Easy Rice Krispie Treats with M&Ms and Sprinkles

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Easy Homemade Rice Krispie Treats with M&Ms and Sprinkles is a fun dessert loved by both young and old kids. These sweet no-bake treats are easily thrown together at the last minute when you need a fast, crowd-pleasing dessert. This easy recipe uses the classic Rice Krispie treats made with Rice Krispies Cereal, real butter, and fresh marshmallows. Three different kinds of delicious M&Ms, salted sunflower kernels, and colorful sprinkles are added for a perfect sweet and salty smile-inducing treat. 

M&M Rice Krispies Treats are perfect for the first day of school, work celebrations, birthday parties, or any occasion you want to add extra happiness to!

Republished March 20, 2024

Easy sweet and salty rice krispie treats cut up on a plate on parchment paper.

Why You’ll Love These Crispy Treats

Fast and Easy: M&M Rice Krispies treats are the ultimate in no-bake recipes. With four basic ingredients and this 3-step recipe, there is not a faster or easier dessert in my recipe box. 

Made with Fun and Simple Ingredients: Rice crispy cereal, chocolate M&M candies, butter, vanilla extract, and a fun imagination make this Krispy treat recipe fun and easy to make. You will always have a good time with your kids when making these.

Lots of Fun M&M Varieties: This recipe uses a mixed variety of chocolate chips: Crispy M&Ms, Carmel M&Ms, and Regular Milk Chocolate M&M. With 61 flavors available, six colors, sizes from mega to mini M&M, and seasonal M&M varieties, the possibilities are endless for any occasion.  

Rice krispie treat ingredients on a butcher block with a red and white towel.

What You’ll Need for This Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

Ingredients

  • Frosted Rice Krispies Cereal or plain Rice Krispy Cereal
  • mini marshmallows
  • real butter, salted or unsalted butter
  • pure vanilla extract
  • sunflower seed kernels
  • 3 kinds of chocolate M&Ms: crispy, Carmel, and traditional chocolate M&M’s
  • confetti colorful sprinkles

How To Make M&M Rice Krispies Treats

  • STEP ONE – Line a 9″x13″ inch pan with wax paper or parchment paper. You can use non-stick cooking spray if you don’t have wax paper. Measure out Rice Krispie cereal, sunflower kernels, and M&M’s. Set aside.
  • STEP TWO – Melt 1.5 sticks of real butter over medium-low heat in a large pot on the stovetop. Be careful not to burn the butter. 
  • STEP THREE – Add 2, 10 oz packages of plain mini marshmallows to the melted butter. Stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until marshmallows are just melted with a few semi-melted marshmallows left. 
steps 1 and 2 of cooking instructions.
  • STEP FOUR– Turn the heat off and add the pure vanilla extract to the melted marshmallow mixture. Stir until just incorporated. 
  • STEP FIVE – Add the Rice Krispies Cereal to the marshmallow mixture and stir to combine.

Tip: Stop here if you want simple, classic rice krispie treats

steps 3 & 4 of cooking instructions, melting mashmallows and rice krispie cereal.
  • STEP SIX– Add the sunflower seed kernels, and M&Ms. Stir to combine.
  • STEP SEVEN – Scoop out big scoops of the rice krispie mixture into the lined pan. Press gently with buttered or greased hands until all the mix is formed to the pan. Sprinkle with colorful candy sprinkles and gently press down on the bars. 
steps 5 & 6 of cooking instructions, M&M add in and pressing into a pan.

Tip: Cover with plastic wrap and let the Rice Krispies Treats set out at room temperature for a couple of hours or place in the refrigerator until serving time. Cut with a large sharp knife.

