Snap! Crackle! Pop! Cheep! Cheep!
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
- 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)
- 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)
- 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!