Lemon-Ginger Crispy Treats

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I accidentally forgot my headphones when I was going for a walk yesterday, so instead of using that as an excuse (I’m always full of them when it comes to exercising), I thought I’d use the opportunity to clear my head before I started working in the kitchen. What could be better than listening to chirping birds and overzealous crickets surrounded by redwoods? I’ll listen to podcasts another day.

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For some reason I just couldn’t focus. The chatter in my brain went something like this: BIRDS CHIRPING, Whoa. LEMON, GINGER, RICE KRISPIES, Is that poison oak? WHITE CHOCOLATE, EMAIL, ZEST, LEMON CAKE.What time do I need to get this done. RICE KRISPY TREATS.  Repeat that for 60 minutes and you’ll have my workout. I think I walked fast just so I could get home and tackle this. I suppose that might be good motivation?

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And so I made them…and they were everything I’d hoped for. Rice crispy treat meets lemon cake meets ginger white chocolate bark. Now if only I could meditate hard enough to make fries magically appear in my kitchen. Hold on, let me concentrate and get this crazy brain going….

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering.

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Butter + Marshmallows= LOVE

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Lemon zest & lemon extract go into the melted marshmallow mixture.

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Let’s introduce the cereal to the marshmallow. Good things are happening!

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ARM WORKOUT!!!! SERIOUSLY. You know what I speak of.

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Let’s get ready for the next step. Mixture goes into a parchment/cooking sprayed lined baking dish.

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PLOP.

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Pack it in! Use your hands. Get them slightly wet before you do. It helps like WHOA.

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And here comes the topping!

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Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Add in lemon zest & lemon extract.

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Spread it all over the top.

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Top with chopped candied ginger. Now transfer to the fridge to let the chocolate cool/set.

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Cut up into pieces.

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They’re absolutely stunning.

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And chewy and crispy and…

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I’m having a hard time sharing!

Lemon-Ginger Crispy Treats

makes 24 squares

  • 1 16oz. bag large marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 7 cups puffed rice cereal

for the topping:

  • 8 oz. white chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup candied ginger, chopped

Line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchment and spray lightly with cooking spray. In a 10-12 quart pot, melt the butter and marshmallows over medium low heat, stirring occasionally until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest & 1 teaspoon lemon extract. Stir to evenly distribute.

Using a wet spoon or spatula, fold in the rice cereal until cereal is evenly coated with marshmallow mixture. Spoon mixture into the prepared baking dish. Using slightly damp hands or a wet spatula, press into an even layer. Let cool completely.

Place white chocolate in a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 3 minutes (on HIGH power) stopping at 1 minute intervals to stir mixture. When chocolate is completely melted, stir in remaining lemon zest & lemon extract.

Pour white chocolate over cooled crispies. Spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle chopped crystalized ginger on top and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes, or until the chocolate is set. Cut into 24 squares & serve.

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  • Jenna
    April 10, 2013

    Wow, amazing deliciousness! Maybe you should go walking without headphones more often! Definitely putting these on my to-make-asap list!

  • April 10, 2013

    I am a RKTreats fan!! I love them. They are my total thing! Like I reallllly love them. These are so perfect b/c they use ginger and white chocolate. Two of my other fave things!

  • April 10, 2013

    YAY a no-oven recipe, my favourite!
    I also tend to come up with most of my creative thoughts whilst out walking, high 5!
    Thanks for sharing
    x x

  • Ems
    April 10, 2013

    Girl, this is genius. I appreciate your crazy brain–it pops out some spectacular stuff!!

  • April 10, 2013

    Ginger and white chocolate! that is a crazy rice crispy treat, but it sound pretty good! I have to give these a try!

  • April 10, 2013

    Those look so good! That last picture says it all.

  • April 10, 2013

    Oh crap, I am considering driving into town to gather the ingredients for this. They look fantastic.

  • Sarah
    April 10, 2013

    I saw your pin the other day with some kind of lemon cake mix rice krispies & thought, mmm, I bet you don’t really need a cake mix and this could be adapted with just a little lemon zest. Here you’ve gone and done all of the adaptation for me, and added ginger which is pretty much my favorite! Totally making these to share with some volunteers at an upcoming event- guilt free excuse to make these!

    • Tracy
      April 10, 2013

      YES!!! I was wondering why the heck you’d put cake mix in there. It totally turned me off and forced me to make it up!

  • April 10, 2013

    i’ve seen a lot of adapted rice crispy treats but this is my far the best one i’ve come across!! amazing idea tracy!

