Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sprinkled Rice Krispie Hearts

Rice Krispie Sprinkle Hearts - the perfect preschooler activity! Let them go nuts with sprinkles and then cut out with cookie cutters!  | http://www.designimprovised.com

I've got one last Valentine's Day project for you, and this is the perfect activity to do with your little ones this weekend - Rice Krispie hearts that are loaded with sprinkles and easy enough for preschoolers to help make!

Rice Krispie Sprinkle Hearts - the perfect preschooler activity! Let them go nuts with sprinkles and then cut out with cookie cutters!  | http://www.designimprovised.com

These are actually a bit of a tradition for us. I started making these with Stella and Hazel for their first Valentine's Day party with their little friends when Stella was just two. (Please forgive the amateur photography and blogging in this post circa 2012!).

Rice Krispie Sprinkle Hearts - the perfect preschooler activity! Let them go nuts with sprinkles and then cut out with cookie cutters!  | http://www.designimprovised.com

The reason these are fun for preschoolers is that they can go crazy with sprinkles but you don't have to deal with messy frosting. The sprinkles stick right to the treats and there is something about their crunch combined with the texture of the Rice Krispies! Also, the Rice Krispie treats are easy for little hands to cut with cookie cutters if you spread them fairly thin in the pan. Here's what you'll need:

Supplies for Sprinkled Rice Krispie Hearts


6 cups of Rice Krispies
4 cups of mini marshmallows
3 T. butter
Sprinkles
Heart cookie cutters
11"x15" baking dish 

Rice Krispie Sprinkle Hearts - the perfect preschooler activity! Let them go nuts with sprinkles and then cut out with cookie cutters!  | http://www.designimprovised.com

How to Make Sprinkled Rice Krispie Hearts


1. I just followed the directions for the classic Rice Krispie treats recipe by melting the marshmallows and butter on the stove and then stirring in the Rice Krispies. I used a large 11"x15" pan to spread them out in. You can also use a 9"x13" pan, but I find that making them thinner helps little ones cut though them on their own with the cookie cutters.

2. While the Rice Krispie treats are still warm and sticky, add the sprinkles. They will stick right to the treats!

Rice Krispie Sprinkle Hearts - the perfect preschooler activity! Let them go nuts with sprinkles and then cut out with cookie cutters!  | http://www.designimprovised.com

3. Cut out hearts with cookie cutters - it is also easiest to do this while they are still warm.

Rice Krispie Sprinkle Hearts - the perfect preschooler activity! Let them go nuts with sprinkles and then cut out with cookie cutters!  | http://www.designimprovised.com

4. Here's a trick - similar to cookie dough, you can actually pinch all the remaining scraps together and press down to make more hearts… or you can be like me and eat all of the scraps, leaving the hearts for the kids! ;)

Rice Krispie Sprinkle Hearts - the perfect preschooler activity! Let them go nuts with sprinkles and then cut out with cookie cutters!  | http://www.designimprovised.com

These are simple, yummy, and fun! Of course, you don't have to make just hearts. Any cookie cutter shape will work.

Sprinkled Rice Krispie Hearts - easy enough for your littlest ones to make for a Valentine's Day treat!  | http://www.designimprovised.com

Happy Valentine's Day, friends!

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