Caramel Stuffed Krispie Bars

So these bars.

Some things aren’t even worth talking about. And honestly getting me to shut up is basically impossible.  That’s a true fact. I’m a talker…Nonstop.

Filling any and all silences with talky.  It’s borderline annoying, I know. But I can’t make it stop.

Just ask Kristan.  She loves it when I fill silent space with unnecessary words.  It generally ends up with me volunteering for something I wouldn’t have considered 10 minutes prior, or random people getting invited places with me,  or the always popular … me saying something insanely insulting while not meaning to be insulting at all. I can’t take it.

Literally the best way to get me to agree to something is just ask me and then stare. My husband always says that the person who talks first in a negotiation after the pause is the loser.

Which means, well, that I lose.  All the time.

Anyway, see, these bars… instead of just saying that they are amazing and delicious and drippy caramelly…I told you the secret code on how to get anything you want from me.

I never stop.

Caramel Stuffed Krispie Bars

Caramel Stuffed Krispie Bars | Cookies and CupsThese bars combine my 2 favorite food groups:  Rice Krispies and Sweetened Condensed Milk.

They are really easy too…you do everything in the microwave!

First melt some butter, sweetened condensed milk and caramels together…
 photo IMG_7232_zpsce96682a.jpgThen mix up half of the krispie treats. Starting with marshmallows and butter…
 photo IMG_7233_zps9d81fa49.jpgThen the Krispies…
 photo IMG_7235_zps10e6aae4.jpgOnce you have the krispie treats good to go, press them in your pan and then pour that delicious caramel sauce over top…
 photo IMG_7245_zps6e896197.jpgSeriously…
 photo IMG_7248_zps0643e078.jpgNext sprinkle with some more marshmallows and repeat the krispie process…
 photo PicMonkeyCollage-19_zpsb0836826.jpgLet it set up before you cut it.
Give it at least an hour, but I recommend longer.
They’re actually best the next day, but again, just give it a little time.

Also, I will warn you…these are sweet. Like rahhhly sweet.
And totally delicious.

Caramel Stuffed Krispie Bars | Cookies and Cups

And one more thing…a sweet reader of mine sent me this recipe.  She totally rocks.



Caramel Stuffed Krispie Treats


Caramel Filling

  • 14 oz caramel pieces, unwrapped
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup butter

Krispie Layer

  • 12 Tbsp butter, divided in half
  • 10 cups Rice Krispie cereal, divided in half
  • 10 cups mini marshmallows, divided: 4 cups, 4 cups & 2 cups


  1. Grease a 9×13 pan, set aside

Caramel Filling

  1. In a large microwave safe bowl combine caramel pieces, sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 cup butter. Microwave on high in 1 minutes increments (stirring after each) until caramels are melted, approx 3-4 minutes.
  2. Stir until smooth, set aside.

Krispie Treats

  1. Take 6 Tbsp butter and 4 cups marshmallows. Heat in microwave for 1 minute, stir, repeat if necessary in 20 second increments until marshmallows are melted. Stir until butter and marshmallow are combined.
  2. Pour 5 cups Krispie Rice Cereal into marshmallow mixture, stir until coated. Press into the bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Pour caramel over top Krispie layer and then sprinkle 2 cups mini marshmallows on top of that.
  4. Refrigerate for 20 minutes until caramel has set.
  5. When caramel has set repeat the krispie layer (step 4) with remaining ingredients. Press final krispie layer on top of caramel.
  6. * TIP ~ Spray a piece of parchment or wax paper lightly with cooking spray and press the krispies lightly and evenly into pan.
  7. Let krispies set up for at least 2 hours before cutting into squares. The caramel layer takes a bit of time to set up.


makes 24 bars.
Recipe given to me by Michelle Payne via The Ivy Bake Shoppe



70 Responses

  1. MelindaB

    Just to point out, you have the Rice Krispies divided into 4, 4, and 2 cups, and the marshmallows in half. They should be the other way around, according to the instructions.

    My sister made a similar recipe for a family reunion a few years ago. She made another pan the next day because the first one was devoured. I can attest to how yummy these are.

      1. MelindaB

        You’re welcome–it was pretty clear that it was just a mix-up, but I know that sometimes I just skim a recipe and *think* I know how to make it, and then have a problem because I didn’t read it completely. 🙂

        I had planned to make RK bars today, but when melting my marshmallows and butter, rather than turn into a smooth, creamy pool, it morphed into a gelatinous mass that looked kind of like chewed gum. My marshmallows weren’t stale, so I don’t know what happened. Since I had the RK in the bowl already, I just made Scotcheroo bars instead. I was annoyed that I had to dump my marshmallow/butter mess in the garbage, but suppose that it could have been worse–I could have had to dump the bowl, too!

