Pink Lemonade Cereal Treats

Yes, I’m at it again. More cereal treats. I think I have a little obsession. I really like cereal treats, but that’s not the problem…it’s the marshmallows! I have this strange compulsion to buy almost every new flavor I see. And….I saw these –

PINK LEMONADE MARSHMALLOWS!! I already had the cereal. You know, one of those big boxes that you bought just knowing your kids were going to eat them, and then they sit in the cabinet for days. That’s another reason I make a lot of cereal treats. We always have a lot of cereal in my house, and whenever I fear a box is going to go stale…well, it’s an excuse to make treats!
I was surprised at just how “lemonade-y” these marshmallows were. I expected a mild flavor, but these pack a little punch. They also turned bright pink when melted (let’s not think about why, let’s just go with it for the sake of Valentine’s.)

Pink Lemonade Cereal Treats

3 T. butter
1 bag Pink Lemonade marshmallows (I found mine at Wal-Mart)
5 cups cereal of choice
sprinkles (optional)
1 cup white chocolate, melted (optional)
Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat on the stove top. Add marshmallows. Stir until marshmallows are melted. Remove pot from heat, stir in cereal. Mix well. Place treats in a buttered or sprayed 9 x 13 dish (or smaller for thicker treats). Press evenly into bottom of pan. Add sprinkles if desired. If adding white chocolate, melt in a microwave safe bowl for 45 seconds. Stir. Microwave in 15 second increments until melted, stirring after each interval. If chocolate is too thick, add a couple of teaspoons of butter or shortening and stir until combined. Drizzle chocolate over cereal treats or get fancy and pipe it on there. *Melted chocolate and I do not get along. That’s why no fancy chocolatiering going on here*
Big white chocolate clumps. I meant to do that ūüėČ
These are fun for Valentine’s Day, but they would also be a great summer treat too. My kids love pink lemonade!
But first, I also want to make THESE! How adorable are they?! They are so cute for Valentine’s Day!
And it just so happens that I have exactly what I need to make them since Peeps was so awesome to send me these samples! So many new varieties…my kids are thrilled! I will be talking more about these in a later post, but let me just go ahead and tell you…the Vanilla Creme Peeps, taste like cookies! And dark chocolate varieties? Be still my heart.

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Rolo Cereal Treats with Brownie Mix

brrrrr! It actually feels like winter Fall this morning! ¬†Since my puppy did not get the memo that I am NOT a morning person, he had me up and outside at 5:30am….and I had to grab my coat! ¬†Granted, this is the South, so if it drops below 70, it’s cold. ¬†But I dare say, it was in the 40’s! (Of course, it’s supposed to reach the upper 70’s later today). ¬†Anyway, enough about the weather. ¬†It’s just that the chill in the air is finally making me accept the fact that Fall is here, and right around the corner is Halloween! ¬†So…I made you some “spooky” treats.

But not just any cereal treats…ones with gooey candy pieces, and brownie mix. ¬†And spooky sprinkles. ¬†And Cheerios mixed with Rice Krispies…b/c I want to lower your cholesterol levels. ¬†Ok, maybe that last part isn’t entirely true. ¬†Not that I want you to have high cholesterol…but…well, never mind.
I must say, adding Rolos to cereal treats is pretty brilliant. ¬†I’m sure I’m not the first person to come up with this…but let’s just pretend I am. And adding brownie mix….well, you know how I just made the Brownie Biscoff Puppy Chow…I’m a little obsessed.

Rolo Cereal Treats with Brownie Mix

  • 6 cups cereal (I used a combo of Cheerios and Rice Krispies)
  • 3 T. butter
  • 1¬†bag of miniature marshmallows (minus a few my kids ate)
  • 1/4 cup brownie mix (*I will use 1/2 cup next time)
  • 1/2 cup Rolos candy – frozen and halved (optional)
  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a large pot. Once melted, add marshmallows and stir until almost melted.
  2. Add brownie mix and stir until marshmallows are completely melted and brownie mix is incorporated.  Remove from heat and add cereal.  Mix until coated.
  3. Add frozen candy pieces and stir.  You have to do this  fairly quickly b/c the mixture begins to cool and it is difficult to get the candy mixed in.  (but is it a bad thing to have a few clumps of chocolate and caramel candy? Not in my world.)
  4. Place mixture into a greased 13 x 9 inch pan (can use parchment/wax paper/aluminum foil for easy removal if desired.)  Mash cereal treats into pan, I like to spray my hands with cooking spray and use my hands.  But utensils are okay too.  Top with sprinkles if desired.
  5. Let treats cool, then cut into squares.  Store in airtight container.  They lasted about 24 hours at my house.  If that.

Cookie Butter Cheerio Treats

Speculoos, Biscoff, crack….whatever you want to call it, the stuff is delicious. And addictive. ¬†I can dive into a jar with a spoon and do some damage. ¬†Recently, I tried Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter¬†and decided to actually make something with it instead of consuming it straight from the jar. (My son eats Biscoff sandwiches almost daily! I know it isn’t the healthiest thing, but that is another post altogether!)
 
As I was obsessively casually stalking perusing Pinterest, I saw Peanut Butter Cheerios Treats from justJENN recipes.  I decided to make them immediately, but with a couple of changes.

Cookie Butter Cheerio Treats

6 cups Cheerios cereal
2 Tablespoons butter
1/3 cup Cookie Butter
1 bag of mini marshmallows
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

 
Grease a 9×13 dish, set aside. ¬†Melt butter and cookie butter in a large pot on medium heat, add marshmallows. ¬†Stir until marshmallows are melted. ¬†Remove from heat and add Cheerios. ¬†Stir until cereal is completed coated in gooey marshmallow cookie butter goodness. ¬†Quickly spread cereal mixture into greased pan. (I like to spray my hands with a little cooking spray and mash the cereal into place. Be careful, it’s hot!) It is going to be sticky. Once cereal is in pan, sprinkle chocolate chips on top if desired. ¬†Let cool (yeah, right!) and cut into squares.
  They were a huge hit and the entire pan lasted less than 12 hours.  I may have been largely responsible. Maybe.
Have you tried cookie butter? Do you love it?!
I’m linking this recipe up with Gooseberry Patch