Recipe | Red Velvet Rice Krispies Treats Hearts for Valentine’s Day

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You may have noticed I share a lot of Rice Krispies Treats, especially around the holiday. Can you blame me though? They’re sweet, gooey and oh-so-good! And these red velvet treats are to die for! Had it not been for my kiddos little sweet happy fingers, I wouldn’t have found the restraint to not eat them all.

red velvet rice krispies heart


If you’re making these to just eat, no need to get fancy but if you’re making them for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to check out Wilton’s selection of cookie cutters. They have this really nice set of heart shaped cutters that includes 4 different sizes and 2 of them with scalloped edges that would be great for fancy shaped cookies.

wilton 4 pc heart cutter set


In a small jelly roll pan you can press the treats thin enough to cut with the heart shaped cutters. If you look closely you can even see the large chunks of melted milk chocolate that just kinda burst in your mouth as you’re taking a bite.

heart cutter red rice krispies treats


With a piping bag (or plastic sandwich bag) you can frost these with pretty designs in a cream cheese frosting that makes them even sweeter.


Share ‘em, eat ‘em, whatever you do, don’t leave them unattended and expect to find anything left but crumbs left over. They’re that good!

red velvet rice krispies treats with cream cheese frosting


Red Velvet Rice Krispies Treats Hearts
Cook Time
Total Time
Type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows (about ½ 10oz bag)
  • ⅓ cup Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix (just the powder)
  • 4 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate baking chips
  • 1 tub Duncan Hines cream cheese frosting
  1. In a large pot over medium-low heat, melt the butter.
  2. Add the marshmallows and cake mix, stirring frequently until the marshmallows have melted.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in cereal, then chocolate chips.
  4. Press into a greased jelly roll pan and allow to cool in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  5. Cut each heart with a cookie cutter and frost with the cream cheese frosting.

As a Wilton Mom Brand Ambassador I was provided with the cookie cutters featured in this recipe. Opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Mary Beth Elderton says

    OMG! This sounds absolutely delicious! Beautiful! And easy!

  2. Jen says

    Mmmmm, I think I’m going to have to try making these! I pinned them, too :-)

  3. says

    I came across these browsing StumbleUpon……these look adorable. I love the idea…it’s perfect sweet project for the kids.

  4. cora says

    will be trying this weekend to implement on my cakepop sets just wondering though, how safe is it to eat uncooked flour ingredients (cake mix) ive seen other make no bake thing with cake mix but always worry

    • Celeste says

      The cake mix gets kinda cooked when melting the marshmallows. But seeing as you aren’t adding eggs, it should be just fine. I have some kids with weak stomachs and they didn’t get sick from eating this.
      (I am not the blog owner, just another reader like you.) *smile*

    • says

      Oh I don’t there will be any issues. There’s no raw ingredients and the cake batter (the dry ingredients) gets cooked into the warm marshmallow. But then again, I’m known for dipping my finger into raw cake batter, eggs and all. ;)

  5. Nancy says

    Oh, thank you so much! My daughter and I are going to make these to send to school with the grandkids!!!!

  6. Kevin says

    I have considered this recipe and will make a slight twist to it. I even unknowingly bought the same cookie cutters. I plan on making them thinner, and creating sandwiches with frosting and 2 heart shapes.

    Thanks for this great recipe.

    • says

      Oh that sounds like a great idea! This small batch only filled half a standard sheet pan so I think they’d perfect if you thinned them out enough to fill the whole pan.

  7. Celeste says

    So I made these last night. Wow, they are DIVINE! I didn’t feel like getting out a piping bag to do the cute frosting work, so I just slathered the top with cream cheese frosting. Soooo good! My husband (who is not a rice crispy treat fan) found these really good. Oh, and I am not a huge fan of red velvet but loved these. So it was a win-win recipe for all of us! Is it ok if I put this recipe in my church newsletter? I will credit your website in it. I just want to make sure it is ok before I go ahead and do it.
    I am making another batch of these today (and doubling it) so I can take them to some of my neighbors. And again, I don’t want to find the piping bag, so when I cut them into hearts, I am going to slather cream cheese frosting on the top and either sprinkle a few mini chocolate chips or drizzle some melted chocolate almond bark. I always have almond bark on hand because I am constantly making cupcake bites.
    Thanks for posting such a simple, yet elegant looking treat!!

