These Easter bars made with cheerios and pretzels are a festive treat that’s easy to make for any holiday!
Are you excited for Easter? I’m not that into it, but I am in favor of any occasion that gives me an excuse to eat candy. It’s also fun to dye eggs with the boys. When I say fun, I mean it’s fun for them while I panic that dye is going to spill all over and ruin things. Sometimes we do they dying outside, which definitely reduces the anxiety.
Anyway, back to the food. These cereal bars are a fun way to enjoy festive candy, but they aren’t overly sweet. I used candy-coated pretzels, which add a pop of color and delicious crunch. These salty-sweet bars also have broken pretzel pieces and hearty Cheerios for a snack you will love.
You do need to refrigerate these Easter bars to get them to hold together. Since they are made with Cheerios instead of the traditional rice cereal, they crumble apart a bit more. That’s OK. They can crumble right into my mouth! If you can’t find the candy-coated pretzels, look for pretzel M&Ms, or you could use regular M&M’s. Chocolate is always a welcome addition to pretty much any dessert.
Easter Cereal Bars
These cereal bars made with cheerios and pretzels are a festive treat that’s easy to make for any holiday!
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 7 ounces marshmallow cream
- 4 cups Cheerios cereal
- 1 cup pretzel sticks broken
- 1 cup candy-coated pretzels
- Spray a 9 x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl, heat butter for 45 seconds or until melted. Stir in marshmallow creme, and heat for 30-60 seconds longer (stirring after 30 seconds), until smooth.
- Stir cereal, pretzels, and candies into marshmallow mixture until evenly coated. Press cereal into prepared baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting and serving.
- You can substitute pretzel or regular M&M’s for the candy-coated pretzels.
- I originally published this recipe on TodaysMama.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 60
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Connie | URBAN BAKES says
Oh my goodness, this looks so fun to make. I know if they were lying around in my kitchen, I’d devour them so fast. I have a weakness for cereal and pretzels. It’s that sweet and salty combo!
I love sweet and salty too, Connie. Thank you!
Lisa @ Princess Mousey Cards says
Thanks so much, Lisa!
Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files says
I love everything about these bars! My sister in law made me peanut butter no bake cheerio bars a few years ago and I love how these are an upgraded version of those!
Thank you, Meg! Peanut butter Cherrio bars sound great too!
Joanie @ ZagLeft says
These are so pretty! Now that my kids are older, I haven’t dyed eggs for Easter in a few years. I know my daughter would prefer making these Easter treats instead anyway.
Yes, I’d rather spend my time cooking over dying eggs (although I do love hard boiled eggs). Thanks, Joanie!
Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner says
I love sweet/salty combo recipes! Great idea and I bet they disappear quick!
Thank you, Deb!
I am craving something sweet and salty now!
I could say that most of the time ;) Thank you, Beth!
Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do says
I LOVE these!! How adorable. I have a confession to make – I didn’t even DO the egg dying last year. 0.0 Bad mom alert. Dying eggs with 5 kids sounds like actual torture to me. I might enlist my husband. lol He usually rescues me from these things!
I don’t blame you, Nicole. Five kids + egg dye would give me an anxiety attack for sure! Your husband is a good man :)
Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says
These are super fun! My girl would love these! Pinned :)
Thanks so much, Ashley!