These fun carrot rice krispie treats are one of the best Easter rice krispie treats you can make! They’re adorable, delicious, and easy to make!
It’s almost Easter time which means hello Easter bunny, Easter eggs, and all the carrots! I’ve already shared a carrot cake recipe, carrot cake balls (and the cutest bunny tails printable), and today I’m adding to my carrot collection with these delicious carrot rice krispy treats!
If you’ve made regular rice krispy treats, you can make these sweet treats. They’re simple to make and a treat that the whole family will love! And they’re not much harder to make than a classic rice krispie treat recipe!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- So much fun – not only are these tasty Easter desserts, they’re also fun to make and even the kids can help! Make them together as one of your Easter activities on Easter Sunday or even the week before!
- No bake treats – you do have to use the stove but there is no baking required, which means this easy dessert can be ready to enjoy in just minutes!
- Colorful Easter treat – if you’re anything like me, you like a little color for Easter, and these rice krispie Easter treats have plenty of color! Maybe not quite as much as this Easter cake, but they’re still a fun colorful addition to add to any Easter celebration!
- Candy chips – candy melts, candy chips, whatever you call them – you’ll need green and orange colored ones. These both are used to decorate this fun dessert, if you’d rather not decorate them and just do orange triangles to look like carrots, you don’t even need these.
- Marshmallows – you can also use mini marshmallows for the marshmallow mixture instead of regular marshmallows if you’d like, I’ve included the necessary substitution amounts in the recipe card at the bottom of this post!
- Food coloring – you can use either liquid or gel food coloring, either one works just fine! I used a combination of orange food coloring and red food coloring to get the carrot orange color, but you could also just use red and be just fine.
- Orange sprinkles – this is another one of those things that is nice to have but can be left out if you really want. But let me tell you, decorating these with the candy melts and sprinkles can be a really fun Easter activity to do together!
- Rice krispies cereal – you can use either the name brand stuff or generic, either one is fine.
How to make carrot rice krispy treats
If you’ve made rice krispie treats or marshmallow treats in the past, you may not even need to read these step by step instructions.
But for those of you who haven’t or want to make sure you’re doing it correctly, here’s a quick step by step for making these. It’s easy enough that kids of all ages can help or you can just whip them out quickly on your own!
1 – Make the Marshmallow Mixture
In a large pot or large saucepan, melt three tablespoons of butter on medium low heat, erring on the side of low heat. Melt the butter completely, watching to make sure you’re ready to move onto the next step once the marshmallows are melted.
Once the butter has melted add in all the marshmallows with the melted butter. Stir the butter and marshmallows together keeping the heat on low to medium heat until the marshmallows have melted.
After the marshmallows are melted, add in 10 drops of orange food coloring and about five drops of red food coloring and mix well.
Color to your liking but try to use the least amount of food coloring possible since it can have a bit of a flavor when you add too much!
2 – Make the Rice Krispy Treats
Next, gently fold the rice krispie cereal into the melted marshmallows. Be careful not to crush the cereal as you add it to the marshmallow!
Continue to fold in the cereal until it is evenly distributed into the marshmallow mix.
Prepare a 9×13 pan by spraying non stick cooking spray all over the bottom and sides of the pan. Alternately, you could put a long piece of parchment paper in the pan instead of rpaying.
Pour out the crispy rice cereal mixture into the prepared 9×13 pan. Use a rubber spatula to flatten the top of the rice crispy after you pour it in but do it gently. If you press it down too much, it can make your treats hard.
Then place the pan of rice crispy treats into the fridge for about 10 minutes to cool but make sure to set a timer because if you leave them in there too long, again, you’ll end up with hard treats.
3 – Decorate the Easter Rice Krispy Treats
Melt the green candy melts in a medium microwave safe bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds stir then repeat, stirring between intervals for best results, until the candy is fully melted and smooth.
After the candy is melted place it into a zipper top bag with the tip cut off or a piping bag.
To make the stems for the carrots, lay out a piece of [parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Cut a small hole in the corner of the ziptop bag with melted green candy and pipe out 12 small stems in a v shape.
If you want, you can add green sprinkles at this point to the stems or just leave them alone. Otherwise, place the baking sheet into the fridge for 10 minutes to harden.
Lay out a piece of parchment paper onto the counter. Take the rice krispy treats out of the fridge and gently flip them out onto the parchment paper.
Cut the rice crispy in half long ways. Then cut each half diagonally until you have six equal triangle pieces that look like a carrot shape.
Melt the orange candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. Again, microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between increments, then until smooth.
Put the melted orange candy into a ziptop bag and cut a small hole in the bag or use a piping bag with a built in piping tip.
Drizzle the melted candy over the carrots then immediately add sprinkles while the candy melts are still soft.
