Homemade Star Crunch Cookies


Recreate one of your favorite childhood cookies with this easy, no-bake, copycat recipe for star crunch cookies. They're chewy and chocolaty with a caramel flavor and crispy rice crunch in every bite.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
16 cookies


  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

  • ½ (11 ounce) package caramel candies

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 (10 ounce) package mini marshmallows

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies®)

  • cooking spray


  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a large, deep saucepan. Add cocoa powder and whisk until well combined.

  2. Unwrap 24 caramels and add them to the saucepan. Cook and stir until melted, about 5 minutes. Stir in condensed milk and vanilla.

  3. Add mini marshmallows and cook, stirring constantly until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Add salt and crispy rice cereal and stir until fully incorporated.

  4. Place a sheet of parchment or waxed paper on a flat surface. Lightly grease hands with cooking spray and press cereal mixture together to form sixteen 3-inch circular patties. Set aside until completely cool, about 30 minutes.

  5. Store cookies between layers of parchment or waxed paper in an airtight container up to a week on the counter, or up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.


Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe is for 1/2 a bag of caramels, which should be about 36 caramels. You will only be using 24 caramels for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

272 Calories
9g Fat
45g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 272
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 189mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 3g
Potassium 146mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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