Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats

Tomorrow I meet with my graduate committee to determine my fate for the remainder of the school year and hopefully the last of my graduate career. Which means I will be preparing bribe-worthy treats tonight and ordering up lots of coffee in the morning to keep them happy. But for now, enjoy this other equally bribe-worthy treat.

Every year for a labmate’s birthday I come up with a different red velvet creation. The lab as a whole loves my red velvet cake, but I don’t want to make the same thing every time so I find new variations. With my excess of stress in preparation for my presentation to the committee and writing a research paper to be published, I decided to go for something a little easier to make without sacrificing taste. And these red velvet rice krispie treats taste just like red velvet. But what is red velvet without cream cheese frosting? It is the most important part!

Two years ago: Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini

RED VELVET RICE KRISPIE TREATS

Makes 16 bars

Ingredients:

BARS

3 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 (10.5 ounce) bag mini marshmallows

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup red velvet cake mix

6 cups Cocoa Rice Krispies cereal

FROSTING

4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened

4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Coat a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add marshmallows, cake mix, and vanilla stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. Fold in the cereal until well combined and coated.
  3. Transfer sticky cereal mixture to the prepared pan, pressing down until the top is level. Allow to cool completely.
  4. While the bars are cooling, make the frosting. With a hand-held electric mixer in a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, and butter on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to high, and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. (Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.)
  5. Reduce the speed of the mixer to low. Add the vanilla, raise the speed to high and mix briefly until fluffy. Spread on cooled treats.

Source: Rice Krispie Treats from Pass the Sushi. Frosting from my Gluten-Free Green Velvet Cake Balls.

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