This is one of our favorite homemade Rice Krispies treats recipes. Do you remember the irresistible taste of Rice Krispies treats crispy marshmallow squares original recipe? Oh yah. This is JUST like that, but slightly better with melted chocolate on top. I love that these sweet treats can be used on multiple holidays. They are perfect for school lunches, snack time, and perfect for decorating with colored white chocolate during the fall season. Let’s dive into making the best Rice Krispies Treats Recipe you have ever tasted!
This is one of my toddlers favorite treats! He LOVES the ooey gooey marshmallows and the crunch of the crispy cereal. With this specific batch of Rice Krispies treats cereal bars we melted and colored white chocolate to decorate them for Halloween! My 3 year old loved it! He got to be creative, messy, and have a fun snack at the end of it. If you’d love to do this activity with your kiddo, head on over to this post how to melt chocolate in a homemade double boiler, or how to decorate Rice Krispies treats for Halloween.
Oh and this is a no bake treat.
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What Ingredients do I need to make The Best Rice Krispies Treats Recipe:
This recipe only has 4 simple ingredients! Just four and a couple of hours is all you need before you can indulge in this perfect Rice Krispie treats recipe.
Butter: You will need 6 TBS of salted butter for this Rice Krispies recipe. Be careful not to add too much butter or the marshmallow mixture will become greasy.
Mini Marshmallows: Make sure to use fresh marshmallows for this rice Krispy treats recipe. This will ensure that your Rice Krispies bars are fresh and tasteful. This recipe calls for 16 oz of mini marshmallows. This is about a bag and 3/4 of a second bag if using the 10 oz bag.
Rice Krispie Cereal: This recipe calls for 7 cups of Rice Krispies Treats cereal. If you cannot find Rice Krispies cereal, you can substitute for lucky charms, cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or any one of your favorite sweet cereals.
Vanilla extract: You will need just a hint of vanilla in this recipe.
How to make Rice Krispies Treats:
This is an easy recipes, but it packs a powerful punch and is a fan favorite!
First, line a square pan with parchment paper. Set that aside.
Second, melt butter in a large pot over medium high heat until the butter is just about melted.
Next, bring the temperature down to medium-low heat and add in all 16 oz of marshmallows. Stir the marshmallows continually until they are just about melted. Some recipes have you setting aside one cup of mini marshmallows until the end to leave a few chunky marshmallows in there. So if you prefer doing that, then you can.
NOTE: I have found that this is the perfect amount of marshmallow for the recipe. If you add too much marshmallow, it will sink to the bottom of the pan and create this thick layer of marshmallow under the rice crispy bar.
Then add in the vanilla extract into the marshmallow and butter mixture and stir that in.
Remove the marshmallow mixture from the heat and pour in 7 cups rice krispies. Stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until the Rice Krispies cereal is completely covered in the melted marshmallows.
Lastly, pour the mixture into your prepared baking pan and spread the mixture out evenly. Use the back of your wooden spoon or spatula to lightly press the mixture into the pan. If the marshmallow mixture is sticking to the back of your spoon, use a greased spatula or grease the bottom of a measuring cup. The marshmallows will no longer stick.
Leave uncovered or cover with plastic wrap and let sit on the counter for at least 1 hour before cutting and enjoying.
How to store rice crispy treats
Store rice crispy treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
- 6 TBS Butter
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 16 oz Marshmallows
- 7 cups Rice Krispies Treat Cereal
- Line a square pan with parchment paper
- Melt butter in a large pot on the stove over medium high heat
- Turn heat down to medium or medium low and add the marshmallows.
- Continually stir until the marshmallows are melted.
- Add the vanilla and stir it in.
- Remove the marshmallows from the stove and add the Rice Krispies Treat cereal.
- Stir until the Rice Krispies are fully coated in melted marshmallows.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
- Spread out the mixture evenly with the back of the wooden spoon or spatula.
- Spread a little butter or baking grease on the bottom of a measuring spoon and use the spoon to press the rice Krispy mixture into the pan.
- Be careful not to press too firm and compact too much or the rice Krispy treats will be too hard.
- Allow the rice Krispies to firm up at room temperature for about an hour.
Do not put these in the fridge. They will harden too much.
This tasty cereal treat can be used for so many different occasions! You can Make:
Heart shaped treats for Valentines Day
Pumpkin shaped rice krispies
Traditional square rice krispies cereal treats for any occasion
Any delicious snack time
When you are craving a sweet treat
Need a Halloween inspired Rice Krispie treat for your Halloween event?
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