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Easy no-bake goodies

Posted: June 1, 2010 2:52 p.m.
Updated: June 2, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 3 hours Servings: 10 to 12 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 10 ounce-package (about 40) marshmallows, or 4 cups miniature marshmallows 2 teaspoons vanilla 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal 1/2 cup assorted sprinkles 2 pints desired flavor ice cream, frozen yogurt, ...

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Summer is a great time to get kids into the kitchen to make some snacks and desserts. Whether you need something to take to a picnic or just something to do on a rainy day, making easy no-bake goodies like Rice Krispies Treats® can show kids just how fun cooking can be.

Even young children can be kitchen helpers, so the whole family can get involved. What can your child do to help prepare a recipe?

2- to 3-year-olds can

    Wash and scrub fruits and vegetables
    Name and count foods

3- to 4-year-olds can
    Shape foods
    Mix dry ingredients together
    Pour pre-measured liquids into batter

4- to 5-year-olds can
    Help measure ingredients
    Open packages
    Pour cereal
    Mash soft fruits and vegetables
    Press cookie cutters into dough or soft food

Ages 6 and older
    Beat recipe ingredients with a whisk
    Help locate ingredients in a spice rack  or pantry

Make some summer magic with these tasty no-bake recipes for choco p’nutty bars, itsy bitsy fruit pies, and ice cream sandwich treats. For even more kid-friendly recipes you can make together, visit www.Ricekrispies.com.

Note: The following recipes should be made with adult supervision.

Kid-friendly kitchen tips:
    Children of all ages should have an adult assistant with them at all times when cooking.
    Chefs 7 and older can measure the ingredients and help stir the melted chocolate into the cereal.
    Little ones, ages 3 to 6, will enjoy pressing the mixture into the muffin cups and decorating with the fruits and whipped cream.
    Make sure to have plenty of extra fruits for snack­ing while making these little pies.

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