I hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day! Every year I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with my mom. She’s half-Irish, and loves cooking up a big pot of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots for her family. I’m usually responsible for dessert – a duty I happily fulfill.
This year I wanted to find a recipe that would be easy, and make enough to share with my family and my coworkers. I recently started working for an Irish-based company and knew I wanted to make something festive to share. As soon as I saw this recipe from The Kitchn, I knew I had a winner!
These were a huge hit with my coworkers. People I hadn’t met yet were telling me how amazing these were (definitely a good first impression at my new job)! They’re magically delicious!
Lucky Charms Marshmallow Bars (from TheKitchn)
Makes 16 2-inch squares
Cooking spray or butter for the pan
6 cups Lucky Charms
6 tablespoons (3/4 cup stick) unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
1 (10-ounce) package mini marshmallows (about 4 cups), divided
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional, but recommended)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (optional, but recommended)
Coat an 8×8-inch baking pan with cooking spray or butter.
Pick out about 1 cup of marshmallow pieces from the cereal and set aside for topping the bars.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add half of the marshmallows and stir until thoroughly melted. Add the remaining marshmallows and stir until melted. Stir in the vanilla and salt. Add the cereal and gently fold it in until completely coated with the melted marshmallow mixture.
Transfer to the baking pan. Using a rubber spatula, lightly and gently press into an even layer. Sprinkle with the reserved marshmallow cereal.
Tip: The mixture will be sticky, but if you are really having trouble with it sticking to your spatula, coat the spatula with a bit of cooking spray or butter.
Let the treats stand at room temperature until set, about 1 hour. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.
Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. If layering, place parchment paper between layers to prevent sticking.