Last Updated on March 16, 2023 by Kathryn Donangelo
Easter Rice Krispie Treats are a fun and colorful no-bake treat that both kids and adults will love. Loaded with colorful sprinkles, gooey marshmallows, and mini chocolate Easter candies!
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Easter Rice Krispie Treats
Easter is right around the corner and you need this Easter Rice Krispie Treat recipe in your kitchen. We use pastel colored sprinkles and mini Cadbury chocolate eggs to make this a Spring treat.
These marshmallow treats are everything we love in crispy treats. They are super gooey, soft, light, airy, and easy to make. We use almond extract to give these treats a sweet and nutty flavor unlike the classic rice krispies that are made with vanilla extract.
Other festive Easter desserts to make are: Easter Bunny Cupcakes, Easter Cheesecake Bites, and Peeps S’mores Dip.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Easy Easter dessert: Easy recipes are always helpful, especially during holidays or when we’re busy. You only need a few ingredients to make these and they are quick to prep.
No bake treats: You don’t need to turn your ovens, in fact, you can even melt the butter and marshmallow mixture in the microwave if you wanted to.
Portable: Bring these sweet treats anywhere by easily placing treats in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Pack them up for an Easter party, lunch box treat, or bring them to work.
Kid-friendly: Let kids add in the chocolate candy and sprinkles. They will love mixing and is fun for the whole family to do!
Festive treats: The pastel colored sprinkles and chocolate eggs in these treats make them so much fun. Wrap them up and add them to Easter baskets, they make a great addition to the Easter dessert table, or a spring party!
Extra marshmallows: In addition to the 1 bag of marshmallows, I add an extra 1 cup so these are extra chewy and packed with marshmallow goodness.
- Rice Krispies or crispy rice cereal: The main ingredient and base of this recipe. Any rice krispie brand will work.
- Mini marshmallows: You’ll need 6 cups of mini marshmallows to make these extra gooey. They will melt and bind the other ingredients together. Mini marshmallows works best for this recipe as opposed to regular marshmallows, this way you’ll get size.
- Butter: I use salted butter to cut balance the sweetness a bit but you could also use unsalted butter.
- Almond extract: Enhances the flavors and adds a sweet and nutty flavor.
- Festive sprinkles: Easter themed sprinkles or with pastel colors are perfect since this is an Easter treat.
- Easter candy: I love using Cadbury mini easter eggs or Robin eggs. Any chocolate covered Easter candy will work, just be sure to coarsely chop it into bite sized pieces.
How To Make Easter Rice Krispie Treats
Prepare square pan: Line a 9×9 inch pan with foil or parchment paper and grease with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
Make marshmallow mixture: Bring a large pot or stock pot to medium heat and add butter and melt. Reduce the heat to low heat and add 6 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir until melted, then add almond extract.
Add in cereal: Remove the pot from heat and stir in the cereal until the marshmallow mixture completely coats the cereal. Stir in the remaining 1 cup of marshmallows, chocolate Robin Eggs, and sprinkles until evenly distributed.
Add mixture to pan: Add the mixture to the prepared 9×9 inch pan and gently press the mixture into the pan. Make sure you don’t press too hard otherwise your treats will be too dense and hard. Let rest for 30-60 minutes and slice into squares. Enjoy!
Are Rice Krispie Treats Gluten-Free?
Although rice is gluten-free, some of the manufacturers make their crispy rice cereal with malt which contains gluten. If you want to make these gluten-free, be to check the cereal box packaging.
Peeps Rice Krispie Treats: Top with Easter Peeps, smear frosting onto the back of each Peep, then put one in the center of each treat.
Alternative cereal: You can use are chocolate rice krispie cereal, Golden Grahams, Cheerios, or Chex cereal.
Add-Ins: M&Ms, crushed Golden Oreos, chopped nuts, pretzels, chocolate chips, or any other of your favorites for added crunch, texture, and flavor.
Chocolate dipped treats: Dip half of the treat in melted chocolate for an extra chocolatey treat. You could also drizzle the treats with melted chocolate instead.
Candy: If you’re not able to find Cadbury Eggs or Robin eggs, you can use Pastel colored M&MS or chop up a chocolate Easter bunny.
