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Perfect Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

Get the secret tips and tricks to making the most PERFECT Rice Krispie Treats recipe. Kid and adult friendly! THICK AND CHEWY!

Large square of rice krispie treats being held.

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 have no willpower. The lure of marshmallow is too powerful. I am weak.

Foil lined pan with one square cut of rice krispy treats

The Original Rice Krispies Treat Recipe

I love crispy treats so much that I’ve created over a dozen flavors….from Fluffernutter, or Cherry, or Pistachio….to Peppermint, Cinnamon Roll, and PayDay.

I’ve even got these adorable TURKEY Krispie Treats for Thanksgiving! And of course, easy Halloween Dessert Recipes too!

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!

Step by step photos of how to make rice krispie treats

Step 1: Line an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Step 2: In a large sauce pan, on medium heat, melt butter. Once melted, turn heat to low and add in all but 1 cup of the mini marshmallows.

Stir constantly until marshmallows are completely melted.

Step 3: Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Add cereal and the remaining mini marshmallows.

Step 4: Pour into prepared baking dish. Press gently with fingertips until spread. Set one hour. Cut and enjoy!

Rice Krispie Treat being pulled in half to show gooey marshmallow center.

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
Get the secret tips and tricks to making the most PERFECT Rice Krispie Treats. Kid and adult friendly!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why do my rice krispies treats get hard?
    A: Could be many factors. Starting with stale marshmallows or cereal. Keep heat on low while adding marshmallows. And finally, do NOT press too firm when you’re adding the treats to the pan.
  2. Do these treats need to be refrigerated?
    A: Absolutely NOT. It actually could make them hard as well (see above question). Keep them covered at room temperature for best results.
  3. Can I use other cereal?
    A: Yes! Cocoa Krispies and Fruity Pebbles are both great options. You could also use Cheerios, Golden Grahams, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch!
  4. Can you freeze them?
    A: I would say no. While some people will tell you they have had success with this…I’m a purist when it comes to the rice crispy treat. I want it to taste amazing. And freezing it will result in a stale, less than stellar dessert.
Perfect squares of chocolate rice krispy treats on a piece of parchment paper.

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Yield: 9 large bars

Perfect 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. Kid and adult friendly!

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 16 oz bag mini marshmallows, divided
  • 1 tsp 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

  1. Why do my rice krispies treats get hard?A: Could be many factors. Starting with stale marshmallows or cereal. Keep heat on low while adding marshmallows. And finally, do NOT press too firm when you're adding the treats to the pan.
  2. Do these treats need to be refrigerated?A: Absolutely NOT. It actually could make them hard as well (see above question). Keep them covered at room temperature for best results.
  3. Can I use other cereal?A: Yes! Cocoa Krispies and Fruity Pebbles are both great options. You could also use Cheerios, Golden Grahams, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch!
  4. Can you freeze them?A: I would say no. While some people will tell you they have had success with this...I'm a purist when it comes to the rice crispy treat. I want it to taste amazing. And freezing it will result in a stale, less than stellar dessert.
  5. 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.

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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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 July 20, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. I’m a bit confused- you say that 16oz is 8-9 cups but google says it’s 2… in any case for any Rice Krispie treat a good rule of thumb is throw in a little extra butter- keeps them soft

  2. I have made these over and over and great the best reviews from friends and family. I will continue to use this recipe. Heck, I already threw out all the other “rk treats” recipes, lol.

  3. I made these with only one change – 4 tbspns unsalted plus 2 tblspns salted butter. The little bit of salt provided an excellent contrast to the sweetness of marshmallows. Delicious!

  4. Any tips on non stale Krispie treats? Mine are always so Krispie and perfect the minute they are mixed but after letting them set up. They always seem stale I’m using fresh marshmallows and fresh cereal, the recommended amount of butter but they always disappoint me Does stick vs tub butter make any difference? Help!!

    1. Definitely do not use tub butter. As for more tips, I included a whole bunch of them in the blog post if you want to scroll up 🙂

  5. Has anyone tried using vegetarian marshmallows (without gelatin)? Just wondering how they might work, as my daughter is a vegetarian. Thanks!

    1. I’m vegetarian too and have made Rice Krispies Treats using Dandies vegan marshmallows. Im not sure about other brands but those work perfect! (:

  6. Thanks for a terrific recipe!
    So long time after you sharing it but I just tried it yesterday. It came out greater than I think. Thank you much again.

  7. I have not tried to make these Treats yet but I cannot wait especially after reading all the reviews. I like to read the reviews after looking at the recipe because a lot of times people add to the recipe. There ideas are good. I always follow the recipe the first time to perfection but then I do agree a lot of your ideas seem very good. Aimee, you have one great recipe there. I am looking forward to making it myself. I will probably be adding to the reviews after I have tasted them. Enjoy all of you with your Treats.

  8. These came out absolutely amazing! Everyone wondered how I got them so soft and chewy with marshmallow pockets mixed in without melting! Perfect recipe!!!

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