Easy Rice Krispie Treats

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

pulling Rice Krispie treats out of the 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 Rice Krispie squares. And only a teensy bit of stove time.

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

Rice Krispie squares stacked on a white plate

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, Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats, and Valentine Rice Krispie treats.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE RECIPE FOR RICE KRISPIE TREATS?

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.

cutting Rice Krispie treats in baking pan

WHAT KIND OF MARSHMALLOWS SHOULD I 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.

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.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE RICE KRISPIE SQUARES

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.

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

melting butter and mixing with vanilla extract to make Rice Krispie treats recipe

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…

  • Melt the butter in a large sauce pot or Dutch oven on the stovetop.
  • Then add in the vanilla extract, salt, and mini marshmallows, stirring until the marshmallows have fully melted.
melted marshmallows for Rice crispy treats in blue Dutch oven
  • 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.

pan of Rice Krispie treats

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU MAY NEED TO MAKE RICE KRISPIE TREATS

Dutch Oven or Sauce Pot

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

9″x13″ Baking Dish

Rice Krispie squares stacke don white plate

RICE KRISPIE TREATS RECIPE

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Yield: 16 servings

Easy Rice Krispie Treats

Easy 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

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal, *

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.

**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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

16 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131 Saturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 137mg Carbohydrates: 24g Sugar: 11g Protein: 1g
Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
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