    • Tracy
      April 10, 2013

      Thanks!!!

  • April 10, 2013

    what. What? What?? This is a super fancy and fresh. I am totally excited for this. Pinned!

  • April 10, 2013

    Leave those headphones at home more often, lady. This is blowing my mind. Making ASAP.

    • Tracy
      April 10, 2013

      Will do!

  • Rocio
    April 10, 2013

    Wow! Awesome recepie!

  • April 10, 2013

    Sweet! A naturally gluten-free dessert!

  • I love how your crazy brain works!

  • Sarah
    April 10, 2013

    These look so delicious! I love the lemon and the ginger. Oh man.

  • Shawna
    April 10, 2013

    I loathe white chocolate (I know I’m a freak but you hate mayo so you are too!) – what would you suggest using instead? I wonder if dark chocolate would be too much.

    • Tracy
      April 10, 2013

      It could be fine without it. And then add some of the chopped ginger inside the bars & throw a few mashmallows in. The treats are flavorful enough without the white chocolate.

  • April 10, 2013

    Oooooo yummmmmy! I am a ginger lover, and with lemon, extra super yum yum. I haven’t had these treats in so long! Must make soon.

  • April 10, 2013

    Thank you for making a grown up version of my favorite childhood treat. I’m definitely giving these a try.
    (westiela.com)

  • April 10, 2013

    Dear Tracy, your brain is awesome, love these!

  • April 10, 2013

    I can relate to your brain. Farul. Its hard to study because visions of sugarplums dance in my head. Not really sugarplums, but rice crispy treats for sure. Lemon is a really great flavour to use in a rice crispy, these look fantastic.

  • renee
    April 10, 2013

    Gorgeous photography, Tracy :)

  • Kate
    April 10, 2013

    Omg! Making these this weekend as a reward when I finish my taxes.

  • marci
    April 10, 2013

    Wow. I love lemon and everything else in here – amazing!! Will be making these with brown rice krispies (which are gluten free). Lemon is such a wonderfully spring-y flavor. Thank you!

  • This is brilliant, seriously. I can’t wait to try these!

  • Amanda Barkey
    April 10, 2013

    amazeballs! and gluten free to boot!!!

  • April 10, 2013

    oh wouldn’t you know it, life did give me lemons….and that’s good! But no Marshmallows….that’s bad. Dang!

  • Jenny
    April 10, 2013

    I saw these this morning and thought they looked like a fun twist on the normal rice krispies I make. I got some meyer lemons at Trader Joes yesterday so this might be a good recipe to use them in. Lemon extract sounds great but sadly I don’t have any.

  • This looks so good! Perfect snack for the warm weather!

  • April 10, 2013

    Tracy, these look AMAZING. I am going to make them for a barbecue this weekend! Thanks for posting!

  • April 10, 2013

    You are right. Marshmallows + Butter do equal love! White chocolate, lemon and ginger just make it even better. Can’t wait to try these!

  • April 10, 2013

    Holy deliciousness batman!

  • Emmy
    April 10, 2013

    Oh dear, this will not help with my ginger addiction – I need to make more candied ginger!

  • Whoa. That’s all I have to say.

  • Dani
    April 10, 2013

    Our minds are on the same wave length—I literally bought everything to make these yesterday except I thought to use dried cranberries instead of ginger!..but I hadn’t thought of the lemon zest–stealing that! I love the idea of the chocolate on top…I imagined chips inside but that could be extraaaaa sweet I suppose. Def blending your recipe with mine to see what happens. Thanks! :D

  • These are so unique! So fun!

  • April 11, 2013

    Zomg. I clearly need more rice crispy treats in my life.

  • Tracy, look at you just humble bragging… “60 minute workout” ;) pfffft. Kidding. A bit. In other news, these look mighty tasty & I appreciate your brain & this delicious combination! & also, I so love listening to nature. It’s nice to forget headphones on occasion.
    Heidi xo

    • Tracy
      April 11, 2013

      Yup, humble-bragging away!

  • April 13, 2013

    This sounds amazing! I have never thought of making ricecrispie cakes which taste of lemon! So want to try it now! I am obsessed with lemon at the moment. A bit weird. But true! Love you and your blog and your podcast… :D xxxxx

  • April 14, 2013

    Oh, pure genius! I never thought about adding flavoring to the marshmallow cream….so delicious!

  • April 15, 2013

    I can’t handle rice krispie treats because I like them too much!! Yum!! ;)

  • April 24, 2013

    Made these last night…….hella yum!!! Soooo good!! Can’t wait to share them with co-workers today. :)

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