We all remember Rice Krispies Treats from our childhood: those chewy, crunchy, marshmallow-y snacks. For most of us, though, our taste in desserts has evolved as we’ve grown-up. Sure, you probably still love them, along with some other classics like Oreos, rocky road ice cream, and chocolate chip cookies. But while you may have fond memories of snacking on Rice Krispies with your childhood friends, they probably aren’t the first thing that you think to make when you’re craving something sweet.
Fortunately, bakers, chefs, and dessert lovers alike have devised ways to make Rice Krispies palatable to grown-ups. The recipes ahead are sweet, crunchy, and shareable. We’d even argue that they’re better than the original.
Not convinced that something could top the authentic taste? We think you’ll be surprised. Read on to check out our favorite Rice Krispies recipes — and to find a dessert that’ll have you licking your fingers long after that last bite!
1. Bakery-Style Rice Krispies Treats
If you want to start with a straightforward variation on the classic Rice Krispies Treats, there’s no better jumping-off point than this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker. Plain and simple, it features bits of non-melted marshmallows that are mixed in, making it drool-worthy and gooey with every bite. And they take just five minutes to prepare, no baking involved!
2. Blueberry and white chocolate cheesecake treats
Craving both Rice Krispies and cheesecake? Fortunately for us, Jen of Carlsbad Cravings was, too. As she explains, “I really wanted to make Blueberry White Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats, but I also really wanted to make [a] blueberry white chocolate cheesecake.” The result of this combination? A perfectly indulgent dessert.
If you choose to follow this recipe, you’ll find that it has several layers and steps. First is the Rice Krispies layer, and then comes the white chocolate cheesecake layer (make sure that you have white baking chocolate on hand before you attempt to make this layer!) Next you’ll make the fresh blueberry sauce. And finally, you have the option to top it all off with a white chocolate sauce.
3. Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats
Want a super easy twist on Rice Krispies Treats that adds a delicious cake batter flavor to the mix? Then you can’t go wrong with this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, which promises to be ready in just five minutes — perfect for when you need a last-minute dessert. Just make sure that you have a box of yellow or white cake mix and some colorful sprinkles on hand, and you’ll be able to whip up these party-worthy Rice Krispies Treats in no time.
4. Caramelized Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats
Sometimes the simplest recipes are best. This holds especially true for The New York Times recipe for Caramelized Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats. “Browning the butter elevates these plebeian snacks into something more toothsome, and it adds just an extra couple of minutes to the process. They’re so good,” the publication reports. Convinced? So are we! This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to brown butter if you’ve never tried it. (It’s pretty easy. Just remember to watch it closely, and stir often.)
5. Chai-Spiced Rice Krispies Squares
Are you as big of a fan of chai spices as we are? If so, you’ll definitely want to try this delicious recipe from Kelly Neil. The chai spices offer a welcome break from the overused vanilla and chocolate flavors, and will perfectly complement the fall and winter seasons. You’ll start preparing this recipe by mixing your own chai spice. You can customize it to your taste, but Neil uses a few spices (like cardamom, cloves, and white pepper) that may necessitate a quick errand to the grocery store. Once you’ve prepared the chai spice mix to your liking, you’ll just add it to the melted marshmallows to create the Rice Krispies Treats. Talk about an easy way of adding some pizzazz to a classic flavor!
6. Cherry Rice Krispies Treats with Dark Chocolate
Aimee at Shugary Sweets is a self-professed fan of Rice Krispies, and has 20 (and counting!) variations on her blog. One of our favorites is this genius recipe for cherry Rice Krispies Treats topped with a decadent dark chocolate frosting. Their pink color makes it pretty obvious that these are something different — and special. You don’t actually have to have fresh cherries on hand to prepare this recipe. (Though we’re sure that there’s a delicious way to make that work!) Instead, Aimee uses cherry gelatin powder, which makes the whole process rather quick and painless.
7. Golden Oreo Rice Krispies Treats
Need an easy way to combine two childhood desserts into one? Then you can’t go wrong with Laura Dembowski’s recipe for Golden Oreo Rice Krispies Treats, which she shared with Food52. Dembowski writes that extra butter and marshmallows help to take this recipe “totally over the top with a Golden Oreo crust and more Oreos mixed in.” This recipe is comprised of two layers: a crust layer and a treat layer. You’ll need a total of 35 Golden Oreos between the two layers, so unless you bought extra Oreos, don’t let your children or roommates start snacking on them before you start baking.
