Our family’s favorite Rice Krispie Treats Recipe for thick, gooey dessert bars filled with sweet and buttery marshmallows and crispy cereal crunch. A “secret” add-in makes these the best Rice Krispie treats ever.

If you love easy party-favorite desserts like Lemon Bars, Pecan Pie Bars or Strawberry Pretzel Salad, these homemade Krispie Treats are a must-try!

Three Rice Krispie treats stacked on top of one another.

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The Best Rice Krispie Treats

Today we’re making the best big and gooey Rice Krispie treats. Who doesn’t have at least one fond memory of these classic rice treats growing up? Our Rice Krispie squares are big, soft, and chewy, with a satisfying crunch. This is our family’s go-to recipe and it’s a keeper.

In addition to adding vanilla and salt to balance the sweetness, adding whole marshmallows at the end is the “secret sauce” that makes these the most irresistible.

Whether you’re making these for a bake sale, a potluck, or a birthday party at school, this Krispie treats recipe is always a crowd-pleaser. Watch the easy video below and you’ll be known for these treats!

Rice Krispie Treats Video

Watch Natasha make easy Rice Krispie Treats from scratch using just a handful of ingredients.

Ingredients

Below is the short list of ingredients you’ll need to make these delicious and classic no-bake crispy rice treats. Remember to scroll to the recipe card for the full recipe details.

  • Butter – I prefer to use unsalted butter in most recipes, so the end result doesn’t turn out too salty. You’ll need additional butter for greasing the pan, too.
  • Marshmallows – Mini marshmallows are my favorite to use when making Rice Krispie treats. Be sure to reserve 2 cups for adding in at the end.
  • Vanilla and salt – Pure vanilla extract for flavor, and salt to balance the sweetness.
  • Crispy Rice Cereal – You can use the original Rice Krispies cereal or a generic version. Your dessert bars can’t tell the difference!
  • Sprinkles – Optional, for garnish. See below for easy variation ideas.
Ingredients for the best Rice Krispie treats.

Pro Tip: If you only have large-sized marshmallows, chop them into smaller pieces so they are easier to melt.

How to Make Rice Krispie Treats 

Begin by greasing a 9×9 baking dish and lining it with parchment paper. You can also make this recipe in a 9×13 pan, though your Rice Krispie treats will be on the thinner side. These bars come together in just a few quick steps:

  1. Melt the Marshmallows – Add butter and 6 cups of mini marshmallows to a large pot. Gently stir over low heat until the marshmallows are melted. Be careful to not overcook the marshmallows, as the sugar will harden.
  2. Combine – Take the pot off the heat, then stir in vanilla and a pinch of salt. Next, fold in the crispy rice cereal along with an additional 2 cups of mini marshmallows. You’ll need to work quickly here, stirring until the added marshmallows are just beginning to melt.
  3. Press into the Pan – Finally, scoop and spread the mixture into your prepared baking dish. Lay a piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap over the top while you press the marshmallow mixture into an even layer (see photo below).
  4. Set – Allow the Krispie treats to cool to room temperature before you cut them into squares.
Photo collage showing how to make Rice Krispie treats.

Pro Tip: A 16 oz bag of mini marshmallows equals about 8 cups. You can also use 1½ 10 oz bags. Meanwhile, 7 cups of crispy rice cereal equal roughly 7 oz. Feel free to scale the recipe up or down as needed.

A hand pressing Rice Krispie treats mixture into a parchment-lined baking pan.

Common Questions

Can I use a different cereal?

They may not technically be Rice Krispie treats, but you can make this recipe with any cereal you’d like. Fruity Pebbles, Corn Pops, Cocoa Puffs, Froot Loops, you name it.

Can I add flavorings?

Certainly. In place of vanilla, you can flavor your crispy treats with other extracts like almond, or peppermint extract.

Are these gluten-free?

You can make gluten-free Rice Krispie treats, just be sure that the marshmallows and brand of crispy rice cereal you’re using are labeled gluten-free.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes, and it’s easy to do. You can even freeze batches of Krispie treats for later. See below for make-ahead details.

Can I use a different-sized pan?

Instead of a 9×9, you can also use a 10×10 or even a 13×9 pan for Rice Krispie Treats. Keep in mind they won’t be quite as thick and tall in the larger-sized pans unless you scale up the recipe proportionally.

Overhead view of Rice Krispie treats cut into squares.

Rice Krispies Treat Variations

When it comes to customizing your crispy rice treats, there are so many ways you can change up this recipe. Here are some ideas:

  • Cocoa Krispies – Trade out regular Rice Krispie cereal for chocolate Rice Krispies.
  • Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats – Melt creamy peanut butter into the marshmallows for an easy peanut butter-flavored version.
  • Chocolate – Drizzle the squares with melted chocolate or top them with chocolate chips.
  • Holidays – Adding colored sprinkles is an easy way to make Krispie treats more festive. Add red and green for Christmas, red and pink for Valentine’s Day, rainbow sprinkles for a Birthday theme, or make ​​Harvest treats with black and orange sprinkles.
Three Rice Krispie treats decorated with different colored sprinkles next to scattered mini marshmallows.

Make-Ahead

It’s hard to beat a fresh batch of Rice Krispies treats, however, they do keep well and stay gooey for several days. Whether you’re making them ahead for a special occasion or simply saving leftovers, Rice Krispie squares are easy to store:

  • To Store: Keep the bars airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days. I don’t recommend refrigerating Rice Krispie treats as they tend to harden.
  • Freezing: Rather than refrigerating your treats for longer storage, a better option is freezing. Store your rice treats in a freezer-safe bag or container, remove extra air, and freeze them for up to 3 months. Thaw the bars at room temperature before serving.
A hand holding a thick homemade Rice Krispie treat.

