Do you love Rice Krispies treat bars and Lucky Charms cereal? Then this recipe is for you. It's a perfectly festive way to celebrate St. Patrick's day without breaking out any green food coloring. Plus, it only requires three ingredients (and two optional, but highly recommended, ones). These bars have a double dose of marshmallows, thanks to the Lucky Charms, and are an amazingly tasty upgrade to the classic marshmallow and cereal bar.
You can make Lucky Charms marshmallow bites by swapping the cereal called for in your favorite Rice Krispie treat recipe, but take my advice here and spend a few minutes pulling out a cup of the Lucky Charms marshmallows for topping the bars.
Or, if you don't have that kind of time, just order cereal marshmallows in bulk from Amazon! (Isn't the internet wonderful?)
Buy them: Charms Original Cereal Marshmallows, $11.99 for 2 pounds
Most cereal bars are just butter, marshmallows, and cereal, but you can take these treats to the next level by adding a dose of vanilla and salt to the mix too.
Another Lucky Charms treat to try: Lucky Charms Ice Cream Sandwiches
Last-Minute St. Paddy's Day Treats
As a parent of two small children, I'm always looking for simple, joy-filled ways to celebrate minor holidays without much effort. This year I set out to find quick and easy recipes that can be made with common grocery store ingredients for festive treats perfect for a classroom party or just a get-together with friends.
Lucky Charms Marshmallow Bites
Makes 16 (2-inch) squares
marshmallow cereal, such as Lucky Charms
(3/4 cup stick) unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
(10-ounce) package mini marshmallows (about 4 cups), divided
vanilla extract (optional)
kosher salt (optional)
Coat an 8x8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Pick out about 1 cup of marshmallow pieces from the cereal and set aside for topping the bars.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Working quickly, add half of the marshmallows and stir until thoroughly melted. Add the remaining marshmallows and stir until melted. Stir in the vanilla and salt if using. Add the cereal and gently fold it in until completely coated with the melted marshmallow mixture.
Transfer to the baking pan. Using a rubber spatula, lightly and gently press into an even layer. Sprinkle with the reserved marshmallow cereal. Let the treats stand at room temperature until set, about 1 hour. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Layer parchment or waxed paper between the layers to prevent sticking.