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The Best Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

The Best Rice Krispie Treats are soft, buttery, and ooey-gooey delicious. This three-ingredient homemade Rice Krispie Treat Recipe is made in the microwave making it quick and easy. Once you’ve made this recipe, you’ll never need another one.

Top down image of a pan of Rice Krispie Treats garnished with colorful sprinkles.

How do you make the Best Rice Krispie Treats? It’s all about the perfect ratio of ingredients. We start with real butter and add the best marshmallows. And just for fun, we’re throwing in sprinkles! We’re always up for a good party and nothing says fun like sprinkles, right?

One of the biggest reasons I started my blog is because my daughter gave me a bad time about putting dishes together that she loved. When asking for the recipe I would just reply throw a little of this and a little of that in. Well, in her teacher’s brain, that just didn’t cut it.

I realized that I did the same thing with our Homemade Rice Krispie treats. People at work were always asking me how I made them. Get the picture?

A rice krispie treat being pulled apart showing the stretch of melted marshmallow .

Why is this the Best Rice Krispie Treats recipe?

Ingredients! {only 3}

  • Butter – we only use the real stuff and plenty of it.
  • Marshmallows – Jet Puffed mini marshmallows is our brand and they’ve got to be FRESH!
  • Rice Krispie cereal – We haven’t experimented with other rice cereals and haven’t been convinced that there’s a reason too. Of course if you have a diet restriction, that wouldn’t apply here.

How we make our Rice Krispie Treats

Two photo collage of melted marshmallows combined with melted butter and a bowl with rice krispies added to the marshmallow mix.
  1. Using our favorite large microwave-safe ugly yellow bowl, melt the butter in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each.
  2. Add the marhmallows and microwave them in 30-second increments, stirring after each increment until totally melted.
  3. Add the cereal in increments and only until it sticks together.
  4. Gently press the Rice Krispie mix into the edges. We use a piece of wax paper that’s been spritzed with non-stick cooking spray for this. Add sprinkles if that’s how you roll.
3 photo collage of rice krispie treats being spread on a pan, sprinkles applied and pressed to the edges.

Be sure to read the step-by-step instructions on the recipe card.

Tips for the Best Rice Krispie Treats! (ever)

  • We use a silicone spatula to stir our Rice Krispie Treat ingredients together. This makes stirring them a lot easier without a lot of sticking. If you use another type of utensil, spraying it with non-stick cooking spray will help. We spray the pan too.
  • Don’t add more rice krispie cereal than what you need. This will make a dense treat that will taste dry.
  • Don’t press the bars too firmly. If you press them too firmly they will be dense and not soft and chewy. We spray a piece of wax paper with non-stick cooking spray and lightly smooth our homemade rice krispie treats right to the edges.
  • This is a large batch that works on one 11×17 sheet pan. You can reduce the amount you make but keep the ratio the same. You can also use deeper pans such as a cake pan for a thicker bar. Keep one and gift the other. You’ll make someone very happy.
Table view of 3 Rice Krispie Cookies garnished with colorful sprinkles stacked on a plate.

FAQ’s

Can you freeze Homemade Rice Krispie Treats?

You can freeze your treats! Remember, that air is the enemy when it comes to keeping these homemade treats fresh and delicious so we wrap them with plastic wrap and then put them in a recloseable freezer bag. They will be the best eaten within 3 months.

Does Rice Krispie Treats need to be refrigerated?

We store our treats at room temperature and don’t recommend refrigerating them. They’ll stay soft and gooey and room temperature. It’s best to eat them in 2 to 3 days.

Why is my Rice Krispie Treats hard?

In our opinion, it could be one of any of these issues:
1. The wrong ratio was used.
2. You pressed the treats too firmly into the pan crushing the cereal.
3. They weren’t properly stored.
4. You didn’t use fresh quality ingredients.

Is the Best Rice Krispie Treats Gluten-free?

No, the Rice Krispies Brand is not gluten-free any longer. You’ll have to use an alternative gluten-free cereal. This article discusses different brand alternatives and as always, read the ingredients listed on the package.

