One more item for the Easter baskets. My three little bunnies that live near me love strawberries so I thought it would be fun to make some strawberry flavored rice cereal treats on a stick.
Three ingredients, that's pretty easy, yes?? A word about Fluff. It is simply the BEST marshmallow creme. It is not available to me so I ordered from their website. I don't know if it is all the time but when I ordered it was "Free Ship." They have other flavors too and of course the regular marshmallow is wonderful. A little tid-bit of information about Fluff - it is the only brand name food on the International Space Station. They make Fluffanutter sandwiches - white bread, marshmallow fluff and peanut butter! Don't knock it until you have tried it!
3 Tbs Butter
1 Jar Strawberry Fluff
5 cups crispy rice cereal
Place the contents of the Fluff jar in a 2 1/2 quart microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high 4 minutes, stirring every at 1 minute intervals (based on 700 watt microwave), Stir in the cereal and press evenly into a 13x9 inch pan (buttered or cooking spray), tamp down the mixture with a piece of foil or parchment paper to make it even.
I put mine in a square pan and put in what I thought was the right amount of thickness for the "lollipops," and then put the rest in another prepared square.
I just let it dry for about 20 minutes and then cut out my "eggs" using an egg cookie cutter.
I placed them on a Silpat mat and let them dry overnight.
Make a batch of royal icing and using a #2 plain round tip just free-style your decorations on the "eggs."
Royal Icing Recipe
3 tablespoons meringue powder
4 cups of confectioners' sugar (sifted)
6 tablespoons warm water
Sift the powdered sugar and meringue powder into the metal bowl of your mixer and then turn on the mixer (low) and add the water, if need be add a little more. Whip with the whipping attachment of your mixer until smooth and fluffy.
Makes - 3 cups of icing
I cut this recipe in half and left the leftover frosting in the tube and put into a plastic bag and into the fridge as I want to use it on another project later today. If you make the full recipe you will have way to much frosting for a dozen little "eggs."
Let them sit until the royal icing is dry and you are ready to package. I just did random decorations except I did put the initials of my little rabbits on one of the "eggs."
A standard lollipop stick is too thick for these so I just cut down a bamboo skewer and it worked fine. As you can see the decorations are not perfect but you are working on a bumpy cereal surface not a smooth cake or cookie surface and I think they turned out just fine. Remember to be careful when you insert the bamboo skewer. I was going to use the Wilton plastic bags designed for small items like these but the "eggs" were just a tad too big so I just used plastic wrap and tied with a pretty ribbon and it worked just fine.
All done, ready for the baskets!
Powdered meringue, Wilton, Walmart, craft & specialty stores
Egg Cookie Cutter, Hobby Lobby
Pastry bag and tip, Walmart or specialty baking store
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