One of my favourite treats at Easter are the bunny and chick shaped Marshmallow Peeps. There is something about the bright colors and fun shapes that I love and reminds me of childhood.
When I saw this adorable Wilton Comfort-Grip Cutter Set at Marshalls it immediately reminded me of a bunny shaped Peep and I bought it to whip up a fun Easter treat. Since Peeps are marshmallow, it only made sense to make something that incorporated marshmallows and what better than good ol’ Rice Krispie treats. To make my bunnies I used the basic Rice Krispie Treats recipe found on the box and flattened the mixture onto a cookie sheet so they would be easy to cut with the cookie cutter once set.
To make my cut-out bunnies look more like a Marshmallow Peep, I decided to top them off with some pink colored sugar I found at Bulk Barn. To ensure the sugar stuck to the treats, I put on a thin coating of icing that was dyed in a pretty pink hue to match the sugar.
After cutting out my bunnies, the finishing touch was mini chocolate chips for the eyes and noses on each.
Marshmallow Bunny Treats
- 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 5 cups mini marshmallows, or 40 large marshmallows
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 1.5 cups Icing Sugar
- 3 TBSP milk
- Gel food coloring in desired colors
- Colored sugar
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Melt butter over low heat in a large saucepan. Once melted, add marshmallows and continue to heat until completelymelted, stirring occasionally.
- Remove mixture from heat and stir in Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until cereal is all well coated.
- Pour mixture into greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet and press until evenly distributed. Use a greased spatula or wet hands to press mixture firmly into pan.
- Combine icing sugar, milk and food coloring in small bowl. Mix with fork or spoon until smooth.
- Pour icing mixture over pan of Rice Krispies treats and use spatula to spread evenly over entire mixture.
- Spread colored sugar liberally over the wet icing. Set aside and allow to set for at least 1 hour.
- Cut out treats using cookie cutter. Press mini chocolate chips as nose and eyes for the finishing touch.
These were quick and easy to make, and the final result is almost too cute to eat. I love how bright and cheerful they are and the kids love that they are chock full of sugar just like the candy they are inspired by.
These would be great on an Easter party table or could be an easy treat to send in to school. Choose your favorite color of sugar to personalize your treats, or mix up a whole rainbow of these sweet bunnies.