This may come as a shock to you who know anything about me: I’m not Irish.
But you see, kids, I love holidays. Before holidays, there was darkness and cold. Holidays bring sprinkles and light. So you can bet that Irish or not, I’m getting into my St. Patrick’s baking groove.
But before I do that, I want to take a minute to remember Mr. Spock. As you know, Leonard Nimoy passed away a few days ago, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t say anything about him. Because, though you may not suspect it, I used to be kind of in love with him.
No joke. I think I was about eight at the time and firmly entrenched in my Star Trek phase. I even had a uniform, that of the ubiquitous red-clad anonymous officer who always winds up getting killed in every episode. I went to conventions. I memorized all 79 original episodes. And yes, I thought that Spock was a lot sexier than Kirk.
Though both my childhood crush on Spock and my obsession with the show both ended by the time I hit adolescence, I still love the show and anything connected to it, especially Leonard Nimoy. When he showed up in the new J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies I got super pumped, and I say with absolute sincerity that he left the world a different and better place than he found it.
I realize all this has nothing to do with my St. Patrick’s treat today, but you know, my mind jumps around. Doesn’t yours?
These are the first Rice Krispies treats I’ve posted on my blog, and why? Well, honestly, because everyone can make Rice Krispies treats and they’re as old as America itself. But when you shape them like shamrocks and dip them in white chocolate melts dyed green, that’s another matter entirely.
Oh, and the sprinkles. Did I mention the sprinkles? I ordered them special from Amazon. They’re Wilton brand. Wilton, I love you. If you ever want me to do promotional posts for you, call me. I use your stuff and promote it for free, though, including your holiday-themed sprinkles.
And you know, shamrock krispy treats are strangely appealing to anyone who comes across them. I saw so many pairs of eyes light up at the sight of these lucky little treats that I’m convinced even more that holidays need to be celebrated with food. Not that I really needed to be persuaded of that.
So even though I’m not Irish, enjoy these. I’ll have more to come as we get closer to the big day! And to all my fellow Star Trek fans out there, I can only say:
Live Long and Prosper.
Lucky Clover Krispy Treats
3 tablespoons butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
white chocolate melts (1 package)
green food coloring
- Line a 9 x 13 pan with waxed paper, leaving enough to hang over the sides. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the marshmallows until completely melted. Turn off the heat.
- Add the cereal to the saucepan and stir until the cereal is fully coated with the marshmallow mixture.
- Press the cereal mixture into the prepared pan evenly with a spatula coated in cooking spray. Cool.
- Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
- Using the overhanging waxed paper, lift the treats out of the pan. Spray a shamrock cookie cutter with cooking spray.
- Pressing down firmly, cut the treats into shamrock shapes. Place the shamrocks carefully onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- Melt the white chocolate according to package directions. Add the green food coloring, stirring until your desired shade of green is reached.
- Using a spoon, carefully spread the melted candy over each krispy shamrock and immediately cover with sprinkles.
- Repeat the process until all the shamrocks are made. Allow the chocolate to harden before serving. Store in an airtight container.