October 8, 2010

Reach for THESE Stars -- Chocolate Dipped Krispie Treat Stars on a Stick


Whether you're looking for something unique to bring to the school bake sale, feel like its time for a cupcake hiatus, or simply will use any excuse to eat chocolate, these sweet little stars are a fun and easy project you can share with your family.


It's also a great introduction to using Chocolate Transfer Sheets.  If you're not familiar with Chocolate Transfer Sheets, they are acetate sheets that are printed with patterns and designs using a special printer and edible ink (made from cocoa butter).  They can be purchased in some specialty cake supply stores and all over the internet.  My favorite retail source is Fancy Flours.  They carry everything from animal & floral prints to political and holiday inspired patterns.

Let's get started! 


TIP:  If you like the convenience of Candy Melts, but prefer the taste of real chocolate, try the new Semi-Sweet Chocolate Callets (65% Cacao) from Trader Joes.  They work like a dream!!!

--Rice Krispie Treats:  a single batch of krispie treats will yield around 12 stars
--Star-shaped cookie cutter
--Nonstick cooking spray
--parchment paper
--lollipop or craft sticks
--Good quality chocolate (or Candy Melts like Wilton):  8 oz. will cover approx. 12 stars
--Chocolate Transfer Sheet (optional):  One large sheet will decorate 10 stars

Step 1:  Begin by preparing the krispie treats.  For a single batch, you’ll need:
           
½ cup butter or margarine
            80 large marshmallows
            10 cups krispie cereal

Use non-stick spray to coat the inside of a 13x9 (or 12x12) baking pan.  On a stovetop or microwave oven (I prefer the microwave), melt butter and marshmallows.  Once melted and combined, stir in the krispies till evenly coated.  Pour into prepared pan.  Using a greased spatula spread and compact the mixture.  Cool for just a few minutes. 


Step 2:  Cut ~ I like to cut the krispies before they have fully set.  This way, you can recombine the scraps into a new block, with which you can continue to cut your shapes.  Spray cookie cutter using non-stick cooking spray (inside and out).  Press into krispie treat (while still in pan), remove from pan, then remove from cutter and on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Continue until only scraps remain.  Combine scraps into a rectangle, the same height as the original batch, and cut a few more stars.  Continue to cut and re-form the scraps until none remains.  Allow stars to cool and set for at least an hour before commencing with the chocolate. 


Step 3:  In a shallow bowl, melt chocolate over a double-boiler or in the microwave, on low heat, in one-minute increments. 


Step 4:  If using a chocolate transfer sheet, set the sheet cocoa-side-up on a baking sheet.  If not using a chocolate transfer sheet, simply line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 


Step 5:  Dip krispie star, flat side (the bottom side) down in the chocolate.  Shake off excess.  Check bottom to insure that coating is even.  If not, dip and shake again.  Set on transfer sheet or parchment to dry.  Repeat with remaining stars.  Chill in the refrigerator for approx. 10, until chocolate has completely hardened. 


Step 6:  Dip one end of a lollipop or craft stick in the melted chocolate.  This will help the stick adhere to the inside of the treat.  Insert stick about mid-way through the treat.

Step 7:  Package and serve


You can download and print these instructions here:




I packaged my Stars On a Stick in 6"x8" bakery bags, which I printed with the "Reach for the Stars" graphic at home.  Here's a downloadable PDF if you'd like to do the same.  

Reach for the Stars Bag



This post has been linked to Friday Brag Fest at Fun On a Dime

20 comments:

  1. love, love, love this!!!!

    Now you have my head spinning with other cutter designs to use (think holiday specific) and I'm thinking who needs a stick ;o)

    Thanks again for sharing your recipes and ideas!

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  2. What a fantastic idea! I love how versatile crispy treats are. I especially appreciate your tips on the candy melts (the fake ones don't taste that great) and I've never used the transfer sheets before. Wonderful job.

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  3. How awesome! I'm thinking Halloween treats for our Halloween party. Great site <3 your newest follower.
    athriftydiva.blogspot.com

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  4. Love em! I did something similar for Christmas a few years ago. I cut Rice Krispie's treats into christmast tree shapes and dipped them into melted chocolate. The kids decorated them with mini M&Ms and sprinkles. I used cookie sticks to make the trunks of the trees. They were cute and the kids liked them, but I had a little trouble handling them while dipping in the warm chocolate. The heat made them so flexible that I had to work suuuuuuper fast. Did you have that issue at all?

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  5. Arrrrrr, typos! That should be Christmas tree shapes!

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  6. Willoughby, I love the Christmas tree idea and the way you decorated them!

    The recipe I use for the krispie treats stays pretty solid, and because the thermometer barely ever goes above 60-degree around here, we don't have too much trouble with heat. However, when I have done chocolate dipping of soft items in the past, I've found it helpful to refrigerate the treats before dipping. The cold helps the butter and marshmallow solidify. Hope this helps!

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  7. Wow! I have never seen those chocolate transfer sheets before!!! They look awesome! I will definitely have to keep this in mind for next time I plan a treat for freinds. Thank you so much!!!
    -Ck

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  8. Mmmm, I love anything dipped in Chocolate.

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  9. Those are so cute and I am sure would also be delicious! Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  10. Love these! They are so cute!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday and making my SITS day special! I would love to take you up on your offer to guest post! Shoot me an email at anewkindofnormal at gmail dot com!

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  11. Hey, Jenn! First time stopping by. I have either had a migraine or work to do! Thank you so much for stopping by Words of Me. I loved your comment. Your blog is just toooooo coooool. I am now a follower and look forward to reading and being inspired!!

    Leslie

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  12. Wow, those are gorgeous! Heather of Dollar Store Crafts emailed me about your blog and this is my first visit. I'm so glad I got her email- it's so creative here! Those baby food cupcakes are AMAZING! I would love to lik to some of your how-tos if you didn't mind.

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  13. Oh my yummy! Chocolate transfer sheets. THANK YOU FOR THIS!

    YUM!

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  14. Too, too cleaver. I love this. We call Rice Krispie Treats a "bowl of cereal you eat with your hands" because we always take them on the road for...well, breakfast...when else do you eat cereal. And this would be such a cool way to do it!! Love it!!

    Visiting from SITSgirls, BlogFrog and you guessed it...Toucan Tribe.

    LOVE your blog.

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  15. Love it! I never new these were so simple to make. You made them into something special with all your extra touches, like the bag. Great job!

    Thanks for sharing at Brag Fest and I hope you keep linking up every Friday!

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  16. Love the chocolate transfer sheets! Have to try them! Visiting from Fun on a Dime.

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  17. Choclate, rice krispies...what's not to love. Now I am hungry and it is 11pm!

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  18. Gorgeous! I love them. Everything on your blog is so cute, or yummy, or interesting and they're all fabulous. So nice to "meet" you!

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  19. ha, I will test my thought, your post get me some good ideas, it's truly amazing, thanks.

    - Mark

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  20. I am doing research for my college paper, thanks for your excellent points, now I am acting on a sudden impulse.

    - Lora

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