On the ninth day of Christmas, my KitchenAid gave to me…

9 snowman

9 Snowman Treats!

8 Inch Snickerdoodle Cake

7 Gingerbread Kids Cupcakes

6 Christmas Cookie Shapes

5 ingredients, 5 minutes S’more Cups

4 Layer Red Velvet Cake

3 Dozen Cookies

2 Dozen Reindeer

And a Cream Cheese Bonanza Caaaake 

One of my favorite quick desserts are rice crispy treats!  In a few ingredients, the microwave and one bowl, you can get a sweet treat.  I’ve also alternated this recipe with cocoa crispies and added 1/2 cup peanut butter to make a cocoa peanut butter treat and these are just as good! 

The ninth  day is inspired by a picture I saw of cake shaped snowmen, similar to cake pops before cake pops were popular.  However, I thought rice crispy treats would be just as good, and easier than cake, and different.  You can also use this recipe to make any shapes- footballs, Easter Eggs, letters, anything!

Snowman ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 package (10 oz) marshmallows, miniature ones
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • cooking spray
  • wax paper 
  • decorations: frosting to hold the sections together, kisses for the hat, morsels for the eyes, ribbon or licorice for scarf, pretzels for arms, colored icing tubes for buttons, nose etc.

Directions:

  1. Spray a large bowl and spatula with cooking spray to prevent unnecessary sticking.  You will also need cooking spray for your hands and the way paper. Keep it nearby!
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt butter.  Add marshmallows and mix.  Melt marshmallow mixture in the microwave for about 2 minutes, mixing half way through.
  3. Once completely melted, add cereal to bowl and mix until combined.
  4. Take a 1/2 cup measuring cup (sprayed thoroughly with cooking spray) and scoop out the cereal mixture.  This will be the bottom of the snowman. Drop on wax paper, lightly sprayed with cooking spray.  Since we are making snowmen, scoop out 3 different sizes to form the snowman.
  5. Spray your hands generously with cooking spray and shape the cereal mixture into balls.  If the mix is too sticky, you didn’t use enough cooking spray on your hands. 
  6. Let the balls cool before decorating.
  7. Use frosting to glue the 3 balls together then decorate with favorite toppings!

And remember, never leave the kitchen with a clean apron!

My bag of marshmallows was more than 10 oz so I used a scale to measure it out.  

9 rice crispie ingredients 9 rice crispies

You just want to microwave long enough to melt the butter and marshmallows.  Do not overcook or else the marshmallows will start to solidify and won’t taste good.  2 minutes are a good average time.

9 microwave magic 9 marshmallow maddness 

This is what the balls look like once they are shaped.  Before they are shaped they will be blobs of cereal. 

9 plob and form balls    9 rice crispy snowmen

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