Rice Krispies Treats are always a hit in our house, which is fine with me since they're so simple to make and still have some nutritional value thanks to the Rice Krispies. But I wanted to spruce them up a bit in honor of Valentine's Day, so yesterday when my two oldest boys were at baseball camp, I gathered my three younger kids up for a fun afternoon filled with white chocolate and candy sprinkles!
I found these adorable Valentine's Day cookie cutters last year at Walmart for just $2.88 for the set. You might recall them -- I also used them for the Heart-Shaped Stained Glass Sugar Cookies.
They have them again this year, so keep an eye out for them in the holiday aisle -- I bet you can get them for a steal the day after Valentine's Day!
I picked up a couple of three-packs of Valentine's Day-themed Wilton sprinkles for the kids. I especially love the pink, white and brown jimmies pack and the tri-colored candy balls.
We started with a batch of the original Rice Krispies Treats recipe. I lined my baking tray with parchment paper, and pressed the mixture out into an even layer using the wrapper I saved from the butter (saves time and money!).
While the Rice Krispies Treats mixture is still warm, use the cookie cutters to cut out as many hearts as you'd like from the sheet. I opted not to use the largest size of cookie cutters so we'd have more treats, but either way, you'll probably still have some extra cuttings left over.
If you work quickly enough, you may be able to stick the mixture back together to get more cutouts, but my eager helpers gobbled up these extra pieces before I got that far.
Note that if the mixture starts to stick to the cookie cutters, you can give them a light mist of cooking spray.
I then laid out the cutouts on my Silpat non-stick mats to cool while I melted some Ghirardelli white chocolate in a double boiler. If you don't have a double boiler, you can use this trick that I posted previously for a DIY double boiler.
I thought I could just dip the hearts in the melted white chocolate, but this proved not to give an even coating, so I ended up basically frosting the treats and then passing them onto the kids for the finishing touches.
Though I have to say I think my lovely assistants may have eaten more sprinkles than what made it onto the treats while I wasn't looking. There were sticky, red fingers all around!
The kids were thrilled with the results, and the treats must have tasted pretty good too since the entire batch is gone already. Of course nothing sweet lasts long with our houseful!