The BEST Rice Krispie Treats

These Rice Krispie Treats are the BEST! This recipe turns out huge, perfectly soft and gooey rice krispie treats with extra marshmallows mixed in! This will be your one-and-only go-to recipe from now until eternity.

A gooey rice krispie treat being pulled apart.

I have loved rice krispie treats for my entire life. We didn’t have them all the time, but I LOVED them when my mom would make them or I’d go to a birthday party where they were served. Then, the individual packaged treats came out and THOSE were a wonderful splurge when I could snag one.

THEN they made rice krispie treats CEREAL. Do you remember this?? My little mind was blown. We weren’t allowed to have sugary cereal at home, but I distinctly remember going to the beach with my family the summer after 7th grade and when we went to the grocery store to stock the efficiency we were staying in, my mom let us pick a “fun” cereal. You better believe I ate rice krispie treats cereal every single morning of that vacation.

I’ve made countless rice krispie treat recipes over the years, but still hadn’t found THE ONE when it came to plain and simple Rice Krispies treats. I earned for those huge, pillowy soft and gooey treats you find at bakeries. Well, this is absolutely it. Hands down, 100%, best ever.

MY OTHER RECIPES

Ingredients for rice krispie treats in bowls - rice krispies cereal, marshmallows, salt, vanilla, and butter.

How To Make the Best Homemade Rice Krispie Treats

There isn’t a huge secret ingredient or earth-shattering method to making these the most amazing rice krispie treats you’ll ever have; it’s all in the butter/marshmallow/cereal ratio!

The original recipe for rice krispie treats calls for this:

  • 3 tablespoons butter :: 4 cups mini marshmallows :: 6 cups cereal

THIS recipe, meanwhile, uses the following:

  • 10 tablespoons butter :: 16 cups miniature marshmallows :: 12 cups cereal

So while we double the amount of cereal (because we want to make huge, bakery-style treats), we QUADRUPLE the amount of marshmallows (and throw in ANOTHER 4 cups of non-melted marshmallows for extra pillowy gooeyness) and increase the butter by 3.33. The secret is all in that butter and marshmallow sauce!

Plus, I throw in a tiny bit of salt and vanilla to amp up and balance out all of the flavors.

Melting butter and marshmallows for rice krispie treats.

Now this, this is perfection.

I tweaked the recipe from Cookies and Cups to make a large pan full of enormous Rice Krispies treats, and they are always, without exception, met with rave reviews and requests for the recipe.

Rice Krispie Treats mixed together in a large pot.

Recipe Tips and Notes

  • To help with your grocery list, you will use three (10-ounce) bags of miniature marshmallows for this recipe.
  • You can omit the extra marshmallows that get stirred in at the end if you wish. You do not need to make any adjustments to the recipe.
  • You can make rice krispie treats with marshmallow fluff if you’d like. You will need to substitute four (7.5-ounce) jars of marshmallow fluff for the 16 cups of miniature marshmallows that are called for in the recipe. Heat the marshmallow fluff with the melted butter over low heat and proceed with the recipe as directed.
  • How to Store Rice Krispie Treats – They are best stored at room temperature in an airtight container to keep maximum freshness and softness. You can go one step further and wrap them individually in plastic wrap to keep them REALLY fresh. I do not recommend refrigerating them, as they become hard and lose moisture. If you want to freeze them, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and place in a freezer ziploc bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Allow to thaw at room temperature.

Rice krispie treats mixture pressed into a pan.

Rice Krispie Treats Variations

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these other versions:

Note that I made all of those other versions before these best-ever ultimate rice krispie treats came into my life. I would 100% base all of those on THIS version with the same butter/marshmallow/cereal ratios used in this recipe.

QUESTION: What’s your very favorite version of Rice Krispie Treats? Plain and simple, or with a special twist?

A stack of three rice krispie treats.

Six years ago: Monte Cristo Sandwich
Seven years ago: Creamy Potato and Leek Soup
Eleven years ago: The Perfect Omelet

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The BEST Rice Krispie Treats

These Rice Krispie Treats are the BEST! This recipe turns out huge, perfectly soft and gooey rice krispie treats with extra non-melted marshmallows mixed in!

Ingredients:

  • 10 tablespoons (142 grams) unsalted butter
  • 20 cups (850 grams) miniature marshmallows, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 cups (317 grams) Rice Krispies cereal

Directions:

  1. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with foil, then coat with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan or stockpot, melt the butter and 16 cups (680 grams) of the miniature marshmallows over low heat until the marshmallows are just melted. Stir in the salt and vanilla to combine. Remove the pan from the heat, add the Rice Krispies and mix until it is completely and evenly coated with the marshmallow mixture. Stir in the additional 4 cups of miniature marshmallows.
  3. Turn the mixture out into the prepared pan and, using a wooden spoon or spatula that has been coated in non-stick cooking spray, press the mixture firmly into a packed, even layer. Allow to set at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Using the foil, remove the treats from the pan and slice into squares. Leftover rice krispie treats should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes:

  • To help with your grocery list, you will use three (10-ounce) bags of miniature marshmallows for this recipe.
  • You can omit the extra marshmallows that get stirred in at the end if you wish. You do not need to make any adjustments to the recipe.
  • You can make rice krispie treats with marshmallow fluff if you’d like. You will need to substitute four (7.5-ounce) jars of marshmallow fluff for the 16 cups of miniature marshmallows that are called for in the recipe. Heat the marshmallow fluff with the melted butter over low heat and proceed with the recipe as directed.
  • How to Store Rice Krispie Treats – They are best stored at room temperature in an airtight container to keep maximum freshness and softness. You can go one step further and wrap them individually in plastic wrap to keep them REALLY fresh. I do not recommend refrigerating them, as they become hard and lose moisture. If you want to freeze them, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and place in a freezer ziploc bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Allow to thaw at room temperature.

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(Recipe adapted from Cookies & Cups)

All images and text ©Brown Eyed Baker, LLC.

Update Notes: This recipe was originally published in May 2016 and updated in October 2018 with some new photos, a video, and extra recipe notes.

[Step-by-step photos by The Almond Eater]