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In this post: Rice Krispie Treats, anyone? Here’s a recipe for the simplest, yummiest holiday treat. Get the recipe for yummy Easter Rice Krispie Treats here.


We’re generally not big on eating sugar around here. But sometimes it’s fun to let loose and have a little fun. These Easter Rice Krispie Treats are so much fun to make…and to play with too!

rice krispies square with icing and jelly bean to make an edible tic tac toe game!

Spring is in the air and there are pastels everywhere! 

It’s time to decorate for spring and celebrate this wonderful season. 

Easter Rice Krispie Treats

We all know and love the classic no-bake Rice Krispie treats. Everyone loves them.

They’re generally not too sweet, super easy to make and they’re so fun to eat.

And these Rice Krispie Treats with an Easter twist are even more fun!

They’d be great served to the kiddos at Easter brunch or at an Easter Egg Hunt after church. 

What’s in these Easter Rice Krispie Treats?

The ingredients in these yummy Easter treats are:

  • Rice Krispies cereal
  • marshmallows
  • butter
  • candy melts (or icing)
  • jelly beans 

What are the best marshmallows to use

Most people seem to love Jet-Puffed Marshmallows. But honestly, any marshmallows will do. 

  • jumbo marshmallows
  • mini marshmallows
  • even gluten-free, corn-free, vegan marshmallows like Dandies will work well!

Can these Rice Krispie Treats be made gluten-free?

Yes!

Regular name brand Rice Krispies have barley malt in them which is a source of gluten and should be avoided by those with a gluten sensitivity and definitely avoided by those with celiac.

But Kellog’s does make gluten-free Rice Krispies. And many other brands like Annie’s, Nature’s Path and Made Good make gluten-free rice crisps cereal.

And you can find gluten-free icing, marshmallows, and jelly beans at several stores. So if you check your individual ingredients, you can definitely make these treats gluten-free. 

rice krispies squares with icing and jelly bean tic tac toe

How to Make Easter Rice Krispie Treats – Step by Step

For the ingredient measurements and printable recipe, see the recipe card below. 

Ingredients

  • Rice Krispies cereal
  • marshmallows
  • softened butter (or substitute if you’re vegan/non-dairy)
  • Wilton light pink candy melts
  • Wilton light blue candy melts
  • Jelly beans
  • Decorating bags
  • 1 8″x8” pan
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Substitutions

  • You can switch the Wilton candy melts for icing.
  • To make the recipe even easier, if you use icing instead of the candy melts, you can buy those little premade cookie decorating icing tubes.  
  • If you’re vegan, swap the butter for a non-dairy substitute. 
  • If you need to avoid corn use gluten-free, corn-free, vegan marshmallows like Dandies instead of regular marshmallows.
  • Look for corn-free and gluten-free jelly beans in the health food section of your grocery store. 
  • Swap Easter M&M’s for jelly beans – or stir them into the mixture before pressing it into the pan! 

Directions

01| Grease a small 8×8 dish with butter or a nonstick cooking spray.

02| In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine your marshmallows and butter and heat for 1-2 minutes until the marshmallows get puffy

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mix rice krispies into melted butter and marshmallows

03| Now mix in your Rice Krispies cereal.

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flatten rice krispies mixture into a cake pan and freeze

04| Scoop into your pan, press down firmly and freeze for 15 minutes before slicing into squares.

05| Melt your candy melts In two small microwave-safe bowls on 50% power for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.

06| Scoop the melted chocolates into two separate decorating bags and cut a small tip off each end.

make tic tac toe board with icing on each rice krispie square

07| Cut your Rice Krispies into squares and draw a tic tac toe board onto each one with your melted chocolate.

08| Let the chocolate harden and play tic tac toe with your jelly beans!

rice krispies square with icing and jelly bean to make an edible tic tac toe game!

