I love Lucky Charms!
My favorite breakfast when I was little was either a raspberry toaster strudel, S’mores poptart, cinnamon-sugar donut, or a bowl of Lucky Charms. Or my mom’s homemade waffles. I have always liked my sugar, yes.
Breakfast looks a little different these days for me, but there is one thing that will never change: I will always love me Lucky Charms! And it was only a matter of time until I made dessert with them. You will adore these cereal bars!
They are Rice Krispie Treats with a colorful little marshmallow makeover. I also used the MAX amount of marshmallow that I could because let’s face it – I love marshmallow goo. Who doesn’t?!
Extra marshmallow on top of the actual Lucky Charms marshmallows.
DOUBLE the marshmallow fun.
Look at all of that marshmallow! ↓
To really make the treats feel special, I dipped the bottoms in melted white chocolate. They remind me of the packaged Lucky Charms treats you can find at the store.
My treats are not as hard or stale-tasting as the store-bought kind. And the white chocolate actually tastes like white chocolate. AND you get more than 6 in a box – my recipe makes 18 extra large bars. Homemade always wins in my book.
To start, get your Lucky Charms cereal ready.
I used 6 cups of cereal, which will leave you with some leftover in a normal 14 oz box.
Set the cereal aside. Melt 1/2 stick (4 Tbsp) of butter over low heat. Add one 10 oz bag of marshmallows PLUS 1 extra cup. I’m sorry, but I’m making you buy extra marshmallows. Trust me, it is so worth it to add that extra cup. It will make your bars so sticky, gooey, and full of those glorious stretchy marshmallow strings.
When I’m making any kind of rice krispie/marshmallow cereal treat, I always use more butter (and less cereal) than your typical recipe. The marshmallows are what harden and turn your treats to rocks the next day, so you want to butter them up as much as you can. When you are melting the two together, be sure to do so on very low heat and constantly stir. You want the mixture to be very buttery.
Once the marshmallows are melted with the butter, remove from heat, pour the Lucky Charms in and stir it all together, making sure to do so gently – you don’t want to break the cereal.
After it is all stirred together, transfer to a 9×13 baking pan.
Be sure to not press the treats into the pan with force. That’s what creates a hard cereal treat! Instead, you want to mold them into the pan’s shape by very, very gently pressing down with a spatula. I spray the backside of my spatula with non-stick spray for ease.
Allow the treats to set for about 2 hours at room temperature before cutting. I do not refrigerate my treats because that is what makes them rock hard. Once you have them cut into 18 rectangles (or larger/smaller), dip them into melted white chocolate.
I used 16 ounces of melting white chocolate from Ghirardelli that I found on sale at the store. You may use ANY kind of white chocolate made for melting, not white chocolate chips. You could also use candy melts (found at craft stores) or almond bark (found at Walmart, Target, and most grocery stores) for dipping as well.
If dipping isn’t your forte, you could always just add white chocolate chips to the cereal before coating with the melted butter/marshmallow.
The cereal bars aren’t as soft as my rice krispie treats, but that is only because Lucky Charms is a much crunchier cereal. Think of biting into one of these treats as if you were eating a spoon of Marshmallow Fluff topped with Lucky Charms and white chocolate. Amazing, huh?
These are so easy to make and there is NO baking involved. Perfect for any last minute get togethers or parties you may have for St. Patrick’s Day, or any day of the year.
Aren’t they pretty? And may I add… magically delicious, too.
Makes 18 large treats.
- 6 cups Lucky Charms cereal
- 4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 10 ounce bag of marshmallows + 1 cup (extra cup is strongly recommended)
- 16 ounces melting white chocolate (or almond bark or candy melts)
- Spray 9x13 baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the marshmallows until they are just about fully melted into the butter. Some chunks of marshmallow may remain. Add in the Lucky Charms cereal and stir until the cereal is fully coated.
- Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and gently spread out evenly. I sprayed the back of a large spatula with non-stick spray and gently pressed the mixture without packing it down.
- Allow to set for 2 hours at room temperature before cutting into rectangles or squares, whichever shape/size you prefer.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside. Melt the white chocolate according to package instructions. Hold the treat and dip the bottom into white chocolate, making sure to coat it generously. Place treats white chocolate side up on prepared baking sheet. Allow chocolate to set at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Store treats at room temperature.
*If you don't want to dip them into white chocolate, you could add 1 cup of white chocolate chips to the cereal before coating with the melted butter/marshmallow.
Recipe source: sallysbakingaddiction.com
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