Thursday, July 1, 2010

Easy Rice Crispy Treats

I know most of you probably have rice crispy treat making DOWN, but this is a way I do it so I don't have to use the stovetop or butter/margarine and my nephew can eat them and they are a little healthier this way. I make a large cookie sheet or jellyroll pan of this amount. If you don't want quite so many, cut the recipe in half. This picture is the last two of these treats.Ingredients:
8 cups Rice Crispy Cereal
8 cups Marshmallows
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Measure 8 cups of cereal and put into a large bowl to mix. Place marshmallows in a glass microwavable bowl with vegetable oil and stir together to coat the marshmallows. Yesterday when I made this, I put them in the microwave on medium heat for two minutes and when I pulled the marshmallow mixture out, they were perfectly soft. I stirred them around and then added the vanilla before pouring them into the cereal and mixing. Once marshmallows and cereal are mixed, spread on greased cookie sheet with a piece of greased wax paper. I like to spread them out thin so kids can handle them easier.
Try this. See if you like it better than the stovetop way. I don't think I can go back now.

Vanilla Pudding Cookies

These cookies are soft and moist and delicious. I made them yesterday for a family get-together at the park with my siblings and parents and these two were all that were left (until snacktime, now they are gone!) Many of the cookies were enjoyed even before the park by my brother and his wife and our combined five kids. Toward the end of the time at the park, one nephew-son of a different brother-heaped these cookies on a plate to take home. I'm just saying that they are good. I didn't come up with the recipe, but I forgot to write where I got it when I printed it out. They are a lot like the Chocolate Pudding Cookies.
1 Cup Softened Unsalted Butter
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Granulated (Regular) Sugar
1 (3.5 ounce) box Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix-unprepared
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 1/4 cups Flour
Chocolate Chips (or whatever you like to add into your cookies)

Cream Butter and sugars together. Add dry pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla. When they are all combined well, add the baking soda and flour. Mix well. Then add chocolate chips. I used about 1 cup of mini chocolate chips and another cup or so of white chocolate chips this time. GREASE your cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes. Makes about four dozen cookies, so double if you are feeding a large crowd. They will go quickly.