If you love a great Rice Krispy Treat with amp-up appearance and flavor, you’re going to love this simple recipe from Out of the Box Baking!
It’s Not Your Mama’s Rice Krispy Treat, Y’all!
I made up my mind several weeks back that I was going to spend the month of January coming up with new and exciting Gourmet Rice Krispy Treat recipes.
My ideas ran the gamut, but life got in the way and I didn’t end up making any.
We’re in the middle of a winter storm here in Texas and you know what that means—we’re stuck inside. (Let’s face it: Texans have no idea what to do when the roads freeze.) So, we stay home and cook. And eat. And cook. And eat.
I did a lot of cooking: two kinds of soup, to be specific. I plan to take some of it to new friends tomorrow.
But tonight I had a hankering for something sweet. I didn’t feel like baking. I know. I always feel like baking, but not tonight.
Gourmet Rice Krispies for the Win!
Then I remembered that I had Rice Krispies. And marshmallows.
And that’s when I realized that I’d never actually followed through on my idea to make Gourmet Rice Krispy Treats!
I did a quick tour through my stash of baking supplies and discovered chocolate chips. And extra marshmallows. And nuts.
I Immediately Thought: Rocky Road!
Okay, Rocky Road usually has almonds instead of pecans, but I wanted to use what I had on hand, and I also happen to love pecans. (They’re my favorite nut.)
I had this bright idea that I would put all of the toppings in the bottom of the pan then press the Krispy treats down on top of them. I’ll tell you more about how that turned out in a bit. But for now, let’s take a look at what you’ll need to make these.
Gourmet Rocky Road Rice Krispy Treats Ingredients
You will find a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick peek at what you’ll need.
- butter or margarine
- miniature marshmallows
- Rice Krispies
- mini marshmallows (for topping)
- chocolate chips
- chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, etc.)
That’s it! Just a handful of ingredients to make this Uber-delicious over-the-top treat!
How to Make Rocky Road Rice Krispies Treats
These are so simple to make!
You’ll need to start by buttering a 9×13-inch baking dish. Set it aside.
Now grab a large microwave safe bowl. Place butter and 10-ounce package of marshmallows in the bowl.
Microwave in 30-second increments until marshmallows and butter melt. Mine cooked for a total of a minute and a half.
(Note: If you prefer you can melt the butter and marshmallows in a large pot on the stove over low heat. I prefer the microwave method. It’s a one-bowl recipe that way.)
Stir well until marshmallows are mostly melted and smooth.
Add the Rice Krispies to the marshmallow mixture. Stir well.
Put chopped nuts into the bottom of the buttered pan.
Add chocolate chips.
Now dump in the cereal mixture.
Butter your hands and press the cereal into place in an even layer. The goal here is to get the toppings to adhere to the cereal so give it a gentle nudge.
Cover and allow to set up for about an hour.
Flip out of the pan onto a cookie sheet lined with a piece of parchment paper.
Cut into squares. (I made mine into 15 but you could probably get 18 out of it.)
Serve and enjoy!
Store in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap for up to three days. (They’re better the first couple of days.) Make sure they’re tightly sealed, as the cereal softens quickly.)
What to Expect from this Gourmet Rice Krispie Treat Recipe
I’m so excited, y’all! I know, it sounds crazy to be excited about a simple cereal treat, but I feel like this whole “gourmet” breakfast treat thing is such a fun idea! I’m already thinking ahead to other types I can make.
For now, I’m thrilled with the outcome of these. The crunch of the nuts, the creamy sweetness of the chocolate, and the soft pillowy goodness of the gooey marshmallows. . .it’s all divine. These really are crispy treats!
And sitting on top of those delicious crunchy Rice Krispy Treats, those toppings are sheer perfection! They’re literally the perfect complement.
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this one, friends! Make ‘em up, eat ‘em up, then leave a comment with your thoughts! You’re gonna love these delicious no bake treats!
Variations on this Cereal Treats Recipe
You know me! I’m always thinking of new and different ways to make things. So, I’m looking ahead to more Gourmet Rice Krispy Treats I can make in the next week or two. Here are a few that come to mind:
Mini M&M: This is such a simple idea. Instead of the chocolate chips, nuts, and marshmallows, just sprinkle on some mini M&Ms! Voila! A colorful treat!
Turtles: Chocolate chunks, melted caramel, pecan chunks. This would be similar to the version I made tonight, but the addition of the caramel would make all the difference. I’d probably wait until I flipped them to add the drizzled caramel on top.
Oreo: Chopped Oreos and drizzled chocolate could be amazing, don’t you think?
Traditional Rice Krispy Scotcheroos: Peanut Butter, melted chocolate, rice krispie cereal. . .yum! I plan to make these soon!
Semi-sweet chocolate chips: This is a quick way to give these bars even more depth of flavor!
Nutella rocky road rice krispie treats: Drizzle with melted Nutella before serving. (Delicious!)
Other Quick Snacks from Out of the Box Baking
- No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars
- No Bake Lemon Swirl Cheesecake
- Easy Peanut Butter Snowballs
- Simple Haystack Cookies
- Oreo Truffles
That’s it for this post, friends!
I hope you enjoyed this delicious rice krispie treat recipe. Talk about a delicious treat for the whole family!
If you make this recipe and love it, don’t forget to leave a review and a comment below. And while you’re at it, go ahead and pin some photos to your Pinterest boards!
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About the Author
Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 165 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page.
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1 10-ounce bag of miniature marshmallows
- 6 cups Rice Krispies
- 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows (for topping)
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, etc.)
- You’ll need to start by buttering a 9x13-inch baking dish. Set it aside.
- Now grab a large microwave safe bowl.
- Place butter and 10-ounce package of marshmallows in the bowl.
- Microwave in 30-second increments until marshmallows and butter melt.
- Mine cooked for a total of a minute and a half.
- Stir well until marshmallows are mostly melted and smooth.
- Add the Rice Krispies to the marshmallow mixture. Stir well.
- Put chopped nuts into the bottom of the buttered pan.
- Add chocolate chips.
- Add marshmallows.
- Now dump in the cereal mixture.
- Butter your hands and press the cereal into place. The goal here is to get the toppings to adhere to the cereal so give it a gentle nudge.
Cover and allow to set up for about an hour.
- Cut into squares. (I made mine into 15 but you could probably get 18 out of it.)
- Serve and enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap for up to three days. (They’re better the first couple of days.) Make sure they’re tightly sealed, as the cereal softens quickly.)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 152mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 25gProtein: 4g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.