Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats

I rarely make Rice Krispies Treats. I'm not sure why, they are easy to make and require less than 5 ingredients. They are also pretty delicious; I almost forget how yummy they are until I actually eat a homemade treat. And the only good ones are in fact the homemade ones. The prepackaged Treats taste nothing like a fresh homemade Rice Krispies Treat. They must not be made with the same butter and melted marshmallows that I use. But back to why I never make them. They have no nutritional value, I hate to break it to you, but rice cereal, butter and marshmallows will never be a healthy balanced meal. But then again, my weekly cookies aren't healthy either, so that must not be the reason. Everything in moderation right? Perhaps it's the sticky mess that melting marshmallows makes in the saucepan after cooking that doesn't put Rice Krispies Treats at the top of my "want to bake" list?

Despite my Rice Krispies Treat reluctance, when I saw a picture of Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats as I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed, I thought, "These would be a fun treat for the kids." Do you think that I pinned the recipe? Of course not. And when I went back to try to find them, I couldn't remember the exact ones and all of the recipes were a little bit different and none exactly like I wanted. Hmmm. So I just googled Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats and used the recipe from, well, mostly. I had to make a few changes, of course.

First, I gathered my ingredients.

You need Rice Krispies cereal, yellow or white cake mix (I used Funfetti, because I just couldn't resist), mini-marshmallows (I used jumbo jet puffed because that's what we had--it all melts the same), butter, and sprinkles.

I melted one 16 oz bag of jumbo Jet-Puffed marshmallows with four tablespoons of butter (1/2 stick). The actual recipe called for one 10 oz bag of mini-marshmallows, but I wasn't about to try to figure out trying to use a partial bag. In my defense, I do teach kindergarten, so that kind of math would really require a lot of time and brain power for me. Half of the bag would have been 8 oz and I would need another 2 oz from the leftover half so I'd divide what was left into fourths and only use 1/4 of that half of the bag. Okay, I'll stop. You get my point. The recipe also called for 3 tablespoons of butter now that I'm being honest, but I had an almost full half stick in the fridge and I didn't want the extra tablespoon I was about to shave off to get lonely.

So, one 16 oz bag of jumbo marshmallows and four tablespoons of butter melting in a saucepan over medium heat.

When the marshmallows were mostly melted, I stirred in 1/2 cup of Funfetti cake batter into the butter/marshmallow mixture.

Next, I shook in some sprinkles and gave the mixture a quick stir.

Before, the sprinkles started melting too, I cut off the heat and added 6 cups of Rice Krispie cereal. The recipe called for 5 cups, but I had more marshmallow and butter, so I thought more Krispies would be needed.

Mmmmm...then I dumped the mixture from the pan into a butter greased cake pan. You'll want to grease the pan or you'll never get the treats out later. You could use cooking spray, but I no longer use cooking spray, so butter it was. Then I used parchment paper to press them down flat into the pan. You'll want to use parchment so that your fingers don't become a sticky mess.

Then comes a light smattering of sprinkles on top before letting them sit to cool.

After cooling, about 30 minutes, cut and enjoy. This is a treat that everyone in your family will enjoy!