Rice Krispie Treats are a classic dessert that everyone loves. We can’t wait for you to try this recipe packed with extra gooey marshmallows.

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Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

4.99 from 114 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Two Rice Krispie treats stacked on top of one another.
Thick and gooey Rice Krispie Treats are a classic no-bake dessert filled with sweet buttery marshmallows and crispy rice cereal crunch. A family-favorite recipe!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 16 treats
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, plus more to grease pan
  • 16 oz mini marshmallows, divided into 6 cups and 2 cups
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 7 cups crispy rice cereal

Instructions

  • Butter and line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper (you can use a 9×13 but the squares won’t be as thick).
  • In a large pot or dutch oven, melt butter over medium/low heat. Add 6 cups marshmallows and stir just until completely melted (don’t overcook or the mixture will harden).
  • Remove the pan from the heat and immediately stir in vanilla and salt. Working quickly add the cereal and remaining 2 cups marshmallows and stir/ fold together until well coated and added marshmallows just start to melt but are still chunky.
  • Immediately transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, place a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper over the top to prevent sticking and lightly pressing it evenly into the pan.
  • Set aside to cool completely to room temperature (about 1 hour), then slice into squares and enjoy.

Notes

Cover and store at room temperature for up to 3 days. (Refrigeration is not recommended as the treats harden too much and their texture suffers.)

Nutrition Per Serving

172kcal Calories30g Carbs1g Protein6g Fat4g Saturated Fat0.3g Polyunsaturated Fat2g Monounsaturated Fat0.2g Trans Fat15mg Cholesterol97mg Sodium13mg Potassium0.1g Fiber16g Sugar175IU Vitamin A3mg Calcium0.3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
172
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
0.2
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
15
mg
5
%
Sodium
 
97
mg
4
%
Potassium
 
13
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
30
g
10
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
16
g
18
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
175
IU
4
%
Calcium
 
3
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rice crispy treats recipe, rice krispie treats, the best rice krispie treats
Skill Level: Easy Peasy
Calories: 172

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Cheryl Schmidt
    February 29, 2024

    I made these for Super Bowl and they were gone fast.
    I have made Rice Krispy treats for 40 years for my four daughters
    and this recipe was by far the best. The extra marshmallows were great.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 29, 2024

      That’s wonderful to hear, Cheryl!

      Reply

  • KH
    February 16, 2024

    Does NOT need salt! Thought I’d try the salt to see if it made a positive difference but in my opinion it made it less desirable.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 19, 2024

      You can lessen the salt next time, also did you use unsalted butter? If you used salted butter, there’s no need to use salt.

      Reply

  • Lena
    February 16, 2024

    The salt and vanilla seriously kick these up a notch. So so delicious, I absolutely did not wait for them to cool down to taste them lol! Superb recipe!!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 16, 2024

      Thank you, Lena! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      Reply

  • Sean D
    January 18, 2024

    I made these for my family and they were gone in a day. Great way to enhance these yummy treats! Will make again…

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 18, 2024

      That’s great, Shawn!

      Reply

  • Annette villamil
    January 16, 2024

    These came out sooooo good. Thank you for the recipe, and all the hints, suggestions and pro tips

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 16, 2024

      You’re so welcome, glad those were all helpful!

      Reply

  • Cherrie
    January 10, 2024

    Hello Natasha I saw sharky it was on your hand when you patted down the rice-crispy.
    And I love the dessert

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 10, 2024

      Hi Cherrie! Good catch. So glad you enjoy this recipe!

      Reply

  • Anna
    January 9, 2024

    So good!! If you follow all the steps, these are perfect. We made them 4 times in 2 weeks after our first batch, they were that good!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 9, 2024

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Anna!

      Reply

  • Leanna
    December 20, 2023

    This recipe is amazing!! Perfect ratio of krispies to marshamallows. I do always brown the butter to kick it up a notch

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 20, 2023

      Thanks for the great feedback, appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Amy Key
    December 18, 2023

    Natasha, these were the most delicious treats I’ve made in a long time! I followed your recipe exactly and it was perfect! Thank you for another recipe that my family devoured!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 18, 2023

      That’s wonderful to hear, Amy! Thank you so much for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Al
    December 16, 2023

    I’ve been making rice crispy treats for years using a basic recipe (probably from the back of a cereal box). But after finding this recipe, I knew it would be my new go to! (Because Natasha’s recipes are the best). I halved the recipe to use up one 10 oz bag of marshmallows, used salted butter + the suggested amount of salt. No issues with that. I love the tip of adding marshmallows at the end. I let them melt quite a bit because I didn’t want big chunks, and it was just the right amount of extra fluff. I decorated mine with mini Christmas m&ms. Simple, yummy and festive. Thank you!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 16, 2023

      Hi Al! I’m so glad you found this recipe. Thank you so much for the wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Briana
    November 7, 2023

    Great recipe. I typically add more butter in the marshmallow mix. This time, per the recommendation of the recipe but against my better judgment- I got the “knock off” cereal and it is absolutely NOT the same. Don’t make that mistake! Otherwise, instructions are on point and a nice and easy treat!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 8, 2023

      Thanks for the feedback, Briana!

      Reply

  • Melody Hughes
    October 28, 2023

    This is the most amazing rice Krispy treat recipe! I’ve made it multiple times for various events and it is always a hit! Super easy and delicious. Highly recommend!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 29, 2023

      Thanks so much, Melody for this great review!

      Reply

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