Peeps Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect Easter dessert! This fun twist on the classic no bake crispy rice treat recipe uses Peeps instead of traditional marshmallows. Learn how to make this Easter Rice Krispie Treats recipe, along with tips and tricks to make them perfectly every time. Makes 24 treats.
It’s almost Easter, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t share this Easter Rice Krispie Treats recipe with y’all before it came and went this year.
Why? Because I found Peeps in my grocery store all the way back in January, and I’ve been tweaking and testing this recipe ever since.
And we’ve finally got it perfect… just in time.
Why I love this recipe:
Simply put: These Peeps Rice Krispie Treats are super fun! They’re colorful, and you can choose your own colors, too, since Peeps are available in all the colors these days.
I went with the traditional yellow, but you do. 😉
Since we’re on a Rice Krispie Treat recipe binge this year, I’ve got to tell you that this one is a little different than the others. Obviously, it looks different, but we’re also using a different cooking method—the microwave.
And because of this, these treats are an excellent recipe to make with your kids because we’re not even turning on the stovetop. (Please note that the Peeps get really hot and that you will need to use caution, but we’re not cooking ‘em on an open flame.)
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What you need to make this recipe:
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- Nonstick cooking spray
- Wax paper or parchment paper
- 9”x13” baking dish
- A large mixing bowl
- Rubber spatula
- Metal spatula
In addition to these tools to make this bread, you’re also going to need some ingredients. Be sure to scroll all the way down to the recipe card to get the exact amounts!
- Crispy rice cereal—use your favorite brand! I’ve been known to make these with the whole wheat variety for my kids, but honestly, any variation is good. (Fun fact: Rice Krispie cereal isn’t gluten free, but there are lots of brands that are. This post about Gluten Free Rice Krispies Treats has all the details for ya.)
- Salted butter—it’s just so good! If you don’t have it, you may use unsalted butter and add a ¼ teaspoon of salt.
- Peeps—use whichever kind and color makes you happy. We’re going to use them as the base for the treats themselves, as well as chop a few to add pops of color and texture throughout. I recommend using one color for the base of this recipe, then using other colors as the chunks throughout. If we melt a bunch of colors together for the base, they’ll become murky.
- Vanilla extract—this adds just a little more flavor, in my opinion, and the combination of vanilla with marshmallow and butter is simply divine.
How to make Rice Krispie Treats with Peeps
Prepare the pan. I like using a 9”x13” baking dish and lining it with wax paper. This will make removing the crispy rice treats easy. You can also give the paper a spritz with nonstick cooking spray to ensure your treats will remove easily. Set aside.
Measure out the cereal into a large bowl, and set aside. We won’t be mixing these in this bowl, but having this measured out before our Peeps-butter mixture is melty is important.
Chop the extra Peeps. We want these to be bite-sized, so they can be stirred into the treats and be scattered throughout. They are sticky, so work slowly. Set aside.
Make the krispie treat base. In a large bowl, add the melted butter and Peeps. Place the bowl in the microwave in 45-second increments until melted and delicious. (Mine took about 1.5 minutes total.) Stir vigorously once completely melted, then add the splash of vanilla.
Did you know? We are melting the Peeps and butter in the microwave because this will help them retain their brilliant color. If we do this on the stovetop, their colors will become a little more muted because the sugar on the exterior of the Peeps will cook.
Mix the treats. Pour the cereal into the large bowl with the butter and marshmallow mixture. Stir quickly until the cereal is completely coated, then stir in the additional Peeps until combined.
Make the bars. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Gently spread it into an even layer with a rubber spatula. If your spatula begins sticking, spritz with the nonstick cooking spray.
Pro tip: Do not be tempted to press down hard on the mixture because this will make your treats more compact.
Let the treats cool for about 20-30 minutes, then cut into rectangles with a sharp knife.
Frequently Asked Questions
The treats harden as they cool, so it’ll take at least 30 minutes after they’ve been in the pan.
I’ve read that too much butter will lead to soggy krispie treats.
No. Please don’t. As Peeps and marshmallows sit in the pantry, they lose moisture and their texture changes. They will have a harder time melting, and when they do, they will become more of a gelatinous blob. They run the risk of overcooking and making tougher krispie treats because you’ll need to cook them for longer.
Quick Tips and Tricks for the best crispy rice treats
- Use fresh Peeps. They melt more easily and will provide a better texture for your treats. (How do I know this? I’ve attempted this recipe with older marshmallows, and they didn’t turn out quite right.)
- Don’t use the stovetop. We want the Peeps to retain their color as they melt, and if we put them under a flame, they run the risk of becoming more muted.
- Similarly, use a singular color of Peeps for the base of the treats. When we stir the Peeps, their colors will run and become murky. I like to use a single color for the base of the treats, then I mix in other colors for additional pop!
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. After this point, the treats will begin to harden.
Other Rice Krispie Treat recipes:
- Homemade Rice Krispie Treats
- Christmas Rice Krispie Treats
- Halloween Oreo Rice Krispie Treats
- Halloween Rice Krispie Treats
- Salted Brown Butter Bourbon Rice Krispie Treats
Peeps Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect Easter dessert! This fun twist on the classic no bake crispy rice treat recipe uses Peeps instead of traditional marshmallows. Learn how to make this Easter Rice Krispie Treats recipe, along with tips and tricks to make them perfectly every time.
- 4.5 oz. multi-colored Peeps, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 5 cups crispy rice cereal
- 6 tablespoons salted butter
- 9 oz. Peeps marshmallows (2-4.5 oz. packages of a single color)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Line a 9”x13” baking dish with wax or parchment paper. Spritz with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Chop the multi-colored Peeps into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
- Pour the crispy rice cereal into the large bowl, and set aside.
- In a very large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave for 30-seconds, covered.
- Once the butter has melted, add the whole Peeps.
- Melt in 45-second increments until the Peeps have melted completely. They will expand in the microwave as they melt, so keep an eye on them. (Mine took around 1.5 minutes-2 minutes.)
- Stir vigorously, then add the vanilla extract, and stir a little more.
- Pour the cereal into the marshmallow mixture, and stir quickly until the cereal is coated.
- Add the chopped Peeps, and stir until mixed in.
- Pour the cereal bar mixture to the prepared baking pan and gently spread the mixture into an even layer with a rubber spatula. (If the mixture begins sticking, spritz the spatula with the nonstick cooking spray.) Do not press down hard on the mixture, as your treats will be more compact.
- Let the treats cool completely, about 20-30 minutes.
- Cut into squares with a sharp knife, and enjoy within 2-3 days.
I cut my treats into 2” squares. If you cut yours larger, you will have less.
How to store: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. After this point, the treats will begin to harden.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.