It’s finally the weekend!! I don’t know about you, but when the weather turns a little cooler, I just want to spend more time in the kitchen cooking up warm delicious meals my family and I enjoy. But this time in the kitchen, my boys and I had a little more fun making some special Halloween treats I like to call Messy Monster Bars.
These sweet treats are perfect for this time of year. It’s a kid-friendly recipe too so they got to be hands-on for the whole thing – which also made for a giant sticky mess. But that’s all part of the fun!
– 10 cups rice crispy cereal
– 3 (7 oz.) jars of marshmallow creme
– A stick and a half of butter
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla
– 1/4 teaspoon of salt
– Jar of chocolate hazelnut spread (I used this kind.)
– White chocolate chips (optional)
To make the rice crispy treats, measure out 10 cups of cereal and set aside. In a large stock pot, melt the butter over low heat. Once completely melted, add in the marshmallow creme, vanilla and salt.
Get it all ooey gooey good and melted and then fold in the rice crispy cereal. Line a 13 x 9 pan with wax or parchment paper and then pour the mixture into the pan.
I took another piece of wax paper over the top to really press it in. Homemade rice crispy treats don’t stay together as well as the store-bought kind, so give it a good pressing in to help hold it together better. Then pop it in the fridge to fully cool. If you keep it in overnight – even better. It makes it that much easier to spread the chocolatey goodness.
Once cooled, cut into bars. Spread the hazelnut over a part of each bar to make the ‘monsters’ and then garnish with white chocolate chips for the eyes. Store in the fridge. These can also make a fun party favor for a fall birthday too. Place each one individually into a sandwich baggie and tie with an orange ribbon. What kind of treats do you like to make this time of year?