Rice krispy treats are what I would consider my signature dessert – I’ve shared recipes over the years for my classic rice krispy treats, a pumpkin spice version, neapolitan flavors, and even a s’mores flavored treat! One of my favorites though is a chocolate rice krispy treat made with cocoa krispies (we are chocolate lovers at our house!). I pull out this recipe every year for the Big Game and make a big batch that are stamped out with a football cookie cutter and decorated with just a touch of white icing to make little football laces. They’re festive and kid-friendly (though grown-ups love them too), and best of all – quick and easy to make!My recipe for rice krispy treats — this cocoa version included – has a few key features that make them super delicious. To start, I always use mini marshmallows in any of the rice krispy recipes. They melt quicker and more evenly, which leads to a fluffier, smoother consistency to the marshmallow glue that holds the treats together. My recipe also uses a little bit more butter and some sea salt, as compared to a recipe you’d find on a cereal box, because butter and salt make everything better.

You can make these and omit the football cookie cutter and white icing laces to make them everyday chocolate squares (still delicious!) or give them the game day treatment and use them for your football viewing celebrations. Get the full recipe below!

Chocolate Football Rice Krispy Treats.
  • 5 Tablespoons of butter
  • 6-7 Cups of mini marshmallows (one full bag)
  • ½ Tsp of salt
  • 5 Cups of Cocoa Krispies Cereal
  • White frosting for decorations (optional)
  1. Combine butter, mini marshmallows, and salt in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Heat the mixture while stirring constantly until marshmallows are melted and fully combined with butter.
  3. Remove from heat and fold in Cocoa Krispies cereal until full incorporated into marshmallows.
  4. Press mixture into a rimmed sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
  5. Let the Rice Krispy Treats sit and solidify for at least an hour before cutting into them.
  6. Cut treats out into football shapes using cookie cutters and decorate with white food coloring to create the football laces.

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