Rocky Road Rice Krispies Treats

Rocky Road Rice Krispies Treats

I am a total kid at heart when it comes to Rice Krispies treats. I’ve always loved the gooey, crispy treats and never turn them down if I have the opportunity to eat one. Recently, I had lunch at Noodles & Company where I always, always get one of their enormous snickerdoodle cookies. Last week, however, I was lured away from the snickerdoodle by the massive Rice Krispies treats that were stacked right next to the cookies. Getting a Rice Krispies treat that day was a very good decision. Ever since then, I’ve been craving more and since it’s not exactly convenient to pop into Noodles everyday, I decided to make a batch at home; it has been a few months since my Snickers Rice Krispies Treats, after all. With the holiday weekend approaching, I wanted to make a flavor combination that celebrated summer. Rocky road is a quintessential ice cream flavor and, as it turns out, it makes for one heck of a Rice Krispies treat!

Rocky Road Rice Krispies Treats

I fashioned these treats after the rocky road ice cream concoction from Marble Slab Creamery, which featured a dark chocolate ice cream mixed together with miniature marshmallows, mini chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. To make the Rice Krispies treats, I added Dutch-process cocoa powder to the butter and marshmallow mixture, along with some almond butter, since almonds are traditionally used in rocky road ice cream. To the mixture, I threw in more (unmelted) mini marshmallows, miniature chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. You could play around with whatever you’d like – different nut butters, different types of nuts, etc.

If you’re hosting or going to a Memorial Day party, these would be a perfect easy snack. Really, Rice Krispies treats are good anytime of year, for any occasion!

Rocky Road Rice Krispies Treats

One year ago: Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Spicy Apple Glaze
Two years ago: Peanut Butter Brownies
Three years ago: Guacamole
Four years ago: Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies
Six years ago: Taco Rice Salad

Rocky Road Rice Krispies Treats

Yield: 24 treats

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Rice Krispies Treats are always a crowd favorite; this version highlights the best parts of rocky road ice cream - nuts, more marshmallows, and chocolate chips!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 (10-ounce) bag + 2 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
¼ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
½ cup almond butter
6 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish; set aside.

2. Melt the butter, the bag of marshmallows and cocoa powder together in a medium saucepan over low heat. Once melted, stir in the almond butter and remove from the heat.

3. Stir in the Rice Krispies until they are evenly coated with the sauce. Working quickly, stir in the remaining 2 cups marshmallows, walnuts and mini chocolate chips, mixing as gently as possible.

4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Use the back of a greased wooden spoon to press down firmly over the surface of the treats to ensure that they are packed down tightly.

5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until set. Cut into bars and serve. Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator (room temperature for softer, more gooey bars; refrigerator for firmer bars).

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35 Responses to “Rocky Road Rice Krispies Treats”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on May 22, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I’ve made chocolate RKTreats before using Cocoa Krispies and adding in choc chips, but am loving your idea of marshmallows melted with cocoa powder and almond butter! That sounds wonderful! I am a huuuuuuge RKT lover and always love seeing new twists!

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  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on May 22, 2013 at 12:25 am

    How fun, love the rocky road spin on rice krispies!

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  3. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on May 22, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I’m a big Rice Krispies lover too! I’ve been craving some so I think this is the route I need to take… these look so good!

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  4. Laura on May 22, 2013 at 2:14 am

    These remind me of my childhood when I tried to make them by myself and made a mess, I will make them tomorrow!
    I was wondering… have you ever made your own ice cream cones? I’d love to see a recipe here, everything you make seems to be foolproof :D

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    • Michelle on May 22nd, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Hi Laura, I haven’t yet, but I’ve been wanting to. I’ll be sure to share as soon as I master them!

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  5. Johlene on May 22, 2013 at 3:43 am

    I love Rice krispies Treats.. and just the idea of melting cocoa and marshmallows with almond butter had my mouth watering.. mmmmm.. the only thing I´m not sure where I would find almond butter here in the Canary Islands (Spain).. Could I use normal butter instead and add chopped almonds instead..? Or perhaps I could mix almond extract with my butter beforehand..?

    Greetings
    Johlene
    (Flavours&Frosting)

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    • Michelle on May 22nd, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Hi Johlene, If you can’t find almond butter, I would substitute regular peanut butter or cashew butter or sunbutter (if you have those). You can definitely do chopped almonds instead of walnuts.

