How to Shape Rice Krispies Treats

Updated on August 24, 2012

Rice Krispies treats are a classic dessert. Making shapes out of the treats is a fun way to create unique treats for special occasions and events. Turn square treats into something exciting and new by forming them into a cool shape.

Just follow the basic treats recipe and then get ready to mold the treats into fun shapes following these easy directions for shaping with your hands or with cookie cutters.

There are tons of pictures of treat shapes for inspiration to create your own treat designs.

Get out the marshmallows and the Rice Krispies and get ready to make something great.

Cool Treat Shapes

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Star-shaped treats on skewers look great and taste delicious.Make people and then decorate them.  These guys are wearing ties.Heart treats are easy to shape.Make oval shaped treats. They can be decorated to be footballs, Easter eggs, or even faces.
Star-shaped treats on skewers look great and taste delicious.
Star-shaped treats on skewers look great and taste delicious.
Make people and then decorate them.  These guys are wearing ties.
Make people and then decorate them. These guys are wearing ties.
Heart treats are easy to shape.
Heart treats are easy to shape.
Make oval shaped treats. They can be decorated to be footballs, Easter eggs, or even faces.
Make oval shaped treats. They can be decorated to be footballs, Easter eggs, or even faces.

How yummy are these treats?

3.1 stars from 13 ratings of Rice Krispies Shaped Treats

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Approximately 8 big Treats

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 10 ounce bag marshmallows, (4 cups of marshmallows)
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, use a stick not tub
  • butter or cooking spray, to coat cooking utensils and hands for shaping
  • any other special ingredients you may want, (food coloring, sprinkles, candy pieces, etc.)
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Butter the spoon to keep the treats from sticking.Melt the butter and the marshmallows in a pan.Pour in the cereal.Keep mixing till the cereal is fully coated.
Butter the spoon to keep the treats from sticking.
Butter the spoon to keep the treats from sticking.
Melt the butter and the marshmallows in a pan.
Melt the butter and the marshmallows in a pan.
Pour in the cereal.
Pour in the cereal.
Keep mixing till the cereal is fully coated.
Keep mixing till the cereal is fully coated.

Basic Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium low heat.
  2. Coat a spoon with butter. You can also coat it with cooking spray, but butter works better and will have a better flavor with the treats.
  3. Add in the marshmallows. Stir continuously until the marshmallows are melted fully.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Using the buttered spoon, slowly stir in the cereal. Keep mixing until the marshmallows and cereal are fully mixed and the cereal is completely coated with the marshmallow.
  6. Coat a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper with cooking spray or butter. Either will work for this step. Cooking spray is actually a little easier for this part.
  7. Spoon the mix onto the aluminum foil or wax paper. You may need to reapply butter to the spoon or coat another utensil if the treats are sticking to it.
  8. Let the mix cool for about 10 minutes before you begin shaping. The marshmallows need time to set in the mix and cool down a bit. Otherwise the treats are too "runny" and are hard to shape and work with.
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Use your hands to mold the treats like you would clay or Play-Doh.Use cooking spray or butter to coat a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper.Use butter to coat your hands.Rub the butter in so your hands are covered that way the treats won't stick to you.Use your hands to shape the treats.Shape the treats.For more complicated shapes, you can stick separate pieces together.
Use your hands to mold the treats like you would clay or Play-Doh.
Use your hands to mold the treats like you would clay or Play-Doh.
Use cooking spray or butter to coat a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper.
Use cooking spray or butter to coat a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper.
Use butter to coat your hands.
Use butter to coat your hands.
Rub the butter in so your hands are covered that way the treats won't stick to you.
Rub the butter in so your hands are covered that way the treats won't stick to you.
Use your hands to shape the treats.
Use your hands to shape the treats.
Shape the treats.
Shape the treats.
For more complicated shapes, you can stick separate pieces together.
For more complicated shapes, you can stick separate pieces together.

Shaping the Treats by Hand

Shaping treats by hand is easy (and fun!). Kids can definitely help out with this part.

  1. Once the treats have cooled for about 10 minutes, you can start to work with them and shape them. Don't wait more than about 15 minutes, though, or the treats will start to set too much and you won't be able to shape them.
  2. Make sure you wash your hands. You will be touching the treats and you don't want any germs getting into them.
  3. You will need to butter your hands (you can also use cooking spray, but it isn't as effective). Make sure you coat your fingers well. This will keep the treats from sticking to your hands as your shape them.
  4. Pull off a piece of the treats and work with it on the coated piece of aluminum foil.
  5. Just use your hands to shape it like you would a piece of clay or Play-Doh. You can pull it apart and then stick it back together and it will stay as long as you do it before the treats start to set all the way.
  6. If the treats start sticking to you, just rub a bit more butter on your hands. You will want to keep a stick of butter handy during the shaping.
  7. When you have it shaped, let it finish cooling and setting. Make sure you put it on either greased aluminum foil or wax paper or in a greased pan or dish. That will keep it from sticking.
  8. Finish shaping the rest of the batch.

