Extra marshmallows, premium butter, a splash of vanilla extract, and plenty of (optional!) sprinkles. My Rice Krispie Treats recipe is a gourmet twist on the classic and comes together in minutes! Recipe includes a how-to video!
A Quick & Easy Classic Recipe
I love a good classic recipe, but even more than that I love a new twist on a classic (which you’ve maybe picked up on if you’ve seen my “Worst” chocolate chip cookies). These Rice Krispie Treats are a classic, re-done.
I’ve made a few changes to upgrade this recipe to something much more gourmet than the lunchbox classics you might be used to. We’re using much more butter than the original recipe calls for (and I’m going to gently nudge to use European butter!). Real vanilla extract makes an appearance, as do lots of extra marshmallows.
The end result is soft and chewy and full of flavor. Once you try these, there’s no going back.
What You Need
These sweet little squares are so simple to make! Here’s what I use and why!
- Butter. I highly recommend using salted European butter for this recipe. European butter (like Plugra or Kerrygold brand) contains less water than classic butter, which makes it much more flavorful and makes these rice krispie treats practically gourmet. Can’t find any? Don’t sweat it, regular salted butter will work in a pinch!
- Marshmallows. Miniature marshmallows are best, especially since all of the marshmallows aren’t being completely melted, and it would be awkward to have giant pockets of jumbo marshmallow throughout the treats. If you only have the regular size, you can always quarter them with kitchen shears for step 6 of the recipe.
- Vanilla Extract. Added for flavor!
- Colored Sprinkles. These are completely optional. I like the pop of color and texture that they add. I prefer nonpareils here, but Zach doesn’t like the extra crunchiness of them. Regular sprinkles/jimmies would be less obvious texture-wise, so use whichever best suits your own preferences (or leave them out entirely!). You could also use chocolate sprinkles or make your own homemade sprinkles.
Remember, this is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why. For the full recipe please scroll down to the bottom of the post!
How to Make Rice Krispie Treats
- Melt (European!) butter in a large pot over low heat.
- Add marshmallows and cook until melted. Remember to keep your heat low, have patience!
- Add vanilla extract, rice cereal, and additional marshmallows.
- Stir until just combined. The new marshmallows may be beginning to melt, but they should still retain their shape!
- Add sprinkles and stir briefly.
- Carefully spread into a greased or wax-paper-lined 9×13 pan, then allow to sit until cooled.
Frequently Asked Questions
The most likely culprit is the heat that you are using to cook them. Keep your heat below medium-low at all times. If the marshmallows are exposed to too much (/too high) heat, they’ll become tough once they cool. Have you ever made an indoor S’more in the microwave and ended up with a marshmallow that was hard enough to break your teeth? Well, that’s what will happen if your marshmallow is exposed to heat that’s too high, so keep the heat on low to avoid rock hard Rice Krispie Treats. Slow on low heat is the way to go for chewy results!
Another problem could be using too much pressure when spreading them into your prepared pan. If you pack everything in too tightly, they’ll end up denser and harder than they should be. Use a silicone spatula to gently spread everything evenly into your pan.
Regular salted butter will work in a pinch!
Nope! I actually recommend that you do not refrigerate for best flavor and texture. Refrigerating can dry them out and make them too hard and brittle. Store instead in an airtight container at room temperature for several days.
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The Best Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
- 6 Tablespoons European salted butter*, cut into 6 pieces (85g)
- 15 oz miniature marshmallows this is generally 1 ½ bags (425g)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal (175g)
- 3 Tablespoons colored sprinkles optional
- Line a 13×9 pan with wax paper and set aside.
- Place butter in the bottom of a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until butter is completely melted.
- Add 10 oz (one bag) of marshmallows and stir until just melted. Keep your heat below medium and stir frequently, this will take a bit of time for the marshmallows to melt but too-high heat can cause your rice krispie treats to come out too hard.
- Stir in vanilla extract, and then add rice krispies cereal and remaining marshmallows. Stir until ingredients are combined and additional marshmallows are just beginning to melt.
- Scatter sprinkles over the mixture and briefly stir to combine. Immediately transfer mixture to prepared 13×9 pan and use a silicone spatula or your hands to gently pat rice krispie treats down evenly into pan (don’t over-handle them or this will also make them come out too hard).
- Allow Rice Krispie Treats to cool completely at room temperature before cutting and serving — about 30-60 minutes.
ButterYou can substitute with regular salted butter, but I really like the flavor and quality of European.
StoringStore in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. I do not recommend refrigerating or freezing.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.
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This recipe was originally published Jan 24th, 2018. Post updated to improve user experience by including more tips, photos, and a video tutorial.