Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Rice Treats for Valentine’s Day

Crispy rice treats recipe | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Need something quick and fun to make with your kids for Valentine’s Day? Really, the kids are just a foil for my own craving to make something silly and delicious. As you may remember, these are not the first crispy rice treats to appear on ZoeBakes. It’s a bit of a thing with me. I pretend I’m doing it for the kids, but I eat most of them. This version (my favorite so far) is inspired by the “compost” cookie at the Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC. I added everything but the kitchen sink: pretzels, oreos, milk chocolate and potato chips. All those sweet and salty snacks tossed with buttery marshmallows are seriously tasty. You can add any of your favorite snack foods to the recipe, just chop them up fairly small, so you can press the treats into a heart shaped cookie cutter.

The winners of last weeks giveaway are announced at the bottom of this post.

Marshmallows and other snacks | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Rice Treats:

3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Pinch salt (make it a large pinch)

1 10-ounce bag marshmallows

5 cups rice cereal

4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped

1/2 cup chopped pretzels

1/2 cup crushed oreos

1/4 cup crushed potato chips

To make the treats:

Grease an 8×8-inch square pan with butter or line a cookie sheet with greased parchment (or wax paper).

Heating marshmallows in a pan | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Melt the butter over low heat, add the vanilla, marshmallows and salt. Stir until completely melted and smooth.

Combining snack mix for crispy rice treats | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Dump in the pretzels, oreos, chips and chocolate (or whatever goodies you’ve chosen).

Crispy rice treats mixture | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Add the rice cereal and stir together.

Crispy rice treats in a pan | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

If you are making the treats into squares press the mixture into the prepared pan. Allow to cool, turn out of the pan and

Crispy rice treats | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Cut the treats into squares. Makes about 12.

Crispy rice treats | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

For a Valentine’s treat, grease a heart shaped cookie cutter with grease and quickly press the rice mixture into it. Work quickly so the mixture doesn’t stiffen up too much.

Crispy rice treats | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

You want to work on greased parchment paper or wax paper so the treats won’t stick.

Crispy rice treats | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Wrap them immediately after shaping or they will get too hard.

Crispy rice treats | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

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Congratulations to Patti, Alicia and Marisa for winning the Lekue Springform Pan. Let me know what delicious treats you bake in your new pan.

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6 thoughts to “Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Rice Treats for Valentine’s Day”

  1. Yum! I will definitely try these, maybe with a few cornflakes thrown in (don’t they use a lot of cornflakes at Momufuku Milk Bar?) or some peanut butter!

  2. MMM, salty and sweet sounds delicious. I love how the compost cookie includes ground coffee beans too. Maybe not good for the kids, but delicious.

  3. This may be the first time that I have seen pictures of Roce Krispie treats on a blog and have actually wanted to make them (less the oreos) – and I love the idea of adding salty pretzels! And what a sucker we all are for pretty little hearts!

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