A Great Memorial Day Treat: S’more Rice Krispie Treats

When the air starts to warm, and the daylight stretches past bedtime, my thoughts start to shift toward s’mores! Don’t you think they are the quintessential summertime treat?  I love the smell of the bonfire you roast the s’mores over, the gooey toasted marshmallow as you pull it off the skewer, and the yummy melty chocolate and sweet crunchy graham cracker that totally seals the deal!

Except making s’mores with small children is a little different.  At my house it usually goes something like this:

Me (to anyone under the age of 14):

“Stay back from the fire!  It’s very, very hot!”

“No, you’re not roasting your own marshmallow–you’ll burn/poke/injure yourself.”

“Just don’t touch anything I’ll make your s’more.”

“What do you mean your sister ate all of the graham crackers?!?”

“What?!? Your dad ate all of the chocolate?”

“Your marshmallow is not burnt, its toasted.”

Enter S’more Rice Krispie treats.  I love making these. They taste just like s’mores without open flames and chocolate bar-stealing-husbands.   I also like that you can make them anytime of year, although I think these would be perfect for all of your upcoming Memorial Day, July 4, summertime get togethers.

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S’more Rice Krispie Treats

They taste just like s’mores without open flames and chocolate bar-stealing-husbands.


4 1/2 T butter
7 cups of mini marshmallows, divided
6 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
1 cup of Golden Grahams cereal
1 cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Over medium heat, melt the butter and 6 cups of the mini marshmallows.  
  2. Once the butter and marshmallows are melted and combined, remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the 6 cups of Rice Krispies.  
  3. Next, add in the last cup of mini marshmallows, the mini chocolate chips, and the Golden Grahams cereal.  The chocolate chips will melt, but stir until everything else is combined.  
  4. Press the mixture into a 9×13 pan, coated with cooking spray or buttered.  Use a spatula or your buttered fingertips to press evenly into the pan.  
  5. If you’d like, crush up more Golden Grahams cereal to sprinkle over the top, along with a few more mini chocolate chips.  
  6. Allow to set completely and cut in to 24 bars and serve.


What’s your favorite summertime treat?


Kate lives in Iowa City with her husband (Matt) and three kids, ages 7, 5, and 2. She works at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa. She earned her PhD in Curriculum and Supervision in 2012. Prior to working at the University, she taught high school mathematics at many public schools in Iowa. Kate has also coached junior high and high school cheerleading squads for 10 years. Kate has a personal blog http://katedegner.wordpress.com . . . stop by and relive your junior high and high school mathematics classes! (without the anxiety or the homework :) )


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