and stir everything up.
Dump the sticky mix onto the parchment lined pan and use a measuring cup or back of a big spoon to press into the pan (spray the cup/spoon with non-stick spray first). Don't press too hard, just enough to have it stick together. Cool completely. Flip the cooled treats out of the pan and then use a Mickey Mouse sandwich or cookie cutter to make your cute treats. I had to spray my hands and the cutter to keep them from sticking.