Today we'll show you how to make these super easy, but totally adorable valentine's rice krispie treats. They are heart shaped rice krispie treats that fit perfectly in a treat bag to give to your special valentines.
Valentine's Day offers an opportunity to celebrate love, usually with the giving of chocolates, flowers or gifts.
I like to think that you can show someone you care about them just as much on any given day, but Valentines Day is a great excuse to go all out for your loved one.
For an extra special treat this Valentine's Day, try these heart shaped rice krispie treats.
I like making rice krispie treats for when I need to give out little treats as gifts to a larger number of people.
So these are the perfect homemade treat for taking as class valentines or giving out to neighbors and coworkers.
We put ours into a cute baggie filled with pink and red M&M's which adds additional chocolate snackage along with an extra colorful flair that just screams "Valentines Day."
We also have a great recipe for some homemade Valentines M&M Blondie Bars.
Butter: I like to use real butter for these. But margarine or refined coconut oil work well too.
Mini Marshmallows: Mini marshmallows work best for rice krispie treats since they melt quickly. Regular marshmallows are fine too, but take a little more time. Just be sure not to use the jumbo marshmallows as they take too long to melt and can start to over cook. This will cause your rice krispies to come out harder and less chewy.
Toasted Rice Krispie Cereal: You can use the original Kellogg's brand of rice krispie cereal or any other plain toasted rice cereal you prefer.
Almond Bark: The almond bark will be drizzled over your treats to add additional flavor but also help the sprinkles stick. You could also use candy melts instead.
Valentines Day Sprinkles: The sprinkles add a fun pop of color. Any Valentines day colors would work. I like these heart shaped sprinkles. But you should see all the cool Valentines day sprinkles that are out there!
Red and Pink M&Ms: We used the M&M's at the bottom of the gift bags. The helped anchor the treats and gives a pretty pop of color.
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters: When we "cut out" our rice krispies, we left them in the cookie cutters. They added a fun color and act as an additional gift for our Valentines bags. Any size will work, we used a variety.
Clear Cellophane Bags: We put or treats in these clear treat bags. The 6 inch bags worked well for this.
Ribbon or String: To tie off our treat bags. We just used colorful yarn.
Valentines Straw: This is optional of course, but a fun it added a bit of fun to our bags.
See recipe card for quantities.
First melt your butter in a microwave safe bowl. We put our in on high for 45 seconds and it was melted perfectly.
Then stir in the marshmallows into the melted butter. Pop the bowl back into the microwave for another 45 seconds.
Stir the marshmallow mixture and microwave again for another 45 seconds, or until the marshmallows have all melted.
The marshmallow mixture will be super sticky, so I spray the spoon with cooking spray before stirring so the mixture doesn't stick to the spoon.
Once the marshmallows are completely melted, slowly stir in the toasted rice krispies cereal.
The mixture should be sticky and easy to clump together, like shown below.
Now comes the fun part! Place all of your cookie cutters on a sheet of parchment paper and fill each cookie cutter with the Rice Krispies Treats.
Gently press the treats down so that each heart cookie cutter is completely filled with the rice krispie mixture. Aren't they all so fun looking!
Now, melt the almond bark or candy melts according to package directions or in a melting pot.
Drizzle the almond bark over the cookie cutters and sprinkle with the Valentines day sprinkles.
Let the treats cool completely before packaging trying to put them into your baggies.
To assemble your valentine's rice krispie treats, fill each of the clear cellophane bags with the M&M's, add in a rice krispie treat or two, pop in your straw if you are using them, then tie off with your ribbon or string.
I don't know about you, but I think these heart shaped treats are adorable! I loved handing them out to our loved ones.
Hint: You can find a large variety of heart cookie cutter shapes on amazon, but I think you'll find better prices at local craft stores like Joann's or Hobby Lobby.
There aren't many ingredients in this recipe, but there are a few substitutions you can make if your valentines has certain restrictions.
- Gluten-Free: This recipe can easily be made gluten-free by using gluten free rice cereal instead of the regular kind.
- Diary-Free: I've heard you can use coconut oil or dairy-free margarine in place of the butter at a one-to-one ration. I've never tried it, but it's worth a shot if you have friends who can't have dairy. You'll also have to sub out the M&M's for a dairy free candy.
If you aren't packaging your treats up right away, you can store them in an air-tight container for up to 2 days.
However, you won't want to make these too far ahead of time, as they are best in that short window.
Don't use the Jumbo marshmallows to make these. They'll overheat while melting, making your treats hard instead of crispy.
Greasing your spoon before mixing the marshmallow mixture will save you from a sticky mess. Butter or cooking spray work great for this!
Valentine's Rice Krispie Treats
These heart shaped rice krispie treats are perfect to give out as a Valentine's day treat. They're easy to make, delicious to eat and so much fun to share!
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- 4 Cups Mini Marshmallows
- 6 Cups Toasted Rice Krispie Cereal
- 8 Ounces of Almond Bark
- Valentines Themed Sprinkles
- In a large microwave safe bowl, microwave butter for 30 to 45 seconds or until butter is completely melted.
- Add in the mini-marshmallows to the melted butter and stir well.
- Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and microwave for 30 second increments until marshmallows are melted, making sure to stir frequently.
- When marshmallows are completely melted, slowly stir in toasted rice krispie cereal
- Place heart shaped cookie cutters on a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper and fill each cookie cutter with the cereal mixture.
- Press rice cereal mixture down so that the each cookie cutter is completely filled.
- Melt almond bark in microwave safe dish as per the package directions or in a candy melting pot.
- Drizzle almond bark or candy melts over the cookie cutters and sprinkle with holiday sprinkles.
- Let the treats cool to room temperature before placing in baggies.
- To package your Valentine’s Day Treats, fill each treat bag with M&Ms, a colorful straw and add a Krispie Treat or two, and tie with a cute ribbon.
- We popped our rice krispie treats into a treat baggie while still in the cookie cutters. We also put M&M's and a festive straw into the bags before tying them off to hand out as gifts.
- You can keep your treats in the cookie cutters or take them out. It's totally up to you.
With this recipe we got 8 filled cookie cutters, but it depends on how big and deep your cookie cutters are.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 309mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 3gSugar: 22gProtein: 8g
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