Easter egg shaped treats: Cut out these treats with a egg shaped cookie cutter to make Easter eggs! I recommend placing the treats in a 13×9 inch baking pan instead of a 9×9 inch pan so they are easier to cut out.
- Spray your hands or rubber spatula: Use either cooking spray or rub them with butter before you press the rice krispie mixture on into your dish. This will prevent your hands from sticking to the sticky mixture. You can also use a butter wrap to press the mixture.
- Marshmallow tips: Be sure to use melt the marshmallows on LOW heat to insure they stay soft and will make the treats fluffy. Only use fresh marshmallows- stale marshmallows won’t make these treats as gooey.
- Treat size: I use a 8×8 or 9×9 inch pan because I love the thicker sized treats, but you can also use a 13×9 inch pan to yield 20-24 treats.
- Brown the butter: If you’ve ever had Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats, you already know how amazing they are. Follow the steps in this recipe to brown the butter first before adding the marshmallows. This will add a rich, caramel, nuttiness flavor to your treats.
Leftovers & Storage
To-store on counter: Place leftovers in an airtight container or cover a plate tightly with plastic wrap. They will store for up to 4-5 days without tasting stale. You can also store in a large ziplock bag.
To-store in fridge: These treats will last a bit longer if you store them in the refrigerator. They will store well for up to 1 week. Be sure to let sit out for at least 30 minutes because they will become hard.
Can You Freeze Rice Krispie Treats?
Yes you can! However, it can cause them to be less soft and gooey so I do not recommend it.
To freeze, place cooled treats in an airtight container and layer with wax or parchment paper to prevent them from sticking. Be sure to let the treats sit out at room temperature for at least 15 minutes or until softened before serving again. Store for up to 1 month.
Other No-Bake Recipes
- Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Stuffed Pretzels
- Chocolate Peppermint Grahams
- Oreo Cookie Truffles
- Mummy Rice Krispies Treats
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal Bars
- Lucky Charms Rice Krispie Treats
Other Spring Treats
- Lemon Pie
- Carrot Cake Bars
- Easter Bunny Cake
- Spring Cake Mix Cookies
- Raspberry Almond Scones
- Bunny Butt Cookies
- Italian Ricotta Cookies
- Carrot Bundt Cake
- Lemon Crinkle Cookies
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Easter Rice Krispie Treats
- 6 cups mini marshmallows plus 1 extra cup
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 6 tablsepoons salted butter
- 6 cups crispy rice cereal
- 1/2 – 1 cup chocolate Ronin Eggs or any Easter candy roughly chopped plus a few whole eggs for the top
- 1/4 cup Easter themed or pastel colored sprinkles
- Line a 9×9 inch pan with foil or parchment paper and grease with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
- Bring a large pot or stock pot to medium heat and add butter and melt.
- Reduce the heat to low heat and add 6 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir until melted, then add almond extract.
- Remove the pot from heat and stir in the cereal until the marshmallow mixture completely coats the cereal. Stir in the remaining 1 cup of marshmallows, chocolate Robin Eggs, and sprinkles until evenly distributed.
- Add the mixture to the prepared 9×9 inch pan and gently press the mixture into the pan. Make sure you don't press too hard otherwise your treats will be too dense and hard. Let rest for 30-60 minutes and slice into squares. Enjoy!
Gloria Duggan says
The classic never grows old. Adding the little eggs makes it fun and festive for Easter. The grandkids will love it.
These are so cute! I’m saving this recipe to make with my 4 year old. It looks easy enough that I can make it with her without stressing me out too much haha!
I love rice Krispy treats and I will be making these for Easter with my grandaughter.
These Krispies look so cute. A perfect treat for easter. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
My son is so excited about Easter that we made these early! They were so fun and easy to make and my son squealed with happiness. 😀 Thanks so much!
My sons are obsessed with these! I also personally love the addition of almond extract which makes these even more delicious!
These look amazing. I was just trying to figure out what fun treats to make this Easter and I think I’ve found a winner!
What a cute and fun way to dress up a classic for the holiday! My kids totally love these and they will be perfect to make in a big batch to share with friends at our annual egg hunt. Thanks for the recipe and the idea!
Sandhya Ramakrishnan says
This is so much to make. I made a quick batch with my boys this weekend and we loved it. I will be making a big batch just before Easter for the neighborhood kids.