I have a dirty secret. I mean a REALLY dirty secret. It’s been a long time since I’ve cleaned my oven. I told you it was dirty. I’m almost too embarrassed to talk about it. It’s like admitting to a character flaw. It’s just that, to do the self clean, I have to have all the windows open because it’s hot and stinky. PLUS I have to be home for the 5 hour process! What if I have to run to Target that day (again!). Sigh. I tell myself, “ok the next nice day, I will clean that oven”. Eventually that nice day comes around and I really have to get out and play. I ask you, which is more important, quality outdoor play time with my kids or a clean oven? I knew you’d agree with me. It’s way easier just to squint a little when I put something in the oven to bake. Dirt is less obvious through squinted eyes. Trust me.
Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats with Coconut M & M’s
3 tbs butter
1 package of marshmallows (your choice, large or small)
4-5 cups of Rice Krispie cereal (I like really gooey treats, so I use a little less cereal)
1 1/2 cups toasted coconut *
1 9oz package Coconut M & M’s
Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add marshmallows. Keep stirring while marshmallows melt. Once melted, remove from heat. Add cereal and toasted coconut. Stir until blended. Press mixture into a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. Immediately press M & M’s into the bars. Let set. Once cooled, cut yourself a giant piece and enjoy!
* To toast your coconut, spread your coconut in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a 300 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Be sure to stir every 5 minutes. Coconut burns quickly.