Easy Rice Krispie Baskets and Pie Crust can be filled with ice cream and chocolate sauce or shredded coconut and chocolate eggs for Easter and more!
When I was growing up, one of my favorite desserts that my mother made included rice krispies.
She followed the recipe for rice krispie squares and pressed the mixture into a pie plate. Next she filled it with ice cream, leveled it as best she could and refroze it to keep the ice cream frozen.
When it was time to eat she took it out of the freezer and served it with caramel or chocolate syrup, nuts and whipped cream. My favorite ice cream treat ever!
My inspiration for these baskets comes from her. Now when we are in the mood I still make these baskets with a scoop of ice cream and other toppings.
You honestly can fill these baskets with anything.
Around Easter, we tend to fill them exactly like our Adorable Easter Egg Cookie Nests and Christmas our Holiday Surprise Basket Cookies but these ones are gluten free, especially for my niece who has Celiac disease and cannot tolerate any gluten.
Tips for making the BEST Rice Krispie Treats
The most important rule I was taught is to make sure everything is fresh. From the butter, to the cereal and the marshmallows. All of it, as fresh as possible.
Cereal that is old and stale or marshmallows that are old and dry will both cause your rice krispie squares or baskets to fall apart and taste so dry as soon as they are made.
Bottom line is the marshmallows will not melt the same and they just won't taste the same so do not do it!
Don't worry about going a little over with marshmallows. Better to have too many than not enough!
Next, when you are melting your butter and then marshmallows, make sure to do it over LOW heat, no matter how tempting to try and speed up the process DO NOT.
If you do your treats will be harder than they need to be, sometimes too hard to even eat!
How do you store Rice Krispie Treats?
Rice Krispies need to be stored at room temperature for no more than up to and including the next day. By the day after that I place them in a large resealable freezer bag, suck out as much air as possible, and into the freezer they go. That is until my husband sees them.
Ken, my husband, swears that an airtight container does the trick just fine to freeze them. I suspect that is probably because the Rice Krispie Treats don't last that long in our home.
He prefers an airtight container and will remove my freezer bag and put them all inside one container.
Both he and my son will grab a square out of the container in the freezer and allow it to sit on the counter, sometimes even on a paper towel or plate, but not usually, as they finish getting ready.
They return in time for their treat to be defrosted, and out the door they go with it, less than 20 minutes.
Myself, I have a healthy almost fear of air inside anything I place in our freezer. I don't like freezer burn and I hate to waste food even more so I always do my best to get as much air out as humanly possible. I can't do that with a container so I always use a resealable bag.
In my opinion, Rice Krispie Treats will last in your freezer for up to a month and after that they end up dry and to quote my close friend, nasty!
Ingredients in Easy Rice Krispie Baskets and Pie Crust
- Rice Krispie Cereal
- jelly beans
- chocolate eggs
- candy coated chocolate eggs
Coloring the Coconut
- shredded coconut
- food coloring
How to make Easy Rice Krispie Baskets and Pie Crust
Prepare a muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
In large saucepan melt butter over LOW heat.
Add marshmallows, staying at low heat, stir until completely melted.
Remove from heat.
Add Rice Krispies cereal. Gently stir until well coated.
Divide and press mixture into individual muffin cups creating baskets, as deep or shallow as you want.
Cool and remove from muffin pans.
Fill cooled nests with melted chocolate, shredded coconut, jelly beans or chocolate eggs.
These taste best if served the same day but can be stored in an airtight container.
How do you color shredded coconut?
Combine water and food coloring in a small bowl.
Add coconut and stir until coconut is tinted.
Spread out on baking sheet to dry.
Rice Krispie Pie Crust
When we were young my mother used to make this rice krispie pie crust and fill it with ice cream. Sometimes we got vanilla, sometimes chocolate or whatever flavor she decided to grab.
There were times the ice cream had treats already mixed in it and sometimes she added treats to whatever flavor she was using.
She always finished it off with chocolate or caramel sauce and there were never any leftovers. Boy oh boy was the pie delicious.
If you LOVE rice krispie treats then you'll LOVE using them as a pie crust. Just you wait and see.
We were so impressed with this rice krispie pie crust and the ice cream pie that filled it we used to drive my mother crazy asking or should I say begging her to make it for us.
She would not make it frequently for us. No matter how hard we tried.
If you ever want to try it simply press rice krispie mixture into pie plate instead of muffin pan and once cool add anything from ice cream to pudding.
You'll LOVE every last bite!
Easy Easter Desserts
Easy Rice Krispie Baskets
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 5 cups marshmallows
- 4 tblsp butter
- jelly beans
- chocolate eggs
- candy coated chocolate eggs
Coloring the coconut
- ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut optional
- 2-4 drops food coloring optional
- ¼ teaspoon water
- Get out and measure your ingredients.
- Prepare a muffin pan with butter or cooking spray. Set aside.
- In large saucepan melt butter over LOW heat.
- Add marshmallows, staying at low heat, stir until completely melted.
- Remove from heat.
- Add Rice Krispies cereal. Gently stir until well coated.
- Divide and press mixture into individual muffin cups creating baskets, as deep or shallow as you want.
- Cool and remove from muffin pans.
- Fill cooled nests with colored, shredded coconut.
- Fill cooled nests with melted chocolate, jelly beans or chocolate eggs. These taste best if served the same day but will easily store in an airtight container.
- Enjoy every bite.
Coloring Shredded Coconut
- Place coconut into a resealable bag or a small bowl.
- Add drops of food coloring.
- Adjust coconut in bag until color is spread around evenly.
- Spread out on parchment covered baking sheet to dry.
- Grease pie plate.
- Add rice krispie cereal mixture. Press cereal mixture down using a plastic bag and your hand.
- Until it forms a pie crust.
- Fill cooled crust