Birthday Cake Crispy Treats

So I was trying to come up with a St. Patrick’s Day themed post to give you this week, but I couldn’t come up with anything. I was too tired to think about decorating sugar cookies, and when it comes down to it, I’m just not a big St. Patty’s Day girl. Maybe it’s because my birthday is the day before, so I’ve always been celebrating other things.

Anyway, all that to say, it’s my birthday this week.

Hooray.

So I decided that I would do posts every day that are birthday related. You know, except for Monday. Because I couldn’t get myself together to do one yesterday I definitely planned it that way.

ANYWAY.

For my first recipe of birthday week, I tried out this recipe from How Sweet It Is. It’s a cake batter rice crispy treat! I followed her recipe very closely, but I did change a couple of things.

First, I used the microwave instead of the stove. It’s a personal preference– it really doesn’t effect the final product, so do whatever your heart tells you. Or use whichever dish is clean. It took about 40 seconds in the microwave to melt the butter.

I threw the bag o’ marshmallows in, and microwaved it 1 minute, then stirred and microwaved it another 30 seconds. You want it to be really melted so the cereal stirs in easily.

Ok, so here’s where I changed it up a little. I love things that are cake batter flavored, and recently have come across several recipes (like this one) that call for boxed cake mix for that flavor. Here’s the thing: most boxed cake mixes are filled with preservatives so they can be… uh… boxed. Not to mention that they have other ingredients that are not easily identifiable. So I started searching. What would I do without Google? I found this recipe from Whole Foods. I used 2 cups of all-purpose flour instead of using some whole wheat pastry flour because I didn’t have any. Also I made it in my mixer instead of food processor and it worked fine.

Now, here’s where I ran into a problem. Despite having more kinds of sprinkles than I can fit into my sprinkles container, I didn’t have any jimmies. And that’s really the kind of sprinkle you should use here. I went with the best thing I had, which were these candy-coated chocolate sprinkles.

They were ok, but they had more flavor than the jimmies would have had, and it detracted from the cake batter flavor.

All in all these were pretty good, although I would have preferred them with the right kind of sprinkles. I brought them over to my parents’ house tonight, and the 9 x 13 pan is already gone…

I’d call that a success.

Again, here are the recipes:

Cake Batter Crispy Treats by How Sweet It Is

Natural Yellow Cake Mix from Whole Foods

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