The chewy rice krispie treats we’ve always known and loved as children have been given a delicious face lift. Tasty dried cranberries are stirred right in along with a hint of sweet orange, making these Cranberry Orange Rice Krispie Treats a sweet treat for any season. They’re a hit with kids & adults alike, and make a perfect snack or dessert.
Cranberry and orange is such a dynamic flavor duo, and it seems to pop up a lot during Fall.
We also think it’s perfect for The Winter Holidays.
And Rice Krispie treats have and will always one of the kids’ favorite things to make and to eat.
So combining the two was a win for everyone.
They still got to make, play in, and eat sugary, sticky crunchy melted marshmallow goodness.
And we got to experiment with adding in some gourmet (that’s a stretch, isn’t it?) grownup mix-ins.
If you haven’t experimented with going beyond the basic Krispie treat, this recipe is a perfect starting point.
The tartness of the dried cranberries is balanced out by the sweet orange and packed into every chewy bite.
- mini marshmallows
- orange zest
- orange juice
- rice krispies cereal
- dried cranberries
A short order ingredient list that will give your traditional rice krispie treats a surprisingly sweet holiday makeover.
How To Make
This recipe starts out like pretty much every other rice krispie recipe on the planet. It’s that simple.
Begin by melting the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
Once the butter’s completely melted, stir in the marshmallows.
Continue stirring the marshmallows until they’re completely melted.
They have a tendency to stick to the spoon/spatula.
To avoid this, I use a plastic spoon or silicone spatula and lightly spray it before hand with non stick cooking spray.
Once the marshmallows are melted completely, stir in the orange zest and juice to combine.
Remove the marshmallow mixture from the heat, and set it aside.
Here’s where things get sticky, pun intended.
You need to combine the flavored marshmallow mixture (while still hot and melty) with the rice krispies.
Depending on how large your skillet is, you can add the rice krispies to it and gently stir until evenly combined.
If your skillet’s on the smaller side, and to prevent a mess, then add the rice krispies to a large mixing bowl.
Using a prepared spatula, scrape the marshmallow mixture from the skillet into the mixing bowl, and then stir until evenly combined.
Liberally coat a 9×13″ baking dish with non stick cooking spray, and then turn the marshmallow coated rice krispie mixture out into it.
Press the mixture evenly out into the pan.
Let the dish set, away from any heat source, until it’s cooled completely.
Using a sharp knife, cut the cranberry orange rice krispie treats into squares and serve.
Tips & Tricks
- Can’t find mini marshmallows? You can use the regular larger marshmallows, just make sure the measurement is equivalent
- While I recommend using non stick cooking spray, butter will work as a substitute in every instance
- Store bought orange juice, and dried zest will work, but for the best results use a single, fresh orange for both
Making It Festive – Use Cookie Cutters
Remember when we were little and making rice krispie treats was similar to making sugar cookies?
Mom or Grandma would have all the cookie cutters spread out, and they just let you go wild?
Even though these have been given a festive upgrade, at the heart of the recipe- they’re still the same rice cereal treats we’ve known and loved since childhood.
Once they’re completely cooled and set, run a butter knife around the edges of the dish to release the cake.
Turn it out onto a clean cutting board, and then cut the treats into your desired shapes with your available cookie cutters
Should I Frost These?
I wouldn’t recommend frosting these rice krispie treats out right.
They’re already sweetened from the orange juice/zest and the dried cranberries.
If you really want to take them over the top, I’d suggest a glaze.
A simple powdered sugar one, with no additional flavorings and a small drizzle over each square.
Other Holiday Flavored Rice Krispie Treats To Try:
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Cranberry Orange Rice Krispie Treats
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 bag 10 oz. mini marshmallows
- 1/4 tsp orange zest
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 1 cup dried cranberries such as Craisins
- In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Once melted, add in the marshmallows and stir. Let marshmallows melt completely, stirring occasionally. Stir in the Orange zest and juice. Remove the skillet from heat and set aside.
- Pour in both the cereal and dried cranberries, carefully stirring (so none spills out) until everything's evenly coated with the melted marshmallow. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with non stick spray, and then transfer the cereal to the dish. Use the back of a greased spatula to gently press the mixture down and out, evenly into the dish. Let the treats cool completely, then cut into squares before serving.
pictures & post updated 12/18/2020