Once in a while, I get the strongest urge to bite into a Rice Krispie treat. I blame my mother for this. When I was younger, she would pull me into the kitchen and we would make the treats together. They’re so easy to make and so addictingly good. I wanted to recreate my childhood favorite and make it a little fancier by using homemade marshmallows and adding warm spices. These chai-spiced Rice Krispie treats are still easy to make but dare I say, even tastier than the original recipe. chai spiced rice krispie treats chai spiced rice krispie treats chai spiced rice krispie treats

Chai Spiced Rice Krispie Treats

45 minTotal Time

Yields 16 rice krispie treats

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Ingredients

    Chai spiced marshmallows
  • 2 packages gelatin
  • ¾ cup cold water, divided
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger, ground
  • ½ tsp cardamom, ground
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • Rice Krispie treats
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 cups Rice Rrispies

Instructions

  1. Spray an 8x8 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the chai spiced marshmallows. Combine 2 packets gelatin with ¼ cup cold water in a bowl of a stand mixer. Combine ½ cup cold water with ¾ cup sugar, ½ cup honey, and a pinch of salt in a heavy-bottomed sauce-pot. Heat the mixture over medium heat until the temperature reaches 240 degrees F, about 7-8 minutes.
  3. Slowly pour the sugar water mixture into the bowl with the gelatin with the mixer on low speed. Continue to beat as you add all of the sugar mix. Increase the speed to high and continue to whip until thick and lukewarm, about 12 minutes.
  4. Add ½ tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ginger, ½ tsp cardamom, ¼ tsp nutmeg, ¼ tsp allspice, and ¼ tsp cloves into the marshmallow fluff and whip for another minute.
  5. Melt 6 tbsp butter in a medium sauce-pot over low heat. Add the marshmallow fluff, ½ tsp vanilla, and a pinch of salt, stirring until the mixture is well combined.
  6. Measure 8 cups of Rice Krispie in a large bowl. Pour the melted marshmallows into the cereal and mix until the cereal is well coated. Pour the cereal into the prepared baking pan and gently press down on the top to create one even layer. Let sit for at least 30 minutes. Slice into bars and serve.
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I love all things chai flavored. Last year I was all about my chai spiced pear muffins with oatmeal streusel and this year it’s all about chai-spiced Rice Krispie treats. The warm spices just scream fall and make you want to sit in front of a fire with a cup of hot chocolate.

This dessert may seem daunting because of the homemade marshmallows but it’s actually easy to make. And there really is no comparison between homemade marshmallows and the prepackaged ones. Really.

To make the chai marshmallows, bloom gelatin in cold water in a bowl of a stand mixer. You’re going to need a mixer for this part otherwise, you will be whipping the mixture by hand for at least 30 minutes!marshmallow fluffSimmer the remaining water with sugar, honey, and a pinch of salt until it reaches 240 degrees F. A candy thermometer or digital thermometer works best here, just make sure the digital thermometer goes up to 240 degrees F.

Now slowly add the sugar mixture to the gelatin with the mixer at low speed. Once all of the sugar is added, increase the speed to high and let the machine do its thing for 10-12 minutes. The mixture will slowly become thick and turn into marshmallow fluff. Add the chai spices and vanilla and there you have homemade marshmallows!

Now if you want to turn them into marshmallows, spray an 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray and dust it with powdered sugar. Transfer the marshmallow fluff to the pan and let it sit for 1 hour. Since we’re making Rice Krispie treats, you can skip this step and use the fluff as is.  chai marshmallowsWe’re almost at the home stretch now. Melt some butter, add the chai marshmallow fluff with vanilla and salt, and pour the melted goodness over some Rice Krispie cereal. Mix until everything is nice and coated and press gently into an 8×8 baking pan. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then dig in.

I love how you can see the specks of the spices in the chai-spiced Rice Krispie treats. Every bite is so flavorful and just the right amount of sweet. Just perfection! chai spiced rice krispie treats

 

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