These Rice Krispies treats are softened up with extra marshmallows and butter, and dyed orange for Halloween! A healthy helping of mini chocolate chips on top turns the whole treat up a notch!
We’re fortunate to live in a building where we have an amazing community. There are so many young families and we have many gatherings throughout the year, be it for the holidays, Halloween or even a summer movie night in the park across the street.
This past weekend, we had a kids Halloween potluck party and I had grand plans of making Pinterest worthy Halloween treats. But, I have serious working mom problems. I spent late nights at the office working on a majorly huge pitch AND for extra fun, I spent the week recovering from a stomach virus. I didn’t even have time to search for said cute recipe, let alone actually, you know, make it.
So I decided on a classic to which I classically haven’t paid much attention: the Rice Krispies treat. So simple, so delicious, and my favorite part, all of the ingredients can be found at the local drug store so no special grocery store trip needed. I did have orange food coloring and mini chocolate chips, so I can’t guarantee a drug store would have those.
I upped the ante with double the amount of marshmallow and butter to one box of cereal. This made for extra soft, marshmallowy, buttery treats and left me wondering why I’d never thought to do it before.
Chocolate Chip Rice Krispies Treats
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients (24 bars)
- 6 C (1 box) Rice Krispies
- 2 16oz. bags marshmallows (minis or regular size)
- 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- Orange food coloring
- 1/2 C mini chocolate chips
- Baking spray to coat the pan
Grease a 9x13” pan with baking spray and line with parchment or foil, leaving overhang as ‘handles’ on both ends. Grease the parchment as well (but not the handle part!).
In a large saucepan or stock pot, melt the butter and both bags of marshmallows over medium heat, stirring frequently.
While this melts, pour the cereal into a large mixing bowl.
When completely melted, stir in the vanilla and salt, stirring continuously until combined. Add the food coloring to your liking and mix completely. Note that the color will fade slightly once you add the marshmallow mixture to the cereal, so you may want to add more than you think you need.
Pour the buttery marshmallow mix into the bowl with cereal and gently fold together until completely coated.
Pour and press the mixture into the prepared pan. I coated the back of a wooden spoon with baking spray and used this to press and flatten the mixture.
Let stand until slightly cooled and then press the chocolate chips into the top.
Let cool completely and cut into squares.
I hope you enjoy these as much as the adults at the kids party did! I can’t wait to experiment with other flavors and cereal, especially in this soft batch form!
What are you making/eating/dreaming of this Halloween?