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Stay-Soft BEST Ever Rice Krispie Treats and Pops

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Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

One of the BEST things in life is a GOOD soft, tasty Rice Krispie treat! 

But it has to be soft.

Yummy marshmellowy.

A little gooey, but not real sticky or that’s just a mess.

Most important it needs to have great flavor and not be bland and tasteless.

Do these sound like your kind of perfection in a Rice Krispie Treat?

If it does, and you love them like I enjoy a really good one, then I have the perfect recipe for you!

Making these soft delicious treats in a pan to cut into the usual bar, which is great. But I have a something special for you!  It’s a simple and clever way to have fun eating them, and of course, sharing them too.

These stay-soft best ever rice krispie treats and pops are  a family favorite.  Not only because they are very inexpensive to make, they are so simple, you’ll make them up often with the kids or grand kids as a quick and easy dessert and special treat.

 

 

Stay-Soft BEST Ever Rice Krispie Treats and Pops

Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)

10 oz. mini marshmellows (or large ones in a 10 oz. bag)

5  1/3 cup of rice krispie dry cereal

*Additional 1-4 Tablespoons of additional butter

Optional:  Biscuit cutter, melting chocolate buttons or chocolate chips, sprinkles, parchment paper, cellophane bags, -use the right sized cutter with the bag:), ribbon

 

Directions:

Using some of the additional butter (1-2 Tablespoons), lightly butter either a 9″ x 13″ cake pan or a jelly roll pan that has sides; depending on how thick you want to make your treats.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Pre-measure your rice krispie dry cereal into a bowl.

Set it aside. 

If making Pop’s lay a piece of parchment out near you, but not in your way of working.  

In a large saucepan, melt the 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) over low heat.  

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Add in the marshmallows and stir continually.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Keep stirring until they are completely melted – being careful not to burn them.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Remove the pan from the heat and gently stir in the rice krispie cereal.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Folding in until it is completely covered

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Spread the mixture into the buttered pan of your choice.  Using buttered hands (with the rest of the butter), pack it down firmly if you are going to cut out shapes.

Allow the mixture to cool completely in the pan.

Cut them into bars for the original treat.

 Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Store in an airtight container to keep them soft and perfect.

 

 

To make the POP’S, using a muffin or biscuit cutter (or anything that is round and will go through the depth of the mixture and cut)

push through to the bottom, using a firm pushing down motion.Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Take your circle out and push a craft stick into the center of one end to make a POP.

Do this with all of your POP’s until you cannot cut anymore shapes out.  

Put your melting buttons or chocolate chips into a microwavable bowl.  Heat for 30 seconds and stir.  Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Repeat this process until the chocolate is completely smooth and warmed through, but not hot.Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Dip one of the POP’s into the chocolate, helping with a spatula, spoon, or another utensil to cover up as far as you desire, and also to help scrap off the backside and make the chocolate layer more even all around.Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Cover with sprinkles (or heath bits as shown) while with chocolate is still wet on the POP. Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Lay on the prepared parchment paper and allow the POPs to set up. Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

To make them even more presentable for gifts, etc.  have cellophane bags that are larger than the POPs.   

Put the POP end into the bag first so the stick may sticking out of the bag; depending on the length.

Now tie with ribbons, or whatever you desire. 

Makes a great gift, take-home treat, oh there are so many uses for this scrumptious treat.  

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2019

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Pumpkin bars with lots of chocolate chips

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

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Pumpkin bars with lots of chocolate chips

Pumpkin Bars loaded with Chocolate Chips

Do you like pumpkin?  How about chocolate?

Then you are in for a real treat if you do.

Because I found the PERFECT match…finally!

These really are the BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars.

Not dry crumb in the batch, quicker than cookies and YUMMY.  

The spices make it flavorful, the butter makes it scrumptious and using canned pumpkin means they make up quick anytime of the year.

I found this recipe at Mels Kitchen Cafe and they are so good, that the pursuit for the perfect pumpkin bar is over; because these really are the BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars!

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Ingredients:
2 1/3 cups flour
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
15 oz. pure pumpkin puree (do not use the canned pie filling)
11 – 12 oz. chocolate chips

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Coat a cake pan, 9×13, with cooking spray or line with parchment; cutting it so the parchment will go up the sides of the pan for easier removal.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl using a mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar on med-high speed until smooth.

Beat in egg and the vanilla.

 

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Add in the pumpkin puree and mix until well.

Mix in the dry ingredients, stirring just until combined.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Now fold in the chocolate chips.

 

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Bake until the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

This will take about 35-40 minutes; depending on your oven. 

Cool completely in the pan before lifting the pars out of the pan, cutting into squares; serve.

Pumpkin bars with lots of chocolate chips

Pumpkin Bars loaded with Chocolate Chips

TIP:  Put these BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars in the refrigerator for an hour or so before serving. 

Pumpkin bars with lots of chocolate chips

Pumpkin Bars loaded with Chocolate Chips

Recipe from Mels Kitchen Cafe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, 2014, 2018

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Easy Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwich

 

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Ice Cream Sandwich covered in red, white and blue candy sprinkles

Easy Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwich

Easy Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwich

Easy Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwich

These easy Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches are a terrific way to cool off with red, white and blue and bring in the celebration.  

They are so easy and fast to make, that they are a perfect cooking activity to get the kiddos involved in.

You can put these together in a hurry for a party, the parades, fireworks or any event.  Also to cool down on a hot summer day and bring on the fun. 

Another quick treat are Patriotic Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows are a great addition to your treat line-up. 

