Extra Chewy Rice Krispie Treats

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Rice Krispie Treats are a classic treat for good reason. They’re a crazy easy, no bake and need just a few ingredients to make (and everyone loves them)!

Chewy, gooey and crunchy, Rice Krispie treats are perfect for dessert and a great addition to lunch boxes for kids and adults alike!

Three rice krispie treats stacked on a cutting board with marshmallows next to them.

Extra Gooey Rice Krispie Treats

There is nothing quite as comforting for movie night at home with the family than a pan of Rice Krispie Treats

This oh-so-simple Rice Krispies recipe goes from stovetop (or microwave) to satisfied tummies in a flash. You only need about 15 minutes and three ingredients to make it: marshmallows, butter and, of course, Rice Krispies (but I add a small splash of vanilla too). Best of all, no baking!

Along with lemon bars and cornflake cookies, these homemade rice krispy treats are one of my favorite bake sale recipes. Kids love helping create these too!

Rice krispies in a bowl surrounded by butter and marshmallows.

How to Make Rice Krispie Treats

Stove top or Microwave Rice Krispie Treats come together in no time. Here’s all you do:

  1. Grease a 9×13 pan (or use a smaller pan if you want a thicker bar).
  2. Melt butter and marshmallows on the stove or in the microwave.
  3. Stir in a splash of vanilla. Add the Rice Krispies and stir gently to combine.
  4. Press gently into the greased pan and allow to cool.

If you wet your fingers, you’ll find it easier to press into the pan! You can use a smaller pan or easily double/triple the recipe to make giant rice krispie treats!

Tips for the Best Rice Krispie Treats

The secret to making the best Rice Krispie bars, is to add extra marshmallows (I use about 50% more than the classic box recipe) and to make sure they’re super soft and fresh.  Rice Krispie squares are one of those practically fail-proof desserts. But that being said, there are some mistakes that you want to avoid:

  • For one, don’t skimp on the marshmallows or your bars won’t adhere well and they won’t have that soft chewy texture we love so much.
  • Don’t cook the marshmallows too long. The sugars will harden and your bars will wind up rock hard. The best Rice Krispie Bars are soft and gooey.
  • You should also use fresh marshmallows. The more stale and hard they are the harder it will be to get them to melt.

Rice krispie treats falling apart on a wooden cutting board with marshmallows.

Rice Krispie Treats Variations

The great thing about Rice Krispy Treats is that you can vary the flavors as much as you want. Add chopped nuts, M&Ms, chocolate or butterscotch chips, Reese’s Pieces, or crushed candy canes. And, if you’re not afraid of a sugar overload, you could also use Rice Krispie Treats Cereal instead of plain rice krispies.

Can You Freeze Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispy Treats go stale super fast. Even when you store them in an air-tight container, they’ll stay fresh only 2-3 days. But good news! They freeze really well.

To freeze, place the bars in layers in a plastic container separated by parchment or wax paper. Pack them in with a little air in between so you don’t wind up with slabs instead of bars. They’ll keep in the freezer for about six weeks.

Rice Krispie Treats

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Chewy, gooey and crunchy, rice krispie treats are a classic that you can’t find anywhere but home. 


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

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  1. Melt butter and marshmallows over low heat while stirring. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  2. Add Rice Krispies cereal and stir until well coated.
  3. Press into a greased 9x13 pan and cool completely.
To Make Microwave Rice Krispie Treats
  1. Combine butter and marshmallows in a large bowl.
  2. Cook over high heat for 1 minute. Stir. Continue cooking on high about 1-2 minutes more stirring until smooth.
  3. Add Rice Krispies cereal and stir until well coated.
  4. Press into a greased 9x13 pan and cool completely.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 167, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 127mg, Potassium: 17mg, Carbohydrates: 32g, Sugar: 15g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 1050%, Vitamin C: 8.8%, Calcium: 1%, Iron: 4.3%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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