Churro Rice Krispie Treats
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Churro Rice Krispie Treats

It’s Christmas season! And boy oh boy, am I excited to share with you tons of fun recipes. First things first, let’s talk about these churro rice krispie treats!

So, a month ago or so, I was in the store. And I came across a brand of pre-made rice krispie treats. There were several different flavors, but the churro flavor caught my eye. I was so excited to try them, and I didn’t even know why. They just sounded so good, so I bought a box. I figured I’d share them with the kids and put them in my kiddo’s lunch box, too.

Eventually, I tried them. And BLAH. Really hard, dry, dare I say stale! They were no good at all. I was really surprised because it seemed like a decent brand, too. I couldn’t even get my kids to eat them. A real travesty! Ever since then, I’ve been dreaming out doing justice to these churro rice krispie treats. I wanted to make some, but they had to be amazing.

I laid out my game plan. First, I would start with browned butter. Because we all know that everything amazing starts with browned butter. If you need help browning butter, check out my “browned butter” highlights on my Instagram page. Then I would mix marshmallows in with the cereal so there would be some soft, gooey bits in there. Then I would use tons and toonnnns of marshmallows. Using vanilla and salt for flavor balance was on the list, too. Oh, and I definitely had to top it off with a cinnamon sugar mix.

Let’s talk about all the reasons to love rice krispie treats…

Now, I don’t normally make rice krispie treats around the house. But I was excited to make these because they seem like the perfect Christmas treat. We all know that Christmas treats have gotta be quick, easy, and delicious. They’ve got to be the perfect treat that you can whip up right before you’re going to settle down with a mug of hot chocolate and watch your favorite movie. They’ve got to be the kind of treat that you can make while you’re decorating the Christmas tree. And lastly, they’ve got to be the kind of treat that you can share!

These churro rice krispie treat recipe uses two whole 10 ounce bags of mini marshmallows. I know this seems like a lot, but Christmastime isn’t really the time that anyone counts calories, so who cares? The extra marshmallows help to make them soft and gooey, instead of hard. Which is the mortal enemy of rice krispie treats, by the way.

Churro Rice Krispie Treats

If you’re making this recipe, try lining the pan with aluminum foil. It will make the treats easy to remove and cut into squares. If you don’t really care about them looking perfect, then just grease the cake pan and away you go.

They make the perfect neighbor gifts and would be great as part of a treat platter for everyone to snack on at a party. I really hope you enjoy these and I hope you’re enjoying the Christmas season!

Churro Rice Krispie Treats

 

Churro Rice Krispie Treats

This zippy take on rice krispie treats is full of flavor and perfectly gooey!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 10 ounce bags mini marshmallows, divided
  • 9 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Churro topping:

  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x13 baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease with baking spray. Set aside.

  2. Add the butter to a small, light-colored saucepan. Melt the butter over medium-high heat, and stirring occasionally, stir until the butter is browned and smells nutty. Remove from heat and pour into the bottom of a large pot. 

  3. Add two cups of mini marshmallows into the measured cereal, then pour the rest into the large pot with the browned butter and allow to melt over low heat, stirring occasionally. 

  4. After marshmallows have melted, remove from heat and mix in vanilla extract and pinch of salt. Pour in cereal mixture and stir until well combined. Dump mixture into greased cake pan and lightly press to even it out. Avoid pressing too hard on the mixture, otherwise it will make it compact and hard. 

  5. In a small bowl, mix together sugar, cinnamon, and pinch of salt. Sprinkle evenly over the rice krispie treats and allow them to set at room temperature for 30 minutes or so to set up. When you're ready to serve, lift foil out of pan, cut into squares and serve. Enjoy!

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