And don’t forget the Red, White and Blue Popcorn for an added delight. It’s a really yummy snack.

Make the Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwich, even all three of the treats; everyone will really enjoy the celebration of food!

 




 Red, White & Blue Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients:

Ice cream sandwiches

Red White and Blue Patriotic Sprinkles

Directions:

Unwrap an ice cream sandwich and place on a plate or waxed paper.Easy Patriotic Ice Cream SandwichShake the sprinkles over the ice cream sandwich covering evenly. 

Eat or place back in the freezer until ready to use.Easy Patriotic Ice Cream SandwichENJOY!

Ice Cream Sandwich covered in red, white and blue candy sprinkles

 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

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Tender white cake mix that has been baked. Then holes poked all over it to allow in a delicious mixture of whipped cream and key lime juice and sweetened condensed milk. Then finished with a glorious topping of pudding mix, cool whip and lime.

Easy Key Lime Poke Cake

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Tender white cake mix that has been baked. Then holes poked all over it to allow in a delicious mixture of whipped cream and key lime juice and sweetened condensed milk. Then finished with a glorious topping of pudding mix, cool whip and lime.

Refreshing Key Lime Cake

 

This Easy Key Lime Poke Cake fits the bill for St. Patrick’s Day with its hint of green, it’s amazing for summer with its light refreshing flavor, and great anytime of year with its delicate infusion of subtle lime.

Beginning with a tender cake mix, you know this will be easy; and with additional key ingredients, its amazing! 

The middle ‘poke’ layer is a scrumptious delightful combination of sweet and tangy.

With a topping of a creamy fabulous-ness, for a popular make-ahead dessert.   

For a really quick yummy lime treat check out these Easy Key Lime Cookie Bars 

 

Easy Key Lime Poke Cake

Ingredients:

Cake –

1 box of white cake mix

1 ¼ cups water

2 Tbl. vegetable oil

4 eggs  

 

Key Lime Filling –

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)

1 cup whipping cream

½ cup Key lime juice

1 ½ tsp. grated lime peel  (approx 1 lime)  

 

Topping –

1 (3.4 oz.) package vanilla instant pudding and pie filling

1 cup milk

3 cups thawed frozen non-dairy whipped topping

1 Tbl. grated lime peel  (approx. 1 – 2 limes)

1 Tbl. Key Lime juice  

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat a 9×13” baking pan well with spray release.

Have a straw, chopstick or skewer easily accessible.  

In a large bowl, beat the cake ingredients with a mixer on low speed for 1 minute, then on medium-high for 2 minutes; scraping bowl occasionally.

Pour into prepared pan.

Bake the cake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

Meanwhile zest  the limes. Do this on a grater with small holes, scraping off only the outside green to gain wonderful flavor. Do not grate into the white pith layer, as this makes the food bitter.Key Lime Poke CakeWhen the cake is cooked through, poke holes, about ½” apart over the entire cakeKey Lime Poke CakeIn a medium bowl, mix together the filling ingredients, just until combined well.

This will thicken up and take more effort to push into the holes if allowed to set up, so it’s best to mix it up as soon as the cake comes out of the oven.Key Lime Poke CakePour half of the filling mixture over the cake.Tender white cake mix that has been baked. Then holes poked all over it to allow in a delicious mixture of whipped cream and key lime juice and sweetened condensed milk. Then finished with a glorious topping of pudding mix, cool whip and lime.

Refreshing Key Lime CakeSpread with a spatula to keep it from running down the side of the cake; directing it into the holes.

Continue moving it till most is absorbs into the holes.Tender white cake mix that has been baked. Then holes poked all over it to allow in a delicious mixture of whipped cream and key lime juice and sweetened condensed milk. Then finished with a glorious topping of pudding mix, cool whip and lime.

Refreshing Key Lime Cake Again poke holes next to the previous holes, all over the entire cake.

Pour the rest of the filling ingredients over the cake and again direct the filling into the holes.

Put the cake in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour.Tender white cake mix that has been baked. Then holes poked all over it to allow in a delicious mixture of whipped cream and key lime juice and sweetened condensed milk. Then finished with a glorious topping of pudding mix, cool whip and lime.

Refreshing Key Lime Cake




After the 30-60 minutes refrigeration time, prepare the pudding mix using only 1 cup of milk, but follow the mixing/preparation directions on the side of the box.Key Lime Poke CakeWhen the pudding is prepared (again, only using 1 cup of milk), fold in the thawed whipped topping, lime peel and lime juice.Key Lime Poke CakeSpread over the cake and refrigerate 4 hours to overnight, covered, but not touching the topping that you have just put on top of the cake.

Key Lime Poke Cake




Serve the cake chilled and store leftovers in the refrigerator.Tender white cake mix that has been baked. Then holes poked all over it to allow in a delicious mixture of whipped cream and key lime juice and sweetened condensed milk. Then finished with a glorious topping of pudding mix, cool whip and lime.

Refreshing Key Lime CakeUse within 3 days.Tender white cake mix that has been baked. Then holes poked all over it to allow in a delicious mixture of whipped cream and key lime juice and sweetened condensed milk. Then finished with a glorious topping of pudding mix, cool whip and lime.

Refreshing Key Lime Cake

Recipe by Carrie Groneman, adapted from sohowsitaste.com. 

Copyright A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

 Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

Tender white cake mix that has been baked. Then holes poked all over it to allow in a delicious mixture of whipped cream and key lime juice and sweetened condensed milk. Then finished with a glorious topping of pudding mix, cool whip and lime.

Refreshing Key Lime Cake