One of our family’s favorite holiday desserts from Disneyland is the Mickey Mouse shaped rice crispy treats. With one member of the Mouseketeers being allergic to red-dye and with red frosting and candies being the most popular holiday decorating color, we decided to have some fun by recreating this treat at home.
Besides devouring Mickey Mouse shaped rice crispy treats, when in the parks we love watching the candy makers at Marceline’s Confectionary, Trolley Treats, and Candy Palace create their magical sweets. From their famous toffee to their festive caramel and chocolate-covered apples, they are all a treat to watch.
While you wait for your next Disneyland vacation, try whipping up a batch of Mickey Mouse rice crispy treats with your family. Share some holiday magic with the ones you love!
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What you will need
- Large saucepan
- Rubber spatula
- 13×9 pan
- Wax paper
- Mickey Mouse or holiday cookie cutters
- Frosting, melting chocolate, candies, sprinkles, basically anything you want to use to decorate your treats
- 1/4 cup of butter – We use unsalted because one of us has an iodine allergy. Salted butter, unless otherwise stated includes iodine.
- 4 cups of mini marshmallows – You may substitute with 7oz of marshmallow creme but note that fresh marshmallows yield the best results. Add a twist to your recipe by using chocolate or any other flavored and colored marshmallows.
- 5 cups of crispy rice cereal – Any brand will do. For a twist try cocoa or fruity crispies.
Holiday Mickey Mouse Rice Crispy Recipe
- Melt butter in a large saucepan over LOW heat
- Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted
- Remove from heat
- Add cereal and stir until well-coated
- Using wax paper, press mixture evenly and firmly into a buttered 13×9 inch pan
- Let cool for 20 minutes **Mouseketeer tip > We put our finished pan in the freezer to cool for 15 minutes. This helped our treats retain their shape after cutting out with cookie cutters.
- Heat butter and marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2.
- Stir until smooth then follow Stovetop steps 4-6
Cut It Out
- Use Mickey Mouse or other Disney and holiday-themed cookie cutters to cut out treats. **Mouseketeer tip> Cutting with cookie cutters takes some strength. The patriarch of our crew had to take over this portion of the process.
- Using wax paper, take the leftover scraps and reshape them into the desired width and thickness to cut more shapes. If needed, heat scraps in the microwave for 30 seconds, but only do this once as a second time will ruin the mixture. Snack on whatever scraps are left while decorating or use them to create ornaments, noses, eyes, etc for your cutouts.
Make Some Magic
Now for the fun part!!
The best part about decorating is that there are no rules!! You can make them as simple or as fancy as you want. Pretend you are all Disneyland candy makers and there are park guests watching you create a magical treat. Or create an assembly!
Some variations of decorating may include dipping in chocolate or frosting and adding colorful candy or sprinkles. We chose frosting and colored sprinkles, including peppermint flavored! In addition to our holiday Mickey Mouse shaped treats, we also included Christmas trees, gingerbread men, and snowflakes.
How to Store Your Holiday Mickey Mouse Rice Crispy Treats
If you haven’t eaten them all after decorating, you can store them for up to two days at room temperature in single layers in an airtight container. Do not stack treats at room temperature.
Your festive rice crispy treats can be stored in a freezer for 6 weeks. Just remove treats and let them sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving. To freeze in stacked layers, freeze individual layers first, then place wax paper between the layers. Separate layers before defrosting to avoid chocolate sticking to the paper.
We want to see your Mickey Mouse shaped and holiday rice crispy treats! Tag us @mouseketeer_life on Instagram and share your holiday magic with us!