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Fuel Up With Lightning McQueen Rice Crispy Treats

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Image source: Disney family | Tiffany Davis

Calling racing fans of all ages! Fuel your engines with these Lightning-inspired treats at your next Cars movie night or birthday party.

My sons love all the Cars movies, and they play on a continuous loop in my house. I had been looking for a way to increase the fun factor during our movie nights, so I created these Lightning McQueen Rice Crispy Treats. Make the full racer, a lightning bolt design, or both!

These treats are sure to shift your next Cars-themed event into high gear. Ka-chow!

For more magic, watch Disney Family at the Charlotte Motor Speedway:

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Lightning McQueen Rice Crispy Treats

Ingredients

  • LIGHTING MCQUEEN:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Red, black, and orange food coloring
  • 6 cups crisp rice cereal
  • Chocolate chunks
  • 3″ circular cookie cutter
  • 4 pastry bags and tips (or zip-top bags)
  • LIGHTNING BOLT:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Yellow food coloring
  • 6 cups crisp rice cereal
  • Lightning bolt cookie cutter
  • ROYAL ICING:
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 7 1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  1. For McQueen: Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat, then add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.

  2. Remove from heat, then stir in vanilla and add 10 drops of red food coloring. Add the cereal, and stir until it’s well coated.

  3. Using a buttered spatula or wax paper, press the mixture into a greased 13×9 inch pan. Press gently with your fingertips until completely spread out.

  4. While rice crispy treats are cooling, make the royal icing. Put confectioners’ sugar, meringue power, and water into a bowl of an electric mixer fitter with the whisk attachment; beat on low speed for 10 minutes. Divide icing into thirds. Color one orange and one black.

  5. Transfer white icing into a pastry bag fitting with a size #3 piping tip. Transfer the orange and black icing into separate bags fitted with a piping tip.

  6. Using cookie cutter, cut out circles for the Lightning McQueen treats.

  7. Start with piping the windshield using white icing, then pipe headlights with white icing, and add orange icing on the outside.

  8. Once windshield is dry (about 10 minutes), pipe on eyes with black icing.

  9. Pinch in the sides of the crispy treats right below windshield to sculpt more of a car-like shape.

  10. Using black or white royal icing, “glue” chocolate chunks onto the bottom as tires.

  11. For the Lightning Bolts: Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat, then add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat, then stir in vanilla and 2-3 drops of yellow food coloring. Add the cereal, and stir until it’s well coated.

  12. Using a buttered spatula or wax paper, press the mixture into a greased 13×9 inch pan. Press gently with your fingertips until completely spread out.

  13. Let cool, and cut out lightning bolts with cookie cutter.

    Image source: Tiffany Davis

Posted 2 weeks Ago
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