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Christmas Cereal Bars

Photograph by Karly Campbell

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 failing.

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 Bars

makes 12-16 bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

● 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

Directions:

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 fully melted.

5. Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the top of the cereal bars and top with extra sprinkles if desired.

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