Tips for These Fun and Easy Treats

  • Rice Krispie Treats can easily be made in the microwave. In a microwave-safe large bowl melt the butter. Add the marshmallows to the melted butter and microwave in short intervals. In between intervals stir the mixture. Continue until everything is just melted. Add vanilla and stir. Then add Rice Krispies and stir to combine. Spread out in the pan and let sit for a bit.
  • Line the pan with parchment paper for easy cutting. Use the “paper handles” from the parchment paper for easy lifting of the whole square. Place on cutting board and cut…easy peasy!
  • Use a larger or smaller pan for your desired thickness.
  • Pressing down too firm will create a much denser, crunchier texture.
  • Add an extra cup of mini marshmallows for a chewy treat!

M&M Rice Krispie Treats Variations

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats: 

  • Peanut Butter M&M’s
  • Mini M&M’s
  • Peanuts

Christmas Rice Krispie Treat Ideas:

Easter M&M Rice Krispie Treats

Halloween Treat Ideas:

How to Store This Perfect Treat

Store leftovers in an airtight container and will stay fresh for about a week, if they last that long. If you let them sit out too long, you will have hard Rice Krispie treats

9x13 block of cut up rice krispie treats on parchment paper on a butcher block cutting board.

EASY GIFT TREATS

These crazy cute Rice Krispie Treats make great holiday gifts, bake sales items, or college kid treats.

up close of a pull apart gooey rice krispie treat with M&Ms.

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Easy Rice Krispie Treats with M&Ms and Sprinkles

Elise
Rice Krispie Treats are made with Rice Krispies Cereal, real butter, mini marshmallows, three different kinds of M&Ms, and salted sunflower kernels snuck in for that perfect sweet and salty smile-inducing soft and crunchy treat.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 210 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup real butter 1.5 sticks
  • 20 oz mini marshmallows 2, 10oz bags
  • 9 cup frosted Rice Krispie Cereal 1 regular size box
  • 1 tbsp real vanilla extract or more to taste
  • 1/3 cup salted sunflower seed kernels or more to taste
  • 1.5 cup mixed M&Ms crispy, carmel, regular
  • candy sprinkles, generous portion sprinkled on top

Instructions
 

  • STEP ONE – Line a 9"x13" inch pan with wax paper or parchment paper. You can use non-stick cooking spray if you don't have wax paper. Measure out Rice Krispie cereal, sunflower kernels, and M&M's. Set aside.
  • STEP TWO – Melt 1.5 sticks of real butter over a medium-low heat in a large pot on the stove top. Be careful not to burn the butter. 
    3/4 cup real butter
  • STEP THREE – Add 2, 10 oz. packages of plain mini marshmallows to the melted butter. Stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until marshmallows are just melted with a few semi-melted marshmallows left. 
    20 oz mini marshmallows
  • STEP FOUR– Turn the heat off and add the pure vanilla extract to the melted marshmallow mixture. Stir until just incorporated. 
    1 tbsp real vanilla extract
  • STEP FIVE – Add the Rice Krispies Cereal to the marshmallow mixture and stir to combine.
    9 cup frosted Rice Krispie Cereal
  • STEP SIX– Add the sunflower seed kernels, M&Ms, and stir to just combined.
    1/3 cup salted sunflower seed kernels, 1.5 cup mixed M&Ms
  • STEP SEVEN – Scoop out big scoops of the rice krispie mixture into the lined pan. Press gently with buttered or greased hands until all the mix is formed to the pan. Sprinkle with colorful candy sprinkles and gently press down on the bars. 
    candy sprinkles, generous portion sprinkled on top

Notes

Microwave Instructions: In a microwave-safe large bowl melt the butter.
Add the marshmallows to the melted butter and microwave in short intervals.
In between intervals stir the mixture. Continue until everything is just melted.
Add vanilla and stir.
Add Rice Krispies and stir to combine.
Spread out in the pan and let sit for a bit.
Tip: Cover with plastic wrap and let the Rice Krispies Treats set out at room temperature for a couple of hours or place in the refrigerator until serving time. Cut with a large sharp knife.

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal
Keyword fun dessert, gift treats, M&Ms, no bake, quick dessert, rice krispie treats, snack, sunflower seeds
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