Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats: Fun and Easy No-Bake Cookie Recipe

Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats are a variation of the classic no-bake cookies. The originals are made with crisp rice cereal, marshmallows, and melted butter. This version includes miniature chocolate chips, giving the cookies a colorful, rainbow-like topping. It is an easy cookie recipe is perfect for kids to make. (As an added bonus, the bars are a gluten-free cookie!)

The original treats are said to have been invented by Kellogg Corporation co-workers Mildred Day and Malitta Jensen in 1939, possibly inspired by an earlier recipe that used puffed wheat and molasses. When the Camp Fire Girls organization contacted Kellogg for ideas for fundraiser, the company directed their attention to Day’s easy cookie recipe made from the popular rice cereal.

In 1996, M & M Minis were introduced to the market. Today they add fun and color to the classic Treat recipe.

Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats from The Cookie Elf

Prep time: about 10 minutes

Chilling time: 15-30 minutes

Makes about 20-24 bars

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 10-ounce bag large marshmallows (about 40)

6 cups crisp rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)

1 cup miniature chocolate-coated candies (like M & M Minis)

Directions

  • Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with foil, allowing the ends of the foil to drape over the ends of the pan. Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle miniature chocolate candies on the  bottom of the pan. Set aside.

  • Measure rice cereal into a mixing bowl. Set aside.

  • Set butter and marshmallows n a large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove the bowl from the oven and stir. Return bowl to the oven. Repeat. Stir the marshmallow mixture until it is smooth.

  • Pour marshmallow mixture into rice cereal. Mix thoroughly to coat cereal and peanuts.  With a spatula or wet fingers, press cereal mixture over chocolate candies in the prepared baking pan.

  • Chill cookies in the refrigerator 15-30 minutes or longer.

  • Place a cutting board across the top of the baking pan. Flip pan over. Peel back the foil. The chocolate candies will now be on top of the cookies.

  • Use a long bread knife to cut bars into 2 inch squares. Store bars in an airtight container with waxed paper in between layers.

Special Baking Tips from The Elf

  • You can substitute 10 ounces of miniature marshmallows or 1 jar (7 ounces) of marshmallow crème for regular marshmallows.
  • For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
  • If you do not wish to use the microwave, you can melt butter and marshmallows in a large saucepan on the stove top at low heat, stirring continually, until they are melted and smooth.
  • Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats will keep for 2 days at room temperature or 5 days in the refrigerator (if they last that long.)

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