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Cereal Treats Unleashed: 33 Classic to Cosmic Creations

We love a classic rice krispie-style cereal treat but wait till you get an eyeful of how creative all my food friends are! The basics stay the same – some sort of cereal and marshmallows make an appearance in almost every recipe – but then, the sky’s the limit! We’ve got chocolate-dipped versions, caramel ones, Peeps versions, s’mores, Oreos, red velvet, lemon, Nutella variations, treats made with Instant Pots and slow cookers, recipes that look like the Cookie Monster, donuts, hearts, pumpkins, mermaid tails – even rice krispie cakes, small-batch, pops, brown rice versions, and vegan recipes!

Chunky Rice Krispie Treats

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Chunky Rice Krispie Treats are an ode to the Chunky candy bar, that combines chocolate, peanuts and raisins for a decadent snack! Sort of fancy, kind of homestyle at the same time, and easy to make! (The original candy bar features milk chocolate; I chose to use dark, but you can use milk). Get the recipe.

Toasted Marshmallow Chocolate Crispy Treats

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Photo credit: Dédé Wilson.

Check out this recipe for Toasted Marshmallow Chocolate Crispy Treats. These are like old-fashioned rice krispie treats – except they are totally different! These Toasted Marshmallow Chocolate Crispy Treats are deeply chocolatey. And Crispy. And the marshmallow component? Toasted. As in toasted marshmallow like you have around the campfire – except that you make these in your oven. Imagine the combo of crispy chocolate flavored cereal and toasted marshmallows…pressed into squares for snacking? And they are easier to make than you might imagine. Get the recipe.

Cappuccino Rice Crispy Treats

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Photo credit: Dédé Wilson.

Anyone can make Rice Krispie Treats, they are so easy, by why stop there? The combination of cereal, butter and melted marshmallows lends itself to all kinds of variations, such as these Cappuccino Crispy Treats: flavors of marshmallows, coffee and cinnamon, with optional chocolate drizzle. Get the recipe.

Funfetti Rice Krispie Treats

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Funfetti rice krispies treats are an easy, 5-ingredient dessert! This quick, no-bake dessert takes just minutes to make. Get the recipe.

Layered Rice Krispies Squares

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These fun Layered Rice Krispies Squares are suited for a picnic as they are for Christmas with their fun red, white, and green layers, but once you read the recipe you will see how your flavor and color choices can be varied!

For this Rice Krispies treats recipe, the red layer is made with an addition of red velvet cake mix, the green with blueberry Jell-O mix, and the middle is done with just traditional butter and marshmallows. Get the recipe.

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Nom nom nom. Time for a Tasty Cookie Monster Rice Crispy Treat! These Cookie Monsters were part of our Halloween Tea Party last year. They aren’t really that Halloween-y, save for that they are monsters… but you know… the idea came to me, and we just HAD to run with it. And as with most chocolate rice crispy treats, they are pretty easy to make! We love cute Monster Crafts for Preschoolers! So fun. Get the recipe.

Heart Shaped Rice Krispie Treats 

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These Heart Shaped Rice Krispie Treats are next level! They’re the gooey, crunchy treats you’ve always loved but with a few little tweaks to make them taste extra delicious. Plus, adding sprinkles and chocolate to the heart-shaped treats will make them the prettiest treats at the table. Get the recipe.

Rainbow Trix Crispies

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If you love gooey rice crispies, you will love these rainbow Trix crispies! These colorful rainbow crispies treats have added orange zest and are super fun for kids AND silly rabbits.Get the recipe.

Fruity Pebbles Rice Crispy Treats

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If you loved slurping up the pink hued milk after eating a bowl of Fruity Pebbles cereal, you’re going to love these Fruity Pebble Treats! These colorful, soft, and gooey Fruity Pebbles Rice Crispy Treats are super fun and made in just 15 minutes! Get the recipe.

Rice Krispie Cake

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This Rice Krispie cake recipe is a fantastic option as an alternative to a traditional cake or as a simple, no-bake cake for any celebration. 

With just four ingredients – Rice Krispies, marshmallows, butter and food colouring – it’s incredibly easy and quick to make. It’s the perfect choice for those who either don’t enjoy baking or are unable to bake. The best part is that there’s no need to use the oven or even crack a single egg. Get the recipe.

Brown Rice Crispy Treats with strawberries

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These Brown Rice Crispy Treats with strawberries are super easy, super tasty, and don’t require any marshmallows!! Get the recipe.

Chocolate Peppermint Rice Crispy Bars

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Crunchy cereal bars with lots of chocolate and a subtle peppermint flavor. These Chocolate Peppermint Rice Crispy Bars taste like your favorite peppermint mocha!Get the recipe.

Nutella Rice Krispie Treats

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A fun and easy twist on a classic favorite, these Nutella Rice Krispie Treats are chewy, buttery, and full of tasty chocolate and hazelnut flavor! Get the recipe.

Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats

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These Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats are such a fun and special no-bake Valentine’s Day dessert made with only 6 common ingredients! Get the recipe.

Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treats 

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A classic after school snack goes next-level when you make these chocolate dipped Rice Krispie treats for those you love.

Rice Krispies cereal mixed with chewy marshmallow is the nostalgic snack we all love, dipped in nothing less than Ghirardelli’s dark chocolate to make the simple a little more sophisticated. Get the recipe.