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      • Johlene on May 22nd, 2013 at 10:52 am

        Thanks for responding Michelle!
        I´m going to try to substitute the walnuts with chopped almonds.. if that doesn´t work I´ll try peanut butter because it´s available here in most supermarkets.. (not so sure about the cashew or sunbutter..hehe).
        Take care, Johlene X

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  6. Linda on May 22, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Things sound good. Might take these to a family reunion this summer minus the nuts. I would love the nuts but for some reason anyone under 30 will not eat nuts in part of family.

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  7. miss messy on May 22, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Eek these look delicious. I just love rice crispies! :)

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  8. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on May 22, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I like rocky road anything! Yum!

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  9. Marcie @ flavor the moments on May 22, 2013 at 7:59 am

    These look delicious….I love rocky road candy and Rice Krispie treats. This is the best of both worlds!

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  10. Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks on May 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

    These look absolutely delicious! I love the flavour combination!

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  11. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on May 22, 2013 at 8:32 am

    A great take on rice krispie treats! I love it!

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  12. Tieghan on May 22, 2013 at 8:33 am

    These sound and would be eaten in like 1 minutes around here! My mom is a huge rocky road fan and so am I! YUM!

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  13. DessertForTwo on May 22, 2013 at 8:39 am

    oh my! I need these for this weekend! What a great recipe! Thanks :)

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  14. sally @ sallys baking addiction on May 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Rocky road. One of my all-time favorites! These look wonderful Michelle.

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  15. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet on May 22, 2013 at 10:14 am

    This is a pretty good idea!! I love changing up the original krispy treat!

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  16. Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen on May 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I practically grew up on Rice Krispies and I love trying new versions. I LOVE adding the unmelted marshmallows in there too. Such a great additional texture.

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  17. Laurie @ A Wiener Dog in the Kitchen on May 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Rice Krispie Treats really take me back. Unfortunately, the only type of Rice Krispie treats we had back then were original or peanut butter. Nowadays, anything goes! These look amazing, Michelle.

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  18. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on May 22, 2013 at 10:57 am

    What a great treat for summer! Love all the flavors, and how easy they are!

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  19. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) on May 22, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Rocky road krispies treats? Those are so genius! I love this concept!

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  20. marie @ little kitchie on May 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Rice krispies are just happy food! I love that you made them rocky road!

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  21. Jess on May 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I need to try this ASAP! :)

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  22. Erin @ Brownie Bites on May 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I’ve tried so many different flavors of Rice Krispies treats and I NEVER get tired of finding new ones! S’mores always make me think of crackling campfires, crickets, and humid summer nights.. thanks for sharing!

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  23. nessa on May 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Holy yum!

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  24. Laura Dembowski on May 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I love Rice Krispies treats too! I am now craving them and will have to make a batch since it’s been awhile since I’ve had some. With this and the dirt dessert, you’re bringing me back to childhood this week :)

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  25. Mimi @ Culinary Couture on May 23, 2013 at 12:54 am

    I always find Rice Krispies treats difficult to photograph–you made them look amazing!

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  26. Sue Harrell on May 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Love this recipe! All that’s missing is the ice cream :D

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  27. Paula on May 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    The almond butter must take these wonderful looking treats right over the top of delicious!

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  28. Lisa @ silkandcookie on May 27, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    What great flavour combinations, all the best treats in one!

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  29. Jeffrey F. Harris on May 29, 2013 at 6:52 am

    The first time I tried making these I had issues. Once I toasted the marshmallows, they didn’t really want to be melted together over the stove. I got this weird gooey blob with random crunchy bits. Hmm… So my second batch I put the marshmallows straight from the broiler into the rice krispies. Much better. To compensate for the lack of butter in the recipe, I upped the amount of marshmallows relative to the amount of rice krispies. Perfect. Situation remedied. I considered throwing in some chocolate and graham crackers to make them taste like s’mores, but I really wanted to focus on the flavor of the toasted marshmallows. They need their time to shine you know? We’ll have to save all those other mix-ins for another day. So you need to go try these. ASAP. I honestly don’t think a rice krispy treat can get any simpler. Bonus they taste delicious. You’ll be reminiscing about you’re last campfire cookout… just minus all the dirt and smoke and mess. Win-win!

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  30. plasterer bristol on June 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Yummy these look adorable.

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  31. Chris @ Spekko Rice on August 21, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Hi Michelle! WOW! This looks delicious. The almond butter must really add some extra flavour. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy finding Almond butter where I live. Do you have any suggestions on what could make a good substitute?

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    • Michelle on August 22nd, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Hi Chris, You could use any type of nut butter (including peanut butter). Enjoy!

      Reply

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