Honey Nut Cheerio Marshmallow Treats are a nutty twist on the classic favorite snack. These treats are easy to make, full of gooey goodness, and topped with a butterscotch drizzle.
If you like Rice Krispies treats, then you’re going to love this delicious twist on an old favorite. I’ve been making Rice Krispies marshmallow treats for just about as long as I can remember. They’ve been a staple in my home since the kids were old enough to enjoy sweet treats. I often packed them in my kids’ lunches or kept a try of them ready for after-school snacks. They’re so easy to make and so delicious, they’ve been the perfect recipe to satisfy everyone in the family over the years.
Although we all love these marshmallow treats, after years of making them the same way over and over, they started to get tired and boring. That’s when I decided to give them a new twist by replacing the Rice Krispies with Honey Nut Cheerios. It takes those basic treats and gives them a great new flavor that’s been a big hit since I started making them. My grandchildren go nuts for them. And the adults aren’t far behind!
Honey Nut Cheerio Marshmallow Treats
These treats take everything we love about the traditional crispy rice variety and stands it on its head with a tasty honey nut flavor. Honey Nut Cheerios are combined with melted marshmallows, butterscotch, and chopped peanuts to create the ultimate marshmallow treat. Every bite is filled with sweet flavors, delicious crunch, and the joy you can only get by sharing a sweet treat with the family.
It starts with melted marshmallows enveloping our favorite sweet cereal. Then, as you chew, you realize that you’re getting the flavor of something extra. What is it? Oh! It’s butterscotch. And what’s this? Crunchy peanuts, too? I guarantee you’ve never had marshmallow treats like these before.
No Bake Cheerio Cereal Treats
Just like the Rice Krispies version, these Honey Nut Cheerio treats are no bake! They’re made just like the original, which means you only need to do a little melting and mixing, and you’re all done! It might taste different, but the process is entirely the same.
The great thing about this recipe is how easy it is to mix things up. Thanks to the wide variety of Cheerios flavors out there, you can make all kinds of delicious variations on this theme. The same holds true with the baking chips, too!
There are several types of Cheerios in the cereal aisle of the grocery store, so you have all kinds of options. In general, I prefer the sweeter cereals for this recipe, though. My favorite Cheerios for this recipe are:
- Chocolate Cheerios
- Cinnamon Burst Cheerios
- Fruity Cheerios
- Peanut Butter Cheerios
Different Baking Chips
Just like changing the Cheerios, you can change the baking chips to make a different recipe flavor, as well. Again, there are a wide variety of flavors to be found in the baking aisle of your grocery store, but my favorites include:
- Chocolate chips
- White chocolate chips
- Hershey’s cinnamon baking chips
Frequently Asked Questions
Before you dive into this recipe, take a moment to read over this FAQ. It answers the most common questions regarding there Honey Nut Cheerio marshmallow treats. These questions are related to the original recipe, but the information holds true for this and any other variation that you might make.
Why Do Homemade Rice Krispies Get Hard?
Using heat that’s too high to melt the marshmallows is almost always the reason that people end up with rock-hard Rice Krispies treats. Always melt the butter and marshmallows over low heat to keep your treats soft and chewy.
How Do You Make Rice Crispy Treats Without Getting Hard?
The first step is to melt the marshmallows over low heat as we just discussed. In addition to that, don’t over-stir the mixture, don’t press the mixture into the pan to densely, and always store them in an airtight container.
Why Do My Rice Krispies Treats Taste Stale?
If your treats have a soggy or stale texture, the most likely cause is that too much butter was added. Be sure to add only as much butter as the recipe calls for.
Why Did My Marshmallows Not Melt?
If your marshmallows are too old, they lost their moisture. When marshmallows get old and dried out, they only cook when exposed to fire rather than melting when heat is applied.
How to Store Honey Nut Cheerio Marshmallow Treats
You can store these treats in an airtight container or storage bag at room temperature for up to a week if you use salted butter, which I recommend.
Ingredients for Honey Nut Cheerio Marshmallow Treats
It only takes a few simple ingredients to make these delicious treats. If you don’t already have them in your kitchen – and chances are you do – you can find all of them easily at your local grocery store.
- Large marshmallows
- Honey Nut Cheerios
- Salted butter
- Melted butterscotch chips
- Chopped peanuts
How to Make Honey Nut Cheerio Marshmallow Treats
Making these treats is as easy as shopping for them! A little melting, a little mixing, and a little pressing are all it takes to make one of the best-tasting dessert bars you’ve ever had.
Step 1: Prep
Butter a 13×9 baking dish or spray with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside. Measure out all of your ingredients.
Step 2: Melt the Marshmallows
In a large pot, melt butter over low medium heat. After the butter is melted, add the marshmallows and stir until the marshmallows have melted and the mixture is completely combined.
Step 3: Add the Cheerios
Remove the melted marshmallows from the heat and pour the cereal into the saucepan. Stir the cereal into the marshmallows until just combined. Don’t overmix!
Step 4: Finish the Dish
Place mixture into the prepared pan and press down lightly with a buttered spatula to form an even layer. Then, sprinkle chopped peanuts over the mixture. Melt butterscotch morsels in the microwave and drizzle over the top. Let it cool and cut it into the desired size squares. Enjoy!
Try These Honey Nut Cheerios Treats Recipe Today
These Honey Nut Cheerio Marshmallow treats are so tasty and so easy to make. It only takes a few minutes to create these delicious treats, making them perfect for lunch or afternoon snacks, a surprise in the kid’s lunchbox, birthday party treats, or even delicious potluck desserts. With this combination of taste and ease, there’s no reason not to give them a try. Whip up a batch today, and I guarantee, they’ll be your new favorite.
More Easy Desserts
If you love easy desserts, try these recipes.
Easy Smore’s Cups – This recipe is made with 5 simple ingredients and takes about 15 minutes to whip up.
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And, here are some Chocolate Toffee Krispy Treats from Great Grub, Delicious Treats.
Honey Nut Cheerio Marshmallow Treats
- 60 large marshmallows, or 6 cups mini marshmallows
- 6 cups honey nut cereal
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup butterscotch chips, melted
- ½ cup chopped peanuts
- Butter a 13 x 9 baking dish. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
- Once the butter has melted, add marshmallows and stir until completely combined and marshmallow have melted.
- Remove from heat. Pour cereal into saucepan and stir until well coated.
- Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish, and using a buttered spatula, spread mixture and press mixture down into baking dish.
- Sprinkle chopped peanuts over cereal mixture and then, drizzle melted butterscotch morsels on top.
- Let cool. Cut into desired sizes and enjoy.
Here are a few pics to save to your favorite Pinterest boards.