3 Delicious & Unexpected Ways to Make Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies Treats are favorite treat for all ages — and one of my personal favorites. They’re delicious and full of texture, plus easy and super quick to put together. I do, though, have one problem with these treats — not enough people take advantage of their versatility! Today we’ll do just that with three surprising Rice Krispies Treats recipes.

Rice Krispies Treats Recipes

I’ll show you how to advance your Rice Krispies Treat–making skills and transform the desserts in three different ways.

What makes these three Rice Krispies Treats recipes so different?

With these recipes, we’re not reinventing the wheel — we’re simply just adding to it to make it better.

The first is rocky road, a chocolaty, nutty and extra-marshmallow-y treat. We’ll use the classic three-ingredient recipe for our second treat, substituting a colorful, fruity cereal for a bright bite. For the third, we’ll do a savory version using fresh rosemary and ground chipotle pepper for a kick to wake up those tastebuds!

For anyone with dietary restrictions or anyone who would like to try a super healthy version of these treats, take a look at my guilt-free Rice Krispies Treat recipe.

Rocky Road Rice Krispies Treats

rocky road rice crispy treats

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing pans
  • 10-ounce bag of marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Step 1:

Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan and the head and neck of your spatula. Place cereal, pecans and mini marshmallows into a large bowl and set aside.

Step 2:

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add marshmallows and stir frequently.

add chocolate and salt

Step 3:

Once the marshmallows start to melt, add vanilla, salt and chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate has melted and everything has combined. Pour over cereal, marshmallows and pecans. Mix well and place in greased pan. Use a piece of parchment or waxed paper to firmly press the mixture into the pan.

rocky road tray

Step 4:

Once it’s completely cooled, cut it into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to three days.

Fruity & colorful cereal treats

This recipe is just like the traditional recipe, but we’ll swap out the Rice Krispies for a fruity and colorful cereal.

fruity cereal treats

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing pans
  • 10-ounce bag of marshmallows
  • 6 cups Trix or Fruity Pebbles cereal

Step 1:

Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan and the head and neck of your spatula. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add marshmallows and stir frequently until melted.

Step 2:

Remove from heat, add cereal and mix well.

Step 3:

Place in the greased pan and use piece of parchment or wax paper to firmly press it into the pan. Once it’s completely cooled, cut it into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to three days.

Savory rosemary and chipotle Rice Krispies Treats

savory rosemary chipotle rice crispy treats

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing pans
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
  • 10-ounce bag of marshmallows
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies

Step 1:

Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan and the head and neck of your spatula.

Step 2:

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped rosemary and let simmer for about a minute.

Step 3:

Add marshmallows and stir frequently. Once the marshmallows start to melt, add ground chipotle, salt and vanilla. Stir until everything is smooth and combined.

add chipotle, salt and vanilla

Step 4:

Add cereal into pan and mix well. Place in greased pan and use a piece of parchment or waxed paper to firmly press it into the pan. Once it’s completely cooled, cut it into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to three days.

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