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Perfect Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

Get the secret tips and tricks to making the most PERFECT Rice Krispie Treats recipe. From using fresh butter and marshmallows to adding vanilla extract, this is our favorite dessert.

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Thick rice krispie treat packed with marshmallows.

The Original Rice Krispie Treats

I spend days and days trying to come up with the perfect cake. Or the most beautiful cupcakes. Or to create the fudgiest brownies.

But, it’s no secret, Rice Krispie Treats have always been the key to my heart. Knowing how to make rice krispie treats has gotten me far in life.

I love crispy treats so much that I’ve created over a dozen flavors….from Fluffernutter Krispie Treats to Cinnamon Roll Krispie Treats.

I’ve even got these adorable TURKEY Krispie Treats for Thanksgiving!

But, in the end, it’s the classic, original, homemade RICE KRISPIE TREAT that draws me in.

The biggest question is how to spell it. Some people say Rice Crispy, Some say Crispy Rice, some say Rice Crispies. Either way, you get the point!

Gooey rice krispie treat being pulled out of the baking dish.

Why this Recipe Is Best

There are thousands of recipes for making this classic treat, and I’m putting it out there that my recipe is BEST. Why?

  • Only 4 ingredients
  • Thick and chewy
  • Vanilla flavor
  • Perfect ratio of cereal to marshmallows

Ingredient Notes

Only four ingredients needed for original rice krispie treats recipe.
  1. Butter- use salted butter for this recipe. Just trust me! Don’t have any on hand? Use unsalted butter and a pinch of salt while melting. DO NOT use margarine.
  2. Marshmallows- you’ll need 9 cups of mini marshmallows, keeping about 1 cup aside to add in at the end!
  3. Vanilla Extract- I love using my homemade vanilla extract for all my recipes, but just be sure to use PURE vanilla, not imitation. The flavor is far superior.
  4. Rice Krispies Cereal- any brand of crispy rice cereal will work, just make sure it’s FRESH.

Tips and Tricks

  • Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. This way you don’t have to worry about extra butter on your fingertips, or the other extreme of your bars sticking to the pan! Use binder clips to help the parchment paper stay in place.
  • Use fresh marshmallows. Seriously, they make a difference. Don’t grab that bag that’s been in your pantry for months and months thinking it will be okay since you are melting them. It won’t be okay.
  • Add my secret ingredient. VANILLA EXTRACT. Not imitation vanilla, but PURE VANILLA extract. It makes a difference in creating the illusion that you’re using homemade marshmallows.
  • Toss in some extra marshmallows with your cereal. This adds a whole dimension of chewiness!
  • DO NOT (I repeat) DO NOT press these bars into your pan firmly. Using your fingertips, GENTLY press them in just until they are spread out. The harder you pack them in, the harder they are when it’s time to eat them!
  • The trick to pressing them in your pan without sticking to your hands is to run your fingers in water, shake off the excess, and press. Voila. No sticking!
  • Store in an airtight container for two days. If they last that long, I’d be shocked! ENJOY
  • Make these gluten free by choosing a crispy rice cereal labeled Gluten Free (and check your marshmallow labels too just in case).
Melted butter and marshmallow for rice krispie treats in a sauce pan with cereal and more marshmallows being added.

Recipe FAQs

Why do my rice krispies treats get hard?

Your krispies treats could be getting hard if you press the treats too firmly into the pan. Also, be sure to start with fresh marshmallows and cereal, not stale!

Do rice krispie treats need to be refrigerated?

Do NOT refrigerate rice krispie treats, as it can make the marshmallow very hard. Instead, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for best results.

Can you freeze rice krispie treats?

I do not advise freezing rice krispie treats. Fresh is best.

Can rice krispie treats be made in a 13×9 baking dish?

You can choose a 13×9 dish instead of a square dish if prefered for rice crispy treats. Just know that they will be thinner.

Rice crispy treats on parchment paper cut into squares or bars.

More Rice Krispie Treat Flavors

Swap out the cereal and make fun flavors, like Cocoa Krispie Treats.

Or add in some flavored gelatin to the melted marshmallow for a unique twist!

Use Lucky Charms instead of Rice Krispie cereal for a St.Paddy’s Day dessert idea.

  • For best results, name brand cereal stays fresher longer and can hold up to the melted butter and marshmallows better
  • Always start with fresh marshmallows. If you use stale marshmallows in hopes that melting them will give you good results, you’ll be disappointed!
  • More mix-ins: fold in some m&m’s or Reese’s peanut butter cups for a delicious dessert idea.
Perfect squares of chocolate rice krispy treats on a piece of parchment paper.

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Yield: 9 large bars

The BEST Rice Krispie Treats

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Get the secret tips and tricks to making the most PERFECT Rice Krispie Treats recipe. From using fresh butter and marshmallows to adding vanilla extract, this is our favorite dessert.

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 16 oz bag mini marshmallows, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 cups rice krispies cereal

Instructions

  1. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, add in all but 1 cup of the marshmallows. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until completely melted.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the cereal and the remaining 1 cup of marshmallows.
  4. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Press GENTLY with your fingertips just until completely spread out (the harder you pack them in, the harder they are to eat).
  5. Allow to set, about 1 hour. Cut and enjoy!

