{Family Favorite} Cocoa Krispy Treats

Cocoa Krispy Treats (No Marshmallows)If I had to pick ONE recipe that was always my favorite growing up, it would have to be these Cocoa Krispy Treats that I’m about to share with you. Seriously – these are the BEST things ever made. When I was a little girl I always wanted to help my Great Aunts (my Grandmother’s sisters) cook and bake. My Aunt Cub would come visit from Ohio and I’d go to my Aunt Peg’s house and help them out when I wasn’t busy raiding her M&M candy dish. I have fond memories of sitting on the green carpet in front of Aunt Peg’s sink stirring the chocolate to coat the Peanut Butter Balls that we’d make.

But there was one thing that we’d make that was my favorite, and probably still is my favorite to this day. They were Cocoa Krispy Treats. But they weren’t like your ordinary Marshmallow Rice Krispy Treats – they actually didn’t even have marshmallow in them. They are what I call “Heart Attack on a Plate” Cocoa Krispy Treats. I’m convinced that one day one of those squares of sweetness will do me in. But it’ll be worth it.

Now let me start off by saying that I have no idea where my Aunt got this recipe. I just know that we used to make this waaaaaaay before the internet was even thought of (like 30 years ago) and I’ve had the recipe ever since. I’m not sure if this is something that they thought up (kudos to them if they did!) or if it was passed along from someone else. All I know is that these are so gooey and rich that you can only eat a small piece at a time. They are that sweet. Hurt your teeth sweet.  They are so sweet your Dentist will probably yell at you. But they are that good. I think you may seriously feel your arteries clogging by just looking at the ingredients.

Ingredients for Cocoa Krispy Treats

{Recipe from my Aunt’s recipe files}


  • 14 oz box of Cocoa Krispies
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1 bottle Light Karo Syrup
  • 1 box Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup (or more!)  Peanut Butter


Grease a 13 x 9 baking dish with butter or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottomed sauce pan. Add in the bottle of Karo Syrup, stirring it into the butter.

Add Karo Syrup to the Butter

Has your blood sugar spiked yet? No? Okay, we’ll continue.

Add in the entire box of brown sugar (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) to the butter/karo syrup mixture and bring to a boil.

Add Brown Sugar to Butter/Karo Syrup

Let it boil for about 5 minutes. You want to make sure that all of the brown sugar dissolves.
You don’t want gritty treats!

Boil 5 minutes

While it’s boiling go ahead and measure your peanut butter out.

Peanut Butter

Mmmm, I wouldn’t mind taking a spoon to that.

Remove the extra sweet brown sugar/butter/karo syrup mixture from the heat and stir in the peanut butter.

Stir it and make sure the peanut butter is all melted and smooth.

Smooth Peanut Butter Mixture

Once everything is full incorporated and smooth, stir in the Cocoa Krispies.
You’ll want to this as quickly as possible.

Spread the Cocoa Krispy mixture into your greased baking dish and smooth it out with a wooden spoon or spatula. It won’t look all that pretty, but that’s okay.

Spread in Pan

Let them cool. I know this is very hard, but you don’t want to cut into them when they are warm.  Cut into squares.

Gooey Cocoa Krispy Treats

Look at how the mixture gets kind of caramel-like.
The bottom layer is my favorite part!

Cocoa Crispy Treats

I dare you to eat just one!

A few times a year we would make these together, and everyone always loved them. While I’d want them more often, it was such a nice treat to only have them a few times a year.  Over the years I’ve introduced them to other friends & family and they always get two thumbs up! There aren’t many people that don’t like them. Make these for a summer BBQ or cookout and I guarantee you they will be a hit! So there you have it. You’ll want to make these ASAP so you can see what the hype is all about. And be sure to share them. Because everyone should know about these gooey squares of sugary goodness!


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  1. Those look so good. Confession – I have a box of cocoa krispies that are sitting in the pantry right now for one of those “just in case” moments. I’m so tempted to make these tonight 🙂
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  2. I just finished eating the last one, and it was very good.

  3. Cocoa Krispy Treats were one of my favorite treats growing up. We never made them without marshmallows though. Maybe I”ll half the recipe and just have to try them out!
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  4. Just found your blog through Instagram… I told my mom about it at lunch today and we had fun reminiscing about these/the aunts! 🙂

  5. Wow! what a mouthwatering desert you have here. You made me crave for it! I will surely try this. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
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  6. That looks like something I need to make for myself when I’m having a bad day….Scrumptious!! Thank you for linking to Foodie Friends Friday. Hope to see you again next week.
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  7. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friend’s Friday! Please come back next week and share another great recipe!

  8. Thanks for sharing an all time favorite at Foodie Friends Friday!
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