A fun twist on a classic treat, Rice Krispie treats meets red velvet cake. Who doesn’t love a dessert that comes together in minutes and can be simplified for an everyday snack or dressed up for a party platter!
Anyone else remember absolutely loving rice krispies as a kid? I mean, I even loved the treat cereal that was loaded with sugar and went so well with cold milk. Then they made them into grab and go packs for my lunch. OMG.
And now, with all the things in the world being better every day, they have giant gourmet ones at every bakery counter. Temptation everywhere.
These aren’t the worst thing you could be snacking on and one often hits the spot just right. When you combine the magical cereal with my other favorite dessert, red velvet cake, things just get too good to be true though.
And even I can’t resist just one. Yep, using a little cake mix in my treats is such an easy trick to infusing new flavors!
What I really love about them is that they are so stinkin’ simple to make – just regular cocoa rice cereal and a bit of cake mix. THAT’S IT. I mean, besides the butter and marshmallows. THAT IS IT.
Also, it doesn’t take a full box of cake mix to make these, so stock up on the cereal cuz chances are you will be making a second batch. Or these milkshakes. Just sayin’.
What You Need for the Best Rice Krispie Treats
Just like the classic recipe, you need a pan to press the mix into, and pro-tip, line it with lightly greased wax paper or parchment paper for later, trust me.
- mini marshmallows
- vanilla extract
- red velvet cake mix
- Cocoa Rice Krispies cereal
- white chocolate chips
Red Rice Krispie Treats - How to Make Them Like a Pro
Then the signature ingredients butter and marshmallows are melted until smooth. For this version, add in a little red velvet cake mix before folding it all in with cocoa rice cereal.
Once they are pressed into a pan, drizzle with a little white chocolate if you’re feeling fancy. (Cream cheese frosting seemed like overkill – though, let’s be honest, I would do it in a heartbeat.)
Mini Marshmallows Vs Big Marshmallows – Does it Matter?
In short, no, it doesn’t matter what size the marshmallows are. As long as the marshmallows are completely melted, they will coat the cereal and work like the delicious glue that holds them together.
However, melting the mini marshmallows just seems to work quicker. Think about it, they just aren’t as big for the heat to get through. But really, whatever you have on hand works, just make sure to stir constantly to avoid any burning as they melt.
But could I just use marshmallow fluff? That’s like melted marshmallows, right?
Yes and no. Despite its similar flavor, Fluff isn’t just melted marshmallows. It has a few other ingredients that give it that signature sticky—and oh so perfect for a Ritz cracker and peanut butter flavor. But, it’s that same sticky magic that makes it impossible to use, without melting it with the butter first! So yes, you could indeed use Fluff to make this! Just stir over low heat with the butter until combined.
Pro Tip: Grease he back of a big spoon to help you press the treats into a baking sheet quickly without making a sticky mess!
How to Store Your Treats
No one likes it when these treats get hard or soggy while sitting around waiting to be devoured. So, to keep them fresh, cut them up into portions and store them in a resealable airtight container for up to 3 days.
How to Refresh Them
If they do get too hard, pop them in the microwave for 15 seconds. It’s not going to bring back the fresh, but it’s a good trick to making them soft again!
Obsessed with Red Velvet Cake like me? Check out these other totally amazing recipes!
- Red Velvet Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
- Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream
- Raspberry Chambord Red Velvet Indulgence
Red Velvet Krispie Treats
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 10.5 ounces bag mini marshmallows
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup red velvet cake mix
- 6 cups Cocoa Rice Krispies cereal
- 4 ounces white chocolate chips - melted
- Line a 9x13-inch pan with wax or parchment paper and grease well.
- Heat a large skillet or saucepan over low heat. Add the marshmallows, cake mix, and vanilla.
- Stir frequently as the marshmallows melt until the mixture is smooth. Quickly fold in the rice krispies to the marshmallow mixture until combined and everything is coated.
- Transfer sticky cereal mixture to the prepared pan, pressing down with the back of a greased spoon or your fingers until the top is level.
- Allow the krispie treats to set, at least 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
- Drizzle white chocolate over the top, if desired.
Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.
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