Perfect Rice Krispie Treats

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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.

Years ago I shared a story about my favorite treat. How sometimes when I make a batch of krispie treats I have eaten the whole 13×9 before my kids even arrive home from school. I’ve made myself sick many times overeating this treat.

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

But, it’s not ANY rice krispie treat that has this effect on me. For instance, store bought individually wrapped treats? YUCK. Barf. So fake tasting.

Or I’m sure you’ve experienced the Rice Krispie Treat that has been pressed into a crunchy square of grossness. Too hard to enjoy, not the soft and chewy treat you’ve come to love over the years!

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

I love Rice Krispie 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!

But, in the end, it’s the classic 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!

How to make PERFECT Rice Krispie Treats:

  • 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 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!
  • Store in an airtight container for two days. If they last that long, I’d be shocked! ENJOY

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Perfect Rice Krispie Treats:

Perfect Rice Krispie Treats

Yield: 9 large bars

Prep Time:10 minutes, plus 1 hour set time

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 mini marshmallows, divided
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 6 cups rice krispies cereal

Directions:

  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!

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**This recipe for Perfect Rice Krispie Treats was first published on Shugary Sweets on October 27, 2016 and has been republished in May 2018.

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39 comments on “Perfect Rice Krispie Treats”

  1. Janice Michaels

    You should try substituting 1/2 of the rice krispies with cocoa krispies. They are simply amazing!

  2. Rachel

    Hi There from Australia thank you for this recipe. I make these with a 3/4 cup of desicated coconut. I will try the PB version too. Love rice Krispy squares. Here the cereal is called Rice Bubbles 🙂

  3. Carolyn

    I was out of of mini marshmallows so cut up 1 cup of large ones, it worked perfectly. While growing up one of my brothers would buy the ingredients & BEG me to make ’em for him. Adding unmelted marshmallows & vanilla is an excellent idea, great recipe 🙂

  4. Linda MacInnes

    My mum used to make these when we were wee. II dont remember her putting marsh mallows.
    What else do you think it could have been We loved them x

  5. Linda

    Seriously, I can not have Rice Krispie Treats in my house. They are my danger food. I can not eat just one. This recipe sounds wonderful. I think it is good that they are made in a smaller pan than a 9×13. Otherwise I would be eating the 9×13. 

  6. Phyllis

    Amiee you make Perfect Rice Krispie Treats very hard to resist.
    Super and fast to make Thanks for all your great recipes Great MOM and all.

  7. Harriet Cook

    For me, perfect is using browned butter!

  8. Anita

    You know if add a tablespoon of milk to your rice krispie treats they stay sort and taste amazing!!

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