Get the tips and tricks to making the most PERFECT Cocoa Krispie Treats. Kid and adult friendly! THICK AND CHEWY!
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Why this Recipe is Best
One thing you’ll learn about me if you spend any time on my website, is that I love Rice Krispie Treats.
But it’s the draw of the ooey gooey marshmallow that lures me in every time.
And I was shocked when I realized I had not yet shared a simple, but perfect, Chocolate Rice Krispie Treat recipe!
How to make Cocoa Krispie Treats
There are definitely some secrets to success I’ve learned for how to make rice krispie treats.
- First, use a 9-inch square baking dish and line it with parchment paper (not foil. not wax paper). The size of the pan means that you’ll end with THICK bars, just like a fancy chocolate shop might serve. The parchment paper will keep it from sticking to the pan, and you can lift it right out to cut.
- Next, melt your unsalted butter in a large saucepan before adding marshmallows.
- A few tips about the marshmallows. I prefer to use mini marshmallows as they melt quicker and more evenly. Also, use FRESH marshmallow. I can’t stress that enough. Don’t be pulling a bag of old marshmallows and think that it will work since you are melting them.
- Once your butter and marshmallow is melted, add your vanilla extract. Don’t skip. And make sure it’s PURE vanilla extract. Why waste your time on the imitation stuff that tastes like alcohol?
Remove pan from heat and add in your cocoa krispies. Once you have mixed them so that they are completely covered, toss in another cup of mini marshmallows. Because THAT my friends is how you achieve the perfect chewy krispie treat!
Pour your mixture into your prepared square pan. Press GENTLY into the pan. Do not squish them in so hard…because guess why you’ll end up with? Yep, hard krispie treats. GENTLY press them into the pan.
To keep your fingers from sticking to the treats, run them under cold water, and while they are still wet, press the treats. Repeat if they start to stick.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to set, about one hour.
Remove from pan and cut into squares. ENJOY.
Football Rice Krispie Treats
Whip up a game day touchdown with these adorable Chocolate Krispie Treats.
How to make Football shaped Cocoa Krispie Treats
Follow the recipe for chocolate crispy treats except press them into a 13×9 baking dish instead of a square dish. Using a football shaped cookie cutter, cut out your shapes. (I actually used an egg shaped cookie cutter that I bent into a football shape).
Remove all the excess krispie treats (but don’t discard, eat it!!). Melt 1 cup of dark chocolate wafers according to package directions. Dip the top of the rice krispy treat into the chocolate and place it on parchment paper, chocolate side up.
Melt 1/4 cup white chocolate. Once the football has hardened, melt the white chocolate and put it in a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off (for easy piping). Pipe laces onto the football. Allow to set, about 15 minutes.
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Easy to assemble Turkey Rice Krispie Treats decorated for Thanksgiving!
These Easy, Gourmet Caramel and Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats are so fun to make AND eat! Perfect for birthdays, bake sales, and even a fun snack the kids can help make!
Chocolate Krispie Treats
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 16 ounce mini marshmallows divided
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 6 cups cocoa krispies cereal
- Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, add in all but 1 cup of the marshmallows. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until completely melted.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the chocolate cereal and the remaining 1 cup of marshmallows.
- Pour into the prepared baking dish. Press GENTLY with your fingertips just until completely spread out (the harder you pack them in, the harder they are to eat).
- Allow to set, about 1 hour. Cut and enjoy!
- Press GENTLY into the pan. Do not squish them in so hard…because guess why you’ll end up with? Yep, hard krispie treats. GENTLY press them into the pan.