How to Make the Best Rice Krispie Treats

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How to make the best Rice Krispie treats ever! Easy recipe for kids too. Makes a chewy, gooey, deliciously perfect dessert!

hand pulling gooey Rice Krispie treats out of pan

If it’s a classic treat you’re after, Rice Krispie treats are the perfect choice. And they don’t just taste good; they’re super easy to make too.

The best part is it only takes 5 ingredients to make these yummy marshmallow treats. And only a teensy bit of stove time.

My boys love it when I make homemade Rice Krispie treats; and truth be told I love making them.

I love that they can be dressed up too. While original Rice Krispie squares are delicious all on their own, I love making holiday and Christmas Rice Krispie treats too.

plate of stacked marshmallow treats

Also, add in a little peanut butter, and you've got the best peanut butter Rice Krispie treats around.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the Rice Krispie treats recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card with a longer how to video.

THE MORE YOU KNOW… WHO INVENTED RICE KRISPIE TREATS?

Are you ever curious about how certain treats and desserts came to be? Just like with my favorite chocolate chip cookies, I wanted to know who the person was that came up with the idea of making Rice Krispies into a gooey bar of deliciousness.

Turns out, the treats were invented in 1939 by Mildred Day and Malitta Jensen in the Kellogg's test kitchens. The treats were originally called marshmallow squares.

About 6 months later, Mildred Day traveled to Kansas City where she worked tirelessly to make several batches of these yummy treats for a fundraiser put on by a Camp Fire Girls organization there.

The Rice Krispie bars were such a hit that Kellogg's put the recipe on cereal boxes for the first time ever in 1941; it had only previously been shared in newspapers.

You can read the entire story, with more about Mildred Day's life, in an article written in the Des Moines Register.

WHAT KIND OF MARSHMALLOWS SHOULD YOU USE TO MAKE MARSHMALLOW TREATS?

While you can use either big marshmallows or mini marshmallows, I definitely recommend using the minis. You can also use marshmallow fluff, although I’ve never tried that with this particular recipe.

mini marshmallows for Rice Krispie treats recipe in blue Dutch oven

You have to melt the marshmallows before mixing everything together with the Rice Krispies cereal. The mini marshmallows are an easier choice, as they melt a lot quicker than the jumbo marshmallows.

Plus if you have leftovers, you can put a handful in a cup of hot chocolate.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT RICE KRISPIE TREATS

You can use pretty much any crisp rice cereal for this Rice Krispie treat recipe, whether you choose to use the original Rice Krispies cereal, a generic brand, or a store brand.

Quick Tip: Make sure you use salted butter over margarine. Butter will give your marshmallow treats a richer flavor and texture.

Before you get started, prepare your baking dish by spraying it well with cooking spray.

Making Rice Krispie treats is a quick 4 step process…

  1. Melt the butter in a large sauce pot or Dutch oven on the stovetop.
  2. Then add in the vanilla extract, salt, and mini marshmallows.
  3. Continue stirring until the marshmallows have fully melted.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat, and quickly stir in the Rice Krispies.
steps for making Rice Krispie treats, including melting the butter and marshmallows, then stirring everything together with Rice Krispies cereal

And that’s it! Just spread the Rice Krispie treats into a greased baking dish and let them cool.

baking pan with homemade Rice Krispie treats

HOW TO KEEP RICE KRISPIE TREATS SOFT

Soft Rice Krispie treats are one of those desserts that after 2 or 3 days will start to harden up and be either extra chewy or rock solid.

Two ways to ensure that you have the softest treats possible is by using fresh ingredients, namely marshmallows and cereal, and by cooking the marshmallow mixture on low to medium heat.

Also, use lots of marshmallows. If you're using 6 cups of cereal (as in the case with this recipe), you'll want the same amount of marshmallows, so a 1:1 ratio.

And finally, another way to keep them soft is to store them properly, which brings me to my next point.

pile of Rice Krispie squares on white plate with bite taken out of one Rice Krispie treat

HOW TO STORE RICE KRISPIE TREATS

It's important to store your treats in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag.

And like I mentioned above, you'll probably want to eat them within the first 2 or 3 days.

CAN YOU FREEZE RICE KRISPIE TREATS?

You can if you need to. And then get them out with at least half an hour to thaw before serving.

Be sure when freezing them, though, that you again store them in an airtight container or freezer bag. And you might even put wax paper or parchment paper between the layers of treats so they don't stick together.

metal pan of Rice Krispie treats

MORE RICE KRISPIE TREAT FUN:

Celebrating with a Halloween party? Make these super cute Frankenstein Rice Krispie treats!

SHOP KITCHEN TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE

Dutch Oven or Sauce Pot

Heat-Resistant Spatula – This one is my go to spatula.

9″x13″ Baking Dish

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Yield: 16 servings

How to Make the Best Rice Krispie Treats

How to Make the Best Rice Krispie Treats

How to make the best Rice Krispie Treats ever! Easy recipe for kids too. Makes a chewy, gooey, deliciously perfect dessert!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9″x13″ baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter in a large sauce pot or Dutch oven on the stovetop.
  3. Stir the vanilla extract and salt into the butter.
  4. Add the mini marshmallows to the melted butter mixture, stirring until the marshmallows have fully melted.**
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat, and quickly stir in the Rice Krispies cereal.
  6. Spread the Rice Krispies mixture into the greased baking dish and let them cool.
  7. Cut into serving size pieces and serve!

Notes

*You can use pretty much any crisp rice cereal, whether you choose to use the original Rice Krispies cereal, a generic brand, or a store brand.

**You can use big or mini marshmallows, but I highly recommend mini marshmallows, since they'll be a lot quicker and easier to melt.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 131mg Carbohydrates: 24g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 12g Protein: 1g

2 thoughts on “How to Make the Best Rice Krispie Treats”

  1. This dessert came out soggy. I followed the recipe directly and it’s like it made too much marshmallow and it didn’t stick the rice together well. You can’t hold it to eat. Maybe a tablespoon less of butter and no vanilla.

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