Thanos Rice Krispie Insanity Stones 

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Any Marvel fan will love these Thanos Rice Krispie Insanity Stones for an Avenger’s movie night! While Infinity War came out a few years ago, you can still harness the power of the Infinity Gauntlet anytime you want with these colorful and delicious Rice Krispie treats! Get the recipe.

Peeps Rice Krispies

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With bright pastel colors, these Peeps Rice Krispies treats take one of the most iconic Easter candies and turns them into a must-have crunchy treat for spring. Get the recipe.

Salted Caramel Rice Krispies Treats

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Add the smooth flavor of caramel and a dash of flaky sea salt to this iconic treat to create soft and gooey squares of salted caramel Rice Krispies treats. Get the recipe.

Matcha Rice Krispy Treats

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Matcha Rice Krispy Treats, a childhood favourite with a matcha boost! No bake, vegan + gluten free. Great for a snack or dessert with a boost of matcha. Only four ingredients needed. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

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These Chocolate Vegan Rice crispy treats are made with mood boosting cocoa powder, they are gluten and dairy free. Containing only natural ingredients, they are delightfully crunchy and chewy and do not taste healthy at all. Get the recipe.

S’mores Peanut Butter Crispy Bars (No-Bake)

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Whenever I want easy, fail-proof treats to make with the kids on a lazy afternoon, crispy rice cereal bars easily make the list.  Sometimes we go with the basic, no frills Rice Krispy treats that are forever a surefire hit.  Other times, we change it up and go for a bit of frill.  This was one of those other times. Get the recipe.

Instant Pot Rice Krispie Treats

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This fun and festive Instant Pot Rice Krispie Treat recipe is just the thing for your holiday celebrations! Easy to make and perfectly portable, you’ll want to bring them to all your BBQs, potlucks, and picnics. Get the recipe.

Pumpkin Shaped Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

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These colorful no-bake Halloween Rice Krispie Treats are easy to make and are shaped into cute pumpkins. They are whipped up with only 6 ingredients and fun for the kiddoes to make. Get the recipe.

Lucky Charms Treats

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These fun Lucky Charms Treats are made with colorful Lucky Charms Cereal and marshmallows. They’re the perfect way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with kids, a great after-school snack, and perfect for school parties. Get the recipe.

Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls With Rice Krispies

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These vegan, no-bake, 4-Ingredient chocolate peanut butter balls with rice Krispies (AKA peanut butter bon bons) are crunchy, creamy, and slightly chewy! Even better, they are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and can be prepared keto for a moreish snack or dessert! Get the recipe.

Vegan Scotcharoo Bars — Chewy Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Krispie Treats

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If you have a sweet tooth, prepare to meet your new obsession. Classic Scotcharoos are a common dessert popular in the Midwest that’s been around for ages. Think of it like an upgraded Rice Krispy Treat with peanut butter, butterscotch, and chocolate. Today, we’re making vegan Scotcharoo Bars with a few simple swaps. Get the recipe.

Chocolate-Dipped Rice Krispie Donut Treats

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These eye-catching chocolate-dipped Rice Krispie treats with their donut shape are not only an original recipe but also a fun activity to enjoy with your little ones. Plus, they’re easy to make and ready in less than 15 minutes. Get the recipe.

Small Batch Rice Krispie Treats

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Love cereal treats but don’t want to eat a whole batch? Small Batch Rice Krispie Treats made in a loaf pan are the ideal ooey gooey no bake dessert that are both delightful and perfectly portioned. Get the recipe.

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Rice Krispie Treats

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No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Rice Krispie Treats Recipe! Easy Summer Dessert Recipe with Lemon, Rice Krispie Treats, and No Bake Cheesecake all in one! Get the recipe.

Mermaid Rice Krispie Treats

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Create a no-bake dessert that is sure to impress birthday party guests with these Mermaid Rice Krispie Treats! Featuring beautiful fondant mermaid tails, this treat on a stick is actually easier to make than you might think. Display them on your party table or use them as a party favor for guests to take home. Either way, these rice cereal treats are a great addition for your mermaid themed party! Get the recipe.

Loaded Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

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Some recipes are truly special. You know the ones. Anytime you serve them to guests or bring them to share anywhere, you are bombarded with requests for the recipe. You know it will happen, expect it even. These Loaded Caramel Rice Krispie Treats is one of those recipes. Trust me. I know because I was one of those people who raved about these gooey, double decker, caramel rice krispie treats. Get the recipe.

Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

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These Oreo Rice Krispie Treats are a fun twist on a classic! Gooey and chocolatey, this no-bake dessert recipe is full of the always perfect cookies that we love so much. Get the recipe.

Slow Cooker Rice Krispie treats

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These slow cooker Rice Krispie treats have all the sweet, crunchy goodness of the originals with added color and pizzaz. This one-pot version of these amazing treats will be a hit every time you serve them! Get the recipe.

Rice Krispies Chocolate Truffle Cake

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Indulge in homemade luxury with our Rice Krispies Chocolate Truffle Cake! This heart-shaped beauty combines the crunch of Rice Krispies with rich, melt-in your-mouth chocolate. Get the recipe.

Rise & Shine Recipes: 27 Breakfast Cookies To Brighten Your Day

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Start your day with cookies! We’ve got 27 recipes for breakfast cookies loaded with fiber, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and veggies. Easy to make, and some are vegan! Perfect for a quick bite on-the-go, or a relaxed morning with your favorite hot drink. We even have waffle breakfast cookies and ones made in an air-fryer! Click to read: Rise & Shine Recipes: 27 Breakfast Cookies To Brighten Your Day

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