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Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

Grab your mixing bowl, a little bit of butter, and your favorite sprinkles- it’s time for some seriously adorable Peeps Rice Krispie Treats! Peeps just scream Easter, and with a couple of extra ingredients, you can turn your traditional rice krispie treat recipe into a beautiful and delicious springtime delight that your family and friends will love. With a simple method and a few extra ingredients, you can make irresistibly festive Peeps-decorated treats that can be customized with any of your favorite sprinkles and sweets.

Perfect for an Easter party, a bake sale, or just a fun afternoon treat for the family, you can whip up these adorably delicious treats in no time at all. So check out this easy-to-follow recipe to learn how you can make the tastiest Peeps Rice Krispie Treats that everyone will enjoy.

peeps rice krispie treats

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie treats are a complete weakness in my house. The sticky fun marshmallows with the Rice Krispie cereal and the rich buttery flavor all meld together to make the ultimate treat that can be gussied up for any occasion.

And the best part? You can wrap them up in little treat bags and fill up Easter baskets with Peeps Rice Krispie Treats right next to the Easter eggs! Easy to make festive treats that don’t require breaking out bottles of food coloring.

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

Buy an extra box of Peeps and make my Easter Fruit Kabobs for more Easter treats!

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • Classic Flavor with a Twist: These treats offer the nostalgic taste of traditional Rice Krispie Treats with a fun and festive twist, thanks to the addition of colorful Peep bunnies and mini dehydrated marshmallows. It’s a playful take on a beloved classic that’s sure to bring smiles to faces of all ages.
  • Colorful and Eye-Catching: Topped with adorable Peep bunnies, these treats are as visually appealing as they are delicious. The vibrant colors and playful shapes make them the perfect
  • Kid-Friendly and Fun to Make: Get the whole family involved in making these Peeps Rice Krispie Treats for a fun and interactive baking experience. Kids will love helping to measure ingredients, stir the mixture, and decorate with Peep bunnies, making cherished memories in the kitchen together.
  • Perfect for Easter Celebrations: Whether you’re hosting an Easter brunch, egg hunt, or simply looking for a festive dessert to enjoy with loved ones, these Peeps Rice Krispie Treats are a delightful addition to any Easter celebration. They’re a whimsical and delicious way to spread holiday cheer and indulge in a sweet treat with friends and family.
peeps rice krispie treats

What do I need to get started?

  • Butter. Now I usually use unsalted in my baking, but for this recipe, I went with salted butter. All the extra flavor really made these Easter Rice Krispie treats so addicting!
  • Marshmallows. I used big jet-puffed, but any marshmallow is fine.
  • Rice Krispie cereal. I always use the name brand, but any rice crispy cereal will work.
  • Mini dehydrated marshmallows. I used these for the bright pastel colors.
  • Peeps. I bought 4 packages in assorted colors.
  • Sprinkles. These are technically optional, but are they really?! 🙂
peeps rice krispie treats

How to make Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

The very first thing you want to do is prepare your pan. Take a 9×13 baking dish and spray generously with non-stick cooking spray. You can also prepare the pan with parchment paper for extra protection, but I did not need to.

In a large saucepan or dutch oven, melt butter over low heat until fully melted. 

Add the marshmallows and slowly heat until fully melted and mixed in with the butter.

Remove from the heat and add the Rice Krispie cereal, folding today into a sticky mixture. Fold in the dehydrated marshmallows.

Carefully press the mixture into the prepared pan. Take a rubber spatula and spray it with more non-stick spray, then use that to press down the treats. If you are using sprinkles, press them into the top of the bars at this point.

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

Let the Rice Krispie treats sit at room temperature for at least 20-30 minutes to set. Once they are stable, cut them into pieces.

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

To add Peeps, take one and cut it in half lengthwise. Stick onto the treats, sticky side down, pressing gently.

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

Storage

  • These Easter Rice Krispie Treats can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days. The completed treats can be frozen as well. Wrap the cool down treats in wax paper and store in a freezer-safe container and freeze them for up to 3 months. I do not recommend freezing – for best results, always make fresh.
Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

Make an Easter Basket

You can use these Peeps Rice Krispie Treats to make the most fun unique Easter Basket!

Take a basket and fill it with shredded Easter grass. Then take each completed treat and place it in a treat bag. A treat bag will usually come with ties that match, so tie up the bag at the end. Repeat until all Rice Krispie treats are wrapped up.

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

Fill the basket with more Peeps, as well as some Easter eggs and any other assorted candies, then place the Rice Krispie treats in the empty spaces. Top with more colorful marshmallows or sprinkles!

