Homemade Star Crunch Cookies

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The closest thing to a homemade Little Debbie star crunch cookie! Chewy, sticky, and chocolatey! This small batch of star crunch cookies will bring back those childhood memories of your favorite chewy cookie. With only 5 ingredients you’ll have these made in no time.

stack of 5 star crunch cookies

How to make Copycat Star Crunch Cookies

I knew I had to make these cookies of my childhood when my own children had no idea what a star crunch was! Neither did my husband. What!? Explaining the cookie to them just wasn’t going to suffice. We live in a rather small town, and finding this particular Little Debbie Star Crunch cookie isn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be. They must know the chewy texture I keep speaking of.

Gathering your ingredients

Unsalted Butter – Room temperature butter will melt faster, but it isn’t necessary.

Caramel Bits – Kraft makes an easy meltable caramel candy, I highly recommend these if you don’t want to make your own caramel. Using the larger kraft caramels will work too, they may take a bit longer to melt.

Mini Marshmallows – You’ll want to make sure your mini marshmallows are fresh, you’ll know this if they’re soft and squishy.

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – Pick your favorite brand of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Rice Krispie Cereal – Regular flavored Rice Krispie Cereal, the same ones you’d use for Rice Krispie treats. I have tried this recipe using puffed rice, which is what I believe is in the Little Debbie Snacks, however, the taste just wasn’t as sweet or chocolatey. It tasted only of the rice puff cereal which wasn’t ideal.

*see recipe card for detailed measurements

star crunch cookie ingredients

Supplies you’ll need for Star Crunch Cookies

  • Dutch oven, or large pan
  • Cookie scoop
  • Rubber spatula or wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Parchment paper
star crunch cookie on parchment paper with a bite taken out

Melt it, Stir it, & Drop it!

Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper for your cookies to cool on.

To a large pot or dutch oven add unsalted butter, mini marshmallows, caramel bits, and chocolate chips.

On medium-high heat, melt the ingredients, occasionally stirring with a rubber spatula or spoon.

Once everything is fully melted and combined, pour in the Rice Krispie cereal. Start mixing immediately coating every bit in the melted chocolate caramel mixture.

Turn to low heat, and use a large cookie scoop to place piles of the mixture on parchment paper. The mixture is very sticky and cools quickly so leaving the heat on will allow you to scoop the cookies.

Let the cookies sit for a few minutes to cool down.

While still warm, but not hot, use a piece of parchment paper and press firmly down onto the cookies to flatten and shape them into a circle.

close up of a stack of star crunch cookies

Homemade Star Crunch Cookie FAQs

Can I use Cocoa Krispies?

Yes! While your cookies won’t look as smooth as our Little Debbie lookalikes, they’ll have a crunchier texture and even more chocolate flavor.

What flavor is a Star Crunch?

Full of delicious marshmallows, caramel, and chocolate flavor. Then slightly sweetened more with Rice Krispie cereal.

warm star crunch cookie being pulled apart

Tips for Making, Eating, & Storing

Making

-Easily double or triple this batch for even more delicious cookies.

-Use a smaller cookie scoop for more cookies.

Eating

-Allow your cookies to cool for at least 15 minutes before eating. Hot caramel isn’t very fun when stuck to your fingers.

-Wrap these nostalgic treats in individual clear cellophane bags for a school snack, birthday party treat, or dessert table.

Storing

-Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or refrigerate for up to 1 month. I recommend placing a small square of parchment or wax paper in between each cookie so they don’t stick to each other. You can also wrap each cookie in parchment paper.

-To freeze your homemade star crunch snack, wrap them tightly in parchment or wax paper and place them inside of an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 6 months.

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star crunch cookies on parchment paper

Homemade Star Crunch Cookies

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  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Cookies 1x

Ingredients

Scale

2 cups Mini Marshmallows

1/2 cup Salted Caramel Bits

1/4 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter

2 cups Rice Krispie Cereal

Instructions

  1. To a large pot or dutch oven add unsalted butter, mini marshmallows, caramel bits, and chocolate chips.

  2. On medium-high heat, melt the ingredients, stirring occasionally.

  3. Once everything is melted and combined, pour in the Rice Krispie cereal. Start mixing immediately coating every bit in the melted chocolate caramel mixture.

  4. Remove from heat, and while still hot use a large cookie scoop to place piles of the mixture on parchment paper.

  5. Let the cookies sit for a few minutes to cool down.

  6. While still warm, but not hot, use a piece of parchment paper and press firmly down onto the cookies to flatten and shape them into a circle.

  • Author: April Brown
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Cookie
  • Calories: 219
  • Sugar: 29.7 g
  • Sodium: 176 mg
  • Fat: 7.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.8 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 10.3 mg

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By on September 16th, 2022

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