One batch of treats will go a long way. I can usually make about 6 good sized human shapes with each batch. With something smaller like stars, I can usually make about 10 or so.

It sounds like the treats will be very buttery after the shaping, but not very much butter actually gets on them. You won't be able to taste the butter on the treats when you are finished.

You can use shaped treats for specially decorated fondant cakes. Mold the treats into the shape you want and then cover it with fondant.

Cookie Cutters

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Butter the inside and outside of the cookie cutter.Stick the cookie cutter into the treats.Pull off any excess. Carefully pop out the shaped treat.
Butter the inside and outside of the cookie cutter.
Butter the inside and outside of the cookie cutter.
Stick the cookie cutter into the treats.
Stick the cookie cutter into the treats.
Pull off any excess.
Pull off any excess.
Carefully pop out the shaped treat.
Carefully pop out the shaped treat.

Shaping the Treats with Cookie Cutters

You can also use cookie cutters to shape the treats. Sometimes this is better if you have intricate shapes or you want a more uniform look.

  1. Cookie cutters that don't have intricate designs will work the best.
  2. You will need to butter (or use cooking spray) to coat the inside and outside of the cookie cutter well.
  3. Butter your hands and fingers also because you will need to touch the treats.
  4. Pull off a chunk of the treats and spread it out on the coated foil or wax paper.
  5. Stick the cookie cutter into the middle of the treats and press it all the way down.
  6. Pull the excess off of the cookie cutter.
  7. If there are sections inside the cookie cutter that don't have enough treats, you can pull off little bits and stick them in.
  8. Carefully pop the treat out of the cookie cutter and put it on buttered foil or a buttered container.
  9. If you are using the same cookie cutter again, you may need to rinse off any pieces that are stuck to it and then re-butter it.

You can also use clean sand molds and Play-doh molds to shape treats. Just be sure to use cooking spray.

Cool Shapes!

Fred NINJABREAD MEN Cookie Cutters, Set of 3
Fred NINJABREAD MEN Cookie Cutters, Set of 3

Make ninja treats! These cookie cutters will work great with Rice Krispies treats.

 

Fun Cookie Cutters!

Wilton Cookie Cutters Set, 101-Piece Alphabet, Numbers and Holiday Cookie Cutters
Wilton Cookie Cutters Set, 101-Piece Alphabet, Numbers and Holiday Cookie Cutters

Huge assortment of shapes including shapes for most holidays.

 

Treat Shapes Idea Gallery

Check out these pictures for inspiration to create your own fun Rice Krispies treats shapes.

Snakes

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Rice Krispies Treat Snakes

  • Snakes are fun to make for Halloween and birthday parties. Just form the treats into an "S" shape. Then use candy pieces for eyes.
  • You can also make a giant treat snake for parties. You can make it all one kind or use different flavors to make a striped snake. Use a fruit roll-up for the tongue and Whoppers for the rattle.

Heart-Shaped Treats

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Rice Krispies Treats Hearts

  • Making hearts is great for Valentine's Day or when you want to give someone a special treat.
  • Make them red or pink by adding in food coloring as you are melting the marshmallows. Go light on red food coloring for pink and heavy for red.

People-Shaped Treats

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Rice Krispies Creeps
Rice Krispies Creeps
Rice Krispies Creeps

Rice Krispies Treats People

  • There is so much you can do with human-shaped Rice Krispies treats. You can make Rice Krispies creeps or zombies for Halloween. Swirl white icing over them for mummies. Or you can decorate them like Santa for Christmas. Draw a tie on them for Father's Day. You can even shape the bottom into a skirt.
  • There are a couple of ways to shape people. You can shape it from one big piece or you can make each of the parts separately and stick them back together.

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        Jeanette Gabrys 

        2 years ago

        How do you make the rice krispies Easter eggs.

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        VerityPrice 

        2 years ago from UK

        I love the different avenues that you can go down when you start using cookie cutters. I like to use metal cooking circles with pressers to get even round ones for bake sales etc :)

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        Candace Bacon 

        5 years ago from Far, far away

        mary615 - Rice Krispies Treats are very useful and delicious too! Thanks so much. By the way, I deleted kumar's comments. I guess he got banned after he posted here.

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        Mary Hyatt 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Great Hub! I've seen cakes formed with Rick Krispies into all kinds of characters. Your video and instructions are very good.

        I voted this Hub UP, etc.

        BTW: I just clicked on kumar24894 when I saw "where he is from". He has been banned.

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        @ bridalletter - The Easter bunny treats sound really cute! That's a great idea. I crave treats too much! Thanks!

        @ kumar24894 - Thank you! No, I haven't tried biryani, but it sounds good. The eyes on the little snakes are M&M candy pieces and on the big snake they are big gumballs. We don't have Cadbury Gems in the US that I know of, but they like similar to M&Ms.

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        Brenda Kyle 

        6 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

        How fun! Would be great to shape an easter bunny, bag it, decorate it and right into the easter basket. Nice video, very helpful. I am craving rice crispy treats now. lol.

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