Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cinnamon Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats with Cinnamon Glaze


Life is often filled with opinion and controversy.  Lately our radar has shown rather strong opinions as to whether dance should be considered a sport or an art form.  The news if filled with people on all sides of the issue as to whether Obama should be in the White House.  But more importantly, we've recently had great discussion and fairly strong opinions on the issue of whether cinnamon belongs in marshmallow krispie treats.

A post on our Facebook Page regarding the cinnamon issue left me with a majority of responders on the "give it a try" side along with a few on the "absolutely not" side.  After serious discussion and begging from Liv to leave the cinnamon out, I plowed forward and added a simple teaspoon (a generous one at that...) into our very "marshmallowy" after school krispie treats.

Not really looking any different than usual, we spread the marshmallow coated cereal into our pan and decided if we were going to go cinnamon, we were going to go big.

Pulling powdered sugar from the pantry and adding cinnamon, a touch of vanilla and milk, we soon had a sweet, cinnamon glaze ready to be drizzled over the treats.  Her interest piqued, Liv had a hard time waiting for the glaze to set, and she actually cut into the treats as my back was turned.

Her exclamation of, "Yes!!!  These are awesome!" had me turning to find her smiling ear to ear as she cut even further into my unphotographed pan of treats while muttering the phrase all moms love to hear:  "I guess you were right...".

The hug that followed was even better than the acknowledgment, and as I helped myself to my own unphotographed piece, I concurred.... Cinnamon Marshamllow Krispie Treats rock!

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Cinnamon Marshmallow Krispie Treats with Cinnamon Glaze
Reminiscent of Sunday morning cinnamon rolls, the treats themselves bring a cinnamony flavor, but its the glaze that takes them over the top.

1/4 cup butter (we use Earth Balance Butter Substitute)
1 pkg marshmallows (larger package - about 7 cups)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon (I used a generous teaspoon)
6 cups Puffed Rice

Glaze:
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 Tbs + 1 tsp milk (we used rice milk)
Cinnamon to taste (we used about 1 tsp)

Spray a 9x13-inch pan lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
Measure the puffed rice into a large bowl.  Also, set aside.

Set a large saucepan on the stove over medium to medium low heat.  Add the butter and then the marshmallows.  Continue to heat over low heat until everything is melted.  Add the cinnamon and stir to combine.

Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the cereal mixture, quickly stirring well to evenly coat the cereal.  Moving quickly, pour the cereal mixture into the prepared pan and evenly press into the pan.

To prepare the glaze place the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk (or milk alternative) into a small bowl.  Whisk until smooth adding additional milk or sugar as necessary to reach your desired consistency (we like ours fairly thick).  Drizzle glaze over treats, then set aside to set.

When glaze is set, cut a small strip from one side of the pan (short side).  Pull out the strip.  Using a spatula carefully work the rest of the treats out of the pan and onto a cutting board.  Cut into desired shapes and enjoy!

Liv Life Note:  Liv wants it noted that the "allowing the glaze to set" part of the directions is purely optional...

37 comments:

  1. I definitely vote Yes for the cinnamon on the treats, and oh yes for the glaze, too. They look amazing.

    I put cinnamon in my oatmeal in my tea, yogurt, and anything else I can think of. I have huge container of cinnamon that I got at Costco. Keep the cinnamon coming Liv!

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  2. I vote for cinnamon! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe, Kim! It is a winner for sure :)

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  3. Never would have thought to add cinnamon, but what a great idea! these look awesome! Love when your kids can say "you were right"!

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  4. I haven't eaten a rice krispie bar yet, but these pics seriously tempt me...love the flavors!

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  5. Yesssssss, awesome use of the cinnamon! So great, nice job Kim. Have a great weekend!

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  6. I would never have considered adding cinnamon to rice krispie treats but as soon as you mentioned it on FB, it sounded so good. Judging from Liv's reaction, they are a winner. Now I want some.

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  7. cinnamon, marshmallows... who can say no. :) Have a great weekend! ~ Ramona

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  8. Drool! Drool! Drool!! Loving this cinnamon glaze!

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  9. Mmmmm yummy - I think Little Moo and I need to make some of these! They sound awesome.

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  10. Oh my yes. Rice crispie treats are awesome no matter what so I can't see myself turning them down with cinnamon in them!

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  11. I would much rather discuss rice krispie treats than politics any day!

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  12. Ohh looks sooo good! My kids would go nuts over them..You made them perfect Kim!! Have an awesome weekend!!!

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  13. I am glad you went ahead and made these. They do sound wonderful. Cinnamon is a sure bet in my book!

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  14. I am addicted to anything cinnamon sugar related. I'd love these!

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  15. looks wonderful I always like using puffed rice for rice krispies look wonderful

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  16. I can't remember the last time I had krispie treats. After reading your post and looking at your photos, I really, really wish I had some now. With cinnamon! That's an interesting flavour combo I'd love to try.

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  17. I am addicted to cinnamon, so I'd absolutely devour these. Sounds fantastic! :)

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  18. I am not a big fan of rice krispy treats, but I would totally go for yours! I love the addition of the glaze to these, the cinnamon would be delicious :)!

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  19. I love the idea behind these! Rice krispie treats are one of the desserts I just cannot stop eating when they're around, and I am always game for a winning adaptation :)

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  20. These look like pure heaven -your pphotos are simply wonderful :D
    I wish I had a plate in front of me right now...

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    P.S. Just subccribed to your blog under another email :)
    Can't wait for more posts!

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  21. I would never have dreamed of adding cinnamon, but as a huge fan of Rice Krispie treats, I would be diving right in like Liv! PS...I love her last comment :)

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  22. Oh MAN, I just made peanut butter rice krispie treats and I think I'm going to have to try these cinnamon ones - they sound absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing! :D

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  23. I've been playing around with creative rice krispies treats! I love your version with the cinnamon!

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  24. I don't know if I voted at all, but I'd have loved to have been on the taste-testing crew. :)

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  25. Love easy treats like this!Great snack on the go!

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  26. I love cinnamon so I would love these because who doesn't love rice crispy treats, great job.

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  27. Just made them tonight and they did not disappoint, thanks for the recipe!

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  28. These look and sound amazing! I LOVE all things cinnamon and I tend to add more cinnamon to things than recipes call for. Way to go on giving this a try! Now I will have to try them too! :)

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  29. So glad these came out so well. I heard of something similar but they called it churro rice krispy treats. Not sure if they just roll it in Cin sugar after? Both sound delish!!

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  30. how much cinnamon goes in the glaze? i don't see it in the recipe. thanks!

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  31. Thank you for pointing out my lack of cinnamon in the glaze!! Doh!!!
    We usually don't measure this part... but I'd say about a teaspoon... if you are not a big cinnamon fan use a bit less.

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  32. These look delicious!! I can't wait to try them - I love cinnamon in everything!

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  33. This looks and sound amazing...so amazing I shared the recipe to my friends on Facebook. Thank you for helping me explore another variation of this treat for the kids. :)

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  34. Very efficiently written information. It will be beneficial to anybody who utilizes it, including me. Keep up the good work.

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