Each year as Valentine’s Day nears, I sense more animosity than actual cheer. Whether I have a Valentine or not, I am a believer in cheer. You know why? Because after February 14th there is Februray 15th, and February 15th brings chocolate to its knees at 50% off. I am ready!
In the past, I made you a mixed tape and cupcakes for Valentine’s Day. One year I baked honey cookies for the lovers and decorated red-velvet shortbreads like pigs for the haters. My Valentine offering to you today are crazy easy but crazy good marshmallow white chocolate krispie treats and a collection of my favorite quotes on love (or thereabouts).
This basically means I could not find the words to fill this page, so I rifled through my quote book and found the words of others to put down. Here they are:
“I said what I always say at weddings. That two people fall in love and decide to see if their love might stand up over time. If there might be enough grace and forgiveness and the occasional memory lapse to hold their love together.” -Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required
“She was forced to consider the startling truth that the love of her life might not actually be someone with whom she could spend a lifetime.” -Jodi Picoult, The Tenth Circle
“She was a dull person, but a sensational invitation to make babies.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five (The “or thereabouts” I referred to above).
“‘I love you,’ I say to my son, slipping away, but who should hear these words again if only to be able to recall much later on, ‘Somebody said that to me, and nothing since then has really seemed quite as bad as it might have.'” – Richard Ford, Independence Day
“You can be miserable before you have a cookie and you can be miserable after you have a cookie, but you can’t be miserable while you are eating a cookie.” ― Ina Garten
Go eat some cookies. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Marshmallow and White Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 package (10 oz) large marshmallows
- 6 cups puffed rice cereal
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- Valentine’s Day sprinkles
- small pink marshmallows
- In a large pan over medium heat, melt the butter then add the large marshmallows and melt them too.
- When the mixture is smooth, pour it over the puffed rice cereal and mix until well coated. Alternatively, you could save yourself a bowl to wash by removing the pan from the heat and stirring the cereal into the butter-marshmallow mixture.
- Add the white chocolate chips and continue to mix until everything is combined.
- If you are making these treats for Valentine's Day, now is the time to add as many sprinkles as your heart desires. Stir in the pink marshmallows, if using, in this step too. They will not melt all of the way, which is just fine.
- Press the mixture into a buttered 8 x 8 glass dish. This process will be much less frustrating if you spray a light mist of non-stick cooking spray over your hands before working with the mixture.
- Allow the bars to cool before slicing.
Using an 8 x 8 dish makes for thick treats. Feel free to use a 9 x 13 dish if you prefer thinner squares. As for the sprinkles and marshmallows, I tend to find "sturdy" sprinkles like the heart and lip-shaped ones pictured here or "jimmies" hold up better than the colored sugar variety of sprinkles. A bag of only pink marshmallows is also difficult to find, but sorting the pink marshmallows out of a bag of multi-colored marshmallows is not at all difficult (although it is a bit time-consuming). Save the leftover orange, yellow, and green marshmallows for a pastel pan of treats in the coming spring.