I started this week with a migraine, but I am bouncing back. I’m finally headache free and feeling ready to get things done. Things including cleaning my apartment, food prep, and sharing delicious recipes with all of you. Today’s recipe is an incredibly simple one: Strawberries and Cream Rice Krispie Treats.
I’ve said it before on here, but there is something irresistible to me about Rice Krispie treats. If I allowed myself to, I know I could eat an entire tray. My affection for this sticky, sweet treat started when I was a child. And clearly, this love for Rice Krispie treats has continued into my adult life. Honestly, I don’t really like eating fresh marshmallows, but when they are warmed into a goopy mess I love them!
The “strawberries and cream” flavor in these treats comes from freeze-dried strawberries. You can find them at any local grocery store. The freeze-drying process removes all of the water from the fruit, leaving you with a dried, crunchy form. The kicker is that the flavor is then concentrated making it the perfect way to infuse flavor into a dish or baked treat. My mom even uses ground up freeze-dried strawberries in frosting. In addition to the freeze dried strawberries, these treats have the addition of vanilla extract for the “creamy” vanilla flavor. Finally, I always add a small amount of mini marshmallows to the dry ingredients in my Rice Krispie treats, which I’ve done here as well.
I hope you enjoy these Strawberries and Cream Rice Krispie Treats as much as we do. You have to eat them fast, generally they will last about two days in an air tight container before beginning to stale. They are the perfect treat to enjoy while in quarantine and I think you will want to make multiple pans of these, wink wink.
Stay strong and stay safe <3
Looking for more strawberry goodness? Look no further than this Strawberry Shortcake for Two!
Strawberries and Cream Rice Krispie Treats
- In a food processor, pulse 1 cup of the freeze-dried strawberries until they form a powdered texture.
- In a large bowl, combine the Rice Krispie cereal, pulsed freeze-dried strawberries, 1/2 cup remaining freeze-dried strawberries, and 1 cup of the mini marshmallows. Stir to combine. Set aside.
- In a large pot, melt the butter. Once melted, add the remaining 4 cups of mini marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Pour the dry ingredients into the marshmallow mixture. With a spatula, mix until everything is well combined and coated.
- Pour mixture into a greased 13-in by 9-in pan or onto a sheet of wax paper. With a greased spatula, evenly spread mixture into the shape of the pan. Allow to set before cutting into pieces.