In these kahlua krispie treats I added kahlua liqueur and cocoa powder to the melted marshmallow mixture and sprinkled the treats with mini chocolate chips.
Is it wrong that I turned an otherwise kid-friendly treat into something naughty for us grownups?
Well if it’s wrong… I don’t ever want to be right.
Love doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about rice krispie treats. I usually prefer to eat them straight out of the pot/bowl, all warm and sticky, leaving my fingers a mess. But for this recipe I like them pressed into a pan and sprinkled with mini chocolate chips.
The hardest part of this recipe? Waiting for them to cool… it’s pure torture.
To Make These Kahlua Krispie Treats You Will Need:
- mini marshmallows
- unsalted butter
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- Kahlua liqueur
- puffed rice cereal
- mini chocolate chips
You should have seen the faces of my girls when I told them that they couldn’t eat these. It was bad… so bad I made them their own batch, just minus the Kahlua. I’m such a sucker for a pouty lip and their sad-eyes. So not to worry, you can totally leave out the Kahlua and these will still be some amazing cocoa-krispie treats. Ya dig?
Spray and line a 9×13 baking pan.
I like to line the pan with parchment so I can remove them easily and not scratch up my pan when I go to slice them up.
It’s also a good idea to have everything set up next to the stove top, because the magic happens fast.
Heat a large pot over low heat. Add in 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter and let it melt slowly.
Drop in the 5 cups of mini marshmallows (40-ish of the big ones). I prefer the mini ones… I have ZERO patience and these melt way faster.
Stir them every so often until they soften up.
Keep stirring until the marshmallows are completely melted and is entirely smooth.
Add in the 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder.
Plop it right on in. No finesse needed.
Remove the pot off of the heat and stir with some fierceness until the cocoa is completely mixed in to the mallow.
Then pour in the 1/4 cup of Kahlua…
Next, stir some more. Stop now and grab a pretzel and dip… taste testing is ahhhhmazing.
Then add in the cereal.
Next, gently stir until everything is coated in glorious cocoa-kahlua-ness.
Then into the pan it goes.
And then with a little help from the old trusty spatula spread them evenly.
Next, sprinkle with the mini chocolate chips.
Then with some scrap parchment, press down to flatten these suckers out. And now comes the agonizing part. Waiting. I’m so NOT good at this.
I was tempted to pick at a corner. And maybe I did. I’ll never tell.
Next, use the parchment paper handles and pull them out of the pan. Cut into squares, the bigger the better, just sayin.
Finally, go and grab three Kahlua krispie treats and some milk and stuff your face! (please pardon the extreme close up).
Enjoy! And if you give this Kahlua Krispie Treats recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
Kahlua Krispie Treats
- 6 cups rice cereal
- 5 cups mini marshmallows, or 40 of the large
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup Kahlua liqueur
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Spray a 9x13 baking dish with light olive oil or coconut spray and line with parchment paper.
- In a large pot melt the butter over low heat.
- Once melted, add in the marshmallows. Stir until melted and smooth.
- Remove off of the heat and stir in the cocoa powder and Kahlua until completely incorporated.
- Add in the cereal and gently stir to coat.
- Spoon the cereal mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a spatula.
- Sprinkle with the mini chocolate chips and press down with a scrap of parchment.
- Let cool completely before removing and cutting into squares.
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What an amazing idea…will be making these for our next book club, I think the girls will love them 🙂 I love your recipes, thank you!!
How can that ever be wrong?! You’re a genius!
Um, yes. Yes, please. I actually just made a small batch of rice krispie treats yesterday.
There’s none left today.
Love this version! I can never get enough krispie treats so this one is bookmarked. 🙂
An adults only rice crispy is brilliant! The kiddos can enjoy their version while you get the boozy one! This is a definite must this weekend! 🙂
RKTreats are a huge fave of mine – never would I have thought to booze up the marshmallows. GREAT thinking!
Fun twist on RK treats!
This looks quite right to me!
These look heavenly!
Kids shouldn’t get all the fun 🙂 I love this twist!
I love all of the mini chocolate chips you added! Fun twist on a kid treat 🙂
sooooo i’m going to be THAT kid that doesn’t like krispie treats (i KNOW right?!) but i’m thinking if anything could make me fall in love it’s Kahlua!
Kahlua in krispie treats! Have mercy!!
Pretty sure I need to make these for my brothers birthday next week. 🙂
I just made biscoff ones the other day but they’re absolutely shameful compared to these! Grown-up rice krispie treats are just so much better!
If this is wrong, I don’t ever want to be right either! They look INCREDIBLE!
Hi ! I tried to make these tonight, but for some reason when I added the marshmallows into the butter, it started to turn into caramel and it was a complete failure. Any idea as to why that happened and how I can avoid it next time? Thanks!
Hi Julia! The only thing I can think of is that maybe the stove temp was up too high? Or the butter browned? Sorry that happened to ya… but I say give it another go! 🙂
this is simply brilliant to use kahlua in this krispie treat!! what an ingenius idea, you’re so talented and creative, Laurie!
Please, keep turning childhood favorites into adult treats! These look awesome!
If I make this, someone will have to chain me to the chair or I will dig in before it’s set! Love this adult version of rice krispy treats – especially that I could have it without gilt as my late night snack 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
I need these in my life.
What delightful looking chocolate-y rice krispie treats, especially since they are intended for adults. You’re never too old to enjoy a rice krispie treat. I’ve made and brought original flavor ones to several “Dirty Thirty” birthday celebrations and people always have positive comments about them. Must be something about the nostalgia they evoke. Thanks for posting this!
Whoa!! Such beautiful blogging! And the bars look amazing too!
OMG! Just the thought of these luscious goodies makes me totally crave them….I just don’t know how you resist not eating ALL of them, and claiming that you never even made them..LOL! Then, just wash it all down with some Kahlua….
Has anyone ever measured out how much the melted marshmallows are? I was thinking of making these with Jet-Puffed instead of straight marshmallows. Any help is greatly appreciated!!