    • says

      Hey Celeste, so glad to hear you liked them. You’re more than welcome to share them with your church friends.

    • Celeste says

      Ok, I made a fun twist on these! After cutting out all the hearts, I was left with a bunch of leftover small pieces that couldn’t be cut into anything. So I gathered some of the trimmings, rolled them into quarter size balls, dipped the bottom half into chocolate. When set, I let the red velvet show and drizzled white chocolate over the top. Hope that makes sense. They were fun balls of red velvet rice crispy joy! And I used up ALL my leftovers!

  8. Erin says

    Can’t wait to try this for Valentine’s day treats! My boys are going to think mommy is the best, Thanks for the idea :)

  9. Vicky says

    I pinned this! This look like the best thing ever. Thanks for sharing!

  10. says

    Super cute! I still have never attempted to make rice krispy treats (I figured when the boys are older) but it’s so neat to see what can be made with them.

  11. says

    Loved the recipe! Definetly is a WILL TRY for this Valentine’s Day… as a student of Gastronomy and Culinary Arts i tell you they are very very interesting.


  12. Kristin says

    I made these tonight…and EVERYONE in my dorm LOVE THEM!!!!!! I have yet to find a single person who doesn’t! I decided to forgo the cookie cutting, to avoid the cook eating the scraps left over from the cookie cutters! :P

    I highly recommend making these!!!!

  13. Corrine says

    What’s in the red velvet powder mix? Is it just flour and cocoa powder? We don’t appear to have it here in the UK and I don’t really want to pay to get it shipped… anyone think I’d be able to recreate it with self-raising flour, some cocoa powder and red food colouring? Maybe a little sugar?

  14. says

    Well, probably not great for anyone on a diet but definitely looks yummy and makes me wanna give them a try for valentines!

  15. Mary says

    Just made them, they taste amazing!! Thank you so much for this recipe :)

  16. Kelsey says

    I just made these! They were as easy as regular rice krispies treats. I chose to omit the chocolate chips so that the red velvet taste could shine through. I’ll be piping them with cream cheese icing soon. I can’t wait to show these off!

  17. Celeste says

    Ok, you get to hear from me, again… :) I thought that since this works so well with Red Velvet Cake mix, what other mixes might it work with…. So I tried brownie mix and instead of milk chocolate chips, I used white chocolate chips and the kids wanted frosting so I just used chocolate frosting. I have to say, they turned out pretty yummy! Just a hint of brownie was perfect. One other thing I did different is I doubled the recipe but instead of using a 1/2 cup of butter, I just added 6 tablespoons. It wasn’t nearly as greasy and I don’t feel as guilty eating them! :)

  18. bianca says

    made this for my coworkers and they came out so freaking cute!!!:) Plus they are scrum-dilli-umpitous

  19. Jennifer Smelser says

    I made these last week and they are so delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and they looked so cute! I already had the cookie cutter set so that was a plus! :) I took some into work to share and everyone loved them. Next time, I’ll be doubling the batch. Thanks for sharing!! :)

  20. Louise says

    I just made these for class/ girls’ night tomorrow. SO AMAZING! Thank you for the recipe!

  21. Tabitha says

    My 4 year old just helped me make these for a cake walk for her sister’s school. Delicious! We doubled the recipe to make twice as much. I put cream cheese frosting only on a few. My daughter and I had the scrap leftovers. Yummy! Next time I will leave out the chocolate because it tasted more chocolatey than rice crispy, if I make it for myself. The cake walk kids will love the chocolate. Thanks for the neat and EASY idea!