Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Rice Krispie Treats

From October to December time seems to fly by so quickly. I looked at the calendar the other day and was shocked to find that half the month had already passed. Where did that first part of October go? I don’t know, but now I feel the pressure to get more things done.

Today, I’m sharing something very fun. I’m sharing cinnamon roll rice krispie treats. I have had the recipe saved on my computer for a while now, and when a pumpkin spice rice krispie recipe fell through the cracks I quickly came back to these as an alternative, and I’m very glad I did.

The rice krispie part is so pretty with the specks of cinnamon scattered throughout the treat. I was actually mesmerized when I added the cinnamon to the melted marshmallow in the pot . The component that really makes these like cinnamon rolls is the cream cheese frosting. It’s not too sweet, but it’s also not too cream cheesey either. I think frosting is slowly starting to make its way into my heart.

And thank you Brenda for hosting this year's 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats. This post marks 4 weeks into the celebration. 

Cinnamon Roll Rice Krispie Treats
Slightly adapted from Cooking Classy
Makes 16 squares

Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
dash salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
5 oz. mini marshmallows
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 cups rice krispie cereal

Line a 9-inch square pan with tin foil. Grease the foil with cooking spray; set aside.

Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Toss in the salt and cinnamon and stir. Add in the mini marshmallows. Stir constantly until the marshmallows have melted completely. Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the cold cereal to the hot marshmallow mixture.

Pour the hot cereal and marshmallow mixture into the prepared pan. Spread the mixture evenly across the pan with a greased rubber spatula. Gently press down to compact the treats. Set the pan in the refrigerator to cool as you make the cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, soft
2 oz. cream cheese, soft
¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
ground cinnamon (optional)

Beat the cream cheese and butter until well combined. Stir in the vanilla. Gently beat the powdered sugar in three stages so as not to make the sugar go flying.

Take the pan out of the fridge and cut into squares. Use a butter knife to spread the cream cheese frosting over the rice krispie treat. Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon if desired.


  1. What a great idea! Perfect for those times when we need a sweet treat, but have limited time. Delicious!

  2. I love that this is something that can quickly be put together. I'm trying to build up my collection of such recipes. You never know when you need it. :) The flavors sound very Christmassy!

  3. Love this treat! And I think it's awesome that you're only 18 and have already been blogging for 2 years. Great blog! Go you!!

  4. You did a great job on these! I love rice krispie treats, but I've never made them with a frosting layer--I'm definitely trying these soon.

  5. Oh I love rice krispies! These look right up our alley!

  6. I'm going to have to try family would love it!

  7. People love rice krispie treats and these flavors certainly remind me of Christmas.

  8. They sound wonderful! I just found cinnamon roll marshmallows at the store and they sounded wonderful. Can't wait to make these. Thansk!


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