Rice Crispy Fruit PiesSummer and kids in the kitchen is the perfect combination. What a fun learning experience it is to make snacks and desserts the kids enjoy. Making easy, no-bake goodies like Rice Krispies Treats(r) can show kids just how fun cooking can be.
Kids have fun washing or scrubbing fruits and vegetables, shaping foods, measuring and mixing dry ingredients, or even pouring pre-measured liquids into the mix. Measurements, team work, and following instructions become a fun educational part of the kitchen experience.
Make some summer magic with these tasty no-bake recipes for Choco P’Nutty Bars, Itsy Bitsy Fruit Pies, and Ice Cream Sandwich Treats from Ricekrispies.com.

Itsy Bitsy Fruit Pies
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup milk chocolate morsels
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups Kellogg’s(r) Rice Krispies(r) cereal
2 cups assorted fresh chopped fruits
Frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
Assorted sprinkles
In medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in chocolate morsels until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in cinnamon.
Place cereal in large bowl. Carefully pour melted chocolate mixture over cereal. Gently stir until cereal is completely coated with chocolate.
Spoon cereal mixture into twenty-four 1 1/2-inch muffin-pan cups coated with cooking spray. Using your finger or thumb, press cereal mixture onto bottoms and up the sides of each cup, forming crusts.
Place crusts in freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.
Before serving, fill each crust with fresh fruit. Dollop with whipped topping. Decorate with sprinkles. Serve immediately.

Note: Extra unfilled crusts may be frozen in air-tight container for up to a month. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

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.

Ice Cream Sandwich TreatsIce Cream Sandwich Treats
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, sorbet or gelato

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.

Using buttered spatula or wax paper, evenly press mixture to 1/4-inch thickness on baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Decorate with sprinkles. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Remove from refrigerator. Using 2-inch cookie cutters coated with cooking spray, cut into desired shapes. Place small scoop of ice cream on undecorated side of one cut-out. Top with another cut-out, decorated side up. Gently press together. Return to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cut-outs and remaining ice cream.
Freeze for 30 minutes. Transfer to airtight container. Freeze for 2 hours to 1 week. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.

Chocolate Peanut BarsChoco P’Nutty Bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 18
1 12-ounce package (2 cups)
semi-sweet chocolate
2/3 cup peanut butter
6 cups Kellogg’s Rice
Krispies cereal
3 cups miniature
18 wooden or plastic sticks

In large saucepan, melt chocolate morsels and peanut butter over low heat; stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal and marshmallows.
Using buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly into 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Chill in refrigerator about 45 minutes.
Cut into 18 bars. Serve by inserting plastic or wooden stick into each bar.

Microwave Directions:
In large microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate morsels and peanut butter at medium power for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Add remaining ingredients, stirring until well coated. Continue with recipe directions.

Source: Rice Krispies ; courtesy Family Features

With this many yummy summer treats, mom may just need a few appetite suppressants!!