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10 Delicious Rice Krispies Treats Recipe Variations

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Star-Shaped Rice Krispies Treats

Star-Shaped Rice Krispies Treats

Mix It Up!

Rice Krispies treats are a classic dessert staple, but sometimes you need a way to add a little zing to your treats and step out of the plain Krispies rut.

The following are 10 ways to make your treats even tastier and more appealing to the eye. These ideas can be mixed and matched to create the best treats ever.

The recipes are so simple that even the littlest chefs will still be able to help make them. So grab a box of Rice Krispies and some marshmallows and get ready to make some yummy treats.

Original Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

Ingredients and Materials:

  • 4 tablespoons of butter or margarine
  • 1 package of marshmallows (10-ounce bag) or 4 cups of miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal
  • Large pan
  • Spatula
  • Baking pan (13x9x2-inches)


  1. Melt the butter in a large pan over low heat.
  2. When the butter is melted, slowly stir in the marshmallows. Keep stirring until the marshmallows are completely melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Using a spoon or spatula coated with butter or cooking spray, gently stir in the Rice Krispies cereal. Mix until the cereal is well covered with the marshmallows
  4. Begin spooning the mixture into a baking pan coated with butter or cooking spray (wax paper can be used as well) while it is still warm. Press the mixture into the desired shape. If the mixture begins to stick to the spoon, recoat it with butter or cooking spray.
  5. Allow it to cool and then enjoy!

Note: If you'd rather avoid using the stove, the butter and marshmallows can be cooked in the microwave as well. Cook for approximately 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then follow directions 3 through 5.

Mix the Nutella in as the marshmallows are melting.

Mix the Nutella in as the marshmallows are melting.

1. Nutella

Nutella is a spread made from hazelnuts and cocoa. It tastes chocolaty with a hint of nut. The texture and consistency are somewhat similar to peanut butter.

There are several different ways to make Nutella Rice Krispies Treats. You can make basic Rice Krispies Treats and then spread some Nutella over the top. You could also dip the Rice Krispies treats in Nutella.

If you want the Nutella flavor throughout the treat, add 1/2 a cup of Nutella into the mixture when you are melting the marshmallows in step 2 of the basic Rice Krispies treats.

2. Sprinkles

Add fun to your treats by topping them with sprinkles. It works best if you add the sprinkles when the treats are still warm. You can also mix in sprinkles when you add the cereal to the marshmallows.

Pick sprinkles to match a theme or season. Sprinkles come in an array of shapes, colors, and textures, so you can create a seasonal treat in a very simple way.

Heart-Shaped Cocoa Krispies Treats

Heart-Shaped Cocoa Krispies Treats

3. Cocoa Krispies

Craving something chocolaty? Follow the basic Rice Krispies treats recipe, but substitute Cocoa Krispies.

4. Choco Madness

For a chocolate overload, use Cocoa Krispies and add chocolate chips. Then pour chocolate syrup over the top and add chocolate sprinkles!

Before making the treats, place the chocolate chips in the freezer. The chips will need to be completely frozen, or they will melt. Add the chocolate chips when you are mixing the cereal.

5. Fruity Pebbles

If you are in the mood for something fruity, follow the same basic recipe for normal treats, but with Fruity Pebbles instead of the Krispies. Or you can mix ½ Fruity Pebbles and ½ Rice Krispies for a taste that’s fruity without being as sweet.

Add food coloring as you melt the marshmallows.

Add food coloring as you melt the marshmallows.

6. Fun Shapes and Colors

Add appeal to your treats by making them in fun shapes and colors.

Create shaped treats by using cookie cutters shaped in whatever theme you want. First, choose your treat recipe. When the treats have cooled somewhat, you can use the cookie cutters coated with butter or cooking spray to cut out shapes. Decorate them for even more eye-catching fun.

To make colorful treats, add several drops of food coloring as the marshmallows are melting. Be sure to mix it thoroughly so the color is even all through the treats. (Note that this only works with recipes using regular Rice Krispies rather than Cocoa or Fruity Pebbles.)

A dessert shish kebab is a fun way to mix it up!

A dessert shish kebab is a fun way to mix it up!

7. Dessert Shish Kebab

Make the treat easy to hold by adding a Popsicle stick or a kebab stick. You can add slices of fruit as well as pieces of the treats to turn it into a dessert shish kebab.

Insert the stick while the treats are slightly warm, and make sure the piece you are putting on the stick is at least a couple of inches big or it might be too flimsy to stay attached.

8. Candy Pieces

Mix in pieces of candy to make the treats sweeter. You can buy crushed candy for baking or you can crush a candy bar yourself. Most candy will work well. Butterscotch, toffee, and caramel pieces also taste great.

If you want the candy melted in with the treats, you can add it along with the cereal when you are making the treats. If you don’t want the candy melted, put it in the freezer an hour or two before making the treats. It can be sprinkled on the top of the treats as well, but be sure to let the treats cool slightly before sprinkling candy on the top.

9. Peanut Butter Treats

Make your treats peanut buttery for a more protein-packed treat. After the marshmallows are melted, add ½ a cup of peanut butter. Remove from heat and stir until it is well melted. Then add the cereal and follow the rest of the basic recipe.

Spread jelly on top if desired for a sweet PB&J snack.

For a chocolaty peanut butter taste, use Cocoa Krispies.

10. Cherry Treats (Fruit Treats)

Add fruit to the treats for a fresh taste. To make the cherry treats, you will need ½ a cup of drained, chopped sweet (maraschino) cherries. Follow the recipe of the basic treat, adding the cherries after the cereal.

Coconuts and chopped peanuts complement this treat also. They are added at the same time as the cherries.

Other fruits, such as raisins, can be substituted as well. Dried fruits work best. Another way to prepare fruit treats is to line the pan with fruit and then add the basic treat mix on top.

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