I recently tried the Girl Scouts Thin Mints cereal and was surprised by how well they managed to make the classic cookies come through in a crispy cereal recipe. I am not necessarily a big fan of chocolate cereal for breakfast, but because I thoroughly enjoyed the cereal as a snack, I decided to turn the cereal into cereal bars!
The bars are made the same way that Rice Krispy treats are made, bound together with marshmallows and melted butter. I added a small pinch of salt, which helped bring out the mint and chocolate notes from the cereal. The bars are packed with flavor and have a very crisp texture, thanks to the pieces of cereal. They’re not overly sweet, so if you want to transform them from a snack into a dessert, drizzle a little bit of chocolate or ganache over the top of the bars and let it set before slicing them.
Since the cereal itself is quite large, I opted to make these treats in a different pan that I would make my regular Rice Krispy treats. I pressed the mixture into a loaf pan, allowing me to make several large bars instead of smaller squares. That said, you could certainly shape your treats in any pan that you prefer. a 9×9-inch square pan will produce thinner treats that are just as delicious. Once they’re set, the bars will keep well for a couple of days in an airtight container.
Girl Scouts Thin Mints Cereal Treats
3 tbsp butter, room temperature
2 cup mini marshmallows OR 3 large marshmallows
3 cup Girl Scounts Thin Mints cereal
In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine butter and mini marshmallows. Melt at high power, stirring every 30 seconds or so, until the marshmallows are melted. Quickly stir in the cereal and salt. Microwave for a few additional seconds, if mixture becomes too stiff.
Press into a lightly greased loaf pan and allow to set.
Makes 8 bars.