Easy Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

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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!

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.

hand pulling Rice Krispie treats out of a metal cake pan

The best part is it only takes 5 ingredients to make these yummy Rice Krispie squares. And quite possibly, ingredients you already have in your pantry.

One of my favorite things about making marshmallow treats is they require only a teensy bit of stove time. If you've followed more of my recipes, you know how I feel about stove time.

My boys love it when I make Rice Krispies treats; and truth be told I love making them. They're something I can make in a pinch, and something we can easily carry with us if we're headed out on the road or just going outside for a picnic.

I love that they can be dressed up too. While original rice crispy treats are delicious all on their own, I also love making holiday and Christmas Rice Krispie treats like a Rice Krispies snowman and Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats.

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If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking 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.

Rice Krispie squares stacked on a white plate

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:

  • Salted butter – I prefer to use salted sweet cream butter for this recipe.
  • Vanilla extract – This adds a nice vanilla flavor to the treats. And as usual, I love using my La Vencedora Mexican Vanilla.
  • Salt – Just a tiny amount of salt really adds to the flavor.
  • Mini marshmallows – We'll talk more about the marshmallows below.
  • Rice Krispies cereal – or any brand of crisp rice cereal. We'll talk more about this too.

Remember, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

Dutch Oven or Sauce Pot

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

9″x13″ Baking Dish

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE RICE KRISPIE TREATS

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

Making Rice Krispie treats is a quick 3 step process…

  1. Melt the butter in a large sauce pot or Dutch oven on the stovetop.
  2. Stir the vanilla extract and salt into the melted butter.
melting butter and mixing with vanilla extract to make Rice Krispie treats recipe in blue Dutch oven
  1. Then add in the mini marshmallows, stirring until the marshmallows have fully melted.
melted marshmallows for Rice crispy treats in blue Dutch oven
  1. Remove the mixture from the heat, and quickly stir in the Rice Krispies.
making Rice Krispies cereal into Rice Krispie treats in blue Dutch oven

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

Tip: When you're spreading them into the pan, just lightly press them into the pan. Don't overly compress them down.

We're going for soft, chewy treats. Lightly pressing them down will help with keeping the treats soft and chewy, rather than hard and tough as nails.

pan of Rice Krispie treats

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

While you can use either big marshmallows, jumbo 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.

using mini marshmallows to make marshmallow treats 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.

making Rice Krispies treats by melting mini marshmallows in butter and vanilla mixture in blue Dutch oven

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

DO I HAVE TO USE RICE KRISPIES BRAND?

No, you don't have to use brand name. You can use pretty much any crisp rice cereal for this Rice Krispie squares recipe, whether you choose to use the original Rice Krispies cereal, a generic brand, or a store brand.

Personally, I love using Aldi's version of crisp rice cereal because it's completely gluten-free and labeled as such.

CAN I USE MARGARINE INSTEAD OF BUTTER?

Make sure you use salted butter over margarine. Butter will give your Rice Krispies treats a richer flavor and texture.

cutting Rice Krispie treats in baking pan

WHAT CAN I ADD TO RICE KRISPIE TREATS?

There are a lot of different ways you can change up Rice Krispie treats to make them even more delicious, and sometimes more colorful too.

Try a few of the following options:

  • M&M's or other chocolate candies – I love Rice Krispie treats with M&M's. My Valentine Rice Krispie treats are just one example of this, and they are so yummy.
  • Use colorful marshmallows instead of plain old white marshmallows to add some color.
  • Or try adding food coloring for special occasions, like these pink Rice Krispie treats. Hosting a baby shower? Make pink or blue.
  • Add freeze-dried berries. Case in point, strawberry Rice Krispie treats are the absolute best!
  • Make s'mores Rice Krispie treats by adding in chocolate chips and crumbled Golden Grahams cereal.

HOW TO COLOR RICE KRISPIE TREATS

Adding color to Rice Krispie treats is as easy as pie. It's an easy way to dress up these treats for a special occasion like a wedding, baby shower, birthday party, or holiday.

Just be sure to add the coloring after your marshmallows have melted but before you add the cereal to the melted marshmallows. Stir that coloring into the melted marshmallow mixture, and then stir in your cereal, and you'll have colorful treats for whatever occasion you're celebrating.

Rice Krispie squares stacked on white plate

HOW TO STORE RICE KRISPIE SQUARES

For best results, be sure to store your treats in an airtight container; they should keep on the counter for about 2-3 days.

If you want to freeze them, again store them in an airtight container, or wrap each square in wax paper and place them in a freezer bag. They should keep in the freezer for about 2-3 months.

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Yield: 16

Easy Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

pulling Rice Krispie treats out of the pan

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

Ingredients

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 any crisp rice cereal, whether you choose to use the original Rice Krispies cereal, a generic brand, or a store brand. Personally, I love using Aldi's version of crisp rice cereal because it's completely gluten-free and labeled as such.

*I recommend using a heat-resistant spatula for stirring the marshmallow mixture. This will allow you to easily scrape the sides of your pan and keep the mixture from burning.

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

While you can use either big marshmallows, jumbo 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.

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.

CAN I USE MARGARINE INSTEAD OF BUTTER?

Make sure you use salted butter over margarine. Butter will give your Rice Krispies treats a richer flavor and texture.

HOW TO STORE RICE KRISPIE SQUARES

For best results, be sure to store your treats in an airtight container; they should keep on the counter for about 2-3 days. If you want to freeze them, again store them in an airtight container, or wrap each square in wax paper and place them in a freezer bag. They should keep in the freezer for about 2-3 months.

WHAT CAN I ADD TO RICE KRISPIE TREATS?

There are a lot of different ways you can change up Rice Krispie treats to make them even more delicious, and sometimes more colorful too. Try a few of the following options:

  • M&M's or other chocolate candies
  • Use colorful marshmallows instead of plain old white marshmallows to add some color.
  • Try adding food coloring for special occasions. Hosting a baby shower? Make pink or blue.
  • Add freeze-dried berries.
  • Make s'mores Rice Krispie treats by adding in chocolate chips and crumbled Golden Grahams cereal.

HOW TO COLOR RICE KRISPIE TREATS

Adding color to Rice Krispie treats is as easy as pie. It's an easy way to dress up these treats for a special occasion like a wedding, baby shower, birthday party, or holiday.

Just be sure to add the coloring after your marshmallows have melted but before you add the cereal to the melted marshmallows. Stir that coloring into the melted marshmallow mixture, and then stir in your cereal, and you'll have colorful treats for whatever occasion you're celebrating.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

16 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 24gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

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