Peppermint Cheesecake Rice Krispie Treats

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Christiana George
Christiana George
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After my first Rice Krispie recipe failed, I went back to the pantry to see what else I could find to make Rice Krispie treats.  I went looking through all the goodies I found at World Market, Walmart, and Target.  I had some Jet-Puffed Peppermint Mallows, a box of cheesecake flavored Jell-O Pudding, a bag of Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips, and a bottle of Peppermint Pigsy Dust.  Well, now that got the creative juices flowing.  I never had peppermint cheesecake before, but it does exist.  So why not try it as Rice Krispies.

The cheesecake flavored Jell-O pudding I found at Walmart and the marshmallows are from Target.  The peppermint flavor in the marshmallows is mild, but I found something else to amp up the flavor.

These little treasures I found at World Market.  I think they may have them at other store also.  They have a nice peppermint flavor, but are oh, so creamy.  I have to go by some more of these.

The marshmallows melted into a very pretty pink color.  To bad it’s not Valentine’s Day.

These baking chips boosted up the peppermint taste to the max.  Then I added the powdered cheesecake Jell-O mix.

I was going to leave them like this and just drizzle some melted chocolate on top, but then I went to the fridge and realized I still had some heavy cream and mascarpone cheese left from making my No Bake Butternut Squash Cheesecakes the other day.  Well, this was supposed to be a peppermint cheesecake flavored dessert, so why not top it off with a whipped mascarpone frosting.

After I spread the frosting over the treats, I sprinkled it generously with Pigsy Dust.  Isn’t this bottle the cutest?  I found it at World Market. It’s basically a fine dust of crushed peppermint candies.  Great for sprinkling on anything.

I had placed the treats back in the fridge for the frosting to set and when I removed the tray, I noticed the Pigsy Dust had melted into my frosting, making little red polka-dots.  I love it!

But I wasn’t done yet.  I still wanted to add some melted chocolate and a few more bits of Peppermint Crunch.  I used Ghirardelli Baking Chips because they melt very easily in the microwave and come out smooth, not lumpy.  But you can use whatever chocolate you like best.

I choose to cut the squares before I added the chocolate because I wanted nice clean cuts.  You also need to clean you knife after every cut if you want the lines precise.  I just used a fork to drizzle the chocolate, but you can use a piping bag for a clean look.

You have a nice crunchy peppermint cheesecake base topped with a light, fluffy frosting, a drizzle of chocolate and another hint of peppermint.  This is a lovely decadent treat.  This isn’t just for kids.  Welcome to my Peppermint Paradise.

Peppermint Cheesecake Rice Krispie Treats

by The Sweet Chick

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: stove top no bake dessert snack peppermint Jell-O Cheesecake Pudding Mix rice krispies Jet-Puffed Peppermint Mallows Christmas bars rice krispie treats American winter

Ingredients (24 Squares)

For the treats

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 bag (10.0 oz.) Jet-Puffed Peppermint Mallows
  • 1/2 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips
  • 1 box (3.4 oz.) Jell-O Cheesecake Instant Pudding mix
  • 5 cups Rice Krispie cereal

For the frosting

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon Peppermint Pigsy Dust

Additional Toppings

  • 1/2 cup Ghirardelli 60% Cocoa Baking Chips
  • 1/4 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips


For the treats

In a large sauce pan, melt butter and marshmallows over low heat. Stir until completely melted.

Remove from heat and add the peppermint baking chips. Stir until the candies are all melted and mixture is smooth.

Next add the dry pudding mix and stir until completely blended.

Then add Rice Krispies and stir until completely incorporated.

Pour the mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan or a cookie sheet and spread it evenly with a piece of greased waxed paper.

For the frosting

With a stand mixer on medium to medium/high speed, whisk heavy cream until stiff peaks form (be careful not to overbeat, or cream will be grainy).

In another bowl, blend together mascarpone and confectioners’ sugar until smooth.

Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture until completely incorporated.

Spread the frosting evenly over the treats with a spatula.

Sprinkle with Pigsy Dust and place in fridge to cool (about 10-15 minutes).

Cut treats into squares with a sharp knife, wiping down knife after every cut.

For the additional toppings

Place chocolate baking chips in a microwave safe container and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

With a fork or piping bag, drizzle chocolate over cooled treats and sprinkle with peppermint baking chips.

Rice Krispie Treat recipe adapted from  Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats by Shugary Sweets
Mascarpone Frosting Recipe by Martha Stewart

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