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How to Shape Rice Krispies Treats

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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 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.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

40 min

Approximately 8 big Treats


  • 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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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.

Shaping the Treats by Hand

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

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  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 you 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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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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