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There really are no other words to describe these Rice Krispie cookies. My friend Denise learned how to bake Rice Krispie bars in her home economics class in 8th grade. Denise thought she could do better than the bars she learned to make in Home Ec, and over the years developed these chocolate-topped Rice Krispie cookies. Denise is now quite famous for them. Whenever she brings a platter of these cookies they disappear in an instant. I confess to having willpower problems when these cookies are within reach.

Making cookies is a segue to good nutrition

I know, these cookies are hardly the pinnacle of great nutrition, but a little treat here and there is O.K. when the majority of your diet is healthy. More importantly, I think baking cookies is probably the single best way to attract new cooks, particularly when those would-be cooks are kids. Baking cookies is what most kids learn to make first. They don't get interested in cooking to learn how to make brussels sprouts. For me it was Snickerdoodles. For Denise it was Rice Krispie treats. Once you get kids in the kitchen having fun, then you can segue into more nutritious foods.

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Eat them with strawberries

Here is a nutritional trick to employ when you indulge in these cookies. When you eat one cup of strawberries at the same time you eat sugar, the strawberries reduce the blood sugar elevation that you would get by eating sugar alone. Isn't that a neat trick? To learn more about the nutritional benefits of strawberries read my post.


These cookies are gluten-free. Print

Rice Krispie treats by Denise

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Decadently good Rice Krispie treat cookies can be made in under half an hour. Bring a plate to your next gathering and watch them disappear even faster.

  • Author: Something New For Dinner
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 26 cookies 1x


  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup light karo syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 8 ounces chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl lightly toss coconut flakes and Rice Krispies. Set aside. Lightly butter a cookie sheet.
  2. In a saucepan heat karo syrup and sugar over medium heat until it begins to boil. Reduce heat and boil for one minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat and stir the peanut butter into the sugar mixture until well-combined. Stir the peanut butter/sugar mixture into the Rice Krispies and coconut until they are all combined.
  4. Using a tablespoon, drop heaping spoonfuls of the mixture onto the cookie sheet, using your hand to lightly form the cookies into mounds.
  5. In the microwave, heat chocolate chips in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until melted and smooth.
  6. Dab the top of each cookie with a teaspoonful of chocolate. Store in the refrigerator.




  1. Nancy B says:

    Sinful is right! These are the best!

    1. Kim says:

      I am with you Nancy!

  2. Genni White says:

    I’m going to make these for an NCL bake sale in a couple of weeks!

    1. Kim says:

      Let us know how you like them Genni. Don’t be surprised if someone follows you home for the recipe!

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