FAQ’s For Making Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

  1. How do I prevent the treats from becoming too hard or too soft?
    • To prevent the treats from becoming too hard, avoid overcooking the marshmallow mixture or pressing the mixture too firmly into the pan. Conversely, if the treats are too soft, try adding more Rice Krispie cereal to the mixture to achieve the desired consistency.
  2. Can I make Peeps Rice Krispie Treats ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can make Peeps Rice Krispie Treats ahead of time. Simply store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to several days. If stacking the treats, place a sheet of wax paper between layers to prevent them from sticking together.
  3. Can I freeze Peeps Rice Krispie Treats?
    • While you can freeze Peeps Rice Krispie Treats, it’s not recommended, as freezing can affect the texture and flavor of the treats. It’s best to enjoy them fresh within a few days of making them.
  4. Can I use different shapes of Peeps for decorating?
    • Absolutely! Get creative with your Peeps Rice Krispie Treats by using different shapes and colors of Peeps for decorating. Experiment with chicks, bunnies, or other seasonal shapes to add variety and visual appeal to your treats.
  5. Can I add other mix-ins to the treats?
    • Yes, you can customize your Peeps Rice Krispie Treats by adding other mix-ins such as chocolate chips, sprinkles, or chopped nuts for extra flavor and texture. Just be sure to fold them into the mixture gently before pressing it into the pan.
Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

Tips & Tricks

  • Use Fresh Marshmallows: Fresh marshmallows melt more smoothly and evenly, resulting in a better texture for your treats. Avoid using stale or hardened marshmallows, as they can affect the consistency of the final product.
  • Melt Butter Slowly: When melting the butter, do so over low heat to prevent it from browning or burning. This ensures that the butter maintains its flavor and doesn’t develop a bitter taste.
  • Stir Constantly: When melting the marshmallows, stir constantly to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pot and burning. Use a silicone spatula or wooden spoon to gently fold the marshmallows until they are completely melted and smooth.
  • Add Rice Krispies Gradually: Add the Rice Krispie cereal to the melted marshmallow mixture gradually, stirring gently to coat the cereal evenly. This helps prevent clumping and ensures that all the cereal is well-coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  • Press Firmly into Pan: Once the mixture is evenly mixed, transfer it to a greased or lined baking dish and press it firmly into the pan using a spatula or your hands. This helps compact the mixture and ensures that the treats hold their shape once cooled.
  • Decorate Quickly: If you’re adding Peep bunnies or other decorations to the top of your treats, do so quickly after pressing the mixture into the pan. The warm treats will help the decorations adhere better.
  • Let Cool Completely: Allow the treats to cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares. This allows them to set properly and makes them easier to cut without falling apart.
  • Store Properly: Store leftover Peeps Rice Krispie Treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to several days. If stacking the treats, place a sheet of wax paper between layers to prevent them from sticking together.
  • Experiment with Flavors: Get creative with your Peeps Rice Krispie Treats by experimenting with different flavors of Peeps or adding mix-ins like chocolate chips, sprinkles, or chopped nuts for extra texture and flavor.
  • Have Fun: Making Peeps Rice Krispie Treats is a fun and festive activity, so don’t be afraid to get creative and let your imagination run wild. Whether you’re making them for Easter, a birthday party, or just because, enjoy the process and have fun decorating your treats!
pepps rice krispie treats
Peeps Rice Krispie Treats
Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These adorable Easter Rice Krispie Treats are super fun to make with kids and totally delicious. The decorating is made easy with sprinkles, mini marshmallows, and Peeps for the cutest festive Easter treat!

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup or 4 Ounces Salted Butter
  • 1 15oz Bag Marshmallows
  • 8 Cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 1 Cup Mini Dehydrated Marshmallows, Colorful
  • Optional Toppings, Peeps & Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, then set aside.
  2. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat salted butter over low heat until fully melted.
  3. Add the 15oz bag of marshmallows, and slowly heat until fully melted and incorporated.
  4. Remove from heat and add the rice krispie cereal, folding together into a sticky mixture. Fold in the mini dehydrated marshmallows
  5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and using a rubber spatula sprayed with non-stick spray, flatten the top. If adding sprinkles, sprinkle it over the top at this point and gently press into the top.
  6. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes, or until treats are completely set.
  7. (optional) to add the peeps to the top of each treat, cut the peeps in half and lightly press the cut half on top of the treats.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 357Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 254mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 0gSugar: 34gProtein: 3g

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