Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Rice Treats for Valentine’s Day

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Need something quick and fun to make with your kids for Valentine’s Day? Really, the kids are just a foil for my own craving to make something silly and delicious. As you may remember, this is not the first crispy rice bar to appear on ZoeBakes, its a bit of a thing with me. I pretend I’m doing it for the kids, but I eat most of them. This version (my favorite so far) is inspired by the “compost” cookie at the Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC. I added everything but the kitchen sink: pretzels, oreos, milk chocolate and potato chips. All those sweet and salty snacks tossed with buttery marshmallows are seriously tasty. You can add any of your favorite snack foods to the recipe, just chop them up fairly small, so you can press the treats into a heart shaped cookie cutter.

The winners of last weeks giveaway are announced at the bottom of this post.

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Rice Treats:

3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Pinch salt (make it a large pinch)

1 10-ounce bag marshmallows

5 cups rice cereal

4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped

1/2 cup chopped pretzels

1/2 cup crushed oreos

1/4 cup crushed potato chips

To make the treats:

Grease an 8×8-inch square pan with butter or line a cookie sheet with greased parchment (or wax paper).

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Melt the butter over low heat, add the vanilla, marshmallows and salt. Stir until completely melted and smooth.

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Dump in the pretzels, oreos, chips and chocolate (or whatever goodies you’ve chosen).

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Add the rice cereal and stir together.

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If you are making the treats into squares press the mixture into the prepared pan. Allow to cool, turn out of the pan and

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Cut the treats into squares. Makes about 12.

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For a Valentine’s treat, grease a heart shaped cookie cutter with grease and quickly press the rice mixture into it. Work quickly so the mixture doesn’t stiffen up too much.

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You want to work on greased parchment paper or wax paper so the treats won’t stick.

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Wrap them immediately after shaping or they will get too hard.

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Brown Butter Rice Treats

Congratulations to Patti, Alicia and Marisa for winning the Lekue Springform Pan. Let me know what delicious treats you bake in your new pan.