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. And there IS such a thing as the PERFECT Rice Krispie treat.

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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34 comments on “Perfect Rice Krispie Treats”

  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 🙂

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