Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Being The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, I couldn’t help but get into the holiday spirit by making these simple, yet sweet desserts. And I’m proud to announce the end of the sticky mess in the kitchen era from my track record of making Rice Krispie treats {thanks to that unhelpful recipe on the cereal box.} These Rice Krispies are buttered to perfection & easy to make for those short on time.

A little extra effort is needed for “Lumps of Coal,” but the idea was too cute to pass up. Maybe someone out there can relate to getting a “lump of coal” type gift for Christmas, like myself. One year my best friend from junior high & I exchanged gifts. She gave me this huge white box that had me lit with curiosity and excitement. Every day leading up to Christmas I’d walk by the Christmas tree, just dying to know what was awaiting for me inside that box. It wasn’t until Christmas day arrived, that I would discover the mystery behind it. After purposely saving the gift for last, I untied the bows and popped open the lid to find ….. A ROCK. A BIG, BORING ROCK. That was the last year we exchanged Christmas gifts. If she’s lucky, I may send her some Rice Krispie coal this year…or just a bag of real coal.

Happy Holidays. XOXO....little j Y

Brown Butter Rice Krispie Pops
Recipe Adapted from: Smitten Kitchen
Concept Courtesy of: Twig & Thistle

1 stick butter, unsalted + extra for the pan
1 10oz bag mini marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 bag dark cocoa candy melts {optional}

Start by buttering insides of 8x8 pan or any sized pan of your choice. Then butter insides of large bowl. Pour Rice Krispies cereal into bowl & set aside.

In medium-large pot, melt butter over medium heat. After butter has melted, continue to stir and watch as it transitions from a foamy state to a clear golden color. Reduce heat to medium-low & just as the butter turns a golden, nutty color, remove the pot from heat. Stir in mini marshmallows. If marshmallows don’t melt completely, return to low heat on the stove until melted. Pour marshmallow mixture onto Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until combined.

Pour mixture into 8x8 pan. Use buttered pieces of parchment paper to firmly press into pan. Let cool completely.

Once cooled, cut Rice Krispies treats into popsicle-sized rectangles or sucker-sized squares. Finish by adding a ribbon-donned lollipop stick.

holiday party at the hospital :)

Rice Krispie “Lumps of Coal”
Idea Courtesy of: I Heart Nap Time

LOOK at all them LUMPS of COAL!
Prepare recipe as shown above. After marshmallows have melted completely, add black icing dye. Stir in enough until desired color is reached. Pour marshmallow mixture over Rice Krispies & mix until combined. Use buttered hands to form odd “coal” shapes. Let cool on parchment paper. Place coal in bags tied with a ribbon and “Lump of Coal” decorative sign. 

Find free printable here that you can size edit using word doc or email me at for a smaller version :)

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