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rice krispie treats

a recipe by
Beth Pierce
Old Monroe, MO

These are the best homemade Rice Krispie Treats with little bits of melted marshmallow and the perfect ratio of crispy rice cereal, butter, and marshmallow. They take just minutes to prepare, and they set up in about one hour. Both kids and adults love these delectable easy treats. The best buttery Rice Krispie Treats with the perfect cereal-to-marshmallow ratio are chewy, sticky, and soft. They are perfect for parties, bake sales, and after-school snacks.

serves 12
prep time 5 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For rice krispie treats

  • 8 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 20 oz
    mini marshmallows (3 cups reserved)
  • ½ tsp
    kosher salt
  • ¾ tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 7 c
    rice krispie cereal

How To Make rice krispie treats

  • 1
    Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. For thicker treats like a 9×9-inch pan. Grease the inside of the aluminum foil.
  • 2
    Using a light-colored pot or large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir the butter the entire time to keep it from burning. The butter will foam up a bit, and then it will ease up. After about 5-8 minutes, the butter will turn golden brown with light brown specks and a nutty aroma.
  • 3
    Once browned, immediately remove from the heat and add the marshmallows stirring to melt. Return the pot to low heat and keep stirring with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula.
  • 4
    Once the marshmallows are melted, sprinkle them with the salt and add the vanilla extract. Stir to combine, and add the Rice Krispie cereal as you are stirring. Before the mixture starts to cool, add the reserved mini marshmallows and let them melt just a touch.
  • 5
    Spoon and gently press them into the prepared baking dish using a buttered spatula or the butter wrapper. Let them set for one hour before cutting them into bars.