Lemon Rice Krispie Treats are an amazing treat for spring.. or summer… or even to add a little sunshine to a cool winter day! They are delicious, easy to prepare and give a classic treat a fantastic fresh citrusy spin!

Lemon Rice Krispie Treats with a lemon candy garnish

Rice Krispie Treats have been a favorite easy recipe in my home for many years now and if you’ve ever made them, you’ll definitely know why! From the time my children were toddlers, they have all had a taste for the simple goodness of a Rice Krispie Treat and they still love them now!  Heck, who am I kidding, so do we!

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Rice Krispie Treats are one of those things that are super easy to play around with!  You can add all kinds of toppings (like caramel, pecans and chocolate for Turtle Rice Krispie Treats) or even stir in fun add ins (like Oreos and dip them in chocolate).  I think this citrusy lemon flavor might be one of my favorites though!

Not only are these no bake treats easy to make, but adding a little bit of lemony goodness makes this go-to recipe a flavor that is nothing short of luscious!  Perfect as dessert or to fill the lunchbox.

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It is fresh, light and almost addictive! Be warned, you probably won’t be able to have just one of these! I like to add yellow candy melt to the top of my Lemon Rice Krispie Treats to give it an extra splash of special! While this step is optional, I highly recommend you give the candy topping a try!

You can also use any type of lemon candy or topping but I used Lemon Slices and cut each into 3. (Lemon Drops would be cute too)

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

*Lemon Extract * Lemon Zester * Yellow Candy Melts *

Lemon Rice Krispie Treats with a lemon candy garnish
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Lemon Rice Krispie Treats

Lemon Krispie Treats are an amazing treat for spring.. or summer… or even to add a little sunshine to a cool winter day! They are delicious, easy to prepare and give a classic treat a fantastic fresh citrusy spin!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 squares
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  • ¼ cup butter
  • 7 cups mini marshmallows divided
  • 7 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • yellow candy melts for decortating (optional)


  • Zest lemon and juice 1 tablespoon of juice.
  • Melt butter and 6 cups of mini marshmallows over medium low heat until smooth. Stir in lemon zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and lemon extract. Add Rice Krispies and remaining 1 cup of marshmallows (unmelted). Stir until combined.
  • Press into a well greased 9x13 pan (or slightly smaller if you prefer a thicker Rice Krispie).
  • Melt candy melts according to package directions. Drizzle over krispie treats.
  • Cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 191 | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 32mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1205IU | Vitamin C: 15.1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 5.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. Making the lemon rice krispie treats for club meeting tomorrow. I am a lemon lover. I then saw you recipe for oreo cookie and turtle. I want to do them for Easter. The turtle will replace the box of turtles my husband buys me from the popular local candy store.

  2. Looks like a tasty and unique twist on the traditional Rice Krispie treats recipe, thanks!5 stars

  3. ALL OF THESE!!! I want all of them :) I LOVE lemon so much and have never thought to make lemon crispy bars! Love it! I cannot wait to make these! These just scream summer!5 stars

  4. These are the treats I need in my kitchen ASAP! My cookie jar is almost empty, so it’s time to take care of re-stocking lol5 stars

  5. What a great take on rice krispies! I love this idea and definitely will try it. No matter how old you get, these little snack bars always brighten up a day!5 stars

  6. I’ve seen so many variations of rice krispie treats, but never lemon! What a genius idea!!! This is so perfect for summer! LOVE!5 stars

  7. I have a lemon tree, so I’m in love with making any recipe lemon related. These Lemon RIce Krispie Treats are so fun and festive!5 stars

  8. So easy to make and such a delicious treat! the lemon adds freshness and brightness and the candy melt topping sounds delightful!5 stars

  9. This tasted great hot out of the pan, but after it cooled the extract settled to the bottom. My husband compared it to pine sol.1 star

    1. Oh no! Sorry to hear that Melanie! We have never had that problem with this recipe.

  10. Hi…. I plan on trying these……..does the package of the yellow candy melts come in different sizes?
    Anyway, I want to know if the whole package would be used?  Please reply.  thank you.

    1. Hi Patricia, you’ll only need a few yellow melts (maybe 1/2 cup) so I bought mine at the bulk store. I hope that helps!

  11. Haven’t made the yet but I love sour or lemony food, this sounds wonderful .i cannot wait to try this!  Love your page!

  12. How perfect are these?? I’m obsessed with lemon, so this is the perfect easy treat!

  13. Rice Krispies Treats are an ultimate fave of mine. Just a classic comfort food I love! But never would have thought to add lemon! Trying this!