Perfect Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

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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. Knowing how to make rice krispie treats has gotten me far in life.

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. But it’s the perfect back to school snack! For me.

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 Krispies Treat Square 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

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!

Tips for the BEST Rice Krispie Treat recipe

  • 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 Rice Krispies 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!

FAQ about Rice Crispy Treats

  1. Why do my rice krispie 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 Rice Krispie 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 to make rice krispies treats?
    A: Yes! Cocoa Krispies and Fruity Pebbles are both great options. You could also use Cheerios, Golden Grahams, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

Can you freeze Rice Krispies Treats?

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. 

Plus, these are super easy to make, so why not just make them fresh!

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Perfect Rice Krispie Treats:

Yield: 9 large bars

Perfect Rice Krispie Treats

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 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!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 300 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 139mg Carbohydrates: 57g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 31g Protein: 2g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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

**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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110 comments on “Perfect Rice Krispie Treats Recipe”

  1. Charlotte Moore

    Oh yes, vanilla adds so much to these. Yuck is right on the store bought ones. No comparison to the ones you can make.

  2. linda

    Seriously I thought I was the only person on the planet that can not stay out of a pan of Rice Krispy treats. They are a trigger food. Yes, I have eaten enough until I am full and sick. I just can not stay out of them. These look wonderful. I like too that I would not need to eat the whole 9×13 just a 9×9.  

  3. You’re not alone in your love of Rice Krispie Treats!!! Every time I make them for a party, the adults always demolish them ????   Yours look like the perfect ooey gooey treat!!

  4. Anonymous

    So much better if you add peanut butter  better still make it crunchy peanut butter.

  5. LOVE these tips!!!! I’m totally due to make some rice krispie treats too!

  6. Shirley Davison

    Love these so would love to have recipes on this line. Or any good ones as I love sweets.

  7. Eunice Teunissen

    It’s my go to dessert because I can’t have gluten. And there is gluten in EVERYTHING!!   Thanks! I surely will try this recipe!! 

  8. Lisa Retzlaff

    If you would like to bump it up a notch try the following:
    When melting the butter, brown it. Till it gets the little brown bits.
    After placing in your pan, sprinkle with sea salt.

    I’m telling you one thing. You will never go back to the standard RK treat !

  9. Wendy Wermager

    I love adding a 1/4 tsp of almond extract, in place of the vanilla..I think it brings out the marshmallow flavor better. :)))

  10. Ashley

    If you want to make a 9×13 would you just double the recipe?

  11. April

    Oh my Goodness! I just made these and I can barely contain myself, they barely made it to the pan to spread it out. I see my son running back and fourth and figured out he keeps getting little pieces then he runs back! That you so much for sharing this fabulous recipe, it is the best! I will always be making these. I so recommend everyone to make them. My family and I thank you! 

  12. Amanda

    How would I need to modify the recipe if I have a 9×13 pan? Thanks so much 🙂 I’m making a bunch of different baked goods for a charity bake sale and this recipe looks great but I just have the one pan. Appreciate you!

  13. Marguerite Dowell

    Have never been a fan of RK treats, but that just changed! Thank you so much for the recipe and to everyone for the add in tips. I will try them all!

  14. Rice

    Totally agree! I have had some terrible rice crispy treats. I’m such a crispy snob that I will only eat mine now lol. Another tip is to never ever EVER sub real butter for anything else. Just because it’s in stick form does not mean it’s butter! Real butter people! 

  15. Audra

    Is it ok to use large marshmallows for this recipe and if so do you know the amount? I’m really excited to try out this recipe for Christmas treats this year!

  16. Kathleen Stebbins

    How many cups of mini marshmallows? All I can buy are ten oz bags. Thank you!

  17. Jane

    My bars fall apart, what did I do wrong?

  18. Anonymous

    I add marshmallow cream to mine!????

  19. Chrissie

    I always use real vanilla and add 1/3 cup of dry white cake mix to the marshmallow/ butter mixture. I add another tablespoon of butter and a handful of marshmallow as “extra” to compensate for the dry mix. People go crazy for them..every time! 

  20. Karen Daigle

    I added some chopped pecans to the last batch I made, so good!  Definitely added the vanilla

  21. Janice Michaels

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

  22. 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 🙂

  23. 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 🙂

  24. 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

  25. 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. 

  26. 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.

  27. Harriet Cook

    For me, perfect is using browned butter!

  28. Anita

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

  29. Xina

    I absolutely concur!  Rice Krispy Treats are the most deliscious self-indulgent treat.  However, I have always used marshmallow fluff to make them.  The combination of soft ewes-gooey marshmallow thinned with warm butter mixed with the krispy rice is pure heaven!  Cannot stop eating them until they are gone.

  30. These look so good! I love Rice Krispie treats…I need to make these this weekend!

  31. I haven’t had Rice Krispie Treats in forever! I think I may have to make a batch soon!

  32. Kara Cook

    The vanilla extract really does make a difference – these are so yummy!

  33. Heather Seeley

    Nothing better than a rice krispy treat! I love all of these tips, I have never tried with the vanilla extract.

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  35. Sues

    These really are perfect! And I could most definitely eat an entire pan in one sitting. The more marshmallow, the better for me!!

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  37. ROBIN G

    Thanks! I have managed to make a bit of a mess of these in the past.

  38. Yay! For a yummy rice kripie recipe, these are ones that are actually kind of easy to screw up… So your tips are much needed! Thank you!

