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For the past couple of weeks some friends and I have had the pleasure of playing with Rice Krispies Treats, creating little critters and such. Rice Krispies® began a friendly, year-long challenge with four teams across the nation for the Rice Krispies® Making Memories Challenge. Along with Julie from Mommie Cooks, Sommer over at A Spicy Perspective, and Robyn at Add a Pinch, I was invited to join the team representing the south. Fun huh?

Let me explain. (There’s a lot of information here, so let me know if something doesn’t make sense.)

The goal? To make an original Rice Krispies® Treat focused on a given theme. Over the course of the year there will be a total of four challenges between the four different teams, each with a different theme. For each of the four challenges a winner will be chosen. It should be a fun and tasty year ahead!

Here’s the low down on our entry for the initial challenge.


The first challenge was to create an original Rice Krispies® Treat with an Easter theme. After pastel tinted ideas swirled through our heads, this little chick hatched right there before our eyes.

Isn’t he cute? Or she?

The chick is made of delightful lemon, white chocolate Rice Krispies® Treats, coated with coconut. It tastes just like lemonade! It sits atop a dark chocolate Rice Krispies® butter cookie nest. Let me tell ya, it’s yummy! Lemon and dark chocolate is a combo everyone should try this spring.

The chicks and nests are easy enough for the kids to join in on the fun creating them. What a fun spring time project for those busy hands that need something to do. We also made a centerpiece to accompany the itty bitty chicks.

The centerpiece is a basket filled with a Rice Krispies® landscape for more chicks and their bunny friends, and a spring time garden. It was fun to put together and mostly made, again, with Rice Krispies®. For a full explanation of how we made the centerpiece, check out Robyn’s, from Add a Pinch, post. She explains it down to the “T.”

You’ll find the recipes and details on how to make the little chicks and nests below.

 


 

Lemonade Rice Krispie® Treats Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies®
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest, not compressed (about 2 large lemons)

Melt butter over low heat in a large saucepan. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

Stir white chocolate chips and lemon zest into marshmallow mixture. Add in Rice Krispies® cereal and stir until all ingredients are well combined.

Spray a 13×9-inch pan or cookie sheet and a spatula with non-stick cooking spray. Pour Lemonade Rice Krispies® mixture into pan and spread with spatula. Cool completely.

Rice Krispies® Chicks Assembly*
(makes about 4 dozen chicks)

Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe Lemonade Rice Krispies® Treats
  • 8 ounces yellow candy melts, melted
  • 1 14-ounce bag sweetened flake coconut
  • 1 cup chocolate chips , melted
  • 4 ounces orange candy melts, melted

Form 1 tablespoon Lemonade Rice Krispies® Treat into the shape of an egg. Dip treat into yellow candy melts and then roll in coconut. Place onto a large piece of parchment paper to dry.

Pipe eyes onto each chick with melted chocolate. Alternately, you can use a toothpick dipped into the melted chocolate and dotted onto the chick. Pipe a nose onto each chick with melted orange candy melts. Place onto parchment paper to allow to dry.

Here’s a photo showing the easy steps.

Chocolate Cocoa Krispies® Butter Cookie Nests Recipe
(makes about 2 dozen nests)

Ingredients:

  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 ¾ tsp. vanilla
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups shredded coconut
  • 1 ½ cups Rice Krispies® Cereal
  • 1 ½ cups Cocoa Krispies® Cereal
  • Sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together with an electric mixer.

Mix the salt, baking powder, flour and cocoa powder together in a separate bowl.

Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the dry mixture to the butter mixture. Once combined, add the coconut and mix.

Line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix the Rice Krispies® and the Cocoa Krispies® together in a pie pan. Roll the dough into 3 Tb. sized balls.

Roll the dough in the Rice Krispies, pressing in on all sides. *The Rice Krispies® should completely cover each ball.

Lay them on the baking sheets 2 inched apart. Press a deep indention in the center of each dough ball with your thumb, leaving the sides high.

Bake for 17-19 minutes. When the cookies come out of the oven, sprinkle them with a scant amount of sea salt and allow them to cool on the baking sheet for several minutes before moving.

Place a Lemonade Rice Krispies® Chick in each nest to serve.

*You’ll have extra chicks to use as decorations…or EAT!

 

THE MOTHERHOOD MAKING MEMORIES KELLOGG’STM RICE KRISPIESTM BLOGGER GIVEAWAY
Abbreviated Rules. No Purchase Necessary. Begins no earlier than 12:00:00 AM (ET) on 03/28/11 and ends no later than 11:59:59 PM (ET) on 04/12/11. For complete Official Rules, go to http://web.mediacdt.com/docs/EasterGiveawayRules.pdf. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Subject to complete Official Rules. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: The Motherhood; www.TheMotherhood.com.
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Comments

  1. 8

    says

    we make rice krispie treat cakes and stuff all the time, there is simply nothing better than cream cheese frosting all over a rice krispie concoction. I think I just may have to make this variety for our Easter celebration. Very cool!

  2. 15

    Jennifer in SC says

    Too cute. If I had young kids, I would be making these! For some reason 17 and 15 year old boys don’t like the cute crafty stuff!

  3. 22

    the country cook @ Delightful Country Cookin says

    The chick is cute, but I absolutely LOVE that basket! What a clever idea! It would be fun as a giveaway centerpiece for a Spring dinner party.

  4. 24

    says

    That’s adorable! I’ve made Halloween and Thanksgiving rice krispies concotions, but never thought of Easter. Cute idea.

  5. 25

    says

    Visiting by way of Mommie Cooks — WOW! You gals really put together an incredible entry — From the detail and design of the critters and their habitat, to the fancy flavors of the treats themselves, I definitely think you have a winning package!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  6. 26

    christine says

    Soo cute! I love your little garden hill covered with little hoppity critters! :) Good luck with the contest.

  7. 28

    Pattypro says

    Amy, that centerpiece is absolutely adorable, as are the individual chicks on nests. Well done!

  8. 30

    NanaScriv says

    I love this little Krispie Treats. They are amazingly creative. I would not mind winning the $100 gift card. Definitely I will be trying these little lemonade chick.

  9. 37

    gina @ the crave to save says

    Such a unique and adorable idea! Thanks so much!!
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. 50

    Cathy W says

    I’ve got to try these! My neighbors would love them! You are some creative gals!

  11. 53

    says

    So stinkin cute! I don’t think that I could bring myself to eat the little darlin’! He/she is too precious!

  12. 55

    Annmarie W. says

    I absolutely love those chicks & bunnies! Can’t wait to vote for them come April 12!

  13. 62

    Shawn says

    This looks so cute, and sounds like it would taste good too.

    shawn113(at)hotmail(dot)com

  14. 67

    tess says

    The lemonade rice krispie sounds so good. i hope i have time to make some for EAster
    tcogbill at live dot com

  15. 68

    says

    I just have to say that the little forest farm bunny chick scene you created is adorable and like nothing I have ever seen anyone do with cereal! LOL I love it! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  16. 70

    Mari says

    The Rice Krispies® Chicks Assembly recipe looks like a treat my son’s class would love!

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