These S’mores Rice Krispie Treats are so good! Gooey marshmallows, chunks of chocolate, and crumbled graham crackers take these Rice Krispie treats to the next level. A perfect no-bake dessert for when you want a quick summer treat!
These s'mores rice krispie treats are everything you’d imagine them to be – gooey marshmallows, melted chocolate, and the extra crisp of crumbled graham crackers take these Rice Krispie treats over the top.
Why This Recipe Works
These s'mores marshmallow treats are seriously the best!
- Up-leveled classic. This is a new spin on an old classic that we all know and love. I love how the full marshmallows and chocolate and a gooey sweetness to these treats. And the krispy graham crackers add extra crunch Rice Krispie treat.
- Quick and easy. Super easy to make and can be made in a snap, with, or without your little one hovering near.
- Great to make with kids! Speaking of little ones, this is the perfect recipe to make with your kids. They'll love feeling so involved.
- No-bake summer treat. Best of all, you don’t even have to turn your oven on, nor do you need a campfire (although these S’mores Rice Krispie Treats would be great to take camping!)
Ingredients You'll Need For These Rice Krispie S'mores
You'll find the usual cast of characters here, plus a few extra ingredients to make this no-bake dessert.
- Rice Krispies. I know some people are purists, but really, any brand of puffed rice will do here. The one thing I have noticed is that generic brands to sometimes seem a bit larger than the branded Rice Krispie cereal. It's really a personal preference as to what you like best.
- Butter. Use unsalted butter for these sweet treats!
- Marshmallows. I used all mini-marshmallows for this recipe - you'll be melting them with the butter to create the treats, and then I like to add in a few at the end for texture and extra gooey pockets. If all you have on hand is jumbo marshmallows, that will work ok too, they'll just take longer to melt with the butter. You'll also want to reserve a few for the end when you're mixing the treats. (Make sure to cut the jumbo marshmallows up a bit before tossing if you're going that route!)
- Chocolate chips. I used semi-sweet mini chocolate chips for this recipe.
- Graham crackers. I love using real graham crackers here as I think it's a truer taste to the original S'mores treats. Just place several in a large ziplock bag at a time and break them up until they're well crumbled and the graham cracker pieces are all roughly the same size.
One of the best things about a Rice Krispie treat is that it's so easy to make, and you can generally just use what you have on hand. If you don't have all the ingredients above (or have dietary restrictions) you can use some of these popular Rice Krispie substitutes:
- Substitute for butter: If you don't have butter, or are trying to make these dairy free, you can substitute 2-3 tablespoons of honey, or coconut oil for similar results.
- Substitute for marshmallows. If you don't have marshmallows on hand, you can sub in marshmallow fluff instead (also known as marshmallow creme, marshmallow spread, or marshmallow paste). They'll taste nearly identical, but may not be quite as chewy. Bonus-they will be easier to spread into your pan!
- Substitute for Rice Krispie Cereal. It's hard to take out this essential ingredient in this recipe. but if you must, you can use other types of cereals, such as cherrios, corn flakes, or wheat checks. However, keep in mind that the goal is to make these taste like s'mores treats, and one of the reasons Rice Krsipes work so well is that they are fairly bland in taste. So, if you are subbing in something else, try to make sure it won't overpower the flavor of the marshmallow, chocolate and graham crackers.
- Substitute for graham crackers. A popular substitution here is golden graham cereal. This is a time saver since the cereal already comes in small squares. Just keep in mind that golden grahams are also coated in sugar, which adds extra sugar and sweetness to this already sweet treat. This is the reason I don't use them here, but they are an adequate substitute if you don't have graham crackers.
How To Make Them
You likely already know how to make these, delicious krispy s'mores treats right? I mean, everyone knows how to make Rice Krispie Treats. But if not, here’s a refresher:
- Prepare your pan. Line a pan with parchment paper, or coat with butter so that your s'mores rice krispie treats don't stick to the pan once they're cooled.
- Melt the marshmallows. Put the mini marshmallows and the butter in a microwave-proof bowl. Slowly microwave on low until marshmallows are fully melted. You'll want to do this in 20-30 second increments, stirring a bit each time to make sure the marshmallows are melting evenly. Be sure to have your other ingredients ready to go as once the marshmallows are melted you'll want to combine everything quickly.
