Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cherry Cordial Rice Krispies Treats

Yes I went there.  And they are amazing.  These were truly an inspired dessert.  Walking through Target I was drawn to the Valentine's display, specifically the many bags of pink, red and white M&Ms on sale.  There I spotted a bag of cherry flavored M&Ms.  Immediately my head thought these needed to be inside a Rice Krispies Treat.  With white chocolate.  And possibly a little more cherry flavor.  Plus, knowing Dave appreciation (and all of yours!) for my Cherry Cordial Cookies, I had a feeling these would be a huge hit.  These were a dessert for a party and everyone raved.  The pop of cherry in the marshmallow coupled with milk chocolate laced with cherry flavor and the added white chocolate makes for a sweet snack, but not in an overly sugary way, just a very adult flavor for Rice Krispies treats.

While these are based on a standard Rice Krispies recipe, they were truly inspired and are an original for me.  Why do my original recipes keep including chocolate and cherry which happen to be one of Dave's favorites, not mine?  I crushed my M&Ms because they were slightly larger than the regular milk chocolate M&Ms and I wanted them to be a consistent throughout the bars.  Unfortunately when the melted marshmallow mixture hit the chocolate, the crumbs from crushing started to melt, so I lost the pretty pink color of the marshmallow. Small price to pay because the taste was exactly what I was going for.  Whip these up for a Valentine's treat and you'll have them begging for more.

Cherry Cordial Rice Krispies Treats


5 cups Rice Krispies cereal or similar
1 cup cherry chocolate M&Ms
1 cup white chocolate chips
4 Tablespoons butter
10 ounces mini marshmallows
1-2 Tablespoons cherry juice (from a jar of maraschino cherries)
spinkles of choice (optional)

Place M&Ms in a zip-top bag and lay on top of a flexible cutting mat.  Using a mallet, rolling pin or other heavy object, tap the M&Ms until they are crushed roughly into halves or thirds.

In a large bowl, measure out cereal and add crushed M&Ms and white chocolate chips.  Mix to combine.

In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat.  Add marshmallows and melt completely, stirring often.  Remove from heat and add desired amount of cherry juice, stirring to combine.

Pour marshmallow mixture over cereal mixture and stir quickly until all is coated.

Press cereal mixture evenly into a greased 9 x 13 pan.

Top with sprinkles if desired.  Allow bars to set before cutting.

Makes 24 bars.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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  1. I still can't get over how good these were. I'm not sure I've ever had a better rice krispie treat.

  2. Ha-we both were on the same food thought today! Since I am a big fan of cherry and chocolate, I will need to try these-love the ingredients! Also, those little hearts on top are a great touch. Enjoy the day!