Monday, May 2, 2011

How To Fake It

Martha Stewart, I am not. But, occasionally I can fake it.

We all have them. Those "bring a dish" parties. Whether it's an office potluck, a friendly gathering, or a kid's activity event. And I don't know about you, but I am ALWAYS last minute. And of course, like many of you, I have the "crafty-creative" title to live up to. But you know what...sometimes, I'm just not feeling it. You know?

So this weekend was the Cub Scouts pool party. Each den was assigned to bring something, and our den was assigned desserts. Great, why couldn't we have gotten drinks or even plates/napkins, etc. So, I needed something kid friendly that wouldn't melt since it was outdoors. Hmmmm....Rice Krispy Treats! Every kid loves those crunchy marshmallow-y gooey yummy squares, right? (well, every kid but mine that is) Great! So on the way home from my girlfriend's mother's shower, I picked up a box of cereal and a bag of marshmallows.

It's been a long time since I made Rice Krispy Treats. And I forgot just how little one box makes. Especially when it's a pool party for the whole pack. Well, in true Dawn fashion (late), by the time I discovered this, I either a) didn't have time to go to the store and buy more, or b) was too lazy to go to the store and buy more. Either way, I needed to get inventive. So here's what I did.

After preparing the pan and letting it cool, I used a NON-STICK pizza cutter to cut the treats first into strips, then into rectangles, and finally into squares.

They still looked kinda plain, and pathetic, and generally unimpressive. I stood there staring at the sad little things and it hit me. Chocolate chips! I topped each one with a single chocolate chip. Voila! Perfect little bite-sized morsels of crunchy-gooey-chocolatey yumminess! These actually turned out to be the perfect size since there were so many desserts. None went to waste, they were a big hit, and I ended up with just under 100 little squares!

See...I can fake it. ;o)


  1. Mmmm, these look positively scrumptious! And how clever and creative of you to stretch that one box of cereal and make your treats darling to boot. I will have to file this idea for future bake sales and last minute "Mom, I need to bring treats to school tomorrow" emergencies!

  2. Dawn - these are adorable! I'll bet they disappeared in two seconds flat!

  3. I bet they were the crowd fave! I hope you saved some for us ;)!

  4. You can't go wrong with kid and Rice Krispie squares - nor adults for that matter :) These are darling :)

  5. Such a great idea:-) definitely a crowd pleaser... Thank you for a wonderfully inspirational post!

  6. Ahh, these little gems came to my rescue last night, thanks for the idea! I didn't serve them on doilies are anything though...they still went really fast!


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