I love Rice Krispie treats! I'm an even bigger fan of the Little Debbie version. In fact, I will embarassingly admit that I have eaten so many of them in one day that my gums were sore from the crunchiness of the cereal. That's some serious snacking there! It's been years since I've made homemade Rice Krispie treats. But, after seeing so many different variations of them out in the blogging world, I decided it was time for me to get busy in the kitchen and whip up a batch of these Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats.
The second time is the charm... Why, you may ask, would I need to make two batches of Rice Krispie treats before I got them right? Well, I'll tell you. The first time around, I used an entire bottle of sprinkles that melted when I poured them into the warm marshmallow/krispies mixture and turned it into a tie-dyed-looking mess. I've learned two valuable lessons from this mishap: 1. Sprinkles "run" when heat is applied and 2. I don't like the taste of melted sprinkles. Yuck! So, it was back to the kitchen where I made another batch of treats and lightly sprinkled tiny non-pareils on top. Much prettier and tastier!
This recipe caught my eye on one of my linky parties where it was posted by Muriel from Cake Bake and Decorate who acknowledged How Sweet It Is as her recipe source.
Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats
4 tbsp. butter
1 (10oz) bag of mini marshmallows
1/4 cup yellow cake mix
6 cups of rice krispies
1 (1.75oz) jar of sprinkles
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and marshmallows together stirring constantly. While the marshmallows are melting, slowly add in the cake mix until well incorporated. Once everything is melted, stir in the rice krispies and most of the bottle of sprinkles (reserve just a few sprinkles to decorate the top). Store in an airtight container.
The smell of marshmallows has to go down as one of my favorite scents of all time!
The "hardest" part of making Rice Krispy treats - the melting of the butter and marshmallows. This takes me back to my childhood when my mom would makes these for us.
Gradually sprinkle in 1/4 cup of your favorite cake mix. I used golden butter cake mix but I think the possibilities are endless considering there are so many cake mix flavors out there.
I am proud to say that I got this cereal at a BOGO sale. This fact makes using them in this recipe that much more fun.
I'm going to include my mishap in this post. These are the sprinkles I used in the first batch. Pretty and festive.
But, as they blended into the warm marshmallow mixture, the colors ran. Not so pretty...not so festive!
Second verse, same as the first. Much better results with the light sprinkling of non-pareils on top, not mixed into the treats.
It's a little hard to detect the subtle flavor of the cake mix in these treats. I would need a side-by-side comparison between these and regular treats. But, they were still delicious! My gums are aching already!
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