Rice Krispie Treats have always been a favorite in my house.  The gooey marshmallows... the crunchy cereal... it's truly an addictive dessert.  I remember eating the packaged Kellogg's Treats during my elementary school days, but I could never finish them because they were just so darn sweet!  

These babies require very few ingredients, so there's absolutely no excuse not to make them yourself.  I am sharing my favorite recipe for the ultimate Perfect Rice Krispie Treats:

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 15 oz. mini marshmallows (I usually eyeball one and a half of the 10 oz. bags)
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal with a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper (or you can grease it with butter or spray if you want).
  2. In a large nonstick pot, melt your butter over medium heat.  
  3. Once melted, add in all your mini marshmallows and use a wooden spoon to stir every once in a while.  Make sure not to leave it unattended otherwise you might burn it!
  4. Once the marshmallows and butter are completely smooth and melted, take it off the heat, add in a dash of vanilla, and then add in all your cereal and salt.
  5. Mix it well, and then pour it into your pan.  TIP: To help flatten and evenly distribute the rice krispies, I like to rip off a piece of parchment paper and press it against the krispies to get everything even.  You can also use the bottom of a cup, or your bare hands, but you'll have to wait until the krispies aren't too hot to touch!

I like my rice krispies pretty small and bite-sized, so I'll cut about 48 squares from this batch.  Feel free to double this recipe if you like thicker rice krispies.

A few other tips:

  • Cut the krispies when they have cooled down.  It will be easier to handle!  I like to use a long serrated knife, and dip it into warm or hot water in between each cut for a clean slice. 
  • You can use candy melts in all different colors to dip your treats!  Have fun with the design - use sprinkles, freeze dried fruit, the options are endless.  Once you dip them, lay them on a piece of parchment paper to harden.
  • My favorite flavor combination right now is Matcha Raspberry: mix about 1 tbsp of matcha powder into your melted white candy bark or candy melts, dip your krispies, then add crushed freeze dried raspberries!
  • Other flavor ideas: Mix in Nutella, peanut or almond butter, throw in sprinkles or chocolate chips!
  • These freeze really well :)  I like to always have extra on hand to give as treats or just to munch on when I'm craving them.

Let me know if you try these out!  If you share on social media, be sure to tag me on instagram @justbakecause!

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