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Cheerio Treats

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.
  • Makes
    15 servings


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


  • 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.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 230 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • hotfudgesundae
    Feb 21, 2016

    Fun treat and so quick and easy to make!

  • cook4my5kidsandhub
    Feb 27, 2013


  • selyfarm
    Oct 1, 2012

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

  • Daurice
    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.

  • ahalbersma
    Oct 24, 2011

    very good, and lots of requests for the recipe!

  • Sunny1978
    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.

  • gemj
    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.

  • jgoodnight
    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.

  • cookingirl78
    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.

  • HeatherHH
    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.