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Clover and Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats

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They kind of look like lucky charm marshmallows!  But are much tastier!

My St. Patrick's Day take on my Valentine treat!
 
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Step 1: What you Need

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So what are you going to need?

Edible:
  • Rice Kripsies, Marshmallows and Butter = Rice Krispie mix  I sort of used the recipe according to Kelloggs, but I increased everything to make 10 cups of rice kripsies worth
  • Marshmallows (I think I used about a 16 oz bag)
  • Powdered Sugar (think I used about 2 lbs)
  • Food Coloring
  • Green Sprinkles or other decorations of choice
  • Corn Syrup

Utensils:
  • Heart Cookie Cutter or Clover Cutter - I used the smallest ones
  • Circle Cookie Cutter - about 2 inch and 3 inch diameter

Step 2: Making the Fondant

You can make and form the rice krispies or make the marshmallow fondant first.  It doesn't really matter.  I went fondant then krispies, but I think I should have formed the krispies first.  If you do the krispies first, it gives them time to stiffen up and then you'll have very fresh fondant to work with.

I decided to talk about what I did to make all my colored MMFs.  Here was my method:
  1. Take 1 oz of marshmallows*, add in a little water and microwave that for 1 minute on 50% power.  
  2. Mix up the marshmallows and make sure they are all melted.  I added in coloring here.  If you do it now, you get a more thorough color, if you mix later, it can end up streaky.
  3. Start mixing in powdered sugar.  I slowly add more and more or you get it everywhere.  
  4. As it starts to stay together, I use powdered sugar to get as much of it off the spoon as possible.
  5. You can pour it out onto a clean surface or cling wrap when it stops melting.  What I mean is, if you stir it and stop and it looks like it is melting into a pool, it isn't firm enough yet.
  6. Transfer to plastic wrap and kneed.  I keep a bowl of powdered sugar nearby and keep my hands powdered. 
  7. I call it good when I can squeeze it and transfer it between hands about 20 times without it sticking to my hand.  I've never had it not be sticky.
  8. If you are going to use it right away, just set it to the side.  If not, wrap tightly in cling wrap and keep in a dry place.  It actually keeps for quite a while.

Amounts:

  • 1 oz (marshmallows) for red, orange, yellow, and blue
  • About 10 oz (marshmallows) for green
  • 7 - 10 oz (marshmallows) White (not pictured) and I pinched off just a bit of this to make purple and barely used any.  


*The amount of marshmallows you need will depend on how many of that treat you are making.  I ended up only having four rainbows and 1oz of each color was too much.  So just plan accordingly.  Also, for rainbows, you will need more red than orange, more orange than yellow and so on because of the order of the colors.  So, going with that, you need very little purple.

What is nice is you can always pop more marshmallows in the microwave and whip up some more MMF.  The more you make it, the easier it gets.

**Note from 1st image: I actually made this by mixing 1oz of chocolate marshmallows, 4 oz of black candy melts, along with powdered sugar.  It tasted really good (chocolate marshmallows), but it just firmed up too much.  Might be just me, or it might be that is just what happens when you mix in candy melts.  See here for how I learned this trick, I may try it again another time, it might have not worked so well cause I let it sit and I did such a small amount.

Step 3: The Treats

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You are going to use the same method I used for my Valentine Treats.  

Smash rice krispie mix into your cookie cutter.  To make the clovers out of hearts, make three hearts first.  Put the tips together.  You can just kind of smush them or you can add a bit more rice krispie on top where the three tips meet.  They won't be super sturdy, but they will harden and the fondant will help hold it all together.

I made one single 4 leaf clover, cause I just believe that is all there should be :)

Set them on wax paper to dry/harden.

Step 4: Ways to Decorate: Clover

Okay, cover your clovers.

Roll out a piece of fondant.  Lay it on top of the clover and push it down around the sides.  I took a toothpick to try to define the leaves better.  I kind of just rocked it back and forth in the cracks as shown in the picture.

Cut off the excess or bring it around the back and completely cover the clover.

If you want, use some corn syrup and sprinkles to make some a little more fun!

Step 5: Ways to Decorate: Circle Clover

This is really easy.  If you want to whip more of these out, this might be the way to go.

Cover your circle with fondant.
Cut out three green hearts from fondant (more if you are planning ahead).
Stick the hearts to the circle in clover form using corn syrup.

I did white with a green clover.  I also think it would be cute to cover the circles in rainbow colors and then put a clover on each.  So you could line them up and you'd have a rainbow!

Step 6: Ways to Decorate: Rainbow

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To start the rainbow, take a pink of red and roll it out.  Once it is about the same thickness, and the thickness you want, put it along the top of the circle.  Now smush it down flat.

Repeat with each color going in.

To finish it off, take a pink of purple and fill in the rest of the space.  This worked out well for me cause there wasn't much room left at the end.

You can leave it at that, or roll out some white and cut a long rectangle the width of the rainbows thickness and put it around the edge. I thought it needed more fondant, so I did this.

Step 7: EAT ALL THE TREATS!

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You heard me.  No questions.
emeraldrox1 year ago
How cute! Me and my sis can make them!
These are neat ideas Penolopy.
M.C. Langer2 years ago
Those are the cookies I ate today at Instructables? Finally, I don't have to say "looks delicious" but "TASTE DELICIOUS!!!!!" :-)
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  M.C. Langer2 years ago
Glad you liked them!!
Fantastic recipe!!!!!!
sunshiine2 years ago
It looks so much like spring! The rainbow is my favorite!
sunshiine
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Mine too :)