If the words “bake sale” cause an immediate lump in your throat and tightening of your chest, you’re probably a food allergy parent.
Every year, Jillian’s school hosts a HUGE bake sale during the Fall Festival. It’s normally pretty easy to avoid since the bake sale has been inside the school, while the festival games are out back. We just don’t venture inside. But this year, the festival was moved to a local field close to the school and the huge bake sale was moved to another event closer to Christmas.
The bake sale was a huge part of the fall festival in years past, and it’s a big money-maker for the school, so they couldn’t abandon it entirely. It was decided that the 5th grade would “host” the bake sale booth at the festival this year, and since Jillian is in 5th grade this year, I wanted to contribute.
I generally try to bake something Jillian-friendly for the sale every year, on the off chance that she will want to buy something sweet like most of her friends are doing. Last year, I make these adorable (if I do say so myself) Ghostly Cupcakes, which were as easy to make as they were delicious to eat, and I labeled them with ingredients so other food allergy peeps might be able to have a safe treat, too.
This year my baking day for the bake sale goodies coincided with my baking day for my dad’s birthday party, as well as my cleaning-the-house-for dad’s-party day AND my finish-the-kids-costumes-for-the-festival day.
I needed a simple-to-make but yummy and Halloween-y treat.
I decided to make Rice Krispie treats and cut them into Halloween shapes using cookie cutters. Simple enough to make, and I know my kids LOVE Rice Krispie treats, so surely they’d be a hit at the bake sale, too!
Of course, as I got started making them I realized I only had enough Rice Krispies for one batch, and I really wanted to make two.
I started complaining to my hubs about how I just bought Cheerios because I thought we were out of them, and what I should have bought was Rice Krispies because, in fact, we now had FOUR boxes of cheerios and only half a box of Krispies… UGH!!!
“Why don’t you make a batch of treats using Cheerios instead?” my brilliant husband replied.
DUH! That’s a great idea!
And it worked, too!
If you haven’t tried Cheerio treats, I highly suggest you do! They’re super simple to make — just like Rice Krispie treats — and they’re really yummy!
Here’s how you make them…
Rice Krispie and/or Cheerio Treats (dairy-free)
For one batch:
3 Tbsp dairy-free margarine
1 – 10oz bag of mini marshmallows
6 cups of Rice Krispies or Cheerios
In a medium pot, melt the margarine over medium heat and add marshmallows, stirring until they’re melted and smooth. Remove the pot from heat and stir in cereal. Mix well, and turn mixture out onto a greased 9 x 13 baking dish or cookie sheet. Mash down to spread it out in an even layer using the back of a wooden spoon or wax paper. Allow to cool about 20-30 minutes before cutting.
And that’s it!
You can really jazz these babies up, too!
I outlined mine with icing so you could get a better idea of what each shape was — and Jillian added green icing eyes on each one.
You could also add chocolate chips, sprinkles, dried fruit, or even use a different cereal as the base. It would be delicious with apple cinnamon Cheerios or Honey Nut if you’re not allergic to almonds.
And don’t forget to let your kiddos nibble on the “extra” pieces after you cut your shapes out. That’s the best part! 😉