I really enjoy holiday baking, or anytime baking for that matter. And I really enjoy when I can involve Little Boo in the fun. The decorating is the best part, in his opinion. He loves to decorate gingerbread men and shortbreads in particular. This year we changed things up a bit and decorated some Rice Krispies treats in the shape of stockings.
Last year I bought a silicone muffin pan with six stocking shapes, but I've never actually baked in it. I thought it would be perfect for Rice Krispies.
I made up the original Rice Krispie treats recipe, using the Holiday variety for the red and green festive touch. I lightly greased the inside of the silicone mold with margarine, then did the same with my hands. While the mix was still warm I scooped out portions and pressed them firmly into the stocking shapes. This used up about a third of the recipe, so I pressed the rest into a small pyrex dish for a regular tray of treats.
After allowing the stockings to cool in the fridge for about an hour, I popped them out of the mold, with a little nervousness. But it worked! They came out smoothly and were very well-formed. Little Boo and I decorated them with edible sparkles, gel icing, and Smarties. Very important - we did our work on top of a layer of wax paper for easy clean-up.
These treats were then packaged up and went with Little Boo to his sleepover last night. I hear they were enjoyed during family movie time.
Rice Krispie treats are super quick and easy to make, and since they involve no actual baking, just a couple of minutes in the microwave, they are a great, safe option for making with the kids. Forming them into different shapes, either free-form or with a mold, is fun for the kids too - almost like playing with play-doh though a bit messier. And once decorated they can look really impressive and like you worked far harder than you actually did.
There are a bunch of creative Rice Krispies recipes and holiday ideas available online if you want to get adventurous! There's even how-to videos, so go check them out for some inspiration.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Kelloggers' Network and I received a package of supplies for preparing holiday Rice Krispies treats. No other compensation was received, and all opinions on this blog remain my own.