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Cookie Dough Rice Krispie Treats take the classic cereal bars and add a layer of cookie dough and luscious milk chocolate ganache. Put on some stretchy pants as these are addictive!!

When the classic Rice Krispie Treats Recipe gets a makeover something magical and delicious happens!

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Cookie Dough Rice Krispie Treats

When I spied Danielle’s decadent Rice Krispie Treats, I couldn’t resist!! I must admit, cookie dough is my downfall. But this eggless recipe is safe to indulge, and the flavor and texture combination of these Rice Krispie Bars is to die for! While cutting these bars for photos, I sampled and sampled and sampled. A sugar coma nearly did me in, but what a way to go!! A batch will go a long way as these are incredibly rich.

Process shots of how to make Rice Krispie Treats Bars

Melt and Mix the Rice Krispie Treats Ingredients – Press Mixture into Foil-lined Pan

Spread Cookie Dough over Rice Krispie Layer – Top with Chocolate Ganache

How to Make Rice Krispie Treats

There are numerous versions of these cereal bars, peanut butter rice krispie treats being one of my favorites. But these bars start with the classic Rice Krispie Treats recipe with marshmallows, butter, and cereal.

  • Use at least a 1:1 ratio of marshmallows to cereal. Skimping on the marshmallows with leave you without enough gooey goodness to coat every single piece of cereal.
  • PRO-Tip: Use salted butter. Salt is a flavor enhancer, and the butter will provide the perfect amount for this recipe.
  • Gently melt the butter and marshmallows. High heat will wreak havoc on the results, making the bars too hard.
  • Use mini marshmallows as they will melt more easily.
  • PRO-Tip: Use fresh marshmallows. They should not be stuck together in the bag, a sign they have not been kept in an optimal environment or are near their expiration date.
  • Gently combine the cereal and marshmallow mixture, coating all the bits of cereal.
  • Do not compress the mixture too much when pressing it into the prepared pan. If the mixture is too dense, it won’t be as easy to bite into.
  • Use greased hands to pat the mixture into the prepared pan so it doesn’t stick to your fingers. Use an offset spatula to help level the layer without too much pressure.
  • Since these are layered bars, making the first layer level will offer a prettier presentation.
2 Rice Krispie Treats on a round white plate

Is Eggless Cookie Dough Safe?

Without the raw egg of regular, homemade cookie dough, there is no chance of contracting salmonella, which can be a foodborne illness transmitted by eating raw eggs. There is another potential worry, and that’s with eating raw flour. In 2016, the FDA warned against eating raw flour because of a chance of contamination from e. coli bacteria and more. To make it safe, the flour needs to be heated to 160º. This can be easily done by placing the flour in a microwave-safe container, and nuking it for about 1 minute. Take your instant-read thermometer, insert it in the flour and make sure the temperature is 160º or more.

Two cookie dough rice krispie bars on a white plate

Cookie Dough Rice Krispie Treats

A decadent twist on the classic cereal treats with a layer of cookie dough and chocolate ganache!


Krispie Treats

  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
  • 8 cups mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Cookie Dough Layer

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ cups mini chocolate chips

Milk Chocolate Ganache

  • 7 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream


Line a 9 x13 pan with nonstick foil.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine marshmallows and butter. Heat with 30-second increments until melted and smooth.

Stir in the cereal to coat evenly and spread into the pan. Use an offset spatula to make an even layer.

To make the cookie dough, beat butter, salt and both sugars in the mixer. Add milk & vanilla, then add the flour on low speed. Fold in the chocolate chips. Spread over the Krispie treats layer.

To make the ganache, chop milk chocolate and place it in a heat-safe bowl.

Heat heavy cream in the microwave until very hot, then pour over the chocolate. Let stand one minute, then whisk until smooth.

Let cool just a few minutes and spread over the cookie dough layer.

Place the pan into the freezer until chocolate is set. Cut and serve.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 3g


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11 comments on “Cookie Dough Rice Krispie Treats”

  1. I NEED one now! They are so perfectly sliced 🙂 Happy Easter to you and your family, Liz.

  2. Dear Liz, wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter!
    Looking at these delightful Rice Krispies Treats, I know that you made everyone at your house happy! They look absolutely perfect!
    Frohe Ostern, my friend, from all of us!
    Andrea xo

  3. Oh boy, these look dangerous! I’m afraid these days my stretchy pants need stretchy pants:@)

  4. These look awesome!!!! Glad you got the date right! Ha! Me, on the other hand, a wee bit early! Lol xo

  5. Great treats, Liz! They look very enticing and I can imagine how quickly they vanish! Take care

  6. Love this elevated rice krispie square! They look fabulous and I think my little loves would devour these!

  7. This is such a great idea! Love this dessert mashup with the three different layers! So good!

  8. These bars are out-of-this-world delicious! My family went nuts for them! I think I may try them with PB treats as the base layer next time for even more decadence.

  9. I love that you made a classic recipe into a gourmet one! My kids would be THRILLED with this goodness!

  10. This recipe is making us so hungry and the thought of that chewy texture and that soft chocolate ganache on top is delightful. Are you baking for all the staff in the hospital? Bet this treat won’t last long.

  11. As usual, I always learn something from your Tips. Didn’t know to use salted butter with rice krispie bars nor did I know that marshmallows stuck together meant they were nearing the End. How have I lived so long without that knowledge! How nice of you to “class” up the lowly rice krispie bars. They do look delicious and addictive. If we ever get back to normal here at The Gant, the kids would love these.

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