Our six-year-old daughter is in Little League again this spring, and I can’t decide what’s cuter: The proud look on Lily’s face when she gets a run or the over-the-moon proud look on her dad’s face (he is arguably the world’s biggest baseball fan).
Well, I think Lily wins the cute contest; it’s pretty hard to beat that face…but I digress.
A couple of weeks ago, it was our family’s turn to bring post-game snacks for the little athletes. Since the coach’s wife had brought these adorable fruit skewers – with a chocolate-dipped marshmallow at the end – as the snack after the first game, the bar had been set pretty high. A careless bag of ‘Chips Ahoy’ were just not going to cut it – I had to come up with something a bit funkier.
A bit of messing around on Google images turned up a bunch of baseball-themed snack ideas, including these Rice Krispie snacks. Clearly I didn’t re-invent the wheel here, but it was fun to put a new twist on an old classic – and it turned out to be a total hit (get it? Hit? Ahh…the puns just keep coming!).
Here’s how I made them – the basic recipe is from the back of a box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies:
- 1/4 cup margarine or butter
- 5 cups miniature or 40 regular marshmallows
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
1. In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add cereal and stir until well coated.
3. Using a buttered spatula or wax paper, evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Allow to cool.
So here’s where the fun part begins – turning a regular old pan of Rice Krispies into a plateful of little baseballs!
1. Use a round cookie cutter to cut your Rice Krispies into ‘baseballs.’ If you’re preparing them for a team, make sure you cut them small enough that everyone gets one (with a couple to spare for little siblings at the game!).
2. Spread a layer of white icing over the top of each circle (I used a store-bought jar of icing).
3. Allow the icing to cool and dry; I put my tray into the fridge for about half an hour.
4. Using a tube of red decorator’s icing, pipe semi-circles on top of each ‘baseball’ to make the main lines for the stitching.
5. On either side of your two red lines, carefully pipe a few smaller red lines for the side stitches.
Did the kids like the treats, you ask? Well, let’s just say I hardly got the lid off my Tupperware before they disappeared in about 2.7 seconds…I felt a bit like a piece of meat being attacked by a team of hungry piranhas.
Now that’s what I call hitting it out of the park.