  2. Katie

    I used to come here for the recipes, which of course I still do because every single one is PHENOMENAL, but your blog posts keep me coming back. You are hilarious! Has anyone given you a book deal yet? You need a cookbook and a memoir! I would buy both hahah

  3. Ah yes, the awkward silence. Revel in it Shelly. Silence is your FRIEND.

    And these treats are my friend. Maybe you should bring them along on outings? Stuff them in your mouth when you feel like you need to say unnecessary words 😉

  4. These look incredible! I will make a pan of these when the husband is at work and the child at school, then hide the pan so I don’t have the guilt of not sharing! I can’t wait to make these!

  5. WHOA!!! These look awesome. I am quite the fan of traditional rice krispie treats, but I’m pretttttyyyy sure I could jump on this caramel + rice krispie treat thang.

  6. Joni

    Will definitely try these – they look delicious!!!

    Another twist on this that is fun and delicious, but more time consuming, is to make the caramel mixture (minus the butter), dip a large marshmallow in the caramel and then roll the marshmallow in Rice Krispies. The kids love them!

    Love your blog!

  7. I’m the same. I hate awkward silence. haaattteee it. And I will do anything to make it stop. YOu don’t have to ask me twice to make these though…these I’ll agree to right from the get-go.

  8. Kerry

    These are just like the ones from a favorite restaurant in Fort Madison, Iowa called The Ivy. They have the yummiest food, but their desserts are super yummy!! I bought their cookbook and this recipe is in it, thank goodness, cause once you try them, you want them again!!

    1. shelly

      Yes! The reader who sent me the recipe told me that she had them at a place called The Ivy Bake Shoppe… I included that in the bottom of the recipe 🙂
      I have to get there one day!!

  9. YUM, RK treats and caramel are my sons 2 favorite things…. mine too! I just made them and I think the waiting 2 hours to set up is going to be the hardest…. I want to eat them NOW, they look scrumptious! I love your blog… thanks for sharing…

  10. Rozee

    Is it possible to leave the additional marshmallows out? I think I’d like it with just the rice crispy base, the caramel, and the rice crispy bar topping. Do the marshmallows make it easier to add the top layer?

    I have to say, your blog is just KILLING me! I love it so…..

    1. shelly

      Absolutely, the marshmallows don’t add much more to the recipe, except,well, more marshmallows! So if you’re not a huge fan, you can absolutely leave them out!

  11. Sarah

    Okay I’m new to baking/cooking thing….can you tell me what ingredients I need for the final layer? I followed it until the final layer of rice crispy and then got lost. I don’t understand the remaining ingredients. If you could post what exact measurements you used for the final layer, that would be soooooo helpful! Thank you.

    1. shelly

      The first layer is half the krispies, the second layer is the other half. When you made the first layer you should have split the ingredients, as per the instructions and ingredients.

  12. Zoe W

    Possibly the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted. When making them, I had the crazy idea to throw some chocolate chips into the caramel layer. I must say, one of the best ideas I’ve ever had. Even though I’ve never tried my hand at baking, I’m going to attempt some other recipes. They all look so good!!

  13. Alycia

    I make a similar recipe and was sooo excited when my local grocery store started carrying Kraft Caramel Bites on the baking aisle, little beads of caramel instead of the squares you have to unwrap! So much easier and they melt in a smoother manner. Same cost for the same amount. Definitely look for them.

  14. Karen Sillerud

    I have been making a similar recipe for years. Mine calls for a cup of chocolate chips over the Rice Krispies, then the marshmallows, then the caramel, and last the Rice Krispie top. Delicious and I am always asked for the recipe.

    1. Shelly

      I hate refrigerating krispie treats, so I would actually just wrap them tight and keep them at room temp. They should be ok for up to 3 days.

  15. Connie

    I also like to substitute the caramels with microwave fudge …
    in step 5 you say “repeat the krispie layer (step 4)” do you mean krispie layer (step 1).

  16. Kim Lamphere

    sounds Delish! I have a jar of salted caramel sauce I’m dying to use, but after reading recipe and instructions, I don’t think it will set like the caramel sauce in this recipe. It will probably stay gooey and soft. Either way, I’m going to try this sometime. I’ll find something else to do with the sauce I have.

  17. Megan

    I made these a few days ago, and now everyone loves me and thinks I am a genius! They are A-MA-ZING (said like Penny from Happy Endings, because I just feel like you are the kind of girl who also loves that show). Thank you forever for this recipe!!!

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