My kids were begging to help me out in the kitchen the other
day, so I chose the easy route. I mean, in theory getting kids in the kitchen
is wonderful. It teaches them about food. You have the opportunity to turn it
into a math lesson and a health lesson all in one. You get to teach food
safety. You get to bond over chocolate covered faces and flour coated clothing.
In reality, though? I kind of hate cooking with kids. The mess
is enough to do me in. Not to mention, that I’m just so much faster than them.
It takes me about 2 seconds to break an egg. It takes my kids a couple of
minutes and I’m standing there, trying not to get impatient and usually
I’m just not cut out for kids in the kitchen most of the time.
I have to be really in the mood and psyche myself up for it. I have to be ready
for the messes that I know will accompany our treats.
Which is why when my kids asked to help make a Christmas treat,
I said sure thing, let’s make some Christmas Cereal Bars! These are so easy
that they can really do it all themselves at this point! I still like to be the
sprinkle pourer, because I’m a firm believer that sprinkle (and glitter) just
doesn’t mix with kids. Way too much danger for my little world.
Photograph by Karly Campbell
These treats are a simple twist on a classic childhood
favorite. I use vegetable shortening to thin out the chcoolate for drizzling on
the top. If you’re not a fan of shortening, you can swap in coconut oil. It
doesn’t affect the taste too much and works just as well.
RECIPE: Christmas Cereal
makes 12-16 bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
● ¼ cup butter
● 10 ounces marshmallows
● 6 cups Chex cereal, rice or corn variety
● 2 tablespoons red and green sprinkles
● ¼ cup chocolate chips
● 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
1. In a large stock pot, heat the butter and marshmallows
until melted together, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
2. Stir in the Chex cereal and sprinkles, being careful
not to break the cereal too much.
3. Press the mixture into a parchment lined 9x13 baking
dish. Use a second piece of parchment paper to press the top down firmly.
4. In a small sauce pan, heat the chocolate chips and
vegetable shortening over low heat, stirring constantly, until fully melted. Alternately,
place in a microwave safe bowl and microwave at 10 seconds intervals until
a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the top of the cereal bars and top with
extra sprinkles if desired.