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Who doesn't love basketball? It's fast paced, exciting, and just about everyone has access to a hoop near them. It's one of our favorite sports out there. Plus, the more you play the more Basketball Rice Krispie Treats you can eat!
How to Make Basketball Rice Krispie Treats
Basketball Rice Krispie Treats are just one type of sports themed Rice Krispie Treats you can make. There are recipes for baseball, football, soccer, and more. But basketball holds a special place in our hearts. Watching Michael Jordan and the rest of the Chicago Bulls dynasty in the 90s made us fall in love with the game forever.
But we're not here to reminisce about sports days gone by (or to expose our ages too much). We're here to make a delicious dessert to commemorate one of our favorite pastimes.
This recipe is easy to make and it is very similar to our Jack-o'-Lantern Rice Krispie Treats recipe. We start with an orange Rice Krispie Treat base so we will need orange food coloring. And instead of using a pumpkin shape, we just use a circle shaped cookie cutter. The only other extra supply you will need is black decorating gel.
We are making a full pan of treats this time so start out with 3 tablespoons of butter and melt it in a large stock pot. Once your butter is melted, or mostly melted, add in a full bag of Jet Puff Marshmallows. Jet Puff is our favorite brand because they are the most consistent in taste and texture. You can, however, use whichever brand you prefer.
Stir everything together until it is good and melted together. If you want to speed this part up a bit, you can always use our microwave Rice Krispie Treat recipe, as well.
Once melted, add in your orange food coloring until the marshmallows are the color you want them to be.
If you need to add in more food coloring, feel free to do so. Sometimes the cereal will soak in the coloring and dull the brightness.
Using your favorite flavorless baking spray, we prefer canola oil, coat the bottom and inside walls of a 9 x 13 baking pan. Again, using your spatula, scoop the Rice Krispie Treat mix from your large stock pot and into the baking pan. You can press the mix down into the bottom of the pan and flatten it out until it is level.
Now, set your pan of treats to the side and allow to cool. Cooling takes about 30 minutes on the counter, 15-20 in the fridge, and 10-15 in the freezer.
Once you treats have completely cooled you will want to start cutting them. Take out your round cookie cutter and, starting in one of the corners, press the cookie cutter all the way down through the Rice Krispie Treats.
Most of the time the treats are thicker than the cookie cutter so you have to push pretty hard. You can then use a knife to cut around the cookie cutter and remove any excess cereal.
Once everything is cut, you can take the "extra" pieces that were outside of the cookie and smoosh them together. Then use your cookie cutter to make those pieces round. We have found that will get you an extra 1 to 3 treats!
Finally, we are at the fun part. Get out your black decorative gel and get ready to draw the basketball stripes. You probably know what a basketball looks like so you can maybe do this from memory. If not, here are some easy instructions:
- just draw a vertical line down the center
- another horizontal line across the center
- then draw a half circle on both sides of the vertical center line
Your end result should look like this:
That's all you have to do. Just serve them at your next game day and watch everyone's eyes light up!
Basketball Rice Krispie Treats
- large stock pot
- 9x13 Pan
- Canola Oil Spray
- Circle cookie cutter
- 6 cups Rice Krispies
- 16 oz Marshmallows
- 3 tablespoon Salted Butter
- orange food coloring
- black decorative gel