it’s ai love heart time-part 2 (chocolate cheerios treats)

Feb 14

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At the beginning of the school year, parents were assigned to holiday parties for my daughter’s classroom.  It must have been faith that my husband and I were assigned to the Valentine’s party.  I had so many ideas around what I would make, but it all came down to breakfast.  Yes breakfast!  It was decided that the Valentine’s party would be a morning breakfast party.  So I decided to make cereal bars–Cheerios cereal treats to be exact.

These treats have a crust, a marshmallow-strawberry layer, and then the Chocolate Cheerios topping.  Sounds complicated but really easy to make, just a little messy!  What a great alternative to the Rice Krispies treats.

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I made a few adjustments to the original recipe.  I cut back on some of the sugar and added dehydrated strawberries for a more healthier treat.  I also made a “regular” version with frosted Cheerios, white chocolate chips, and added a bit of lemon powder to the white chocolate mixture to cut the sweetness.

Chocolate Cheerios Treats

Serves 15-18
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 18 minutes
Total time 48 minutes
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly
Occasion Valentines day
Website Adapted from Cheerios
Perfect Valentine's treats for kids classroom parties!

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Chocolate Cheerios cereal (crushed)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup dehydrated strawberries (lightly crushed)

Topping

  • 2/3 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 cups Chocolate Cheerios cereal
  • mini-heart sprinkles

Directions

Crust
Step 1 Pre-heat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
Step 2 In a bowl of a stand mixer, mix all crust ingredients except marshmallows on low speed until crumbly.
Step 3 Press firmly into the bottom of the prepared 13x9-inch pan and bake for about 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown.
Step 4 Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle the mini-marshmallows and dehydrated strawberries over the crust.
Step 5 Return back to the oven and bake for an additional 1-2 minutes or until the marshmallows begin to puff. Cool while preparing the topping.
Topping
Step 6 In a large pot, combine all topping ingredients except for the cereal and mini-heart shaped sprinkles. Heat over medium-low and stir constantly until chocolate chips are melted and mixture is a smooth consistency.
Step 7 Remove from heat and stir in cereal until it is well coated.
Step 8 Immediately spoon mixture evenly over the marshmallow and work quickly since it will start to harden and will become harder to spread.
Step 9 Sprinkle with mini-heart sprinkles and let cool for about 1 hour.
Cutting
Step 10 Before cutting into shapes or bars, refrigerate for at least half an hour.
Step 11 It is easier to cut from the bottom, therefore slowly invert the pan onto a cutting board.
Step 12 Cut into shapes, bars, or use a deep cookie cutter.

Note

I made a few adjustments to the original recipe.  I cut back on some of the sugar and added dehydrated strawberries for a more healthier treat.  I also made a "regular" version with frosted Cheerios, white chocolate chips, and added a bit of lemon powder to the white chocolate mixture to cut the sweetness.

In regards to cutting, the best way is to cut from the bottom.  Slowly invert the pan onto a cutting board.

Wait you say, what happened to your “ai love heart time” heart-shaped goodies?  What started off as a good idea to use a heart-shaped cookie cutter turned out to be a disaster.  In the end, cutting into bars was the best approach.  In any case, I used EXTRA mini-heart-shaped sprinkles!

Happy Valentine’s Day from ai love baking!

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