These tasty snacks taste as good as they look – and they are homemade!
My caramel apple rice krispie treats are a cinch to make, so make a double batch. They are made with dried apple chips for a little extra crunch.
Caramel Apple Rice Krispie Treats
One of my favorite flavors to bake with is caramel and apple. I love all things caramel apple. Really, I do! Do you remember those caramel apple pops? We ate so many of those in high school. I can still taste the tangy green sugar to this day.
And you know what? Rice krispie treats are a fantastic dessert because they are also allergy-friendly! If you are eating a gluten-free diet, these are perfect. There aren’t any nuts either.
Since they are allergy-friendly, they are a great idea for school treats or kids’ parties. The caramel sauce on top is a bit messy for kids, so maybe skip that part if you are serving them to children.
Caramel Apple Rice Krispie Treats Shopping List
Before you make this recipe, make sure you have all the ingredients. Here is what you’ll need from the store.
- Rice Krispies or off-brand crisped rice cereal
- 5 oz of mini marshmallows (about half of a 10 oz bag)
- 1/2 C. apple chips, broken into small pieces
- 12 caramels, unwrapped
- sweetened condensed milk
That’s it! This is a pretty common recipe for rice krispie treats. The main difference is you’ll be adding apples and melted caramel sauce on top.
Can you use pre-made caramel sauce?
Yes, you certainly can! I just really like making my own because I love the smell of hot caramel, fresh off the stove! I also really like knowing what is in my caramel sauce.
Can you use fresh apple in rice krispie treats?
Yes, you certain can use fresh apples. Just make sure and cut them up super small. You might want to use a food processor. That’s why I like using the apple chips. They are already the perfect size for the treats.
How to make Caramel Apple Rice Krispie Treats Step-By-Step
Here’s how to make the chewiest and most scrumptious rice krispie treats ever! And – bonus – I’m sharing step-by-step directions with pictures!
The very first step is to melt the mini marshmallows and butter in a skillet. Oh this part smells amazing, by the way.
Don’t let the marshmallows melt completely as this will lead to hard Rice Krispie treats.
Now you are ready to add the apple chips! Look at that sugary goodness! My mouth is already drooling.
The third step is to add the rice krispies! A child can help with this step. It’s so fun! Mix it all up!
Now dump all of it into a foil-lined baking dish! See how yummy it looks? Don’t forget to line the dish with foil or parchment paper. This makes clean up so much easier.
This step requires an adult. Melt the butter, caramels, and sweetened condensed milk, in a saucepan. Be careful not to let it burn, stir it constantly!
The final step – drizzle the caramel on the treats! Cut and serve. They are ready to be gobbled up!
Caramel Apple Rice Krispie Treats
Now that you know how to make them, here is the printable recipe card. Don’t forget to Pin this recipe so you can come back to it later.
These caramel apple rice krispie treats are perfect for snacks and desserts. They are super easy to make and gluten free.
- 3 C. Rice Krispies or off-brand crisped rice cereal
- 5 oz of mini marshmallows about half of a 10 oz bag
- 3 tbsp. butter cut into 1 tbsp. chunks
- 1/2 C. apple chips broken into small pieces
- 12 caramels unwrapped
- 2 tsp. butter
- 2 tbsp. sweetened condensed milk
Line an 8x8 baking dish with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Heat the mini marshmallows and butter in a medium saucepan on low/medium heat.
Once the marshmallow and butter begin to melt, add in the 1/2 cup of apple chips.
Allow the marshmallows to melt about 3/4 of the way and then fold in the Rice Krispies cereal.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and press down with the back of a spoon and set aside.
In a medium saucepan allow the 12 caramels, butter and sweetened condensed milk melt while stirring occasionally.
Once the mixture has melted drizzle over the top of the Rice Krispie Treats and allow the caramel to set.
Cut the Rice Krispie Treats into 9 squares.
Mix It Up – Creative Ideas
You can make these treats as fun and different as you want! Here are a few ideas that came to me. Let me know how you mix yours up. If you make them, tag #Venture1105 so I can see!
- Use sprinkles in the treats for a fun look
- Top with colorful whipped cream instead of caramel sauce
- Mix in chocolate chips instead of apple chips
- Add cinnamon and nutmeg to make it taste like apple pie
More Apple Recipes
Want more apple recipes? Get baking with some of these fun and delicious treats!
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins – You’ll love these hearty and fiber-packed muffins for breakfast.
- Nutter Butter Apple Pops – They don’t have any apple in them, but they are decorated to look like apples. They are so fun!
- Easy Apple Pie Muffins – My apple pie muffins have homemade streusel topping. They are a cinch to make!