Sunday, November 18, 2012

Gingerbread Rice Krispy Treats

Do you ever waste a lot of time looking at recipes? Like a LOT of time? Because I do... on a daily basis.

Gingerbread Rice Krispy Treats

My little girl will go down for a nap and I'll have this mental list of all the things I want to get done in my hour of freedom. Cleaning, paying bills, organizing, etc, etc. Then I decide I'm going to "quickly" check my email first... next thing I know I hear crying and I realize I've spent the entire naptime online looking at recipes. Ahhh, again?... really Summer?

So Thanksgiving is coming up, which means I am wasting about double the amount of time looking at recipes. I'm not even bringing the turkey, yet I have 10 different variations currently bookmarked. I mean there is the basic salt and pepper but then we get into brining flavors, injection sauces, dry rubs, compound butters, glazes...

One of the things I am actually making though is a trifle. (for those strange people who don't like pie, cough cough, husband) How I always manage to make sure I am assigned a dessert I don't know, but it takes skill. It lets me feel justified in stocking up my kitchen with butter, sugar, cream, chocolate, and more butter. My grocery store trips are recently confined to the baking aisle... with the occasional trip to the ice cream section. But I digress. My point is that I can't make up my mind of what kind of trifle I want to make and I am wasting a lot of time researching my options. I am currently deciding between the following seasonal flavors:

- Pumpkin cheesecake trifle
- Pumpkin gingerbread trifle
- Eggnog gingerbread trifle
- Butterscotch gingerbread trifle
- Red velvet cream cheese trifle

All so similar yet so different! I can't decide!!!

Ok, all that aside, today's delicious krispy morsel is a truly seasonal flavor. Gingerbread. Mmmm, I feel like no one truly appreciates the beauty of gingerbread. I swear I could eat gingerbread cookies all year, but I only think about making them during the holidays. Oh well.

Anyhoo, get your gingerbread kick this season through these babies. I used a gingerbread mix for the flavor base, then added a bit of molasses just because I can. If you really want some extra spice feel free to toss in an additional 1/4 tsp of cinnamon or ginger. Yum! Ok, that's that.

Gingerbread Rice Krispy Treats

Gingerbread Rice Krispy Treats

4 Tbsp butter
6 cup marshmallows**
1/3 cup (heaping) dry gingerbread mix (I used betty Crocker)
1 tsp molasses
6 cup krispies

Pour the rice krispies in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, turn the heat down to the lowest setting and add the marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are mostly all melted (this will take a few minutes--low and slow is key for perfect texture) then stir in the gingerbread mix and molasses.

Once fully melted, take them off heat and pour over the rice krispies. Stir lightly to combine. Dump everything into a greased 9x9 pan. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then with greased hands go in and flatten the top. Allow them to cool about 20 minutes. 

**So I searched high and low for the famous "Gingerbread marshmallows" but couldn't find them. So I had to stick with the normal ones. However if you are blessed enough to find these goodies I highly recommend you use them to really pump up the gingerbread flavor. Then call me and let me know where you found them. Pronto.


  1. Love your blog, you sound too much like me, it's scary. I didn't see a response on the gingerbread mallows. The only place I have heard was Target, but anytime I have checked, they are sold out. The clerk said they go AS SOON AS PUT ON THE SHELVES. He didn't know why they didn't order more. So, lucky me, I have many sisters getting them for me whenever they find them. Good luck. (next, I need to find matcho????)

    1. Ha ha, I'm glad there's others like me! I'll have to start stalking Target...

  2. I just found a bunch of them at walmart! I stocked up. Have you tried making the rice krispie treats only using the butter and gingerbread marshmallows? I'm curious to see if they'll taste just as good.

    1. I haven't, I still need to get my hands on a bag of them! If you try this tell me how they turn out, I'm interested...

  3. They were delicious!

  4. I found gingerbread marshmallows on clearance last year at Walmart. I hunted for them this year and couldn't find them during the Thanksgiving/Xmas season. But after Xmas I found them on clearance at Safeway and the 99 cent store. I bought 4 bags at $0.79 each. I decided to be reasonable and not buy more. I was told at one Safeway I check in with during the season that different stores carry different things and they only had pumpkin spice marshmallows. I saw the gingerbread marshmallows online for $5-something a bag before Xmas.

    The last few years have been interesting for marshmallows. I have found (at the 99 cent store) German Chocolate, Toasted Coconut, Strawberry, Chocolate and Mint, Vanilla and Chocolate, and Caramel and Vanilla marshmallows. Oh the Caramel ones smell like heaven. They are tasty but smell so much better than they taste.

    1. Thanks Gina! This is awesome! Yeah I have seen some at the 99cent store - I should totally stock up like you for next year!

  5. I found gingerbread marshmallows near Christmas at Walmart.


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