IT’S HALLOWEEN PARTY TIME FOR THE KIDS AND I’VE GOT A PLATTER OF BAT-FILLED SPOOKY RICE KRISPIES TREATS.
Three cheers for Spooky Halloween Oreo Rice Krispies Treats! You can see the scary bats in between the layers of marshmallows and cereal… I can! Tasty little buggers they are and I’m sure the kids will agree.
Halloween is tomorrow but the last-minute party invites were coming in from parents as if they forgot they were hosting a party. No problem but when we go to a party we like to bring something along with us. My wife who is not a fan of baking asked me to make something child-friendly that was easy to eat for the Halloween party this weekend that I won’t be attending.
Since we live with a picky two-year old eater I thought I’d make some Oreo Rice Krispies Treats and colour them orange with Wilton Icing Colour. If you have kids who are allergic to synthetic dyes you can opt for all-natural dyes although they may be tough to find. I honestly wasn’t sure if our son would like the Oreo Rice Krispies Treats however he devoured them.
I always smile when someone eats my food especially when it it’s our son and he loves it or asks for more. We started to teach him sign-language when he was a baby and he uses the ‘More’ hand-sign to this day.
He hardly eats as it is and turns his nose up at most foods so it’s always a success moment for the wife and I when he eats something no matter what it is.
I’m a huge fan of Rice Krispies Squares and since it was a last-minute request for Halloween treats to bring along to the party I thought I’d see what would happen if I added a bit of this and that to the original recipe.
It worked! Rice Krispies Treat to the rescue. Don’t laugh especially if you’ve made Rice Krispies Squares a billion times. I haven’t but I do love them and they are so easy to make.
When I decided to add the Oreo cookies my idea was that they would symbolize bats. Call me crazy but that was my over-worked tired mind thinking a million miles an hour.
If you stare at them you can envision the bats floating through the Oreo Rice Krispies Treats. At least I did. Anyways, if you can’t don’t worry they still taste good.
You don’t have to get all fancy when it comes to the kids because they are thrilled to see colour and simple treats. I’ve seen Rice Krispies Treats turned into orange pumpkins for Halloween but if you don’t have the time to roll your treats then leave them for next years party.
There are several Oreo flavours on the market so if you aren’t keen on the original chocolate flavour then you can easily switch it up with one that you do enjoy. New Oreo flavours tend to be a hit because they are different and the kids like to try new treats all the time.
- Peanut Butter Cup Oreos
- Double Stuff Oreos
- Birthday Cake Oreos
- Toasted Coconut Oreos
- Mini Oreos are great for the kids.
If you don’t want to make these Oreo Rice Krispies Treats for Halloween you can add whatever food colouring you’d like to the cereal mixture, top with coloured sprinkles, chocolate icing or even add peanut butter to the mix.
There are so many variations of this marshmallow treat square that you can’t go wrong.
Shortbread cookies in the shapes of pumpkins, witches and ghosts are often a smash hit with the kids because they love cookies especially ones that are decorated with coloured icing.
I knew that other parents would likely bring cookies so I went the cereal bar route and I’m glad I did because the huge plate of Oreo Rice Krispies Treats came back empty. That’s always a relief when you cook or bake for a party knowing that there were fans of your recipe especially when they are all under 5 years old.
How to make Spooky Halloween Oreo Rice Krispies Treats
When I cut the Oreo Rice Krispies Treats I kept them small so the kids could handle them easily and to reduce food waste. Any time our son eats something that is too big he ends up throwing it in the bin because he can’t finish it, tosses it in the air or forgets about it.
To combat food waste in our house we’ve started to make smaller portions of food and cutting treats into smaller bite-size pieces. You know it really does make a difference and will help with food costs especially if your grocery budget is tight. We’re still working on it but we’re getting there with our little guy who still thinks food is art.
- 6 cups of Rice Krispies Cereal
- 4 tablespoons Butter
- 6 cups of mini marshmallows
- 5 to 7 drops orange food colouring
- 2 cups of crushed Oreo cookies with chunks
- In a pot add the butter and marshmallows and stir until melted and a gorgeous silky marshmallow sauce is created.
- Add in the cereal and mix quickly
- Add in the Oreo cookies and food colouring and blend in gently until everything is coated
- Grease a 9x13x2 inch baking pan and quickly pour the mixture in and spread with a buttered spatula, parchment paper or wear kitchen gloves to press tightly into the pan making sure to get all the edges.
- Let cool completely at room temperature, cut into 24 small squares and serve to the Halloween goblins.
Now that I’ve found my last-minute Halloween Costume and these Oreo Rice Krispies Treats are made all we have left to do is carve the pumpkins and head to the kids Halloween party today. Success is a good feeling especially when it’s frugal success.
Happy Halloween everyone!!
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