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 a form of art (more on that to come...). The news if filled with people of all sides of the issue as to whether Obama should be in the White House. But more importantly, we had great discussion and fairly strong opinions on the issue of whether cinnamon belongs in marshmallow rice krispie treats.
Pulling powdered sugar from the pantry and adding cinnamon, a touch of vanilla and milk, we soon had a sweet, cinnamon glaze that was then 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 non-photographed 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 non-photographed piece, I concurred.... Cinnamon Marshamllow Krispie Treats rock!
Cinnamon Marshmallow Krispie Treats with Cinnamon GlazeReminiscent 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
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...