With bright pastel colors, these Peeps Rice Krispies treats take one of the most iconic Easter candies and turns them into a must-have crunchy treat for spring.
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About Peeps Rice Krispies Treats
From the bright colors to the gooey texture, Peeps are an iconic Easter candy – and they also happen to be a perfect medium for creating spring-themed Rice Krispies treats.
So for all the fans of Peeps and Rice Krispie treats out there (my people!) read on to see how you can combine these two classics into delicious Peeps Rice Krispie treats.
What’s in Peeps Rice Krispies treats?
To make a batch of these colorful Peeps-infused treats, you’ll need the collect the following ingredients:
- Rice Krispies cereal – Two 12 oz boxes should cover the ingredients for this recipe.
- Peeps – The namesake of this recipe, Peeps are melted down to create the sticky mixture that holds the Rice Krispies treats together. Feel free to use whatever colors you’d like (pink, green, blue, or purple) and whatever shape you can find (chicks, bunny, etc).
- Mini marshmallows – When not using Peeps, the mini marshmallows are melted for a color-free layer in the Rice Krispie treats.
- Butter – Melted with the marshmallows and Peeps for texture and flavor.
- Pastel food coloring – Totally optional, but can help if the Peeps don’t melt down to a color that’s vibrant enough for your liking.
How long are Peeps Rice Krispies treats good for?
Once prepared, Rice Krispies treats can be stored in a sealed container on the counter for up to one week.
Can you freeze Peeps Rice Krispies treats?
Yes, you totally can!
Once prepared, cooled, and cut, wrap each individual Rice Krispies treat square in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then store in an airtight container or freezer bag. Rice Krispies treats can be frozen for up to three months.
Tips & tricks for Peeps Rice Krispies treats
- When melting and mixing each layer, be sure to work fast! The marshmallow can harden pretty fast.
- If you ever need to work the coated cereal with your hands, you can either wet your fingers with water or spray them with cooking spray to keep the mixture from sticking to your hands.
- This recipe makes very thick Rice Krispies treats so that each color layer is thick and visible. If you’d like shorter Rice Krispies treats, you could make two 9×13 baking dishes and only put two layers in each dish (as opposed to four layers in a single dish). If you’re concerned that doing this would mean less colorful treats, you can top them with festive sprinkles or drizzle pastel candy melts.
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How to make peeps Rice Krispies treats
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – Kick things off by putting each color of Peeps and the mini marshmallows in their own large microwave-safe bowls. Also add three tablespoons of butter into each bowl.
Step 2 – For best results, work on one bowl at a time. And to begin, pick the first color you’d like to work with – this will be the bottom layer of the treats. Heat the bowl in the microwave and stir the contents until the Peeps/marshmallow have melted into a smooth, uniform color.
Step 3 – Quickly add some of the Rice Krispies to the bowl, then use a spatula to toss and mix.
Step 5 – Repeat the last three steps for the remaining three bowls, resulting in four total layers.
Step 6 – Let set completely and cut into squares.
Step 7 – Serve and enjoy!
Peeps Rice Krispies Treats
- Place each color of peeps and marshmallows in their own large microwave-safe mixing bowl (4 bowls total). Add 3 tablespoons of butter to each bowl. Decide the order you'd like the colors to be in, from bottom to top. As you work, focus on one bowl at a time, starting with the bottom layer and ending with the top layer.10 purple Peeps, 10 pink Peeps, 10 blue Peeps, 2 cups mini marshmallows, 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- Grab the bowl for the first/next color layer. Heat the bowl in the microwave for 1 minute and 15 seconds, then stir well until no color streaks appear. If you’d like a more vibrant hue, mix in a few drops of food coloring.pastel food coloring
- Immediately add 4 cups of Rice Krispies cereal to the bowl with the melted peeps/marshmallow, then use a spatula to thoroughly mix and coat cereal.16 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- Once all cereal has been coated, pour it into the prepared baking dish. Use another piece of parchment paper to gently press the mixture into the pan (not too hard) to create an even, uniform top.
- Repeat the last three steps with the remaining three bowls, creating a total of 4 colorful layers in the baking dish.
- Let sit for at least 30 minutes or until set enough to cut.
- Lift Rice Krispies treat base out of the baking dish by gripping excess paper/foil along the sides, then transfer to a work area. Peel back paper/foil from the edges, then cut into squares.
- Serve immediately.
I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.