Simplicity. Sometimes when you’ve had a long day and you need a little comfort, simplicity is the best medicine. I remember my dad cooking Rice Krispie treats as a kid and I couldn’t wait for the concoction of marshmallow and cereal to cool down. It didn’t matter how bad of a day he or I had because this decadent treat always made me forget my problems.
Dads like us want to be able to take our children’s pain away, and many times it’s out of our hands. The emotional pain of that first breakup and the physical pain of their first surgery or bad illness are some of the things we can do little about. Luckily, these little treats can go a long way.
How You Make Them?
I’ve seem Rice Krispie treats made with peanut butter, cocoa and all kinds of little additions, but this is all about simplicity. Just take a pot and add a stick of salted butter and let it melt on a low heat. You don’t want the butter to burn or scorch. Add a bag of marshmallows and let them melt with constant stirring. Add a dash of vanilla if you’re feeling a little crazy. Once the marshmallows are completely melted, take the concoction off the heat and add six cups of the cereal. You can always add more or less depending on your personal gooey preference. Stir until well coated and then transfer to an oiled baking dish. Wait to cool.
Butter Versus Margarine
Many margarines are mostly water and that can make your Rice Krispie treats seem stale and soggy. Blech! It’s always best to stick with real salted butter. Also, don’t use margarine or butter to grease the baking dish. I like to use oil as it won’t make the treats taste bad and it makes it much easier to get them out.
Wait! Wait! Wait!
The hardest part of eating Rice Krispie Treats is waiting for them to cool down. Every part of your being wants to dig in. Eating the treats warm makes them much more gooey and hard to eat and makes them more difficult to get out of the pan in one piece. It’s better to just wait a few hours and let the whole thing cool down.
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