recipe

“We should make these 1,000 times.” — David, recipe tester, age 5

safety
  • Uses the microwave
  • Uses a knife
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 25 minutes, plus 1 hour cooling time
yield
  • Makes 16 bars

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Gather Cooking Equipment

Butter knife
Measuring spoons
Dry measuring cups
8-inch square metal baking pan
Rubber spatula
Large microwave-safe bowl
Oven mitts
Cutting board
Chef's knife

Prepare Ingredients

Vegetable oil spray
1 (10-ounce) package
large marshmallows
4 tablespoons
unsalted butter
1 teaspoon
vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon
salt
5 cups (5 ounces)
crisped rice cereal
½ cup (3 ounces)
chocolate chips
3
whole graham crackers, broken into small pieces
1
 
Vegetable oil spray

GREASE: Spray inside bottom and sides of 8-inch square metal baking pan well with vegetable oil spray. Spray rubber spatula with vegetable oil spray.

 
2
 
1 (10-ounce) package
large marshmallows
4 tablespoons
unsalted butter
1 teaspoon
vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon
salt

MELT: In large bowl, combine marshmallows, butter, vanilla, and salt. Heat in microwave until marshmallows are puffed, about 2 minutes. Use greased rubber spatula to stir until smooth.

 
3
 
5 cups (5 ounces)
crisped rice cereal
½ cup (3 ounces)
chocolate chips
3
whole graham crackers, broken into small pieces

MIX: Add cereal, chocolate chips, and cracker pieces to bowl. Stir until well combined. Scrape cereal mixture into greased baking pan.

 
4
 

PRESS: Lightly wet your hands and press cereal mixture into flat, even layer. Let sit for 1 hour to set. Run butter knife around edge of cereal treats and transfer treats to cutting board. Cut into squares.