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A childhood favorite, Rice Krispie Treats are full of soft, gooey, marshmallowy goodness. An easy no-bake treat, these classic homemade Rice Krispie Treats are four simple ingredients combined to create an irresistible treat that is perfect for snack time, lunchtime, or dessert.
Rice Krispie Treats
Buttery, gooey marshmallows are mixed with crunchy cereal to create Rice Krispie Treats that are light, crispy, and practically melt-in-your-mouth. Bring a pan of these favorite no-bake treats with you to a picnic or potluck and watch them disappear.
A welcome sight in anyone’s lunchbox, at snack time, or for an after-dinner dessert, enjoy your Rice Krispie Treats with a glass of milk or a mug of hot chocolate. You could even add caramel or chocolate drizzle on top of your cereal treats.
Whether you call them Rice Crispy, Crispy Rice, or Rice Crispies, the best Rice Krispie Treats only need four simple ingredients: butter, marshmallows, vanilla, and Rice Krispies cereal, to make this family favorite. You can even customize these buttery rice Krispie treats for special occasions.
Rice Krispie Treats Ingredients
- Marshmallows – mini marshmallows
- Rice Krispies – Rice Krispies cereal
For the best results, and ooey-gooey Rice Krispie Treats, you’ll want to use fresh marshmallows. In addition to mini marshmallows, you could substitute a 7-ounce jar of marshmallow fluff instead for this great recipe. To help enhance the sweet flavors even more, you can add just a dash of salt to your butter and marshmallow mixture.
Keep your treats light and crispy by not putting too much pressure when pressing down the mixture into the pan. If you’re using your fingers or rubber spatula to press the mixture down, you can prevent the mixture front from sticking to your hands or spatula by spraying them with a little bit of cooking spray or dampening them before starting.
Rice Krispie Treats can be made in the microwave or on the stovetop. If you make these treats on the stovetop using a large saucepan to melt butter over low heat, then add in the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Once the marshmallows are melted remove the saucepan from the heat as it’s important to not overcook the mixture.
How to Make Rice Krispie Treats
FIRST STEP: In a microwave-safe bowl, melt marshmallows and butter for 1 minute.
SECOND STEP: Remove from microwave and pour in vanilla. Stir until the mixture is completely smooth.
THIRD STEP: Add 6 cups of rice crispies and stir until the cereal is well coated.
FOURTH STEP: Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper and pour the cereal mixture into the pan. Place a piece of parchment paper over the top and press the crispies down into an even layer.
FIFTH STEP: Let sit on the counter for an hour or in the fridge for 30 minutes until set.
SIXTH STEP: Lift the treats from the pan and slice them into 12 pieces.
Can I use a different kind of cereal?
Make different flavored cereal treats by using other cereal flavors like Fruity Pebbles or Cocoa Krispies. You could also add items to your Rice Krispie Treats like mini chocolate chips, peanut butter, M&M’s, sprinkles, or other candy.
Why are my rice Krispie treats hard?
Overcooking the marshmallow and butter mixture, and getting it too hot, can lead to your Rice Krispie treats getting too hard. For the softest treats is also important to use fresh marshmallows or butter.
How do you keep the Rice Krispie treat squares from sticking together?
Store leftover Rice Krispie Treats in between sheets of wax paper to help keep each square from sticking to the others.
How to Store Rice Krispie Treats
ON THE COUNTER: Store leftover Rice Krispie Treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
IN THE FREEZER: Rice Krispie Treats can be frozen for four to six weeks in a freezer-safe container with wax paper in between each treat.
Rice Krispie Treats
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 bag mini marshmallows
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 6 cups Rice Krispies
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt marshmallows and butter for 1 minute.
- Remove from microwave and pour in vanilla. Stir until the mixture is completely smooth.
- Add 6 cups of rice crispies and stir until the cereal is well coated.
- Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper and pour the cereal mixture into the pan. Place a piece of parchment paper over the top and press the crispies down into an even layer.
- Let sit on the counter for an hour or in the fridge for 30 minutes until set.
- Lift the treats from the pan and slice them into 12 pieces.