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Peeps Cereal Squares are like the Rice Krispie Treats you've grown to love...only better, with the addition of Fruity Pebbles, Peeps (instead of marshmallows), and a vanilla coating on the outside to make a heck of a treat!

Peeps Cereal Squares

Carrie @ poet in the pantry
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 32 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 9 ounces 2 packages Peeps marshmallow bunnies
  • 3 1/2 cups Rice Krispies or similar crisped rice cereal
  • 1 cup Fruity Pebbles
  • 1 16- ounce package Vanilla Candiquik coating
  • 3 Tablespoons +/- assorted sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Grease an 8"x8" baking dish and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • While the butter is melting, separate the Peeps, reserving 1 row of bunnies. Chop the reserved bunnies and set aside.
  • Add the rest of the bunnies to the melted butter and continue to heat, stirring frequently.
  • Once the Peeps are nearly melted, remove from heat and stir in the reserved Peeps.
  • Add the Rice Krispies and Fruity Pebbles and stir until evenly coated.
  • Press cereal mixture into prepared baking dish, using hands greased with cooking spray or another piece of parchment paper to press down on the top.
  • Set aside until cooled (about 20 minutes).
  • Remove the parchment paper from the baking dish and cut into 9 bars.
  • Remove the Candiquik coating from the package and microwave in the tray provided for 1 minute; stir and microwave for an additional 15 seconds, if necessary.
  • Lay out fresh parchment paper.
  • Dip one edge of the cereal bars into the Candiquik and spoon a little extra over the bar, if necessary, to coat evenly; let drip over the pan until most of the excess has dripped off.
  • Set on parchment paper and scatter sprinkles over the Candiquik coating (you can also dump the sprinkles into a small dish and dip in it, but that gets to be a bit messier).
  • Once all the cereal squares have been coated, transfer to the refrigerator to firm up.
  • Wrap any leftovers tightly and consume within 3 days, for best texture and taste.

Notes

You will not use all of the Candiquik coating. Once it has set again, place it in a 1-gallon zip-top bag to be saved for next time.