- Combine everything. Add Rice Krispies, the chocolate chips, and crumbled graham crackers and stir well to combine. I also added a few regular marshmallows to the mix to add just a touch more texture.
- Spread. Dump the marshmallow, cereal, chocolate, graham cracker mixture into your prepared pan and press lightly until you have an even layer.
And that’s it! In about 15 minutes you can have an easy, s'mores marshmallow campfire treat ready to go!
Tips For Success
- Watch your ratios. The ratio for these graham cracker s'mores Krispie treats is a bit different than the normal one you see on the side of the cereal box. Because we're adding in graham crackers in addition to the Rice Krispies, I upped the amount of butter and marshmallows that are typically called for. You want these to be nice and gooey, not dry and crumbly!
- Use parchment paper (or coat your pan well). Trust me. There's nothing worse than finishing this dish, allowing it to cool, and then having to ice-pick your rice krispie treats out of the pan. Parchment paper makes removing these S'mores Rice Krispie bars a total breeze.
- Don't let the marshmallows burn! Whether you melting the marshmallows and butter in a pan over the stove, or in the microwave, keep an eye on them and don't let them burn. This can happen quickly so don't walk away during this step.
- Add the components quickly! As quickly as the marshmallows can burn, they also start cooling pretty darn fast. You'll want to add all your mix ins right away so that it's easy to stir and combine. Then get it straight into the pan.
- Don't press the Krispie treats too hard into the pan. This results in a very dense and sometimes hard Rice Krispie treat. Press lightly to keep these treats nice and light.
Storage And Freezing Instructions
These s'mores Rice Krispie treats will keep well in an airtight container for 1 week.
They also freeze really well! If you want to freeze these treats, you have 2 options:
- Remove the entire block of s'mores Rice Krispie treats from the pan and freeze as one large block. simply wrap in plastic wrap and then wrap again in aluminum foil.
- Cut the treats into individual squares, wrap each one in plastic wrap, then place all of them into a ziplock bag. This is a great way to freeze them if you just want to take out a few at a time.
S'mores Rice Krispie treats will keep in the freezer for about 3 months.
How To Soften Rice Krispie Treats
We've all been there. Your gooey marshmallow Rice Krispie treats are great the first couple of days but begin to dry out and harden after days 4 or 5. You can easily soften these s'mores rice Krispie treats (or any rice Krispie treat for that matter) by popping them into the microwave for about 5-10 seconds. They'll return to their former, gooey melty selves!
So go on and make these buttery, gooey chocolatey S’mores Rice Krispie Treats With Graham Crackers today. They're the perfect treat that will have everyone saying "give me s'more!".
If you do make these S'mores Rice Krispie Treats, let me know what you think in the comments. And be sure to tag me on Instagram with a photo - I love to see your creations!
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S'mores Rice Krispie Treats (with graham crackers)
- 2 cups crumbled graham crackers
- 5 tablespoon butter
- 8 cups mini marshmallows
- 6 cups rice krispie cereal
- 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Prepare a 13x9 inch pan by greasing the sides and bottom with butter. Set aside.
- Melt the butter and marshmallows in a large microwave-proof bowl. I like to use mini-marshmallows here since I think they melt a bit faster, but larger ones would do. Don’t leave the bowl in the microwave for too long or the marshmallows will burn. If you prefer, you could also melt these over the stovetop.
- While your marshmallows are melting, place your graham crackers in a large ziplock bag and crumble within the bag. I just use my hands, but you can pound them with a large spoon or meat tenderizer – whatever you like.
- Mix the rice krispies, crumbled graham crackers, mini chocolate chips, and extra marshmallows together in a large bowl.
- As soon as your marshmallow/butter mixture is melted, add it to the dry mixture and stir to combine. You’ll need to work fast here since once the marshmallows start cooling off it will be harder to mix everything together.
- Once everything is combined, pour the mixture into the pan and, using a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon, press it into the pan until even.
- Use parchment paper, or coat your pan well with butter to prevent the treats from sticking.
- Watch your marshmallows closely to prevent them from burning.
- Press the s'mores rice krispie mixture into the pan lightly to prevent them from becoming to dense.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.
- Watch your ratios in this recipe - because s'mores rice Krispie treats have added graham crackers, the butter and marshmallows used here are slightly more than usual to keep them from being too dry.