Lucky charms treats are the sweet and wonderful no-bake dessert that kids of all ages love!
These extra chewy bars are perfect to send along to school for a St. Patrick’s Day party or to share with the team after practice. Double up the batch because these tasty hand held treats will disappear quickly! They also make a great take-along snack for picnics or potlucks, and a fun change of pace from crispy squares! Mix and switch ingredients to taste. Try them with chocolate chips, M&M’s, or peanuts.
Sweet St. Patrick’s Day Treat
- No-bake dessert recipes are the best! This recipe for Lucky Charms Marshmallow treats is a tasty twist on the original rice krispy treats recipe.
- Lucky Charms treats need only take a few ingredients and are quick to make! Plus, the cereal can be switched up to match the occasion!
- Just like chocolate macaroons and sushi candy, this Lucky Charm treats recipe is perfect for little kitchen helpers! They can help separate the cereal pieces from the marshmallows, stir the pot, and press the mixture down into the pan.
Ingredients and Variations
Cereal: Lucky Charms cereal pieces must be separated before preparing the recipe but that can be quick work if helpers volunteer! For a less sweet version, use half cereal and half crispy rice cereal. For a little bit of extra nutrition, mix in some old-fashioned oats or granola.
Marshmallows: Mini marshmallows will melt faster than regular-sized marshmallows, but they can be cut into smaller pieces before melting if needed. A 7-ounce jar of marshmallow crème (AKA ‘fluff) can be used instead of the marshmallows and will save lots of time!
Variations: Other kinds of crispy rice cereal can be used to make more no-bake desserts like chocolate cocoa pebbles, and Rice Chex (which are both gluten-free), however many cereal manufacturers offer gluten-free versions of the originals. Swirl in some peanut butter, mini M&M’s, sprinkles, or some caramel sauce if you like.
How to Make Lucky Charms Treats
- Melt butter and marshmallows, using either the stovetop or microwave directions (as per recipe below).
- Stir in the vanilla and cereal. Fold in Lucky Charms marshmallows, but reserve a handful for the top.
- Press mixture into pan, then sprinkle the reserved marshmallow charms over the top. Press everything down firmly.
- Cool, remove from pan, and cut into squares.
Tips for Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats
- For a thick square that’s extra soft and chewy, use a smaller pan and layer the mixture with half of the cereal pressed into the pan and then sprinkle with half of the marshmallow charms. Top with remaining cereal and marshmallows.
- To prevent sticky hands, use a sandwich bag as a glove and spray with pan release. Easy work and even easier cleanup! Or, grease the bottom of a measuring cup and use it to press the cereal into the pan. Hands that are moistened with a bit of water will help too!
- Line the pan with aluminum foil so the treats are easy to remove once cooled. Use a metal pastry cutter or a damp sharp knife to cut perfect squares.
How to Store Leftovers
Keep leftover Lucky Charms marshmallow treats in a covered container at room temperature for up to 4 days, or freeze individually wrapped squares in a zippered bag for up to 3 months. What a sweet surprise for someone special!
Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats
- Line a 9×13 inch pan with foil and grease with butter or cooking spray.
To Melt Marshmallows – Stovetop Method:
- In a large pot on medium low, melt butter. Add miniature marshmallows and stir until marshmallows are completely melted.
- Remove from heat. Add vanilla and stir well.
To Melt Marshmallows – Microwave Method:
- In a large microwavable bowl, microwave butter on high for 45 seconds, or until melted. Add miniature marshmallows and stir.
- Microwave 45 seconds and stir. Microwave for an additional 45 seconds and stir again. If marshmallows are not melted, microwave in 10 second increments, stirring after each interval until fully melted.
- Add vanilla and stir well.
To Complete Process (either method)
- Add cereal to melted marshmallow mixture and combine. Gently stir in the Lucky Charms marshmallows (if using).
- Add mixture to the prepared pan and press down slightly (using the back of a greased spoon or measuring cup if needed).
- Cool. Using foil, remove squares from the pan and cut.
- Nutrition calculated without optional Lucky Charms Marshmallows.
- If using a 13 ounce package of mini marshmallows, remove 1 ½ cups. These can be used for add-ins.
- Use a 7-ounce jar of marshmallow crème (AKA ‘fluff) instead of the colored mini marshmallows if desired.
- Use a 9×9 inch pan for taller squares
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.
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