Then at the top of the carrot, add the stem by placing a dot of orange candy melt (which will act as glue) and gently put on the stem so it sticks to the carrot.
Let the rice crispy carrots sit for a few minutes to allow the candy melts to harden completely. Then either transfer to a plate (and then to your Easter dessert table) or cake stand.
These easy Easter treats will make a perfect addition to any Easter party or they’re even a perfect treat to add to Easter baskets for toddlers or even Easter baskets for teens!
Don’t press down on the rice krispy treats too hard when you’re putting them in the pan. Pressing them too tightly together is a really easy way to end up with hard rice krispy treats!
Add a few more drops of food coloring once you get to the color you want. Once you mix it with the cereal, the color fades slightly as it mixes with the light colored rice krispies.
Cut each half into thirds than cut each of those thirds in half to get even sized carrot rice krispy treats! It’s easier to break it down like that than to cut them by hand evenly!
Store any leftovers (like there will be any) in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap for up to three days. They’ll likely get eaten before then, but they are freshest when enjoyed within a few days.
I recommend making rice crispy treats no more than 24 hours ahead of time. This will ensure that they are as fresh as possible. Ideally you’d make them right before serving but making them the night before is okay too.
In order to prevent rice krispie treats from getting soggy, make sure you have the right ratios of marshmallow to rice krispie cereal. These easy Easter rice krispie treats use 10 oz of marshmallow to 12 oz of cereal and should give you a nice soft but not soggy rice krispy treat every time.
You cannot use marshmallow fluff in place of marshmallows in rice krispie treats because it’s made up of completely different ingredients than regular marshmallows and doesn’t melt and harden in the same way as regular marshmallows. If you have marshmallow fluff, try using it in something like marshmallow dip instead and go for actual marshmallows for these rice krispie treats.
More Tasty Treats for Easter
If you’re looking for even more delicious treats for the Easter time of year, these are some of our favorite easy Easter dessert ideas!
- Oreo Easter eggs – delicious Oreo truffles in Easter egg shape! Or if you don’t like Oreos, try these homemade peanut butter eggs.
- Mini Easter cheesecake – this classic treat gets an Easter spin with the addition of mini eggs (or you can use jelly beans) and a nest on top!
- Easter trifle – this delicious dessert is one of our favorite Easter treat ideas because it’s easy, colorful, and so yummy!
- Chocolate nests – these simple chocolate nests are kind of like cereal treats but chocolate! All you need is a mini muffin tin, some cereal, and some chocolate chips to make these little nests! Don’t want chocolate? Try these butterscotch haystacks nests instead!
- Chocolate covered Peeps – cover Peeps in chocolate and festive sprinkles then stick them on a lollipop stick and you get this great recipe!
Rice Krispy Carrots
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 10 oz regular marshmallows
- red and orange food coloring
- 12 oz box rice crispy cereal
- 1 cup green candy melts
- 1 cup orange candy melts
- orange sprinkles
- In a large pot, melt 3 tablespoons of butter on medium low heat. Once the butter has melted, add in all the marshmallows and stir until melted.3 Tbsp butter, 10 oz regular marshmallows
- After the marshmallows are melted, add in 10 drops of orange food coloring and about 5 drops of red food coloring and mix well.red and orange food coloring
- Gently fold the rice crispy cereal into the melted marshmallows.12 oz box rice crispy cereal
- Spray a 9×13 pan with non stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
- Pour out the rice crispy into the prepared 9×13 pan. Flatten the top of the rice crispy after you pour it in. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
- Melt the green candy melts in a medium microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments until melted, stirring between increments.1 cup green candy melts
- Place the melted candy melts in a zipper top bag and cut the tip off one of the corners (or use a piping bag).
- To make the stems for the carrots, lay out a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Cut a small hole in the corner of the zipper top bag with melted green candy and pipe out 12 stems in a v shape. place the baking sheet into the fridge for 10 minutes to harden.
- Lay out a piece of parchment paper onto the counter. Take the rice krispy treats out of the fridge and gently flip them out onto the parchment paper. Cut the rice crispy in half long ways. Then cut each half diagonally until you have six equal triangle pieces that look like a carrot shape.
- Melt the orange candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. Again microwave in 30 second increments then stir. Put the melted orange candy into a zipper top bag and cut a small hole in the bag.1 cup orange candy melts
- Drizzle the melted candy over the carrots then immediately add sprinkles while the chocolate is soft.orange sprinkles
- Place a dot of orange candy melt at the top of the carrot and gently put on the stem so it sticks to the carrot.
- Let the rice krispie carrots sit for a few minutes then serve!
Tips & Notes:
- Use 40 regular marshmallows (10oz) or 6 cups of mini marshmallows.