Perfect Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

Get the secret tips and tricks to making the most PERFECT Rice Krispie Treats recipe. From using fresh butter and marshmallows to adding vanilla infusion, this is our favored dessert .
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Thick rice krispie treat packed with marshmallows.

The Original Rice Krispie Treats

I spend days and days trying to come up with the arrant cake. Or the most beautiful cupcakes. Or to create the fudgiest brownies .
But, it ’ sulfur no privy, Rice Krispie Treats have constantly been the key to my kernel. Knowing how to make rice krispie treat has gotten me far in life.

I love crisp treats so much that I ’ ve created over a dozen flavors ….from Fluffernutter Krispie Treats to Cinnamon Roll Krispie Treats .
I ’ ve evening got these adorable TURKEY Krispie Treats for Thanksgiving !
But, in the end, it ’ s the classical, original, homemade RICE KRISPIE TREAT that draws me in .
The biggest wonder is how to spell it. Some people say Rice Crispy, Some say Crispy Rice, some say Rice Crispies. Either way, you get the point !
Gooey rice krispie treat being pulled out of the baking dish.

Why this Recipe Is Best

There are thousands of recipes for making this classical process, and I ’ thousand putting it out there that my recipe is BEST. Why ?

  • Only 4 ingredients
  • Thick and chewy
  • Vanilla flavor
  • Perfect ratio of cereal to marshmallows

ingredient Notes

Only four ingredients needed for original rice krispie treats recipe.

  1. Butter- use salted butter for this recipe. Just trust me! Don’t have any on hand? Use unsalted butter and a pinch of salt while melting. DO NOT use margarine.
  2. Marshmallows- you’ll need 9 cups of mini marshmallows, keeping about 1 cup aside to add in at the end!
  3. Vanilla Extract- I love using my homemade vanilla extract for all my recipes, but just be sure to use PURE vanilla, not imitation. The flavor is far superior.
  4. Rice Krispies Cereal- any brand of crispy rice cereal will work, just make sure it’s FRESH.

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
  • Make these gluten free by choosing a crispy rice cereal labeled Gluten Free (and check your marshmallow labels too just in case).

Melted butter and marshmallow for rice krispie treats in a sauce pan with cereal and more marshmallows being added.

Recipe FAQs

Why do my rice krispies treats get hard? Your krispies treats could be getting intemperate if you press the treats excessively firm into the pan. besides, be sure to start with fresh marshmallows and cereal, not cold ! Do rice krispie treats need to be refrigerated? Do NOT refrigerate rice krispie treats, as it can make the marshmallow very hard. alternatively, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for best results. Can you freeze rice krispie treats? I do not advise freezing rice krispie treats. Fresh is best. Can rice krispie treats be made in a 13×9 baking dish? You can choose a 13×9 dish alternatively of a square dish if prefered for rice crisp treats. merely know that they will be thin. Rice crispy treats on parchment paper cut into squares or bars.

More Rice Krispie Treat Flavors

trade out the cereal and make fun flavors, like Cocoa Krispie Treats .
Or add in some season gelatin to the melted marshmallow for a singular twist !
Make Lucky Charms Treats for a St.Paddy ’ s Day dessert mind .

  • For best results, name brand cereal stays fresher longer and can hold up to the melted butter and marshmallows better
  • Always start with fresh marshmallows. If you use stale marshmallows in hopes that melting them will give you good results, you’ll be disappointed!
  • More mix-ins: fold in some m&m’s or Reese’s peanut butter cups for a delicious dessert idea.

Perfect squares of chocolate rice krispy treats on a piece of parchment paper.
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Yield: 9 large bars

The BEST Rice Krispie Treats

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

5 minutes

Additional Time

1 hour

Total Time

1 hour

10 minutes

Thick and chewy rice krispie treat cut into a square.PinPrint Get the confidential tips and tricks to making the most PERFECT Rice Krispie Treats recipe. From using fresh butter and marshmallows to adding vanilla extract, this is our front-runner dessert .

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 16 ounce bag mini marshmallows, divided
  • 1 teaspoon 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 and gently stir until combined.
  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

  • How many marshmallows do I need? One 16 ounce 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Make these gluten free by choosing a crispy rice cereal labeled Gluten Free (and check your marshmallow labels too just in case).
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks!

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

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