Canine Crunchies


Hello happy bakers!

I was trying to think of a funny story to tell you guys today. More specifically one that relates to our fourth recipe in our April Cookbook Challenge; Canine Crunchies. It’s inspired by the movie 101 Dalmatians.


Essentially today’s recipe is a unique rice crispy square. Rice Krispy squares are my husbands favorite and we make them fairly often.

They were never made more than when my husband was in Afghanistan for work. My mom would make these huge batches, wrap them in more tinfoil than should be able to pass through any airport detector and mail them off. Five to six weeks later he would receive them. I’m sure they were always terribly stale but he always acted like they were freshly made. I think it because it was a taste of home.

He would always share them with his coworkers. He is the sweetest soul I know and he just wanted to give the people, who didn’t receive a care package, a little present from back home. We would always send some extra so he could say he “had too much” and share with the staff.



The squares my mom makes are more marshmallow than rice cereal treats. Today’s recipe is almost equal parts marshmallows, crispy rice cereal and butterscotch chips. When you first bite into them it’s a strange taste. You know they taste good but something is different. You’ll see what I mean when you try them.

What you will need:

  • 16 Large marshmallows

  • 2 tablespoons margarine

  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal

  • 1/3 cup butterscotch chips

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan filled with an inch of water. Do not let the bottom of the bowl touch the water. The water should be barely simmering, melt the marshmallows with the margarine. Stir with a wooden spoon. Once melted, remove from the heat.

  2. Stir in the rice cereal treats. I had to add more than the recipe called for. Once I mixed the original cereal and marshmallows together I found it too liquidity. I added around 3/4 of a cup and mixed it together. Let cool while you proceed to step number 3.

  3. Chop up the butterscotch pieces into small pieces.

  4. Mix the butterscotch pieces and vanilla into the cooling marshmallows.

  5. Cover a baking sheet with a piece of wax paper. I actually used parchment paper.

  6. Separate the mixture into 10-12 small balls. Shape each ball into a bone shape. Place on the prepared baking sheet and place the tray in the refrigerator until firm.

Super fun and super easy. Your family will love these Canine Crunchies.

Happy baking everyone!

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