How to Make Irresistible Homemade Rice Krispie Treats

May 28, 2021

With the perfect balance of butter, marshmallow, and cereal, these homemade rice krispie treats take only minutes to make and are absolutely irresistible!

This retro dessert used to be a staple in every kid’s lunch box during the ’90s and the second you take the first bite, you’re reminded why.

A dessert treated more often as a snack, these crispy rice treats are indulgent and filling. And if you’ve resorted to the store-bought ones over the years, this tried and true best rice krispie treats recipe will give you the same classic flavor without all the additives.

Making these irresistible homemade crispy and gooey treats is as simple as melting and mixing, and they never disappoint. They’re crowd-friendly, easy to make, ready in a snap, and a godsend for anyone who loves easy cereal treats.

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Taste Score: %80
Difficulty Easy
Servings 8 people
Preparation 9 mins
Cooking 1 mins
Total 10 mins

Tips

  • Use European salted butter for a richer flavor and texture as European butter has a higher butterfat content (around 82%) than American butter.
  • Use Jet-Puffed Marshmallows for the perfect amount of sweetness and stickiness. Other brands of marshmallow tend to be too sticky and dense (although you can use more cereal to offset that).
  • Keep the marshmallows from getting too hot as that will result in hard, rather than chewy, rice krispie treats. Also, be careful not to overheat the marshmallows to prevent burning.
  • Make sure all the marshmallows are fully melted, as whole marshmallows will make the treats overly sweet and gummy.
  • If your marshmallows aren’t fully melted even after vigorous stirring, you can heat them again to properly melt them.
  • Take extra care to get the perfect balance of ingredients. Too much cereal will make the treats dry, too much marshmallow will make them sticky and overly sweet, and not enough butter will make them bland.
  • The rice krispie treats should neither be too thin nor too thick for the perfect flavor, texture, and crunch.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 16 ounces of marshmallow
  • 7 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal

Directions

  1. Grease a large mixing bowl with butter or baking spray and pour in the cereal.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium-large saucepan, set over low heat, and stir in the marshmallows.
  3. Continue to stir often until about 75% of the marshmallows are melted.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir vigorously using a rubber spatula or the back of a wooden spoon till all the marshmallows are melted and smooth.
  5. Pour the melted marshmallows over the Rice Krispies Cereal and toss to evenly coat. You can also stir in the Rice Krispies cereal. Both methods work fine.
  6. Spread the mixture into a 9-inch by 13-inch pan greased with baking spray or butter and gently press into an even layer.
  7. Allow the cereal treats to cool for about 30 minutes and then cut into 18 rectangles.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Homemade Rice Krispie Treats
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories364
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 23 mg7.7%
Sodium 255 mg11.1%
Potassium 27 mg0.6%
Protein 1.4 g2.8%
Total Fat 10.1 g12.9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

How to make rice krispie treats?

With only 3 ingredients, homemade rice krispie treats are one of the easiest snacks you can make when you want to munch on something sweet but crispy. As the end goal is to just melt the ingredients and mix them together, you can either make these tasty treats on the stove top (as in this recipe) or in the microwave.

To make delicious rice krispie treats in the microwave, combine the butter and marshmallows in a large microwave-safe bowl, heat on high power for 1 minute, and stir until the marshmallows melt.

Reheat in 15-30 second increments if required, and then stir in the Rice Krispie Cereal and press gently into an even layer in a well-buttered 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Allow the treats to cool and then cut into squares or rectangles.

What are the types of rice krispie treats?

There are almost as many variations to this classic recipe as there are people, and everyone seems to have a favorite. Some popular Rice Krispie treats variations you should try are Oreo rice krispie treats, chocolate rice krispie treats, brown butter crispy rice treats, peanut butter rice crispy treats, and caramel stuffed Krispie bars.

Are rice krispie treats gluten-free?

While most store-bought and homemade rice crispy treats are not gluten-free, you can make gluten-free rice krispie treats by using rice crispy cereals that do not contain gluten like Barbara's Organic Brown Rice Crisps, Nature's Path Crispy Rice Cereal, and One Degree Veganic Sprouted Brown Rice Crisps.

Are rice krispie treats vegan?

Due to marshmallow and butter being core ingredients, most rice krispie treats are not vegan.

How to make vegan rice krispie treats?

To make vegan rice krispie treats, use vegan marshmallows, virgin coconut oil or vegan butter, and a Rice Krispies vegan alternative like Trader Joe's Crisp Rice Cereal or Barbara's Brown Rice Crisps. Follow the recipe above for delicious vegan rice crispy treats and experiment around with variations for vegan chocolate rice crispy treats or even some vegan rice crispy cakes.

How to make rice krispie treats without marshmallows?

If you really don’t want marshmallows in your rice krispie treats, you can use a nut butter like almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter and pure maple syrup to make a sticky mixture that acts as a marshmallow substitute.

How to serve rice krispie treats?

Sprinkle your rice krispie treats with chocolate chips, candy-coated chocolates, and sprinkles while warm to add a festive flair. Serve as is or drizzle some milk chocolate, white chocolate, or peanut butter on top.

How to store rice krispie treats?

Rice krispie treats can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days at room temperature and up to 5 days in the refrigerator. If you need to keep them for longer, store your rice krispie treats in the freezer for up to six weeks. When storing these snacks in the freezer, use an airtight container or freezer bag.

To defrost frozen rice krispie treats, let them sit on the counter at room temperature for about 15 minutes.

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