Recipe Review

I Tried Rice Krispies Treat Cookies for the First Time and I’m Still Trying to Figure Out Where It All Went Wrong

published Aug 4, 2022
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I Tried It Rice Krispies Treat Cookies
Credit: Dai Poole

As a self-proclaimed dessert connoisseur, I find it essential to not just write about exciting new desserts like Little Debbie’s mini zebra donuts or share trendy recipes for homemade twists on my favorites like giant peanut butter cups. Instead, I see it as my responsibility to recreate viral dishes that catch my eye and share my honest opinions, too. 

While desserts in general are absolutely my cup of tea, cookies have been my preferred go-to of the lot. From banana cookies to classic black and white ones, I could eat cookies with a bowl of ice cream every night for eternity. The only baked goods I love more than cookies, however, are Rice Krispies Treats (homemade only, please). There’s something about taking a bite into the textured treat with the sticky marshmallow goodness swirled inside the sweet Krispies that feels euphoric to me.

So when I saw Julie Ann Polise’s (@trulyjuli on TikTok) recipe for Rice Krispies Treat Cookies, I felt it was the perfect mash-up of two of my favorite treats in one. While I may be a novice cook, I am pretty decent at baking, and this new recipe seemed to align well with my skill level, so there was nothing left to do but recreate it.

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How to Make Rice Krispies Treat Cookies

When following the recipe, it is helpful to see the process in three parts: making the Rice Krispies Treats, making the cookie dough, and bringing it all together.

Start by preheating your oven to 275°F. Then, pour sugar, salt, milk powder (optional), and Rice Krispies cereal into a medium bowl. After tossing the dry mix, add the melted butter, tossing it until coating the mixture. Next, spread the Rice Krispies clusters on a pan lined with parchment paper and bake it for 16 to 20 minutes. Once the clusters are done, cool the Rice Krispies crunch before using it in the recipe. 

Now, it’s time to work on the actual cookie. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar on medium-high for up to three minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, then scrape the sides of the bowl before continuing to beat the mix for 7 to 8 minutes. Decrease the mixer speed to low and add the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour. Then, mix it all for up to a minute until the dough comes together. If the dough is too sticky and loose, add additional flour. Keeping the speed on low, fold in the Rice Krispies crunch and mini marshmallows for no more than 30 to 45 seconds.

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Now, the next step is critical. Portion the dough into balls and place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Then, tightly wrap the pan with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for a minimum of one hour. It is imperative that the cookies not be baked at room temperature, as they will not hold their shape.

When you’re ready to bake the cookies, heat the oven to 375°F, and bake the chilled dough for 14 to 16 minutes. Due to variations in oven strength, you’ll want to check the cookies around the 10-minute mark. Lastly, let the cookies cool before transferring them to a plate and enjoy for up to five days at room temperature. 

My Honest Review of Rice Krispies Treat Cookies

My hopes were high for this dish, but I was slightly disappointed with the finished product. To start, it took about four rounds of trying to bake these to get them to even resemble a cookie.

The “flavor” of the mix is, without a doubt, very delicious. It’s sweet and gooey, just as you’d want from a Rice Krispies Treat, but the cookie part is where it falls short. Only a tiny portion in the center resembles the consistency of a cookie. The outer edges spread so thin that they were too crisp and weren’t easy to eat. I even brought in my mother to review what I did and help me figure out where I was going wrong. Her batch, however, came out similar to mine.

Credit: Dai Poole

3 Tips for Making Rice Krispies Treat Cookies

  1. Use your own cookie dough recipe and add the Rice Krispies Treat crumbles. The cookie portion was most challenging, so by using your own recipe, I think you’ll get a better outcome. The creator states that this is a thinner cookie, but her final cookies in the reference video weren’t as thin as the ones I created.
  2. Add more marshmallows. Even with my love of marshmallows aside, adding more will welcome a texture to the cookie that adds a delicious boost to the flavor profile.
  3. Read the entire instructions list before starting the process. I only read the ingredients list while at the grocery store, which resulted in needing a second trip because some items — like parchment paper — are only listed in the instructions. Also, because the dough requires a minimum of one hour to freeze, you’ll want to plan around that. In my opinion, that’s something you’d want to know if you’re in a time crunch.