Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats! I’m going to start putting an exclamation point at the end of recipes that make me smile while eating them. You can’t take a bite of a strawberry rice krispie treat without grinning from ear to ear.
First, let’s back up a bit. I saw a jar of strawberry marshmallow fluff at World Market about 4 months ago. I didn’t buy it the day I saw it. But, I didn’t stop thinking about it either. I actually kinda became obsessed with it. When I couldn’t sleep at night, I would think of all the desserts I would make with it. (Crazy, I know). The final straw was when I was telling a friend about it. This friend doesn’t bake or cook, so I had no reason to mouth off to her about how marshmallow fluff now comes in fun flavors, like strawberry!
The obsession was getting to be too much. It had to stop. I needed it bad.
So today, Camille was fussy and bored, so I packed her up, and drove all the way across town to buy that much coveted jar of strawberry fluff. Luckily, they had 1 lone jar on the shelf. I grabbed it, and skipped to the register to pay. It lasted about 15 minutes on my counter before I just had to bake with it.
If you’re new here (hi! hello! welcome!), my recipes are small-batch desserts. They usually serve two people, generously. I make rice krispie treats in a 9″ bread loaf pan for two big servings. I’ve also made a small batch of rice krispie treats in muffin cups. Furthermore, I made S’Mores Rice Krispie Treats once (ooh! ahh! wow!). So, if you are here because you want desserts for two, proceed. If not, double the recipe and make it in a 8″ square baking pan. Easy?
Should we talk about the lovely chunks of freeze-dried strawberries that punctuate the treats? They’re so tangy and fruity! I love using freeze-dried fruit in my baking. (Remember when I made raspberry marshmallows?) Freeze-dried fruit is a great way to get fruity flavors in your baked goods without the watery mess that can happen when you bake with fresh fruit. Think of it as concentrated fruit flavor. I find it at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or Central Market. Or, Amazon! Those guys have everything!
1 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
11 minTotal Time
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 7.5-ounce jar of strawberry fluff
- pinch of salt
- 3 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
- 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries, chopped
- Lightly spray a 9x5x3-inch bread loaf pan with cooking spray.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, strawberry fluff, and the salt. Turn the heat to medium, and let it melt slowly while stirring frequently to prevent seizing.
- When the strawberry fluff mixture is melted, remove the pan from the heat and add the rice cereal. Stir to combine. Once the mixture is well-mixed, stir in the freeze-dried strawberries.
- Press the mixture into the prepared loaf pan, and let set until completely cool before cutting.