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how to make rice krispie treats

With the perfect balance of tangy flavor and sweet crunch, Rice Krispies desserts have rightfully earned their place as a timeless family favorite. Made with just four simple ingredients and ready in less than 30 minutes, these classic no-bake desserts will never go out of style!

Best Rice Krispie Treats Recipe 

Rice Krispie Treats are more than a treat; they’re a delicious symbol of nostalgia that just never gets old! Made with just 4 ingredients including crispy rice cereal and melted marshmallows, these delightful squares are an irresistible blend of tastes and textures. From the initial crunch of the cereal to the gooey chew, they have been a beloved treat for generations.

And there are loads of Rice Krispie treats recipes out there! But what sets my recipe apart is the perfect balance of each ingredient and a little splash of aromatic pure vanilla extract. The addition of vanilla adds a layer of depth to the flavor that elevates ordinary crispy rice cereal treats to an addictively good indulgence.

Why You’ll Love Rice Krispie Treats
  • Quick and Easy! Sometimes you need a treat that doesn’t demand hours in the kitchen. With just a handful of ingredients and a few easy steps, this no bake dessert comes together in a snap.
  • Yummy Favorite! When the crunch of the rice cereal meets the buttery, gooey marshmallows an irresistible combination of yummy flavor and crisp, chewy texture is born!
  • Versatile Treat! This classic is easy to customize. Feel free to add chocolate chips, rainbow sprinkles, or even swirl in some peanut butter to craft peanut butter rice krispie treats!

Ingredients You’ll Need 

  • Rice Krispies Cereal – The foundation of the sweet treats. You can use any brand of crispy rice cereal you like.
  • Butter – This is one dessert that actually doesn’t call for unsalted butter. However, if don’t have any salted butter on hand, just add a pinch of salt.
  • Marshmallows – The key ingredient that gives the treats their irresistible texture. Feel free to use any size of marshmallows you like.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract – Just a dash gives them a hint of aromatic flavor.

First, remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Then add the Rice Krispies and add to the marshmallow mixture until all the grains are well coated. Doing this step while the marshmallow mixture is still warm makes the process much easier.

3-Form The Treats

After the melted marshmallows and rice cereal is fully combined, press it evenly into a 13×9 inch pan coated with cooking spray. It’s sticky, so you’ll want to use a butter spatula or wax paper to keep the mixture from sticking to you and your cooking tools.

4-Cool And Serve

Now, all you have to do is let the mixture completely cool in the pan. Then cut it into squares and your Rice Krispie treats are ready to devour!


*Expert Tips
  1. Don’t burn the butter. If you accidentally burn the butter you need to start over. Brown butter will make the treats have a bitter and unappealing taste. 
  2. Measure the ingredients accurately. From the butter to the marshmallows and cereal, the secret to this recipe is all about the perfect ratio of chewy to crunch. If you have too much of one ingredient or not enough of another it can lead to dry treats.
  3. Mold the cereal mixture quickly. Once you’ve mixed the melted marshmallows and cereal together, press it into your pan right away. The mixture gets harder to work with as it cools.
  4. Use parchment paper. You can line your pan with parchment paper before pressing in the mixture. This trick makes it easier to lift out the treats once they’re set.


After cooling and cutting the rice krispie treats, store them in an airtight container to keep them fresh. Then it can be stored at room temperature for a week. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two months, but before freezing, it is necessary to separate them with parchment paper.

Rice Krispie Treats

Indulge in the nostalgia of your childhood with these incredibly delicious Rice Krispie Treats! Each bite is a heavenly mix of crispy, chewy, and sweet, making it impossible to stop at just one. This recipe elevates a classic favorite, ensuring they turn out perfectly gooey and packed with that beloved buttery marshmallow flavor every single time.
Prep Time 10 days
Cook Time 5 days
1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 10 ounces marshmallows (1 package)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
  • Add the marshmallows and stir constantly until completely melted and smooth.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Add the Rice Krispies cereal and stir until well coated.
  • Using a buttered spatula or wax paper, press the mixture evenly into a 13×9 inch pan coated with cooking spray.
  • Allow the mixture to cool completely and set, about 1 hour, then cut into squares and serve.
Keyword Krispie Treats, Rice

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