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Lemon Crispy Rice Treats

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A fun take on a classic dessert, these lemon crispy rice treats are delicious and use only fresh lemon for flavor!

A very merry unbirthday to you (to who?) to me that’s who! *You may commence the singing and bopping along to the song now. Sloshing tea and hats optional.* Today’s about celebrating birthdays because we can, and there are so many birthdays right now in my life! My blogging friends Tara, Nicole, AND Meaghan at An Aiming High Wife, Little Blog on the Homestead, and Cook Craft Love, respectively, all celebrated birthdays in the last month. Quite a few other friends also had birthdays, and then my Mommy’s birthday is coming up in a few short weeks! Birthdays everywhere…

So today we are celebrating birthdays with a trial run of my mother’s birthday “cake”. Last year, I made my mom a creative rice crispy treat recipe when she came to visit us, and posted another on her birthday. This year is extra special though, because I will be with my mother on her birthday! I can’t remember the last time that happened, but it’s been at least 6-7 years. This year the timing worked out perfectly though because her birthday falls on the same weekend as our half marathon, so we’ll meet them and spend a few days together. So I told my mom I would bring her a birthday “cake”, whatever she requested and I could transport safely. She wanted lemon rice krispie treats or lemon crispy rice treats… whatever you want to call them.

A fun take on a classic dessert, these lemon crispy rice treats are delicious and use only fresh lemon for flavor!


These really couldn’t be any easier to make. I make them using a big pot on the stove top after a microwave marshmallow melting incident back in college, but you can microwave if you want as well. Use the fine side of a box grater to zest a lemon, add the fresh lemon to your treat mixture, and you’ll have just the right amount of lemon flavor to brighten the dish and add a fun twist! Pastel confetti sprinkles added just for fun. 😉

Since these were a request, I know I’m not ruining the surprise by sharing this recipe a little early. I hope you enjoy, and happy birthday to you… whenever it may be!

A fun take on a classic dessert, these lemon crispy rice treats are delicious and use only fresh lemon for flavor!

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Lemon Crispy Rice Treats

Lemon Crispy Rice Treats

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows
  • 4 tbsp salted butter, or 4 tbsp unsalted butter and a pinch of salt
  • tbsp zest from 1 fresh lemon, about 1.5-2


  1. Use the wrapper from the butter or nonstick spray to coat the inside of a 9x13" pan. Set aside.
  2. If you haven't already, zest the lemon and set the zest aside.
  3. Place a large pot over medium heat and melt the butter.
  4. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly until they have completely melted. Remove the pot from the heat.
  5. Working quickly, stir in the lemon zest. Then add the rice cereal and stir until completely coated in marshmallow mixture.
  6. Press the treat mixture into your prepared pan and allow to cool and set.
  7. Cut into squares and serve! Will keep up to 1 week in an airtight container at room temperature.

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  • Reply
    colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess
    October 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I love flavored rice krispies treats (I think I’ve done about 20 different kinds!), but the addition of the lemon zest to get this flavor is genius. Bet it was super bright and flavorful. Nicely done!

    • Reply
      The Godmother
      October 27, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you! We’re big fans of everything lemon in our house.

  • Reply
    October 16, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I love the idea of adding lemon yumminess to rice crispy bars. I just made peanut butter rice crispy bars and my husband ate them up like they were going out of style. I’ll have to give lemon a try and see if he has the same response! Which I am sure he will, he has never turned down one of your recipes!

    • Reply
      The Godmother
      October 17, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Nice! The Godfather is also a fan of peanut butter anything. We can trade ideas and report back on the results. 🙂

  • Reply
    October 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

    This is such a great idea! I bet a little lemon zest goes a long way! (and oh my gosh my phone autocorrected zest to sex! Phew, glad I caught that one). I also LOVE the birthday sprinkles on top. How festive!

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    Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love.
    October 16, 2015 at 10:01 am

    I’ve never thought to add other flavors to my rice krispie treats. What a great idea! I love lemon and birthdays and might have to make these for myself this weekend 😀

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