Recipe: Easter Krispie Treats

A great last minute recipe to make with kids .... they see you in the kitchen and want to help.. and there isn't anything a kid can really help with... let them make some Easter Krispie Treats with a older brother or sister.. or even a grandparent... a few minutes on the stove .... and they're out of the way and happy they helped.
You can use marshmallows.. but I prefer using the Marshmallow fluff in the jar.. it always melts smooth and it's really quick too.
If you do use marshmallows... make sure they're fresh.. older ones melt horribly.
Don't use diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine.
Use whatever color you want for the food coloring... I used yellow.
If you run into the problem I have sometimes... they just don't set up as tight as you would like... even though you have pressed them into the pan.. pop the pan into the fridge for a bit...  that does the trick for me... the longer you keep them in the fridge.. the stiffer they get... I've had to use a sturdy knife to cut them.. but they eat up just fine!
Don't do as I did... I added the M&M's into the mixture then put them into the pan... nice idea.. but it had problems when cutting.. I ended up cutting through some of the candy ... and some fell out making lopsided "squares".... instead.. I recommend you put them on top and push them in.. keeping in mind where you will be cutting them so you don't cut through them....
If you don't have candy in the house... (doubtful on Easter)... but if you don't want to use it.. use sprinkles... those can be mixed into the Krispie Marshmallow mixture... just allow it to cool slightly if you're using chocolate sprinkles.. otherwise they will melt.
Have a Happy Easter!

Recipe:  Easter Krispie Treats
All you need:
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 jar (7 oz size) marshmallow fluff
1 pkg. (10 oz size about 40) marshmallows
4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal
Food coloring
All you need to do:
Melt the butter or margarine in a large pot over low heat.  Add marshmallows OR marshmallow fluff and stir until the marshmallows have completely melted.  Remove from the heat.
Add drops of food coloring and stir well until no streaks remain and the color is the shade you want.
Stir in the Rice Krispies.  Allow to cool slightly... then add sprinkles if using.
Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking oil spray.  Pour the Rice Krispie mixture into the prepared pan and press evenly into the pan using a piece of waxed paper or a spatula. 
If you are using the colored M&Ms... press them into the top...*See TIPS.
Allow to cool.  Cut into 2 inch squares.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days (if they last that long!).

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