Peppermint Bark Cereal Treats

Peppermint Bark Cereal Treats

Here's what you need:

-1 lb. of mini marshmallows (I love using the peppermint kind if you can find them)

-5 TBS of real butter (plus a little extra for buttering your pan)

-1/2 tsp. real vanilla extract

-1/8 teaspoon of peppermint oil

-9 C of rice cereal (Rice Krispies or any off-brand)

-a few drops of red food coloring (if not using peppermint marshmallows)

Peppermint Bark Drizzle

-1/2 C semi-sweet baking chips

-1/2 C white baking chips

-1/4 tsp. peppermint oil, divided

-3-4 crushed peppermint candy canes

-1-2 TBS of oil (can use vegetable, canola or coconut. I prefer coconut)

Butter a standard-sized cookie sheet and set it aside. Place butter into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until completely melted. Remove bowl from microwave and add vanilla, peppermint oil and food coloring. Stir to incorporate into butter. Stir in your marshmallows and coat with butter. Microwave on high for about 1.5-2 minutes, stirring in 30 second intervals. Once marshmallows have melted, stir in rice cereal. Stir completely until cereal in completely covered in the marshmallow mixture. Butter your hands and press cereal treats into an even layer on buttered cookie sheet. Use a chocolate melter if you have one (it's like a mini crock-pot that melts chocolate and keeps it at a constant temperature). I have 2 of them and they are my favorite to use. I love that it keeps the chocolate at a constant temperature and I don't have to worry about using a double boiler or running the risk of my chocolate seizing in the microwave. If you can invest in one, I highly recommend it. It also works great for dipping chocolates. If you don't have one, then you can melt the chocolate in the microwave in 15-30 second intervals. It takes about 3-4 minutes and you want to make sure that you stir often. Use 2 separate bowls and melt the white and dark chocolate. Once your chocolate is melted, add 1/8 tsp. peppermint oil into each bowl and stir. Add in a tsp at a time of oil into each bowl until it reaches your desired consistency. I like the chocolate a little runny so that it drizzles easier.  Drizzle dark chocolate and then white chocolate over cereal treats. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes and then drizzle with remaining white and dark chocolate. Let the chocolate set and then cut into squares. Arrange them on plates or place them in a bag and tie with ribbon.

Enjoy and Happy Baking.

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