This Valentines Rice Krispie Treats Recipe is perfect for sharing with your sweetie! It’s a simple dessert recipe for adults and kids, loaded with flavor. Plus, the heart shape proves it’s an excellent treat for Valentine’s Day.
Whoever figured out that using Rice Krispie cereal for making desserts deserves an award. Not only does it make a simple mixture with minimal effort, but that crunch and texture are perfectly addictive as well.
I also love that I don’t have to bake anything to make this simple dessert. This is probably why it’s one of the best dessert recipes to make, where kids and adults gobble them all up. Simple instructions and easy ingredients are a winning combination to my heart for this Valentine’s Day dessert!
This Pinterest share-worthy dessert proves that creating in the kitchen can be super fun with a delicious outcome! Once you make it, post on Facebook to share the goods!
If you are needing a fast and easy recipe for a school party or just want to surprise the kids or family with a simple snack at home, this delicious heart dessert should be at the top of your list! Calories, carbohydrates, and nutrition don’t matter when you’re making holiday treats!
You can also easily make these Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls for another flavorful and delicious grab-and-go treat.
Butter – I used salted butter for this. If you have unsalted you can add a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness.
Mini marshmallows – They melt faster when they are smaller, but you can use regular marshmallows if that is what you have at home.
Rice crisp cereal – Off-brand cereals or Kellogg’s Rice Krispies will both work for this recipe.
White candy melts or almond bark – Both coat the dessert well.
Red food coloring – To give the hearts their red coloring.
Sprinkles – You can add red, pink, or white sprinkles to give it more of a Valentine’s Day look.
How to make this Valentines Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
Step One: Melt the butter in a large pot. Once melted, add the mini marshmallows slowly and stir until they are melted.
Step Two: Add a few drops of the red food coloring and stir.
Step Three: Add the cereal and stir until it is coated well with the melted marshmallow mixture.
Step Four: Pour the mixture into a square pan and press it down evenly. (Make sure that you spray the pan with cooking spray first)
Step Five: Use a cookie cutter and coat it with cooking spray, then press into the mixture to make the heart shapes. Let cool.
Step Six: Melt the candy bark according to the directions on the package. Dip each heart halfway into the melted mixture.
Step Seven: Sprinkle the chocolate-covered part with sprinkles, and then place it on wax paper to set.
Add toppings – I’m all about toppings. You can change up the sprinkles, add a few white chocolate chips, or even find another fun option that you want to add for Valentine’s Day fun.
Vanilla – Boost the flavor by adding some vanilla extract to the marshmallow mixture.
What happens if I burn the marshmallow mixture?
This is where you have to really pay attention during the cooking process. Melting the marshmallows over low heat is important so that you don’t burn them. Because if you burn them, you have to remove the pan, let it cool, dump it out, clean it, and start all over again.
Can I use the microwave the melt the marshmallows?
You can, but I do feel like this is a much longer process. If you want to use this melting method, be sure to use a microwave-safe bowl for the steps.
You will also be doing a lot of second intervals, third, and up because you have to stop the heating, open the door, stir, and repeat about 10-15 times.
How do I get the mixture not to stick to the pan or other baking supplies?
It’s no secret that melted marshmallows are a sticky mess, but there are a few things that you can do to prevent it from being that way.
First, I use a butter spatula (or spray with cooking spray) so that the mixture doesn’t stick to it when I’m pressing it into my baking dish.
Secondly, you can always line the baking dish with parchment paper to help it not be a mess. That way, you can toss the paper, and you don’t have to spend time scrubbing.
How do I store leftovers?
Make sure to let the treats get to room temperature before covering them with aluminum foil or storing them in an airtight container.
These can be stored on the counter or in the fridge. Either option is fine.
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- 3 tablespoons salted butter
- 10 oz mini marshmallows 1 bag
- 6 cups rice krispie cereal
- 8 ounces white candy melts or almond bark
- red food coloring
- red pink and/or white sprinkles
- In a large pan, melt butter. Once butter is melted slowly add mini marshmallows, stirring until marshmallows are fully melted.
- Add in a couple of drops of red food coloring until you reach the desired color.
- Add in Rice Krispies cereal and stir until all cereal is coated with the melted marshmallows.
- Evenly press Rice Krispies into a 9x13 pan coated with non stick spray.
- Use a heart cookie cutter coated with cooking spray to cut into heart shapes. Allow to cool completely.
- Melt candy almond bark according to package directions. Dip each heart halfway into melted candy.
- Sprinkle tops of the candy coated portion with red or pink sprinkles. Place on wax paper to cool and set.
Love how easy this recipe is. Can’t wait to try for valentine ‘s day. thank you for the recipe!
So so cute and perfect for our valentine celebration coming up! Thanks for the recipe!
These are so cute and festive! I know my son is going to love these and so are his friends!