Nom Nom Nom: All Sorts of Cereal Bars

A while back I posted some pics of my cereal bar concoctions in a Week in Review, and I kept putting off the how-to post and frankly, well, I apologize. For those bakers who didn’t look elsewhere or forgot about them, I’m sorry. Stop what you’re doing, grab your favorite cereals and get to work now.

The Nice ‘n’ Simple, the Fruitcake and the Indoor S’more.

This is one of the easiest desserts because all you have to do is melt butter, melt marshmallows, toss in cereal, mix and spoon onto a sheet. Done. But you probably want measurements and stuff like that, so here they are:

3 tablespoons margarine or butter
1 10 ounce bag of marshmallows (I used mini-marshmallows – 4 cups equals a 10-ounce bag of regular marshmallows)
6 cups rice krispies (use golden grahams, or trix, or whichever flavors you want)

Melt butter over low heat. USE LOW HEAT. DO NOT BURN BUTTER. Sorry for the caps, I kind of wrote this with the intention that I would reread it if I needed a reminder, too. I guess this is from a taste perspective. If you like that crispy, burnt butter taste, by all means, crank up your stovetop a tad higher and let it sit a little longer. Personally, I like cereal taste when making cereal bars (note: I don’t make butter bars, so don’t ask for any).

Add marshmallows stirring until melted completely. Add cereal and toss to coat thoroughly. Using a spatula (I used a rubber one), press into a 13 x 9 pan coated with cooking spray or parchment paper. Cut into 24 squares when cool.

We got it into our heads to make cereal bars when we went to the Grilled Cheese Invitational in LA, there was a vendor who also made cereal bars that were pretty heavenly. It opened our eyes to a whole world of cereal bar possibilities.

The cheerio Nice ‘n’ Simple bar is as its name desribes, simple like the original rice krispie treat. The Fruitcake is a definite trix-y dessert treat. And the Indoor S’more, depending on how much of each cereal (golden grahams and cocoa krispies) you mix in, is almost better than a real s’more!

I have only one request: send me some!!

What kind of combo would you make?

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