Last Thanksgiving, my nephews spent the week with us, and we came up with a fun crafty project to do with them one afternoon. We saw a commercial with a bunch of Rice Krispies treats done up in shapes and decorated, and one of them was a turkey! We modified the basic recipe to use what we had on-hand, which resulted in some especially tasty gluten free Rice Krispies turkey treats.
A word of caution: this is not as easy as it looked. We found that it was easiest to form very tight balls of Rice Krispies treats, then let them firm up for a few minutes before trying to cram the candy corn into them. They didn’t hold up well afterwards either, so I’d suggest you plan to make and eat these on the same day when possible. The ones we stored ending up falling apart (heads rolling, tails falling out – total disaster.)
Here’s our recipe, based on the official Rice Krispies treats recipe.
Gluten free Rice Krispies turkey treats
6 cups *gluten free Rice Krispies (or another gluten free puffed rice cereal – we used Malt-O-Meal which, ironically enough, contains no malt!)
An 8 oz bag of *Kraft Jet Puffed Caramel & Vanilla Swirl Marshmallows
¾ cup *Marshmallow Fluff
3 tablespoons butter
- *Red icing in a tube for the turkey’s face
- Gluten free *pretzel twists (good feet or use for the tails)
- *Pecan halves (good wings, feet and even beaks!)
Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add the marshmallows and fluff and stir to incorporate until it’s all melted. Transfer the marshmallow goo to a large bowl with the Rice Krispies. Stir well (and quickly before it cools) to incorporate.
Butter your hands and form small balls for the turkey bodies (ours were a little smaller than a tennis ball), and even smaller balls for the turkey heads. Stick the heads on the bodies and place them on a piece of parchment paper. Let them firm up for a few minutes (they just need to cool a bit) before decorating.
Create a line of candy corn, pointy-side in, for the tail. Add a pair of eyes to the head and a piece of candy corn, pointy-side out, for the beak. Add wings and feet if desired. Or, just hand it over to your kids and let them go to town! It’s a fun family project and a great way to spend a chilly afternoon indoors.
Have you ever made gluten free Rice Krispies turkey treats? What’s the craftiest item you can cook? Tell me in the comments!
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