Double-Layer Leprechaun Krispies


In my house, the kitchen is a circus. When it's time to make a meal or snack of any kind, there's usually a toddler whining at my feet and a pre-schooler begging to do something dangerous like open a hot oven or stir a pot of boiling water. (My 1st-grader wants nothing to do with this variety show, thank goodness!) The only way to calm things down is to involve the kids. I pull up stools and let them measure, pour and stir to the best of their abilities. Of course, when I'm low on patience, I plop them in their seats and turn on Elmo's World. I'm no Super Mom.

Here is one easy-peasy and festive dessert recipe my kids can help with from start to finish. Food coloring is always a hit, as are marshmallows. (True for every kid on the planet, right?) Give it a try and let me know what you think.

3 tablespoons butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Green food coloring
Green sprinkles, icing or M&Ms

1. Melt half the butter and half the marshmallows in a large pot over medium heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
2. Remove from heat and have your kids add a few drops of green food coloring to the mixture. Stir until color is even.
3. Let the kids pour in half the cereal, little by little. Let them stir it until it's completely covered with the green marshmallow mixture.
4. Transfer to a baking dish and spread flat with a spatula. 
5. Repeat steps 1-3, but this time do not add green food coloring.
6. Spread the second Rice Krispy Treat layer over the green layer. Let cool.
7. Cut into squares and let the kids decorate with anything green you can find in your pantry—like those leftover sprinkles from Christmas. :)