Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

Homemade chocolate rice krispie treats are a fun and easy treat for any occasion! Make these sticky and gooey creations with just a few simple ingredients and a whole lot of love.

A stack of chocolate rice krispie treats topped with chocolate chips.
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Chocolate Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

I love a good rice krispie treat! Whoever figured out that this crispy rice cereal and gooey marshmallows pair so perfectly, is a genius. These delicious treats are just so easy to make and I love that they're easy to adapt and change for different holidays and seasons.

In fact, during the holidays we love to make this exact recipe and cut them out into Christmas tree shapes and decorate them! The kids always love that and it somehow makes them taste even better. You can make these Easter Rice Krispie Treats in the spring, too.

But throughout the rest of the year, I'll make these classic rice krispie treats and drizzle them in white chocolate and top with chocolate chips. They are the perfect shareable treat for birthday parties, bake sales, and so much more.

Making special sweets like these cereal treats and M&M cookies always brings the best nostalgic moments into our home kitchen. We make these timeless treats and make the best memories together while we're at it!

Let's grab those gooey marshmallows and the chocolate version of rice crispy cereal and make the best chocolate rice krispie treats!

Chocolate rice krispie treats on a baking sheet next to a glass of milk.

Why you'll love this recipe

Chocolate lovers won't be able to choose just one reason why they love this easy recipe! But I love it because:

  • Classic rice krispies treats are so easy to make. Anyone, even beginners and kids, can successfully make this sweet and enjoy every single bite!
  • They are great to cut into shapes for holidays. If baking cookies for each holiday isn't your thing, then rice krispie treats and cookie cutters could become your new favorite activity.
  • This chocolate rice krispies treats recipe is family friendly. Kids will love helping and have a blast decorating these gooey chocolate rice krispie treats.

Ingredients

Here's what you will need at the grocery store to prepare these easy rice krispie treats:

Marshmallows and chocolate chips melting with butter in a bowl for delicious chocolate rice krispie treats.
  • crispy rice cereal
  • butter
  • marshmallows or mini marshmallows
  • icing
  • toppings such as sprinkles, crushed cereal, chocolate chips and chocolate candies

Substitutions and Variations

You can use regular Rice Krispies cereal or the chocolate Cocoa Krispies cereal. You can even use other types of cereal like cornflakes or cheerios if you want. Though if cheerios are your thing, then I recommend you check out my homemade cereal bars too!

I like to use a simple buttercream frosting to drizzle over the treats. However, there are tons of other options. Make double chocolate rice krispie treats by adding a melted chocolate drizzle. Or create chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats with a peanut butter drizzle.

For the toppings, I like to use mini chocolate chips and sometimes extra marshmallows. But there's so many other things to use too. Feel free to be extra adventurous!

To make things easy, you can use a store-bought icing. But you can also simply mix together some powdered sugar and water to make a thin drizzle icing!

How to make Christmas Rice Krispie Treats

For this recipe, I followed the basic recipe from Kellogg's but swapped out the regular rice cereal for the cocoa-flavored one. Here's what you'll need to do:

In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and marshmallows on high for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.

A person pouring chocolate rice krispies into a glass bowl.
A bowl of chocolate rice krispies mixed with marshmallow with a wooden spoon.

Add the cereal to the melted marshmallow mixture and carefully fold together.

A baking dish filled with chocolate rice krispie treat filling.

Then, using a buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press the mixture into a 13x9x2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Let cool slightly.

Chocolate rice krispie treats on a cooling rack.

Using a knife, cut the rice krispies into squares or other desired shapes and then place onto a parchment paper lined cooling rack.

Then, drizzle the rice krispie treats with icing and top with chocolate chips and other desired toppings.

Chocolate rice krispie treats with icing on a cooling rack.

Serve and enjoy!

How to Store Leftover Rice Krispie Treats

If you are not decorating or eating the treats right away, make sure to store them in an airtight container immediately. They will last at room temperature for 3-5 days and in the fridge for about a week or so.

How to Cut Rice Krispie Treats into Shapes

Rice krispie treats usually get cut into squares, but cutting them into shapes is super easy to do.

First, make sure to cut the treats out when they are slightly warm, because the will be so much easier to work with.

You can create a stencil by tracing a tree onto parchment paper or by cutting one out freehand.

If you want to use a cookie cutter, spray it with cooking spray so that the marshmallowy goodness doesn't stick.

Toppings for Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

It is very fun to decorate the finished product when making chocolate krispie treats. Here are a few great topping ideas:

  • colored sprinkles
  • crushed cereal
  • mini chocolate chips
  • regular or mini M&M's
  • mini marshmallows
  • jelly beans
  • sanding sugar
  • pieces of cereal or crushed cereal
  • icing
  • sprinkles
  • graham cracker crumbles (for "s'mores" treats!)
  • peanut butter chips
  • white chocolate chips
  • a layer of chocolate
Chocolate rice krispie treats on a cooling rack with marshmallows and chocolate chips.

Tips for Success

  • If you plan to cut out the treats, be sure to do so when they are slightly warm. They are so much easier to work with when warm, and don't forget to spray the cookie cutters in nonstick cooking spray.
  • Spray your hands or a rubber spatula in non-stick cooking spray before pressing the cereal mixture into the pan. This will help keep it from sticking to your hand or the spatula.
  • Make sure you evenly drizzle the frosting over the rice krispie treats so that every bite has the same amount.

FAQ

Why are my homemade rice krispie treats so hard?

If you end up with rice krispie treats that are more like bricks, you likely melted the marshmallows to quickly or too much. Make sure you follow the step by step instructions and melt the butter with the marshmallows.

Do you have to refrigerate homemade rice krispie treats?

It is not necessary to store homemade treats in the fridge. However, storing them in the fridge could extend their shelf life. If you'd like your rice krispie treats to last a little longer, then store them in the fridge. Otherwise, you can keep them at room temperature in an airtight container.

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A stack of chocolate rice krispie treats topped with chocolate chips.

Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

These chocolate rice krispie treats are perfect for parties, bake sales, cookie swaps, and everything in between.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 18
Author: Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chocolate crispy rice cereal
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package 10 oz., about 40 marshmallows OR 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • toppings: icing chocolate chips, extra marshmallows, sprinkles, crushed cereal, chocolate candies, etc.

Instructions

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
  • Fold in the chocolate rice cereal and stir until well-coated.
  • Using a buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13x9x2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Let cool slightly.
  • While still warm, cut out the rice krispie treats and transfer them to a parchment paper lined cooling rack.
  • Then, decorate each one with piped icing, chocolate chips and any other desired toppings.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Kellogg's.
Feel free to substitute regular crispy rice cereal instead of chocolate if you prefer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1treat | Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 98mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g

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5 Comments

  1. Madison, these look so good! And I completely get not being able to rely on cold weather to bring in the Christmas spirit. It's hard for me when we spend the holiday in CA, it never feels like Christmas to me. I need to find ways to make it feel like the holiday though, and embracing all the delicious treats sounds like a great idea! 🙂

    1. Thank you! They definitely put me in the holiday spirit, I was ready to start playing Christmas music 😉