8. Neapolitan Rice Krispies Treats
Ever wondered how you could make Rice Krispies look like an elegant dessert choice at a party or a family gathering? These Neapolitan Rice Krispies Treats shared on the blog Erin Cooks are the perfect answer to your predicament. But be warned, you’ll need more patience and devotion with this recipe than with some of the others on our list.
First, you’ll make the vanilla layer and press it into the pan. Then, you’ll pick up the chocolate layer and add it on top. (Make sure that you have Cocoa Krispies in addition to regular Rice Krispies.) Finally, you’ll make the strawberry layer (for which you’ll need a jar of Strawberry Fluff). Trust us, all that preparation will definitely be worth it once you cut your Rice Krispies Treats into squares and see the classic Neapolitan stripes.
9. Nutella Rice Krispies Treats
Nikki at Chef in Training writes that “If you love Nutella, you have got to try out this recipe.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. These treats are simple enough to make, and promise to be incredibly addictive once you start eating them. Partially to blame for that is the chocolate and Nutella topping that we’ll be tempted to add to all of our desserts from now on. You’ll need a cup of Nutella for the treats and another cup for the topping. Needles to say, you can look forward to some serious Nutella flavor in the finished dessert.
10. Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies Treats
Are you a big pumpkin spice fan? Then you’ll love this recipe shared by Lindsay from Sprinkles for Breakfast. The tried-and-true spices make this variation an unexpectedly indulgent dessert to make and share during the fall or winter seasons (though we recommend it year-round!). You’ll get the classic pumpkin spice flavor by mixing pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon (so make sure that you have both on hand). And you’ll also need a few drops of orange food coloring if you want this pumpkin spice dessert to look the part.
11. Quinoa Krispies Treats
Are Rice Krispies made without the Rice Krispies really Rice Krispies? We’re not sure. But we are sure that you’re going to want to try this ingenious recipe from A Beautiful Mess, which substitutes puffed quinoa for Rice Krispies. The quinoa makes them slightly softer than a traditional Rice Krispies treat. And it also makes them a little bit more nutritious. What’s not to love? You’ll need puffed quinoa and some coconut oil to attempt this recipe. The dessert also calls for some optional sprinkles. But are sprinkles ever really optional? We’ll let you be the judge.
12. Red Velvet Cake Krispies Treats
Red velvet cake fans everywhere need to check out this rich recipe from Cookies and Cups. This scrumptious take on the classic Rice Krispies Treat not only features the flavors of a delicious red velvet cake, but also the frosting. We can’t think of anything that would make this dessert better.
13. Rice Krispies Treats Macarons
Craving the taste of a Rice Krispies treat with the profile of something a little bit more sophisticated? Then you’re going to love this recipe for Rice Krispies Treats Macarons, which was devised by Shannon for her blog Dinner or Dessert. If you’ve ever attempted to make macaroons before, you know that they’re pretty time-consuming (and can be hard to nail!).
But Shannon has come up with some genius ways to save time. If you follow her tips, you’ll be making them in an hour, from start to finish. To achieve the precision needed for great macaroons, you’ll need to weigh out your ingredients (including ground-up Rice Krispies cereal, almond meal, and egg whites). You’ll also need to make your own marshmallow fluff buttercream. If it’s your first time making macaroons, make sure to print out a template, and to take it slow as you get used to piping out the rounds with your pastry bag.
Posie Harwood reports for Food52 that Scotcheroos are “even better than Rice Krispies Treats.” This delicious recipe uses a pseudo-Rice Krispies treat base. But instead of marshmallows, you add a sauce made from heated corn syrup, sugar, and peanut butter. Once the cereal is coated in that mixture, it gets topped with a mix of semisweet chocolate and butterscotch chips. We know you’re dying to try this, but before you put your apron on, make sure that you have corn syrup, peanut butter, and the chocolate and butterscotch chips on hand!
15. S’mores Rice Krispies Treats
Can’t decide between S’mores and Rice Krispies Treats? Thanks to Dana at the Minimalist Baker, you don’t have to! This decadent recipe for S’mores Rice Krispies Treats will be our go-to summer dessert. “Toasted marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs make these bars ooey, gooey and reminiscent of the ultimate camping dessert.”
And, of course, the dessert wouldn’t be complete without the squares of dark chocolate on top. The key is to only let the Rice Krispies Treats cool for about 5 minutes before you press the chocolate bars into the tops. That way, they’ll stick without melting all over.