I ‘Cherry’ish You Rice Krispies Treats - Carolina Country

I ‘Cherry’ish You Rice Krispies Treats

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I ‘Cherry’ish You Rice Krispies Treats

This twist on the tried-and-true Rice Krispies Treats® recipe is just in time to share with those you love on Valentine’s Day. It’s an easy recipe for the next generation of aspiring little chefs, too!


Basic Cherry-Vanilla Treats
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag mini-marshmallows
  • 5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
  • 8 cups Rice Krispies® cereal
  • 1 cup toasted almonds, crumbled
  • Decorating icings and sprinkles
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutters


  1. Melt butter in a heavy pot over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, cherries and cereal.

  2. Using a buttered spatula, fold together until well combined. Pour out onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and spread to about 1-inch thickness. Cool.

  3. Cut, decorate and dust with toasted almonds.

Also try:

Very Cherry Vanilla Treats
Make basic recipe, stirring in 2 tablespoons of red cherry gelatin powder.

Black Forest Treats
Make basic recipe, substituting chocolate Rice Krispies cereal Stir 1 cup of milk chocolate chips in with cereal.

Cherry Juice Goodness
Wait! Don’t pour out that delicious drained cherry juice leftover from this recipe. Use in frostings, whipped cream or cake batter. A splash makes your hot chocolate into “Chocolate Covered Cherry” hot chocolate and will turn your cola drinks into fun cherry ones. Use to make lemon or limeade cherry ice cubes, too. Tell us what you like to do with maraschino cherry juice in the comments section.

Recipe courtesy of

Wendy Perry, a culinary adventurist and blogger, chats about goodness around NC on her blog at WendysHomeEconomics.com.

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Comments (1)

  • What I used to do as a child with maraschino cherry juice pushed into the back of refrigerator for special recipes or adult use? I loved to add to coke and make cherry cokes, then add water back to jar so that no one would discover or fuss. Yes, my family was frugal, conserving on energy and all other household expenses.

    Jean Pinkston |
    February 01, 2019 |

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