You don’t need to visit the Disney Parks to enjoy a Mickey treat, not when you have this recipe at your fingertips. Make these Mickey Mouse x Jack Skellington Rice Krispies Treats, and host a not-so-scary Halloween party at home!
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Jack Skellington Rice Krispies Treats
As a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World, I know that all the best snacks in the world at Mickey-shaped! And I’m very partial to a Rice Krispie treat when on vacation at Disney! You can buy all sorts of sizes, shapes, and designs in the Disney Parks and Resorts, including a giant Mickey head treat at the Main Street Confectionary store in the Magic Kingdom.
Rice Krispies snacks themselves are really easy to make and can be decorated in so many different ways. These Jack Skellington treats will require you to use a piping bag to pipe his face onto Mickey’s head, but don’t let that put you off, you just need a little practice and patience – and you’ll have these finished before you can sing the final words of “This Is Halloween“!
Ingredients used in this recipe
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post, but here is a brief outline so you know what to expect from the recipe. I highly recommend always reading a recipe all the way through before starting.
- Unsalted Butter
- Mini Marshmallows
- Rice Krispies Cereal (or generic puffed rice cereal)
- Egg Whites
- Cream of Tartar
- Powdered Sugar (Icing Sugar)
- Almond Extract
- Black Food Coloring Gel
- Black Edible Spray Paint
Equipment used in this recipe
You are likely to have many of these cooking tools in your kitchen already, but I’ve added some Amazon links for your convenience should you need to purchase anything for this recipe.
- Large Saucepan
- Aluminum Foil
- Baking Spray
- Wax Paper
- 9″ x 13″ Baking Pan
- Mickey Mouse Head Cookie Cutter
- 2 Piping Bags with Number 2 Tip
- Squeeze Bottle
- Stand Mixer
- Measuring Cups
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How do I make Mickey Shaped Rice Krispie Treats?
Rice Krispies Mixture
Rice Krispies treats are made by melting butter and marshmallows together (you can do this in a microwave, or on the stovetop) and then stirring in the puffed rice cereal to combine everything together.
The mixture is pressed into a pan that has been lined with aluminum foil and greased with a cooking spray. Overhang the foil around the edges as this will provide you something to lift treats out when set.
The cereal mixture is also very sticky, so press it down using a piece of wax paper, or the back of a large spoon that you can either grease with cooking spray, or dip into water to prevent sticking.
Leave the Rice Krispies to set in the fridge for a couple of hours, and then using a Mickey Mouse head-shaped cookie cutter, cut out your Mickey treats!
How many you get out of the mixture will depend on the size of your cookie cutter.
Making Royal Icing
The topping for the Mickey-Jack treats is royal icing. This is a hard icing that is made with egg whites (or egg white powder) and powdered (icing) sugar.
Some recipes call for glycerine (this keeps the icing softer), or cream of tartar (this stabilizes the egg whites), or lemon juice.
In the UK you can by Royal Icing Sugar which you can just mix with water. If you can buy this it makes things a whole lot easier! You can buy it ready-made in tubs too, which you are more than welcome to do!
I’ve gone more in-depth about making and using this type of icing in this post: Royal Icing My Christmas Cake
Once the icing is made, you pipe an outline around the edges of Mickey’s head and then wait for it to dry for about half an hour before flood filling in the middle part.
To create the consistency for filling in the Mickey shape, you had some water the royal icing to make it runnier. It’s one of those things you have to experiment a bit with to get it correct. Too runny? Add more icing sugar. Too stiff? Add more water.
Pro Tip: Always cover royal icing with a damp paper towel to prevent it from drying out. This includes covering the piping bag tips with a damp cloth too!
Piping Jack Skellington’s Features
Leave the icing to set – this may be up to 24 hours, depending on the humidity in the air. The top may look like it has dried after half an hour, but underneath is likely to still be wet. I personally leave royal icing on cookies and treats like this to dry for a full day before continuing any further decoration.
