Holiday Crispy Treats

I love crispy treats, but can’t eat the store-bought kind because they’re made with real butter (a no-no in a lactose-intolerant household). Fortunately, they’re super easy to make and tasty, and you can rest easy about eating a few if you use natural/organic ingredients.

1 box of crispy rice cereal
1 bag of mini marshmallows
1 stick of margarine
Food coloring
Large cookie cutters

Put the marshmallows and half of the stick of margarine (cut into pieces) into a very large microwaveable bowl. Microwave for one minute, stir the marshmallows and then microwave for another minute. Add the food coloring until you get the color you want. Pour the cereal into the marshmallows and stir until pretty much combined. Using the other half of the stick of margarine, rub a generous amount onto your hands so the marshmallow won’t stick. Using your greased hands, finish mixing the cereal into the marshmallow. Re-grease your hands, and then spread the treats out onto a shallow baking pan, about and inch thick. Let the treats set up and cool for about an hour. Using the cookie cutters, cut shapes out of the treats. Some easy shapes to do are orange pumpkins, green holly leaves, red hearts, or yellow flowers. If you’d like to give them as gift treats, wrap them in cellophane and tie with a ribbon.