It is pretty well known that I’m not a huge fan of sports endeavors. However, I do get excited about the Super Bowl. Mostly because January and February in my part of the world are so dark and cold, I look forward to any excuse to get out of the house, see other people, and celebrate. I made these super cute and easy krispie treats last weekend to test them out for a Super Bowl party.
They are quick to make. As a mother of a toddler, I divide my days by blocks of time called “nap time” and “not nap time.” These bars took less than the span of one nap time to put together (make all the steps, cool, and assemble). And, they are great for a party because, duh, who doesn’t love krispies, buttercream, and chocolate??
Let’s break down the steps:
1) Basic Rice Krispie treats made extra yummy by decreasing the standard amount of cereal, so the ratio of marshmallow goo to cereal is increased.
2) Frost with butte cream “grass”. You do need a special piping tip for grass. If you don’t have it, just spread with green butter cream. (Who’s ever heard of an un-mowed football field anyway?!)
3) Chocolate foot balls. Made with melted chocolate chips and a bit of buttercream. I put the melted chocolate chips into a zip lock bag with a tiny corner cut out and piped them onto a piece of wax paper that was on a cookie sheet. I carefully made oval shapes and then transferred the cookie sheet to the refrigerator until the chocolate was set up. I made the lace on the footballs with a small amount of buttercream, which I set aside before coloring it green for the “grass” in step two.
These are so easy, and are sure to be a crowd favorite. As my husband said, “these are out of bounds good.” (Yes that really happened. Feel free to roll your eyes and try not to laugh. Laughter only encourages him.)
Super Bowl Krispie Treats
1/2 stick butter (4 tablespoons)
1 bag mini marshmallows (10.5 oz)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups of rice krispie cereal
1 cup chocolate chips
For buttercream grass
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar (may need to adjust up depending on your desired consistency)
3 tablespoons heavy cream (may need to adjust up depending on your desired consistency)
Make Chocolate Footballs
In a microwave-safe bowl heat chocolate chips in one minute intervals, stirring after each minute, until melted.
Place melted chocolate in a sandwich-sized zip lock baggie with a small triangle cut off of the corner.
Create footballs by piping chocolate onto a cookie sheet covered in wax paper.
Allow chocolate to harden, placing cookie sheet in the refrigerator to expedite if desired.
Once the chocolate has completely cooled, pipe laces onto the footballs using a small amount of reserved buttercream.
For Krispie Treats
In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on high for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
Pour cereal into bowl and stir until cereal is coated.
Press cereal mixture into a 8 x 8 baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
For buttercream grass
Using the whisk attachment of your electric mixer, whip butter until very smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Add powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla. Whip on high until you have reached your desired consistency, adding more powdered sugar or heavy cream as needed.
Reserve a small amount (approximately two tablespoons) of white buttercream to use as the laces on the football. Color the rest of the buttercream green to create grass.
Once bars have cooled, pipe “grass” using grass tip. Place footballs onto bars and cut into rectangles to serve.