cook with kids recipe: marshmallow rice treat fun

last winter, i made these impromptu marshmallow rice treat snowmen for dessert at a family gathering. when shaping the snowmen, i squeezed them a bit tight and it made them a little difficult to eat. but little one loved them!

so for Easter, little one asked for them so we made them together. i melted the butter and marshmallow, added the rice puffs and let it cool a little. then little one helped me shape them into snowmen. for fun, we added some gluten free vegan sprinkles. they were fun pastel colors – perfect for Easter!

then i had an idea: let’s make bunnies! so little one made some tiny balls for the tail and i made the ears. then we connected them. voilà: Easter Bunny marshmallow rice treats!
cooking tools

  • sandwich bag
  • coffee straws or toothpicks


snowman and bunny

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 10-ounce bag gluten free vegan marshmallows, i.e Dandies
  • 6 cups gluten free rice puffs, i.e. Arrowhead Mills Puffed Rice

accessory: Snowman hat or Easter hat

  • 1 snack pack fruit chews for a colorful hat, i.e. Yum Earth
  • 1 Tablespoon gluten free sprinkles for extra Easter flair!, i.e. Edward & Son’s Let’s Do Organics Sprinklez


in a large pot, melt the butter. stir in marshmallows until they’re totally melted. remove from the heat and set aside. pour in the cereal, folding gently the whole time until all combined.

divide the mixture into 6-8 portions. for each portion divide the mixture for a large ball, a medium ball and a small ball. using a sandwich bag, scoop mixture for the large and medium ball and roll them to shape. do not squeeze as it will make the treats difficult to eat. for the portion for the small balls, divide into 3 portions: 2 ears (oval shapes) and a tail (tiny ball).


using a toothpick or coffee straws, connect the medium* and large balls to make a snowman shape. add a fruit chew on top for the snowman’s hat.

Easter Bunny

in a small mixing bowl, add a tablespoon of sprinkles. dip the medium balls into the sprinkles. it can be a “hat” decoration for the bunny.

making sure the sprinkle is on top (not where the medium and balls touch), connect the medium and large ball together with a toothpick or coffee straw. then add the tiny ball to the bottom of the large ball to make the tail. add the ears on top of the medium ball by the sprinkles. add the few chew between the ears as the top of the hat.

Food Network’s Pioneer Woman Marshmallow Crispy Treats by Ree Drummond

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