November 24, 2015

Apple Cinnamon Crispy Treats

A fall-flavored spin on classic rice crispy treats

I like to joke that we have the least fun pantry in the world, and it’s fairly true.

But growing up, our family SERIOUSLY had the least fun pantry in the world.

Two words: Powdered milk.

No joke, regular milk from the grocery store was a ridiculously thrilling thing for us growing up. (My kids have no idea how good they’ve got it).

My hatred for powdered milk is strong and deep, and so I rarely ate cold cereal growing up because not even the most delicious cereal on the face of the planet could mask the taste of powdered milk. I remember one time, my dad giving us Cheerios with orange juice instead of powdered milk. That may possibly have been even worse than powdered milk.

On the extremely rare occasions that we had real milk, there was nothing I liked more than cold cereal for breakfast. All of us would eat multiple bowls until either the milk or the cereal ran out.

So I'm not generally making snacks out of breakfast cereal because just the fact that I have real milk to put on my cereal is treat enough for me (especially when I'm pregnant and then my regular love of cereal becomes magnified by about 10x - in London, I think I ate about three bowls of cereal a day).

But I do love Rice Krispy treats or similar variations on that three-ingredient snack. A few weeks ago, I tried using Apple Cinnamon Cheerios on a whim, and it made for an especially nice fall-flavored treat. (I've also used plain ones and that's delicious too).

A fall-flavored spin on classic rice crispy treats

Apple Cinnamon Cheerios Marshmallow Snacks

2 Tablespoons butter
5 oz marshmallows (about 20 large marshmallows)
3 cups Apple Cinnamon Cheerios

Generously coat an 8 or 9 inch round baking pan with cooking spray or butter. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter and then stir in the marshmallows, stirring occasionally until completely smooth. Pour in the cereal and stir until completely coated.

Spread evenly in the prepared pan (I usually spray cooking spray on my hands to pack them in), and let sit for about 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

A fall-flavored spin on classic rice crispy treats


  1. Mmmm! These look yummy!

    Sometimes when I read posts about you growing up, I crack up and think, "there's clearly a reason why they're was/wasn't..." and "it'd be a fun conversation to sit down and talk to her parents." Lol.

    But yeah, condensed milk... ewww.

  2. When I was in high school, my dad was vegan. He was also an airline pilot who was on the road (skies?) half the week, so he would pack all the food he ate. It was not so easy to find vegan food then, if it even is now. Anyway, he would bring bags of extra-fiber All-Bran cereal--which looks exactly like little twigs--and instead of milk, he would pour orange juice over it. And to make it even worse, the CANS of orange juice from the plane.

    I never tried it, but it continues to this day to be the most prominent disgusting memory of my dad's vegan days.

  3. I love cereal with orange juice. I didn't like milk growing up and now I can't drink any, so orange juice it still is! Tastes are wonderfully subjective.

  4. Emily Turner made these for a play group in Durham once, but with regular cheerios and I was delightfully surprised by how yummy they were!

  5. I feel you with the powdered milk. Bleh!

  6. WHY, WHY, WHY didn't ye have regular milk growing up???

  7. I feel your pain. Our babysitter growing up would always give us powdered milk to drink. I remember feeling depressed each morning at breakfast. *vomit* I only had a slight twinge of guilt before dropping those glasses down the drain.


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