Easter Rice Krispie Square Variations

These Easter Rice Krispie Treats are made with pink and blue icing and Spring colored jelly beans for Easter. But you could make this festive any time of year just by changing the color of the icing and candies:

  • orange and brown for fall
  • green and white for St. Patrick’s Day
  • red and green for Christmas
  • red and white for Canada Day
  • red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July
  • pink, white a red for Valentine’s Day

You could also make other Easter Rice Krispie treats from regular Rice Krispie Squares by:

  • adding pastel spring color sprinkles to your mixture before pressing it into the pan
  • topping each Rice Krispie Square with an Easter Peep as soon as you press them into the pan
  • mixing pastel food coloring into the Rice Krispie and marshmallow mixture before pressing it into your pan

Tips for the Best Rice Krispies Treats

  • Be sure to keep stirring your marshmallow mixture while it’s melting so it doesn’t burn.
  • Use a silicone spatula for stirring to help prevent the mixture from sticking to your spoon. 
  • You can use wax or parchment paper, or even grease your hands to press the mixture into the pan. This will help prevent it from sticking to your hands. 

Storing and Freezing

How to store Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats can be stored in an air-tight container or a Ziploc baggie for 2-3 days at room temperature. 

Don’t store in the refrigerator or your treats will become VERY hard. 

Can you freeze them?

Yes! Leftover Rice Krispie Treats can be frozen in an air-tight container for 5-6 weeks. You can even make them ahead of time and store them in the freezer.

Simply remove them from the freezer and let them sit for 15-20 minutes at room temperature before eating.  

Easter Rice Krispies Printable Recipe

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Easter Rice Krispie Treats

Yield: 9 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Rice Krispies Tic Tac Toe Treats made from Rice Krispies squares. Add icing and jelly beans to make an edible tic tac toe game!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 15 oz marshmallows
  • 3 tbsp softened butter
  • 1/2 cup Wilton light pink candy melts
  • 1/2 cup Wilton light blue candy melts
  • Jelly beans
  • Decorating bags
  • 1 8"x8” pan
  • Non stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Grease a small 8x8 dish with butter or a nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine your marshmallows and butter and heat for 1-2 minutes until the marshmallows get puffy
  3. Now mix in your Rice Krispies cereal.
  4. Scoop into your pan, press down firmly, and freeze for 15 minutes before slicing into squares.
  5. Melt your candy melts In two small microwave-safe bowls on 50% power for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
  6. Scoop the melted chocolates into two separate decorating bags and cut a small tip off each end.
  7. Cut your Rice Krispies into squares and draw a tic tac toe board onto each one with your melted chocolate.
  8. Let the chocolate harden and play tic tac toe with your jelly beans.

Notes

    • You can switch the Wilton candy melts for icing.
    • To make the recipe even easier, if you use icing instead of the candy melts, you can buy those little premade cookie decorating icing tubes.  
    • If you're vegan, swap the butter for a non-dairy substitute. 
    • If you need to avoid corn use gluten-free, corn-free, vegan marshmallows like Dandies instead of regular marshmallows.
    • Look for corn-free and gluten-free jelly beans in the health food section of your grocery store. 
    • Swap Easter M&M's for jelly beans - or stir them into the mixture before pressing it into the pan! 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 458Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 185mgCarbohydrates: 105gFiber: 0gSugar: 62gProtein: 2g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily via Nutrifox.

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  1. Hi Shannon,
    This is a cute recipe but, just FYI, branded Rice Krispies cereal contains malt flavoring (which is made from barley and barley is a whole grain that is closely related to wheat, therefore it contains gluten) and should be avoided if you have celiac disease or are following a gluten-free diet. Much love! Enjoyed your book immensely.

    1. Hi Tara,
      Thank you! That was totally a mistype on my part. We have a kiddo who can’t eat gluten, I’m gluten sensitive and my sis is celiac. So we always just grab the gluten-free box (or an alternate) and I didn’t even think about it as I was writing. I’ve updated the post for clarity!
      xo, Shannon