You only need a few handy ingredients to make these Lucky Charms Treats and they are a delicious snack that can double as a fast and easy breakfast as your kids head out the door for school.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Fast and Easy Recipe. Just like the original Rice Krispies recipe, these no bake cereal treats come together in minutes. Just melt, stir, spread and cool.
Festive and Fun Treat. These lucky charms marshmallow treats are perfect for St. Patrick's Day, March, rainbow-themed events, and more! The colorful marshmallows make for a fun twist on traditional rice crispy treats.
Versatile. You can use this basic recipe for your favorite cereal to switch things up.
Ingredients for Lucky Charms Treats
Mini Marshmallows. The colorful marshmallows sadly just melt into one brownish color so just go with white for this recipe. For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
Lucky Charms. The perfect cereal for this kind of recipe and is available at most grocery stores.
Butter. Helps the marshmallows spread more easily amongst all of the cereal. Also, the butter adds flavor.
Nonstick Cooking Spray. To coat the pan. You can also coat it with a thin layer of butter.
How to Make Homemade Lucky Charms Treats
These easy treats are made in minutes with simple ingredients.
Slice your butter into chunks and combine it with 8 cups of mini marshmallows in a large mixing bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes. Immediately stir until the marshmallows are no longer chunky and the butter is fully mixed in.
Add the remaining 2 cups marshmallows and 5 cups Lucky Charms to the melted marshmallows and gently fold together until the cereal and unmelted marshmallows are fully covered.
Spray a 9x13 cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the mixture to the pan and gently spread even in the pan.
Sprinkle the remaining cup of Lucky Charms over the top and lightly press to ensure it sticks to the top. Let rest for about an hour or until set. Slice and enjoy!
Tips for the Best Lucky Charms Treats Recipe
If you want super thick rice krispie treats, double the recipe or use an 8x8 pan, except for the cup of cereal on the top. That will remain the same, unless you want less.
You may not have to leave them for an hour, as they often set pretty quickly. However, I tend to let them have plenty of time to rest as they’re easier to cute and less messy that way.
You don’t have to add the mini marshmallows into the mixture. You can replace it with more cereal. It calls for 2 cups mini marshmallows so swap it for 2 cups cereal.
Don’t press the mixture down into the pan too hard or you’ll make the treats tough. They’ll pack really tight making them like jerky tough. Believe me…I made this mistake before. Don’t do it!
You can make the butter and marshmallow mixture in the microwave, if desired. It’s just quicker to use the microwave, just be sure to use a microwave safe bowl.
Use mini instead of regular marshmallows as they melt faster.
Let bars cool completely before cutting into bars.
Variations and Substitutions
This same great recipe for traditional rice krispie treats can be made with Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Pebbles, Chocolate Rice Krispies, Rice Krispies, or Frosted Flakes. Many of these cereals are gluten-free, so it's an easy way to make a gluten-free treat for parties.
You can use non-dairy butter or margarine as a butter substitute in Lucky Charms Treats.
Use an empty butter wrapper to press the cereal treats lightly into the pan using the butter side down. This keeps your hands from getting sticky or sticking to the marshmallow/cereal mixture and the wrapper won't stick to the treats either. It's so much easier than other methods, and clean-up is a breeze.
More Fun St. Patrick's Day Treat Recipes
More Great Cereal Treats
- Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats
- Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treats
- Rainbow Donuts
- Chex Valentine Mix
Store the Lucky Charms bars in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature.
Yes, you can double this recipe, but use a larger pan.
While Lucky charms cereal is gluten free, some marshmallow brands may contain trace amounts of gluten so you will need to read the package.
Lucky Charms Treats
- large pot or large saucepan
- square pan or rectangle baking dish
- 10 Cups Mini Marshmallows
- 6 Cups Lucky Charms
- 6 Tablespoons Butter
- Nonstick Cooking Spray
- Slice your butter into chunks and combine it with 8 cups of mini marshmallows in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Immediately stir until the marshmallows are no longer chunky and the butter is fully mixed in.
- Add the remaining 2 cups marshmallows and 5 cups Lucky Charms to the melted marshmallows and gently fold together until the cereal and unmelted marshmallows are fully covered.
- Spray a 9x13 cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread cereal mixture into pan in an even layer into prepared pan.
- Sprinkle the remaining cup of Lucky Charms over the top and lightly press to ensure it sticks to the top.
- Let rest for about an hour or until set. Slice and enjoy!
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