Place black icing (*see my note below about the best types of food coloring to use) into a piping bag fitted with a number 2 tip. Using the photos as a guide – or any picture of Jack Skellington, pipe on his facial features. You can always do a few practice runs on a sheet of parchment paper if you’re not confident, but the shapes are quite simple and I’m sure you’ll be fine!
Add some depth to Jack’s face by spraying some black edible food spray, and your Jack Skellington Mickey Mouse Rice Krispies Treats are done!
*Food coloring is available in various forms. You’re most likely to find liquid coloring in your grocery store, and other types of coloring like gels, pastes, and powders in more specialised cake decorating shops. The cheapest option is liquids, but they can alter the consistency of your frosting and cake batter, so I prefer to use pastes or gels which doesn’t. A little goes a long way with food coloring gels and you can usually get a much deeper shade than you would with liquids.
Make It A Meal!
You’ve made the dessert, but what about the rest of the courses? Here are some recipes to take a look at to make a complete meal!
- Appetizer: Hearty Minestrone Soup with Arugula
- Main Dish: Slow Cooker Chili Chicken & Pumpkin Stew
- Beverage: Rum Spiked Pumpkin Pie Punch
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Once you’ve made these Halloween Mickey treats I know you’ll be looking for more awesome Halloween recipes – here are some for you to take a look at:
For the Rice Krispies Treats Base
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 4 cups miniature marshmallows
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
For the Royal Icing Decoration
- 3 large egg whites
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 3 cups powdered sugar (icing sugar)
- 1 tsp almond extract
- Black gel food coloring
- Black edible paint spray
- 9" x 13" baking pan
- Mickey House head cookie cutter
- Piping bag with number 2 tip
- Squeeze bottle
- To make the Mickey Mouse shaped Rice Krispies treats, line a 9 x 13pan with aluminum foil and grease well with cooking spray. Leave some foil overhanging the edges of the pan so you can lift out the Rice Krispies easily. Set aside.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan on low heat, slowly adding the marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows have completely melted.
- Add the Rice Krispies and stir until all of the cereal is coated and combined.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press down into an even layer using a sheet of wax paper. (The mixture is VERY sticky!)
- Place in the fridge for about an hour or two to cool and set.
- Carefully life the sheet of Rice Krispies from the pan using the edges of the foil and use a Mickey Mouse head shaped cookie cutter to cut several out. How many you get will depend on the size of your cookie cutter. Spray the cutter with cooking spray or dip it in water, to prevent the mixture from sticking. Set aside.
- To make the royal icing, place the egg whites, cream of tartar, powdered sugar, and almond extract into a stand mixer and whisk until well combined, smooth and has stiff peaks - about 7 minutes.
- Scoop half a cup of the icing into a bowl and stir in a few drops of black gel food coloring until you get a good black coloring. Place this icing into a piping bag fitted with a no. 2 piping tip.
- Scoop about a quarter of a cup of white icing into a second piping bag fitted with a no. 2 piping tip. If you only have one piping tip, do the white icing first. Cover the black icing with a damp paper towel to prevent it from drying out.
- Stir 2 tablespoons of water into the remaining white icing to get a runnier consistency and pour this into a squeeze bottle.
- To decorate, pipe a white outline around the edges of Mickey's head and leave for a few minutes to dry.
- Using the squeeze bottle of icing, fill inside the piped edge and gently spread out to the edges with a pallet knife/spatula. Leave to dry for up to 24 hours.
- Use the black icing to pip on Jack Skellington's features - use the photos as a reference.
- Spray the edges with the black edible spray and leave everything to dry before serving.
Royal icing can dry out very quickly. Make sure you keep it covered at all times with a damp paper towel, including the tips of any piping nozzles.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 437Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 201mgCarbohydrates: 106gFiber: 0gSugar: 76gProtein: 4g
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