3 Delicious Desserts That Are Impossible to Mess Up

Created December 8, 2016
Cereal Bark
We experiment in the kitchen so you don’t have to. See how we turned three of our easiest dessert recipes into un-recipe templates for making your favorite treats in almost any flavor imaginable. Keeping ingredient proportions the same means you can really play around. MORE+ LESS-
2-Ingredient Cereal Cookies

#1: 2-Ingredient Cereal Cookies

Cereal Bark

#2: 5-Minute Chocolate Bark

  • Formula: 8 oz. baking chips + 1 cup cereal
  • Recipe Inspiration: Trix White Chocolate Mashup
  • About: We started with the amounts of chocolate and cereal called for in our base recipe, and dreamed up a few flavor combos we suspected would be just as delicious.
  • Combos we tried: Almond Bark + Trix; Milk Chocolate + Golden Grahams; Peanut Butter Chips + Cocoa Puffs
  • What we changed: We didn’t need the full cup of Golden Grahams—they are a larger shape than Trix and Cocoa Puffs, and covered more surface area.
  • Tip: If your baking chips/coating aren’t melting easily, try adding 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil to help you reach a smooth consistency. And if you want a thicker bark, increase the amount of chocolate you use from 8 oz. to 12 oz.

Marshmallow No-Bake Bars

#3: Marshmallow No-Bake Bars

  • Formula: ¼ cup butter + 4 cups mini marshmallows (or 1 bag large) + 8 cups cereal of choice
  • Recipe Inspiration: Gluten-Free Chex Cereal Treat Bars
  • About: These microwaveable no-bake bars come together in minutes. Because you don’t need to use a burner or oven, this is a great starter recipe for kids who want to do more in the kitchen.
  • Combos we tried: ChexTrix; Kix
  • What we changed: Because Kix and Trix are smaller in size than Chex, we mixed in additional 1 cup of cereal for those batches.
  • Tip: These bars can be sticky! Try coating your hands with cooking spray before pressing cereal mixture into pan for easier handling.

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