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Satisfy your inner child with these strawberry rice krispie treats! Imagine gooey marshmallows, delightfully crunchy Rice Krispies, and the added sweetness of freeze-dried strawberries. They're as delicious as they are pretty!
While you have Rice Krispies in the house, you may as well also make these peanut butter rice krispie treats! Twist your rubber arm, right?
These are a real treat whether you're serving 7-year-olds at a birthday party, making a batch for Valentine's Day, or dishing them up with glasses of rosé for girls' night in!
The foundation for the recipe is the same as classic Rice Krispies, except this version has strawberries! The strawberry flavor is sweet but doesn't taste artificial since you'll be using freeze-dried strawberries (instead of strawberry jello). It adds a nice fruity twist to this classic treat!
What's in strawberry rice krispie treats?
The ingredients are simple and the results are wonderful (and pink!):
- Freeze-dried strawberries: If you've never used freeze-dried strawberries before, they are fresh strawberries that have been dehydrated. They have a strong strawberry flavor and maintain their nutritional value. For this strawberry rice krispie treat recipe you'll grind the freeze-dried fruit into a strawberry powder and add it to the mix. This gives a nice strawberry flavor and colors your treats pink! You can purchase freeze-dried strawberries at many local grocery stores.
- Marshmallows: These are a key ingredient as they add sweetness and the familiar stickiness to these treats. When marshmallows are melted, like they will be for this recipe, they form a gooey texture that will bind everything together and allow you to make square-shaped rice krispie treats.
- Salted butter: Use salted butter to balance some of the sweetness of the dessert. You can use margarine instead of butter if that's what you have on hand.
- Rice Krispie cereal: For this recipe, you will need 6 cups of Rice Krispie cereal, so consider purchasing more than one box. This crispy rice cereal will add a wonderful crunch to the squares.
How to make strawberry rice krispie treats
This is one of those treats that takes no time to come together (well, 15 minutes) but it's so easy, you'll have strawberry rice krispie treats in mouths and happy tummies in no time! Here's how to make them:
- Prepare: Using parchment paper and a little butter, prepare your baking dish. Cut 1 cup of the marshmallows into small pieces – about the size of a mini marshmallow. Or if you're already using mini marshmallows, leave them as is.
- Strawberries: Add the freeze-dried strawberries to a food processor and process until they're mostly powder. You should have about ½ cup.
- Combine: Melt the butter in a large pot. Add the remaining marshmallows to the pot and turn the heat to low. Melt the marshmallows, stirring the pot occasionally. Remove the pot from the heat, add the rice krispie cereal and the powdered freeze-dried strawberries, and stir until combined.
- For your treats: Transfer to the baking dish and gently press down into an even layer. Let the rice krispie treats cool for at least a half hour and then cut them into squares.
Ideas for decorating strawberry rice krispie treats
- Freeze-dried strawberries: While you're forming your treats in the baking dish, you can press freeze-dried strawberries into the tops. You'll see what this looks like in the pictures here. It's subtle but really sweet!
- White chocolate chips: You can add white chocolate chips to the tops of your treats or melt the white chocolate chips and then drizzle over your entire baking dish of treats.
- Sprinkles: Sprinkles scream fun! You can toss some onto your marshmallow mixture and gently press down so that they stay in place. If you're making these for Valentine's Day, red, white, pink, or pearly sprinkles would be right on theme!
- Different shapes: You can cut the rice krispie treats into different shapes, like hearts, flowers, or circles using cooking cutters. Know that depending on the size of your cookie cutter, this recipe may yield more or less treats.
Where to buy freeze-dried strawberries?
You can buy freeze-dried strawberries at many local grocery stores, however, if you can't find them you can also purchase them online.
Can I use fresh strawberries?
For this recipe, it's not a good idea to use fresh strawberries. It will change the consistency of the recipe, as they add too much water content.
Are strawberry rice krispie treats gluten-free?
Rice Krispie cereal may contain gluten, so it isn't labeled gluten-free.
Can I make vegan strawberry rice krispie treats?
You can! All you need to do is substitute the butter for vegan butter and purchase vegan marshmallows. Both will act and taste the same in this recipe.
- 1 ½ cups freeze dried strawberries (about 3 ounces)
- 16 ounces marshmallows
- ½ cup salted butter
- 6 cups rice krispie cereal
- Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with parchment paper and lightly grease it with butter. Cut 1 cup of the marshmallows into small pieces – about the size of a mini marshmallow.1 ½ cups freeze dried strawberries
- Add the freeze-dried strawberries to a food processor and process until mostly powder. You should have about ½ cup.1 ½ cups freeze dried strawberries
- Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the remaining marshmallows to the pot and turn the heat to low. Melt the marshmallows, stirring the pot occasionally. Remove the pot from the heat, add the rice krispie cereal, powdered freeze-dried strawberries, and the marshmallows you cut into small pieces and stir until combined.16 ounces marshmallows, ½ cup salted butter, 6 cups rice krispie cereal
- Transfer to the baking dish and gently press down – buttering your fingers helps prevent them from sticking. If you'd like, press a few freeze-dried strawberries into the top. Let the rice krispie treats cool for at least a half hour and then cut them into squares.
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