A Rice Krispy Treat lollipop garnished with colorful sprinkles.
Rice Krispie Treat Pops

Rice Krispie Treat Variations

  • Add-ins! such as miniature chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips. or candy pieces such as M&M’s. Add them once the marshmallow mixture has been added and combined with the cereal. Once the marshmallow mixture is mixed they’re generally not hot so shouldn’t melt your add-ins.
  • Rice Krispie Treats with sprinkles! These fancy treats are perfect for birthdays or if you just feel the need celebrate.
    • One word of caution! Use sprinkles that are soft. Some sprinkles are hard and difficult to eat. We also recommend that they just be applied to the top so you don’t get large clumps of sprinkles throughout your treats.
  • Throw in some unmelted marshmallows for a 3-D treat.
  • Use a different variety of cereal such as Cocoa Krispies, or Fruity Pebbles.
  • Shapes: Just take a look at our Rice Krispie Snowman Pops & Cookies! By making a Rice Krispie sheet, we were able to stamp out shapes for the cookies and roll the mixture into pops.
    • We also added little lollipop sticks to our fancy rice krispie treats to make fun pops. Let the kiddos have some fun making their own!

What you may need

Well, I couldn’t find an ugly yellow bowl for you, but you’ll want something that will fit in the microwave and have plenty of mixing space. My bowl holds about 24 cups but a bowl at least 19 cups would work. We didn’t use glass because it would be so heavy!

We liked this 12-piece set which was a third of the price of one bowl in the brand I have. The largest bowl is just over 23 cups and they come in your choice of colors.

Silicone spatulas are a must. I use them daily and just throw them into the dishwasher. This pretty set has a flat side and a curved side to take on your toughest job. I love that they are all one piece and can withstand 500°F!

Throw out those old chipped ones and treat yourself! They come in a mini size that’s great for getting ingredients out of cans and jars too. Aren’t they pretty?

More Kiddo Friendly Treat Recipes

If you like this recipe, we would appreciate your comment and a 5-star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review!

In case you’re wondering why I have a large ugly yellow bowl? Well, it wasn’t ugly 30 years ago. Like everything else it will come in again and be gorgeous! Right?

A stack of three Rice Krispie Cookies stacked on a white plate.
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5 from 6 votes

Best Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

The Best Rice Krispie Treats are soft, buttery, and ooey-gooey delicious. This three-ingredient homemade Rice Krispie Treat Recipe is made in the microwave making it quick and easy.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 28
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Butter
  • 20 oz miniature marshmallows
  • 12 cups Rice Krispie Cereal

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in the microwave using a large microwave-safe bowl in 30-second increments and stirring between each increment.
  • Add the marshmallows to the melted butter and microwave in 30-second increments and stirring between each increment.
  • Stir the Rice Krispie cereal into the melted marshmallow mixture. When you get to your 10th cup, only add one cup at a time. You want the Rice Krispie Treats to stick together but do not want them to become dense or dry.
  • Pour the Rice Krispie Treats onto a 12×17 baking sheet that's been greased or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Push the mixture out to the edges and then gently press the treats into the pan using your fingers, a spatula, or a piece of wax paper sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Let the Rice Krispie Treats set for a short time before cutting. Store covered at room temperature.

Notes

We use a silicone spatula sprayed with non-stick cooking spray to stir our treats together.
Keep treats airy with the marshmallow mixture visible by not adding too much cereal or packing it too densly.

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1001IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 4mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Two photos of Rice Krispie Treats garnished with colorful sprinkles. The top photo has a bite taken out of it.
Recipe Rating




Jenn

Monday 9th of August 2021

These are incredible! I'll never buy them again - love the addition of the sprinkles, too!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 11th of August 2021

Thank you, Jenn!

Carrie Robinson

Monday 9th of August 2021

You can just never go wrong with homemade rice krispies treats! My kids love them. :)

Julie Menghini

Monday 9th of August 2021

I'm with you, Carrie. Thank you!

Stephanie

Monday 9th of August 2021

My boys love Rice Krispies treats and adding the sprinkles made them just that much better!

Julie Menghini

Monday 9th of August 2021

Thank you, Stephanie!

jack

Monday 9th of August 2021

I love how these take just 20 minutes to make, perfect for the kids

Julie Menghini

Monday 9th of August 2021

Thank you, Jack! They're so easy and perfect for a quick sweet fix.

Elizabeth

Monday 9th of August 2021

These are seriously perfect rice crispy treats! My kids adored them!

Julie Menghini

Monday 9th of August 2021

Thank you, Elizabeth! My hubby tries and beats the kids to licking the bowl and makes sure he has his share lol!