Simple and easy homemade marshmallow treats topped with hard icing and sprinkles for Valentine's Day.
In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter and stir in the salt. Add 2/3's of the marshmallows, and stir often until completely melted. Add the vanilla extract and stir. Then using a sturdy spoon, stir in the cereal 2 cups at a time.
After all the cereal has been mixed in, stir in the remaining marshmallows. Transfer mixture to the baking dish and allow to cool completely, 20-30 minutes.
If cutting into shapes, remove the block of marshmallow crispy treats from the pan, and transfer to a work surface. Cut into desired shapes using a sturdy cookie cutter. Otherwise, cut the treats into 2” squares, serve and enjoy.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine powdered sugar, meringue powder, water, extract, and salt. Begin mixing on low until powdered sugar has absorbed the liquid ingredients, then increase speed to medium-high. IF you do not have a stand mixer, use a large mixing bowl and a handheld mixer. Mix for 2-3 minutes or until the icing is the consistency of toothpaste.
With the mixer on low, add 1-2 drops of food coloring at a time until the icing has reached the desired color.
Spread the cut marshmallow treats out onto a protected work surface. Add a spoonful of icing to the center of the treat, then using the back of the spoon spread the icing to the outer edges, allowing it to drape over the sides.
Decorate with sprinkles or small candies, if desired. Set aside and allow the icing to set, about 2-3 hours.
To ensure the icing is the right consistency of the icing, test it by allowing icing to drip from the paddle attachment or beaters. It should take about 30 seconds before the fallen icing loses its shape and melds into the rest of the icing.
The Anthony Kitchen