The Best Homemade Rice Krispies Treats EVER

Ok, I know you are thinking that there is really nothing special about a Rice Krispies Treat, but you just have to give these a try.  I think you might surprise yourself.

The vanilla, the salt, the extra marshmallows (the sprinkles if you want them, because – I mean, sprinkles!)…  I’m telling you, you’ll never go back to that recipe on the back of the marshmallow bag or cereal box again!

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These bars are simple, quick and easy to make, but they pack a little pop and a lot of marshmallowy gooeyness.  Basically, they are bliss.

Make them for your next kiddo-birthday party, or just to spoil your family.  Because we all know…  hiding inside of every responsible adult is a treat-loving little kid!

The Best Rice Krispies Treats EVER

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 large (1lb) bag of miniature marshmallows, divided (about 6 cups + 2 cups)
  • 6 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • colored sprinkles, optional

Instructions

  1. Butter a 9x13” baking pan and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in 6 cups of the marshmallows and melt, stirring often, until they are just smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt.
  3. Stir in the crispy rice cereal until well coated and then stir in the remaining 2 cups (or so) of marshmallows and immediately transfer to the buttered baking dish. Press the mixture down gently into an even layer (run your hands under cold water and then use your hands for this to make it easier!).
  4. Sprinkle lightly with sprinkles, if you’d like, and let cool completely before cutting.
  5. *These will store in an airtight container for several days on the counter, if they last more than 5 minutes! Do not freeze.
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cinnamon sugar butter cookies

Well now, isn’t that just a lovely thought?  Cinnamon & Sugar in a butter cookie?  Why didn’t I think of that before!?

The cookie uses my favorite buttery, dense norwegian shortbread base, with a lace of cinnamon and a dusting of cinnamon-sugar on top.  And the best part – there are only 6 ingredients, that I’m almost positive you have in your kitchen right now.  All good things, right?

cinnamon sugar butter cookies

Yes, I know it’s similar in concept to a Snickerdoodle, but not being a huge Snickerdoodle fan myself, I am much happier with these.

Give these a try the next time you are craving a cinnamony, buttery treat but yet you just don’t feel like getting your hands dirty.  (Does anyone else get tired of the mess of rolling cookies in sugar, like I do?!) These are a much quicker, much butterier (Is that a word?!?), and much cleaner cookie to make.

Amen, amen, amen!

Oh you guys.  I wish you could just SMELL these cookies.  I really do.  Even if you can’t eat them (diet, allergies?!) please just make them to enjoy the achingly cozy aroma (and then give them to your friends or neighbors!).

All the glorious smells of fresh homemade cinnamon rolls, in a fraction of the time and effort.  Make these once and you’ll make them again and again.  I promise!

cinnamon sugar butter cookies

cinnamon sugar butter cookies

Yield: makes over 4 dozen medium cookies

Ingredients

    for the dough:
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 1/4 cups flour
  • for dusting, stir together:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Beat in the egg, salt and cinnamon until well mixed.

Mix in the flour, on low speed, until just well combined. Scoop the dough (using a spoon, or a medium pastry scoop) onto the parchment-lined baking sheets, at least an inch apart.

Press the balls of dough down to about 1/4" or so thickness with a fork dipped in cold water. After you have pressed down all the dough on a cookie sheet, go back and generously sprinkle each cookie with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until just set and very lightly golden brown around the edges. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the freezer for several weeks!

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Perfectly Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownies

Fudgy, Homemade Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Brownies!

You guys.  You guys!  I am so so so excited about these brownies.

I’m not even exaggerating saying I was tearing up when I tasted the first one out of the pan.  The first bite crackled as it hit my tongue and then dissolved into a dense, chewy, moist, fudgy bite of perfect brownie.

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But why all the dramatic tearing up, you ask?

Here it is: I struggle with restrictive-diet foods.  I hate making something that is only “ok”, or even “good, for being gluten free”.  I currently don’t have anyone in my immediate family on restrictive diets, but I have so many friends and loved ones who are.  And it breaks my heart to only have half-way things to offer them.

Food matters to me.

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Beyond nutrition and basic needs, food is important.  Food cements our memories and our experiences, infusing them with an unforgettable taste and aroma that have the power to bring up the face of our beloved grandma with just a bite of her famous cookie recipe.  Or a memory of the day we gave birth to our firstborn, because we ate spicy thai food that morning.

However your experience looks…  food matters.

And even when I can’t serve the people I care about my favorite treats,  I want to serve you something great.  Something memory making.  Something that makes you forget that there is any other option of that type of treat.  A just-as-good treat, if not better that the memory you have, instead of a good-enough treat that just barely reaches the edge of a craving.

So, I’ll stop talking and give you what you want now.  If you can’t eat gluten or dairy, I hope you enjoy these.  And if you can, I hope you can enjoy the feeling of having a great recipe to bless your gluten-free or dairy-free friends with.

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I love you, friends!  Enjoy!

Perfectly Fudgy Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Brownies

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour mix*
  • 1 1/2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9x13" glass baking dish with coconut oil, lay a piece of parchment paper down and then grease that.

In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and baking soda. Whisk in half of the melted coconut oil until smooth, then whisk in the hot water until smooth and thick.

Whisk in the sugar, vanilla, salt & eggs until smooth, then the remaining coconut oil.

*When you measure the flour mix, please stir it up well before scooping, or use a spoon to spoon it into your measuring cups so it's not overpacked. I use Namaste Perfect All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Blend because I love it and it's readily available at Costco and Amazon.

Sprinkle the flour over the top of the batter in the bowl and then 1 cup of the chocolate chips on top of that. Use a fork or spatula to gently mix in the flour, just until the flour is mixed in.

Spread the batter into the prepared pan, sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips and bake for 30-40 minutes.

(Start checking them at 30 minutes, and then every few minutes until they are just set and the brownies start to pull away from the edges of the pan. Don't overbake these. They will finish off baking in the pan as they cool on the counter!)

Let cool completely before cutting for prettiest results (if you can wait that long!).

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Oh, and Costco chocolate chips (Kirkland Signature Brand) are naturally Dairy-Free!  YAY!