Treat Your Family to These Peppermint Rice Krispie Ball Cookies.
This recipe is one of those thatI think are going to be so simple when I start and then I end up spending much more time doing them that I ever thought they would take. But, trust me, sometimes that extra effort will end up being a really great addition to your holiday table. These peppermint Rice Krispie ball cookies are so tasty and look really festive too.
I first saw these on She Wears Many Hats as a sponsored Rice Krispie Recipe. The original recipe called for pink and white peppermints but I found some mixed colored sticks at my local store and decided to give the recipe a try.
All I can say is, be prepared to spend a bit of time on them – but they are worth it! I served them the other night at a Christmas party and they were a huge hit.
I ran into some – shall I say “shaping problems” along the way, as well as a few issues with coating and how the peppermints sticks look, but I’ll show you some of the tricks that I learned as I made them, so the whole process should be easier for you!
The first step is to unwrap your peppermint sticks. I used a 40 count package of red and green striped ones. The recipe will easily make this many but you will need to save some of the peppermints to crush up.
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I reserved several of the pink sticks to crush up. (the two peppermints had slightly different flavors so I wanted just one for the rice krispie mix. Place them in a plastic bag and then hammer them with a meat tenderizer.
You need 1/3 cup of the crushed peppermints. Set them aside.
Start by melting a half a stick of unsalted butter.
Stir in a 10 ounce package of mini marshmallows and cook until they melt and the mixture is smooth.
Add the crushed peppermints and combine well.
Place 6 cups of Rice Krispies in a large bowl.
Stir in the melted marshmallow and peppermint mix and combine well.
Now comes the hard part. I thought I would be able to make the balls with my hands and just insert the peppermint in the top. All I got was a big mess of rice krispie mix all over my hands. I ended up using a large tablespoon and putting the mixture on aluminum foil and then using a teaspoon to sort of coax them into a ball shape. (Tip: don’t worry if they are not round at this shape. You can do that later after they chill.)
The peppermints will not stand up straight at this stage either. Don’t bother trying. Once they are chilled, they will stand straighter.
Place the balls in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to harden.
Now put the a 12 ounce package of white chocolate chips and 2 tbsp of vegetable oil into the microwave and cook for about a minute or two until it has melted. If the mixture it too thick add a bit more vegetable oil.
When the balls have cooled and hardened, remove them from the fridge and now try to make them into bar shapes and straighten up the peppermint stick. The mixture is not nearly as sticky when cooled and is easier to work with.
Coat the balls in the melted chocolate and sprinkle with assorted festive sprinkles. I could not manage to dip them in the chocolate. TIP: I found that the peppermint stick would pull away if I tried. I just dunked the bottom half in the mixture and then used a teaspoon to coat the top of it.
Not an easy to do recipe but they are very festive and my guests loved them. I never was able to get a perfectly round shape. Perhaps you will have more luck!
- ¼ Cup Unsalted Butter
- 1 10 Oz. Package Miniature Marshmallows
- ⅓ Cup Crushed Candy Canes (I used the pink and white ones for this step)
- 6 Cups Rice Krispies® Cereal
- Miniature Candy Canes in pink and green colors
- 2 12 Oz. Bags white chocolate chips
- 4 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- Various sugar sprinkles and decorations. Wilton makes a great holiday mix!
- Unwrap your candy canes and reserve some for crusting. Crush ⅓ cup of the pink candy canes and set the unwrapped canes and crushed ones aside.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium low heat.
- Stir in the miniature marshmallows and allow them to melt completely.
- Mix in the crushed candy canes.
- In a large bowl place the Rice Krispies. Mix in the melted marshmallow mixture and combine well.
- Put out heaping tablespoons from the pan and roll into balls. Add a candy can into the center of each ball. (don't worry if they don't make good shaped balls and the canes topple. You can fix this after they harden in the fridge for a while.)
- Place your finished treats into the fridge for about 15 minutes to set.
- Melt the white chocolate and vegetable oil in the microwave for 1-2 minutes stirring mid way through.
- Remove the treats from the fridge and reform into better shaped balls. Be sure the candy cane is straight and securely in the middle of the ball.
- Dip the bottom of the cooled treats into the white chocolate and use a teaspoon to add chocolate to the top of the ball.
- Sprinkle or decorate as you wish, and set aside to cool and harden completely.
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