Get in the spooky spirit with this easy recipe for Monster Halloween Rice Krispie Treats. These creepy sweet treats are easy to make!
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Halloween Rice Krispie Treats
These Monster Halloween Rice Krispie Treats will be a huge hit at Halloween parties. Not only are they easy treats to make, but they can be completely customized.
Homemade rice krispie treats are SO easy to make with just a handful of ingredients and a few simple steps. I make my marshmallow-loaded version of gluten free Classic Rice Krispies Treats. Then I made a few modifications to my chocolate dipped rice krispie treats for the holiday theme.
If you want to bake Halloween treats to complete your epic dessert table of festive treats, Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats, Gluten Free Ghost Cupcakes, Mummy Brownies, Candy Corn Cookies, and Pumpkin Marshmallow Pops would all be perfect.
You’ll have the most delicious and fun treats for your Halloween party!
Rice Krispie Treat Ingredients
- Salted Butter – I like using salted butter for rice krispie treats. It helps balance the sweetness of the marshmallows without making them salty.
- Mini Marshmallows – I normally use Jet Puffed mini marshmallows but I used fun colored marshmallows for the monster rice krispie treats.
- Pure Vanilla Extract – I don’t recommend using imitation vanilla.
- Gluten Free Crispy Rice Cereal – I use One Degree Organics Sprouted Brown Rice Crips. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal is not gluten free because it contains barley malt.
- Candy Melts – I used orange and green candy melts. Purple or black candy melts would be fun to use too.
*Be sure to read the full recipe card below for exact measurements and step-by-step instructions.
Marshmallows – You can use Dandies Marshmallows for an egg-free and vegan marshmallow. They’re also made without corn syrup and are produced in a dedicated tree nut-free/peanut-free facility.
Candy Eyes – storebought candy eyeballs are usually very easy to find at your local grocery store this time of year. If you want to make them yourself because the ingredients don’t work for you, I have a simple recipe for homemade candy eyes with my recipe for gluten free spider cookies.
Butter – vegan butter or your favorite plant based butter can be used instead of regular butter. You can also use unsalted butter instead of salted butter. Just add a pinch of salt when melting the butter.
Candy Melts – white chocolate or vanilla almond bark can be used. You can color the melted candy with gel food coloring for different colors.
Equipment Needed to Make Homemade Rice Krispies Treats
- Large Pot
- Basic Kitchen Tools – Silicone Spatula, mixing spoon, etc.
- Parchment Paper or Aluminum Foil
- 9×9 Square Pan
How to Make Halloween Rice Krispie Treats
Step 1. Line a 9×9 inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.
Step 2. In a medium-large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. When the butter is melted, reduce the heat to low and add 5 cups of the mini marshmallows. Stir frequently until the marshmallows are melted.
Step 3. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and the remaining 1 cup of marshmallows. Stir to melt the marshmallows a bit (chunks of marshmallows are ok) then stir in the gluten free crispy rice cereal.
Step 4. Once all the cereal is coated with the marshmallow, transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Let it sit in the pan to cool for a minute or two then use a spatula or your hands (sprayed with nonstick spray) to press into the pan. Cool completely then cut into 16-20 squares.
Step 5. Melt the candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second increments, stirring between each heating.
Step 6. Dip the treats into the melted chocolate or spoon the candy melts over the Rice Krispy Treats. Stick the eyeball candies on top and allow to set and harden before serving.
Tips for Making Monster Rice Krispie Treats
- Set up a treat decorating station! Place bowls of melted chocolate, colored icing, candy eyes, Halloween sprinkles, etc. for kids to decorate their own crispy treats.
- Choose fresh marshmallows. The more air in the bag, the fresher they are. The marshmallows will also be loose and not all clumped together.
- Use vegetable oil to thin the melted chocolate or candy melts if necessary. Mix in 1 teaspoon at a time until the chocolate reaches the right dipping consistency.
Storage and Make Ahead Directions
Rice krispie treats can be made up to 2 days ahead. Store the rice krispie treats at room temperature in an airtight container.
Be sure to place a piece of wax paper between layers so they don’t stick together.
You can freeze rice krispie treats in freezer bags to keep them fresh for longer. Just defrost at room temperature before serving.
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Halloween Rice Krispie Treats
- Line a 9×9 inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.
- In a medium-large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat.
- When the butter is melted, reduce the heat to low and add 5 cups of the mini marshmallows. Stir frequently until the marshmallows are melted.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and the remaining 1 cup of marshmallows. Stir to melt the marshmallows a bit (chunks of marshmallows are ok) then stir in the gluten free crispy rice cereal.
- Once all the cereal is coated with the marshmallow, transfer the mixture to the prepared pan.
- Let it sit in the pan to cool for a minute or two then use a spatula or your hands (sprayed with nonstick spray) to press into the pan.
- Cool completely then cut into 15-20 squares.
- Melt the candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second increments, stirring between each heating.
- Dip the treats into the melted chocolate or spoon the candy melts over the Rice Krispy Treats. Stick the eyeball candies on top and allow to set and harden on wax paper or parchment paper before serving.
- Please read the post for vegan substitutions and helpful tips to make this recipe.
- I used One Degree Sprouted Brown Rice Crisps to make gluten free rice krispies treats.
- You can make your own candy eyes following the directions in this gluten free spider cookie recipe.
- Feel free to use different color candy melts. You can also use melted white chocolate or vanilla almond bark colored with gel food coloring.
- Calories and nutrition information are approximate and based on 16 servings. This will ultimately depend on the type of cereal used, how much chocolate and additional candy eyes are used, and the number of treats made.
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Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren’t always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs.
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