Notes

  • How many marshmallows do I need? One 16oz bag of marshmallows is about 8-9 cups. You'll melt all but one cup of the marshmallows in the butter, reserving the last cup for adding with the cereal.
  • Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. This way you don’t have to worry about extra butter on your fingertips, or the other extreme of your bars sticking to the pan! Use binder clips to help the parchment paper stay in place.
  • Use fresh marshmallows. Seriously, they make a difference. Don’t grab that bag that’s been in your pantry for months and months thinking it will be okay since you are melting them. It won’t be okay.
  • Add my secret ingredient. VANILLA EXTRACT. Not imitation vanilla, but PURE VANILLA extract. It makes a difference in creating the illusion that you’re using homemade marshmallows.
  • DO NOT (I repeat) DO NOT press these bars into your pan firmly. Using your fingertips, GENTLY press them in just until they are spread out. The harder you pack them in, the harder they are when it’s time to eat them!
  • The trick to pressing them in your pan without sticking to your hands is to run your fingers in water, shake off the excess, and press. Voila. No sticking!
  • Store in an airtight container for two days. If they last that long, I’d be shocked!
  • Make these gluten free by choosing a crispy rice cereal labeled Gluten Free (and check your marshmallow labels too just in case).

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 0gSugar: 31gProtein: 2g

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Original Rice Krispie Treats recipe with all the tips and tricks for making them thick and chewy!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on February 8, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. Aimee for those who leave negative comments sometimes it’s best to just not answer them. Your “story” and recipe was well worth the read. I personally like to understand more of the person before I jump right into a recipe but that’s just me. As for those who just want a recipe either skip right to the recipe or leave the page. Why such negative comments. Does it make you feel better to try and ruin someone else’s day?? Are you that bored that you feel your negativity brings merit?? Do you think you affect the rest of the free world of the internet people who read by these posts?? It’s time to grow up and just enjoy the fact that she has taken the time to contribute her recipe and part of her self. If b you don’t like it then read the box. It has the basic recipe.. Aimee great job!!

  2. Just sat them on the counter to form. Super easy process and, my daughter enjoyed helping to clean the spatula. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for your Rice Krispie Treats Recipe. This is the first time for me to try to make Rice Krispie Treats.
    I’m not sure if your suppose to do it in the oven? And if so what temperature?
    Or if it’s to be done on top of the stove element? And if so roughly what temperature?
    With my lucky I’ll end up burning it.

      1. Wow Aimee, real mature. As the one who posted this recipe, it’s best to look and stay professional. Henry clearly stated that although he liked the recipe, the story was unnecessary. I agree. Nobody wants to read a story, we just want the recipe. And his comment is necessary because the more positive reviews you get, the better you look. From that response, you’re clearly immature hun. xoxo

        1. Ummm, if you read my blog post, you’ll see there’s no story. There’s only tips and tricks on making this recipe work. People who come here with unnecessary criticism of me and they way I write, can find other recipes. The internet is a big space, and this is MY happy place. You say “nobody wants to read a story, we just want the recipe.” That’s such an age-old rant and I’m over it. I provide FREE recipes. It takes three seconds to scroll down, or half a second to click the “jump to recipe” on the top of EVERY blog post. It takes several minutes for y’all to write complaints. If you have time to complain and rant, then you have to time to scroll for a free recipe. Have a great day 🙂

    1. The 2nd part was unnecessary
      There was no story
      And there is clearly a button that allows you to “jump” to the recipe
      I too don’t like the hub bub before the recipe
      BUT at the end of the day
      We are visiting THEIR site
      Ran by THEM

      Ps
      Glad ya liked em

    2. Why write that, Henry? Covid getting you down? Here’s something I bet you already know: not every thought needs to be said out loud (or written). Especially when someone’s giving you something for free!

      Aimee, thank you for the recipe!

  4. Might be a silly question…but – If not using mini marshmallows, can I just use bigger ones and cut to get to the 8-9 cups.

  5. This is my favorite recipe for rice krispie treats. The only difference is I brown the butter. Once I discovered brown butter I use it as often as I can. Adds a whole different dimension! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. A 16oz bag of marshmallows is 2 cups, not 8-9.
    1 cup= 8oz. Could you please clarify if you use 8-9 cups or 16oz of mini marshmallows. Thanks

      1. I just used 1 1/2 bags of the 10oz mini marshmallow bags and then added a cup more with the cereal. Worked great. There’s a little marshmallows left over to add to some hot chocolate too. Win win.

  7. have you ever made brown butter and flaked salt. i had some and i loved them. do you have a recipe for that.

    1. I use browned butter when I make these. Browned butter is the best. I have not tried flaked salt in them. Was the salt added to the marshmallows or sprinkled on the top. Think I will try this today. I love sweet salty.

  8. Wow Aimee, these look delicious! Can’t wait to try them! I have a question though. If I double the recipe, do I have to change the baking time? do I have to change anything else?
    Thanks so much!!

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