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Easter Rice Krispie Treats (Quick and Easy Recipe)

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Sink your teeth into these Easter Rice Krispie Treats. These homemade Easter Rice Krispies treats are made with pretzels and mini Cadbury eggs. Drizzle on colorful Easter candy melts, and slice and serve up these sweet, salty, and satisfying Cadbury egg rice crispy treats.

White plate with a pile of Rice Krispie treats with chopped mini cadbury eggs and sprinkles.

I can’t believe Easter is fast approaching. So if you are in charge of a dessert or even hosting Easter, you might be on the hunt for the perfect recipe. These bars are so easy but offer a gorgeous presentation value.

Consider whipping up this deviled egg macaroni saladAmbrosia fruit salad. Or even my Easter bars made with pastel M&M’s for another simple dessert.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Homemade treat bars are then elevated with other ingredients to make a stand-out dessert.
  • No baking is required for this sweet and salty treat.
  • Kids will love help making these bars in the kitchen.
  • Family-friendly and group-approved if you are looking for a stellar dessert.

Ingredients For Easter Rice Krispie Treats

Cereal, pretzels, marshmallows, butter, salt, candy, melting chocolate, and sprinkles on a white surface.
  • Butter – Melted unsalted butter will be the primary component that binds all the ingredients together while adding a creamy, rich flavor.
  • Salt – Kosher salt is used to enhance the sweet flavors in the recipe and balance out the sweetness.
  • Marshmallows – Mini marshmallows, divided, not only provide a pleasant sweetness but also a unique texture to the treats.
  • Cereal – Rice Krispie Treats are a crispy rice cereal and is the main ingredient of the recipe, providing a crispy texture and distinctive taste.
  • Pretzels – Broken into pieces, these add a surprising crunch and a delightful hint of saltiness to the sweet treats.
  • Candy – Cadbury eggs, divided, are what make the treats special for Easter, adding a festive feel with their chocolatey goodness.
  • Melting chocolate – Ghirardelli and colored candy melts are used, lending a superb taste and adding aesthetically pleasing colors to the treats.
  • Sprinkles – Easter-themed, these are the finishing touch that visually enhances the treats, making them more appealing and fun for an Easter celebration.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Adding in extra marshmallows with the cereal creates a chewier rice crispy treat.
  • Adding a few drops of food coloring to the marshmallow will add a little pop to the color to these festive treats.
  • Make sure to allow the bars to set up before slicing, or they will fall apart.
  • Add some cooking spray to your hand and press down lightly on top of the bars to pack in the pan.
  • Use any chocolate you want, or leave off the chocolate if you prefer.
  • You can use any type of Easter candy to add to the top of the bars such as marshmallow peeps and jelly beans.
  • If you want, you can use gluten-free pretzels for a gluten-free dessert.
  • The sprinkles are optional. I like to find sprinkles that won’t be too hard to chew, as some are a bit hard.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

How To Make Easter Rice Krispie Treats

Collage of creating Easter Rice Krispie treats.
  • Heat some butter and salt on low. (Photo 1)
  • Add marshmallows to the pot and stir until they melt. (Photos 2 & 3)
  • Take the pot off the heat and mix in cereal, pretzels, candy, and mini marshmallows. (Photo 4)
Collage of decorating Easter Rice Krispie treats.
  • Pour this mix into a parchment paper-lined pan and spread evenly. (Photo 5)
  • Melt some candy and drizzle it over the bars from a piping bag. (Photo 6)
  • Add mini eggs and sprinkles on top. (Photo 7)
  • Let it harden, then cut and serve. (Photo 8)
Rice Krispie treats topped with chopped mini cadbury eggs and sprinkles sitting on parchment paper.

Expert Tips 

  • Use fresh marshmallows for best results. If your marshmallows have hardened, they won’t melt properly and can result in tough rice crispy treats.
  • When melting the marshmallows, keep the heat low to prevent them from burning.
  • If your mixture is too sticky to handle, try greasing your hands with a bit of butter or non-stick spray. This will make it easier to press the mixture into the pan.
  • Don’t press the mixture into the pan too hard. Doing so can make the treats dense and hard. Instead, lightly press it until it’s evenly distributed.
  • Be patient when letting the treats harden. Cutting them before they’ve fully set can lead to them falling apart.
  • If you have leftover melted chocolate, store it in a ziploc bag and cut off the tip for easy drizzling for future use.

Storing Tips 

Store these Easter bars in a sealed container at room temperature for up to a week. You will find these bars have a decent shelf life.

