The ratio of rice krispies cereal to marshmallows makes a huge difference in rice krispie treats. Adding a little more butter, marshmallows and a touch of vanilla extract makes all of the difference! By using this recipe, you'll get extra gooey and butter rice krispie treats every time!
I wasn't going to publish this recipe because well, there's hundreds of them out there and, it's just a rice krispie treats recipe. I figured most just go to the original recipe.
Is it worth sharing another recipe? ABSOLUTELY.
This recipe, without question, is the best way to make rice krispie treats. Just follow the recipe along with the tips and tricks, and your guaranteed to get extra gooey, buttery and flavorful rice krispie treats.
Tell Me About These Rice Krispie Treats
- Flavor: These have the classic rice krispie treats flavor— buttery, sweetness from the marshmallows and a touch of vanilla throughout. So good!!!
- Texture: These are extra buttery melt-in-your-mouth thanks to the perfect ratio of cereal to marshmallow. It's that classic texture that you're used too!
- Ease: This recipe is straight forward, simply add the ingredients into a pot, let it melt and stir together. Then, straight into a baking dish to cool and set. Very little room for error!
- Time: To make these, it takes about 10 minutes with an additional 30 minutes to allow them to cool in the baking dish.
4 Ingredients To Make Rice Krispie Treats
Yes, you read that right, you only need 4 ingredients to make these no-bake treats!
- Butter: The butter no only helps keep these soft but also adds a ton of flavor.
- Marshmallows: These are extra gooey without falling apart, thanks to the extra marshmallows! You will need 2 24-ounce bags of the regular size marshmallows— it might seem like a lot but it's just the right amount!
- Vanilla Extract: This is an easy addition that takes these to the next level. You just need 1 teaspoon and it makes a HUGE difference!
- Rice Krispies Cereal: What's rice krispie treats without rice krispies cereal? You can use the name brand or store brand, I've used both (even mixed them) and both work just fine.
Butter & Marshmallow Ratio
A very important factor in making rice krispie treats is the ratio of marshmallow and butter to cereal. Too much cereal and the squares will dry and brunch. Too much marshmallow and butter and the squares will fall apart. This rice krispie treats recipe uses the perfect ratio!
2 Tips for Rice Krispie Treats
Spreading these into the pan can be tricky, often they stick to everything— that is until you've tried one or both of these tips. Remember, you don't want to pack these in, but you want them firm enough that they will stay together.
- Use the Butter Wrapper: Yes, you are reading this correctly. Don't throw that butter wrapper away! Simply lay it in the pan, buttered side down and press the mixture gently into the pan. This is an easy, no mess way to spread the mixture. Then, toss the wrapper when you're finished!
- Use a Sprayed/Buttered Flat Spatula: Another option is butter the back of a flat spatula or spray with a little nonstick spray to prevent sticking. Then, gently press the mixture into the pan.
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Family Favorite Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
- 2 24-ounce bags regular size marshmallows
- 11 cups crispy rice cereal
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly grease the parchment paper using a light mist of nonstick spray— this will prevent the bars from sticking. Set aside
- Over medium heat, melt the butter in a large pot. Once melted, stir in the marshmallows. Stir the mixture until the marshmallows are just about completely melted. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla extract. Then, fold in the cereal, making sure that all of the cereal is coated with the marshmallow mixture.
- Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan. Using the butter wrapper or a lightly greased rubber spatula, gently spread the mixture into the pan. Do not pack it down with extreme force, just gently so it can set. Allow to set for 30 minutes at room temperature or up to 1 day— cover if leaving it out for more then an hour.
- Lift the rice krispie treats as a whole out of the pan using the edges of the parchment paper. Cut into squares, or your preferred shape. Cover tightly and store leftovers at room temperature for up to 3 days. If stacking, place layers of parchment paper between the bars.