These Rice Krispie treats are unlike anything you've ever had before. Made with actual cake mix we can get a great red velvet flavor with very little effort. Not to mention the red color is perfect for Valentine's Day and even Halloween!
If you're a big fan of red velvet cake (who isn't?), Then I'm sure you're going to love this super simple spin on a classic treat. We're serving up red velvet Rice Krispie treats in a new way and with just an extra step or two.
Why This Recipe Works
- It's not overwhelming. The red velvet flavor is subtle enough to not overwhelm but still present enough that you can smell and taste it in every square, which is the perfect amount of red velvet if you ask me. You're going to LOVE these cake mix red krispies!
- Easy to make. Making rice crispy treats is a simple process and we don't add too many extra steps to this recipe. Everything we're doing is necessary for the best results.
- They're delicious and flavorful. Using a little boxed cake mix, we can get that flavorful, tangy red velvet cake we love but still get the chewy, crispy treats that we've come to know and expect.
Boxed red velvet cake mix- You will need a box of cake mix for this recipe, but you will not need ALL of the cake mix. To prevent waste, you can turn the leftover cake mix into easy mug cakes.
Butter- Butter will give us rich flavor and soft texture.
Mini marshmallows- For that gooey sweet consistency.
Rice Krispies- Crispy rice cereal is the base ingredient in this recipe.
Cocoa powder- Use cocoa powder for a little more added chocolate flavor.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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Check out how to make red velvet rice krispie treats with these simple step-by-step instructions:
Add your cake mix powder to a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Mix well to break up any chunks. Set aside to cool.
In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter.
Stir in marshmallows and cook until melted, stirring occasionally until marshmallows are fully melted.
Remove from heat. Add red food coloring.
Stir until well blended.
Whisk in cooked and cooled cake mix and cocoa powder.
Stir until no streaks remain.
Add in the cereal.
Stir until well mixed. Pour mixture into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
Melt your white chocolate chips in a bowl for 30 seconds, stir and then heat for another 30 seconds, stirring after.
If needed add in ½ teaspoon of coconut oil for added smoothness.
Press down the top of the cereal in pan to make into a compressed even layer.
Drizzle or spread the chocolate over the krispies.
Let set for about an hour before slicing and serving.
🍴 Recipe Tips
To eat raw cake mix is bad, so ensure you follow the steps properly because untreated flour can cause you to get sick. Thankfully, we treat it ourselves with just a few minutes in the oven, which helps us remove risk without removing taste.
This red velvet rice crispy treats recipe come out about the same color as raw hamburger which makes them a fantastic idea for serving up at Halloween if you plan on making "spooky" snacks to go along with dishes like Peanut Butter and Jelly Spider Sandwiches or Cinnamon Roll Guts.
You could also add in a little red food coloring to get a richer hue and cut the crispies into heart shapes for Valentine's Day. Far less spooky, and way more romantic.
The versatility of these treats is what I love the most, but adding a drizzle of cream cheese frosting or glaze over the top really helps to seal the deal.
You can store these Rice Krispie treats in an airtight container or zipper topped baggie for up to a week or two at room temperature. I recommend eating them sooner rather than later as they'll taste best when fresh.
Yes. To freeze your treats, place them in an airtight container or individually wrap serving-sized squares in plastic wrap before placing them in a freezer-safe container. Then freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before eating.
More great cereal bar recipes to try
- Dairy Free Rice Krispie Treats
- Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
- Easy Microwave Scotcheroos
- Golden Graham Smores Bars
Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats
- 1 cup Red velvet cake mix (JUST THE DRY POWDER!) ($0.16)
- 1 Tablespoon Cocoa powder ($0.10)
- 5 cups Rice Krispie Cereal ($2.00)
- 1 bag (10oz) Mini marshmallows ($1.00)
- 4 Tablespoons Butter ($0.38)
- ½ teaspoon No taste red food coloring
- ½ cup White chocolate chips
- Add your cake mix powder to a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Mix well to break up any chunks. Set aside to cool.
- In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter.
- Stir in marshmallows and cook until melted, stirring occasionally until marshmallows are fully melted. Remove from heat. Stir in red food coloring.
- Whisk in cooked and cooled cake mix, and cocoa powder until no streaks remain.
- Stir in cereal until well mixed and then pour mixture into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
- Press down the top of the cereal in pan to make into a compressed even layer.
- Melt your white chocolate chips in a bowl for 30 seconds, stir and then heat for another 30 seconds, stirring after. If needed add in ½ teaspoon of coconut oil for added smoothness.
- Drizzle or spread the chocolate over the krispies.
- Let set for about an hour before slicing and serving.