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Yesterday me and Dawson made a little snowman family out of rice krispie treats. I saw this cute idea over at 1 Mom 3 Boys; Lots Of Love And Laughter and knew it would perfect to do with Dawson because we have been talking about building a snowman since we moved to Utah. We haven't been able to build any real snowmen yet because it hasn't snowed enough. I'm sure it won't be long before we're able to!
These were simple to make and even easier to decorate. I let Dawson (3 years old) do most of the decorating and he did a really good job!
To make them you just have to
3 tbsp butter
10.5 oz bag of miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
1 can of vanilla frosting
Candy to decorate
sweetened flaked coconut
Melt butter in a large saucepan set over low heat. Add marshmallows, cook, stirring until melted and well blended. Add cereal; stir until coated.
Divide mixture and lightly pack into three 1 cup portions, three 1/2 cup portions, and three 1/3 cup portions. (I sprayed my measuring cups with Pam so the rice krispie treats would slide out easily.)
Working quickly, with damp hands, form each portion into a firmly packed round ball with a slightly flattened bottom. I let each ball set on wax paper for about 15 minutes and then I stacked the balls, three high, biggest to smallest to create three figures.
Spread a thin layer of frosting all over each figure. (If the treats are still warm they might start to come apart, if that happens just reshape the ball and let them sit for awhile longer before working with them.) Place the coconut in a shallow dish. Roll each figure in the coconut until well coated.
Use melted chocolate (I just used frosting) and m&m's to create "eyes", "noses" and "buttons" on the figures. Wrap pieces of fruit roll ups around the base of the smallest ball as a "scarf".
Gently push the pretzel sticks into each side of the middle balls for "arms".