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5 from 2 votes

Circus Animal Cookie Rice Krispy Treats

These Circus Animal Cookie Rice Krispy Treats are delightful RKTs swirled with circus cookies in every bite! Perfectly delicious and nostalgic!
Prep Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Course: Bars, No Bake Desserts, No-Bake Treats
Cuisine: American, Dessert
Servings: 15


  • 11 ounces (One 11oz bag) Circus Animal Cookies
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 10 ounces PLUS 2 cups miniature marshmallows divided
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2/3 cup hot pink candy melts
  • Non-pareils sprinkles


  • First, grease a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Add the circus animal cookies to a food processor and pulse 3-5 times or until cookies resemble coarse crumbs - some with larger pieces, some with smaller. Reserve 2/3 cup of this mixture.
  • Next, melt the 10-ounce bag of marshmallows and butter together in a very large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH power for 30 seconds, then stir and microwave for another 30 seconds or until mixture is melted and smooth. Stir in the crushed cookies, the cereal, and the remaining 2 cups of miniature marshmallows, stirring quickly until fully combined. Pour the cereal treat mixture into the prepared pan and spread it into an even layer. Tip: avoid compressing the cereal treats - get them into an even layer but leave an uneven, craggly surface on top.
  • Allow krispy treats to cool and set for about 1 hour. Just before serving, melt the candy melts according to package directions or until smooth and melted. Drizzle evenly over the krispy treats and immediately garnish with remaining crushed cookies and non-pareils sprinkles. Let chocolate candy coating set before cutting into bars.


For best results, I like using Wilton brand hot pink candy melts and Mother's brand Circus Animal Cookies.