Want to save these for later? Add your bars to a freezer bag or airtight container and freeze for 3-4 months. Thaw on the counter at room temperature until thawed, and then enjoy.

What To Serve With Easter Rice Krispie Treats

Serve an Easter feast to start and then finish off with these Cadbury Rice Krispie treats! I love to pair these Easter thumbprint cookies next to the bars. They are so colorful as well and get gobbled up.

Or try out these boozy Easter egg jello shots for a perfect treat for the adults.

Stacked Rice Krispie treats topped with chopped mini cadbury eggs and sprinkles sitting on parchment paper.

Recipe FAQs

Is there a trick to cutting Rice Krispie Treats?

A sharp knife will make it easier to cut through the sticky marshmallow and crispy cereal mixture. You can grease the knife with butter, and it will help prevent the marshmallow from sticking to the knife.

How do you keep Rice Krispie treats from getting soggy?

Heat the marshmallows until they are just melted, as overheating them can cause the treats to become soggy. Also, make sure to allow the treats to fully cool before you place them into a sealed container.

Why are my homemade Rice Krispies treats hard?

If you pack the mixture too tightly into the pan, the treats can become dense and hard. Another issue could be overcooking the marshmallows. Both will cause you to end up with harder treats.

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Pile of Rice Krispie treats with chopped mini cadbury eggs and sprinkles sitting on a white plate.
4.93 from 14 votes

Easter Rice Krispie Treats (Quick and Easy Recipe)


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooling 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Easter Rice Krispie Treats are a sweet and salty Easter no bake dessert. Made with Rice Krispie cereal, pretzels, and Cadbury chocolate. These sliceable bars are a must make for a holiday feast or after school treat.

Ingredients 

  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted
  • teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces (340 ⅕ g) mini marshmallows divided
  • 7 cups (196 g) Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 ½ cups (63 ¾ g) tiny pretzel twists broken up into large pieces
  • 1 cups (243 g) Mini Cadbury Eggs divided

Topping Ideas

Instructions

  • Heat some butter and salt on low.
    1 stick unsalted butter,⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Add marshmallows to the pot and stir until they melt.
    12 ounces mini marshmallows
  • Take the pot off the heat and mix in cereal, pretzels, candy, and mini marshmallows.
    7 cups Rice Krispies cereal,1 ½ cups tiny pretzel twists,½ cup colored wilton candy melts,1 cups Mini Cadbury Eggs
  • Pour this mix into a parchment paper-lined pan and spread evenly.
  • Melt some candy and drizzle it over the bars from a piping bag.
    ½ cup ghirardelli vanilla melting wafers
  • Add mini eggs and sprinkles on top.
    Mini Cadbury eggs,Sprinkles
  • Let it harden, then cut and serve.

Notes

  • Use fresh marshmallows for best results. If your marshmallows have hardened, they won’t melt properly and can result in tough rice crispy treats.
  • When melting the marshmallows, keep the heat low to prevent them from burning.
  • If your mixture is too sticky to handle, try greasing your hands with a bit of butter or non-stick spray. This will make it easier to press the mixture into the pan.
  • Don’t press the mixture into the pan too hard. Doing so can make the treats dense and hard. Instead, lightly press it until it’s evenly distributed.
  • Be patient when letting the treats harden. Cutting them before they’ve fully set can lead to them falling apart.
  • If you have leftover melted chocolate, store it in a ziploc bag and cut off the tip for easy drizzling for future use.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 316kcal (16%) Carbohydrates: 58g (19%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 9g (14%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g Trans Fat: 0.003g Cholesterol: 3mg (1%) Sodium: 223mg (10%) Potassium: 34mg (1%) Fiber: 0.3g (1%) Sugar: 34g (38%) Vitamin A: 1139IU (23%) Vitamin C: 11mg (13%) Vitamin D: 1µg (7%) Calcium: 44mg (4%) Iron: 5mg (28%)

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Oh My GAWSH! This is crack to me! I could do some serious damage to a batch of these! Oh wait – I’m supposed to share it!

  2. 5 stars
    I looooove the mini Cadbury eggs! These krispie treats look delicious and I can’t wait to make them this Easter

  3. 5 stars
    This quick and easy recipe was a total hit. The colorful sprinkles and cute Easter-themed shapes made them even more delightful.

  4. 5 stars
    This is such a fun take on rice krispie treats! The colors are perfect for spring, I’ll definitely be making these around the Easter holiday 🙂

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