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Cheerio Treats Recipe

Cheerio Treats Recipe

In Wynot, Nebraska, Penny Reifenrath uses peanut butter, Cheerios and candies to put a tooth-tingling spin on marshmallow-cereal bars. "Whether I take them to picnics or bake sales, I'm always asked for the recipe," she notes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:15 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10-1/2 ounces) miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 5 cups Cheerios
  • 1 cup milk chocolate M&M's


  • 1. Place butter and marshmallows in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-2 minutes or until melted. Stir in peanut butter until blended. Add the cereal and M&M's. Spoon into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan; press down gently. Cool slightly before cutting. Yield: 15 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 230 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 171 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Reviews for Cheerio Treats

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Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"Fun treat and so quick and easy to make!"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013


Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"very, very good! my 92 year old uncle LOVED them."

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"Although my grandchildren ate it all before I could taste it, lol, I am guessing it is very good. I only had a half bag of white and half bag of candy cane marshmallows so I mixed them together and left the M&M's out. Would definitely make it again based on the grandchildren asking that I make it again."

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"very good, and lots of requests for the recipe!"

Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"I made these because I didn't have any rice krispies in the house. I shouldve bought the rice krispies :( The moisture in the materials made the cheerios taste soft and stale. Overall they just didn't taste good."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"My mom and I made this when my daughter was little. We had found the recipe on a box of cheerios and couldn't find it anymore.My daughter is now in college and is asking for these in a care package."

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"I make this recipe for my daughter in college all the time I have even mailed it to her, she is always asking when I can make them for her. I use the holiday m & m's Halloween, Christmas, Easter colors makes them more fun.

When making, have the peanut butter measured ready to spoon in before starting to stir melted marshmallows, it sets up fast."

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"I made this recipe when it was first published and it's been a family favorite ever since. My son just requested it again. It's a pretty healthy snack that I don't feel guilty about giving to him."

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"These are as easy to make as Rice Krispies. They're also healthier since the cereal is whole grain, and there's some peanut butter for protein. I like these better than regular Rice Krispy Treats and will probably make them again."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"My daughter does not like chocolate so I make these with Reeses Pieces instead of the M&Ms. They are just as great."

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2010

"Good recipe - I used the new chocolate cheerios & sprinked chocolate chips on top. Next time won't use quite as much peanut butter. Also, put a dash of vanilla extract."

Reviewed Aug. 14, 2010

"I make these often to take to work. I always take home an empty tray. They are quick, easy, and delicious."

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2010

"These were chewy and yummy. My three year old loved them. It was a fun snack for him."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"OK, I made them again! Well, I had to use up the cereal and M&M's, didn't I? I did some research online after my last attempt, and learned a few tricks, which I now share: Spray EVERYTHING that will touch the mixture with nonstick cooking spray (something we didn't have 30 years ago!)--the bowl (before you put the marshmallows and butter in it), the mixing spoon, spatula, etc. Spray repeatedly as necessary; you can't use too much. Line the pan with aluminum foil and grease it well. When the bars are ready to cut, you can lift the whole thing out very easily and transfer to a cutting board. DON'T overcook the marshmallows--that's what makes them even more concrete-like. In a high-wattage MW like mine (1,700), 1:30 is perfect. I checked after 1 min, just to be safe. Grease whatever you use to press the mixture into the pan...I used my hands, it was a lot easier than fooling around a spoon or waxed paper or whatever. Pop the pan in the fridge for at least 20 minutes, to give the mixture time to cool and solidify; it will be much easier to cut.

Finally, I made this second batch for my husband, who is one of those rare people who doesn't like peanut butter. I substituted Nutella, which he loves---they are a hit!!"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"I just made this recipe to include in a care package my office is sending to a soldier serving in Afghanistan...and then I remembered why I made rice krispies treats one time as a kid, and never made them again in 30 years: melted marshmallows turn very quickly into a substance roughly resembling concrete. I practically had to chisel the stuff out of the bowl, crushing cheerios and melting or crushing M&M's in the process. Anyone have any suggestions for the secret(s) that I obviously don't know? There must be something, because these types of bars are massively popular! The consolation is that I'm sure they'll taste great and travel well."

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2009

"I prefer to make these with either Frosted Cheerios or the Honey Nut kind--adds a little more spark to the bar."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2008

"They can easily be dressed up depending on the season. I use Fall colored M&M's for Thanksgiving and a red, white, and green ones for Christmas."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2008

"These bars are super easy to make. The taste is just the right mix of peanut butter and chocolate. They are a huge hit with everyone - especially kids!"

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