  39. I am loving all those chunks of marshmallows in your recipe. I need to try this version!

  40. Krissy Allori

    It has been far too long since I’ve had a good rice krispie treat. Nothing takes me back to childhood more than these!

  41. The marshmallow chunks in this recipe look AMAZING! Need to make a batch soon!

  42. Keith

    Hello, this recipe looks amazing. I was going to try and make a larger batch for work so I have a newbie baking question.. I don’t cook/bake often, so if I want to use a 9×13 like other people have said, would I double the amount of EVERY ingredient? Like, 12 cups krispies, 2 tsp extract, 32 oz marshmallows, 12 tbsp. butter? Would this be correct? Thank you in advance.

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  44. These came out perfect!! My son lovessss them thank you. Ps..this was my first time ever making these..make sure will make it again again!!Thanks so much,

  45. So fast and very easy to make this. I love krispie rice so much. Thank you for your instruction to make this treat!

  46. My sons and I made this recipe yesterday. It was very easy to make with children. We added sprinkles to give a decorative look.

  47. Sue Hamlin

    I add fruity pebbles to my Rice Krispies. They are delicious.

  48. Anonymous

    I add chopped pecans and dried cranberry’s yummy.

  49. LOVE these tips!!!! I’m totally due to make some rice krispie treats too!

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  51. My grandkids love Rice Krispy treats, and they are easy and safe for our peanut allergy and gluten-Free diets.  I microwave all ingredients (plus gel food coloring, if using), except the cereal, for 60-90 seconds (stir); microwave longer, if needed.  Quicker that way and  no burning!  Make several batches in different colors, and layer; the combinations are endless.  (Red and white; Santa hat.  Blue and gold; Super Bowl).

  52. Laura Anne

    I just made these for my son’s but used the new strawberry Rice Krispies – holy cow they are a hit! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  57. Family Guy

    I mixed in some Reese’s Pieces. Loved it. 

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  59. Becky

    Try adding 1/2 tsp of butter flavoring!  Yum!!

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  62. Aimee, this looks really good! I think I need to make these for myself and the kids. Love this idea!

  63. This sounds yummy! I would definitely make it again! Thanks for sharing the recipe

  64. Justin

    I went with chocolate krispies 1.5 tap orange extract .5 tap vanilla perfection! Thanks for the base recipe (from your Midwestern modern man!)

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  66. It looks so yummy! I love the step-by-step instructions, making it an easy recipe to follow!

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  68. Rice Krispie is great, they look really attractive. I like the color as well as its taste, great. Thanks for your sharing

  69. Marty Easton-Swenskie

    I ‘ve used the gooey concoction (no Rice Krispies added) over freshly popped corn for my 4 kids when they were little…now aged 49-59…loved getting to the bottom of the bowl where all the excess goodies remained!!!!!!  Great Grandma Marty  now

  70. Perfect treats for kids, rice krispie. I think it is familiar to kids, but with this recipe it makes more fun to eat. Thanks Aimee for this great treat recipe of yours.

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  72. M

    Add butterscotch chips. They make them to die for!

  73. No Rice Krispies, but did have air toasted Kinua, no small marshmellows, so chopped up a bag of large colored ones we found…diferent grain taste, but same love at first bite and of course they were short lived…didn’t know how, or even had the recipe for them, THANK YOU FROM CAJAMARCA, PERU in High Andes.

  74. It’s look so tasty! I love this and i want to eat it….

  75. Ashley

    I made these and they fell apart because the ingredients say 16oz  of marshmallows but the actual recipe says only 2 cups, which is not enough to hold them together. So divide the marshmallows into two parts, not 2 cups. 

  76. I have always bought it made. This time I’m going to make it!!

  77. I love this recipe! Made it 2 times already! Thank you so much!

  78. Paige Myrick

    During fall/winter, I make these using pumpkin or ginger flavored marshmallows. Then I add in  some white chocolate chips when I mix in the rice krispies.  Soooo goood.

  79. Melissa

    Could I use the regular size marshmallows

  80. Carolyn

    Made a half batch – perfect quantity. Thx! 

  81. Lonnie

    I’ve made a 4x batch a few times in one of the large catering aluminum pans. SAVE THE BUTTER WRAPPERS!

    4 bags of 16oz mini marshmallows
    1Tbs of vanilla
    4 sticks of butter
    24 cups of Rice Krispies

    I line the aluminum pans with foil then butter it, usually takes 3 Tbs to coat. I reserve half a bag of the marshmallows to add with the Rice Krispies.

    Pat it into the pan using the butter wrappers, they are wax paper covered in butter, nonstick.

    Last batch I sprinkled 2 cups of Coco Krispies for a layer of chocolate rice. Press into the still warm and sticky treats. Pour off excess Coco Krispies.

    In that large pan I usually make about 3″ thick Krispies. I end up cutting in a grid 6×12 making 72 – 2″x2″x3″ squares

    Great crowd pleaser

  82. Sandy

    I absolutely loved this recipe! So moist and didn’t change anything except added red and blue sprinkles for 4th of July!!!

  83. Anonymous

    Thank you, Aimee!!  I am totally in love with this recipe for Rice Krispie Treats!!  This is definitely the best recipe I’ve ever tasted!!  😁😁😁

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  85. Shannon

    I brown my butter and add a pinch of kosher salt to the cereal before stirring in – seriously delicious!

  86. I have a sweet tooth but hav not thought about making rice krispies for ages. Thanks for the inspiration

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