Homemade Rice Krispie Treats: Best Recipe Ever

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This classic recipe for homemade rice krispie treats makes a 9 x 13 pan of rich and creamy squares. This no bake dessert is easy to make, and substituting marshmallow fluff for regular marshmallows is the secret!

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Rice Krispie treats are an American classic…a tried and true favorite of millions of people. Normally, it wouldn’t be a good idea to make changes to such an iconic recipe, but that’s exactly what I did! Many, many years ago I made a few tweaks to the original recipe, and I’ve been making that version ever since.  

rice krispie treats ingredients with pot on stove
rice krispie treats ingredients

The original Rice Krispie recipe on the box of Rice Krispies calls for three simple ingredients: 

  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • a bag of marshmallows
  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal

I changed those ingredients to:

  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 13 oz. jar of marshmallow creme
  • 8 cups of Rice Krispies.

Not huge changes, but they have a big impact on the taste and texture of the treats. The game changer is the marshmallow creme. 

marshmallow fluff and butter in dutch oven

Ingredient Notes

Rice Krispies: I always use original Rice Krispies, but any crispy rice cereal will work. For a fun twist on this recipe, substitute Fruity Pebbles or Cocoa Krispies for the Rice Krispies.

Marshmallow Creme: also known as fluff. My favorite brand is Jet-Puffed, but any kind of fluff can be used. The original recipe calls for 5 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows, but I like the creamy texture you get with the fluff. You can also use large marshmallows, but they take a little longer to melt. 

Butter: the original recipe doesn’t specify salted or unsalted butter, and since I always have salted butter on hand, that’s what I use. If you use unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt to the warmed fluff/butter mixture. 

marshmallow fluff for rice krispie treats recipe

Variations

Experiment with variations. Rice Krispie treats are versatile, and you can add different ingredients to create unique treats. Consider mixing in mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts, dried fruit, or even adding food coloring to the marshmallow mixture for a fun twist. It’s also tasty to add a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract to the butter/fluff mixture before adding the crispy cereal. 

mixing up rice krispie treats with spatula

How To Make

  • In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Add marshmallow cream and stir until combined. All the lumps have to be gone and it will be smooth.
  • Remove the marshmallow mixture from heat.
  • Add Rice Krispies 2 c. at a time. Mix well.
  • Put the cereal mixture into a 9 x 13 inch pan and smooth it into an even layer with a large spoon.
  • Let sit for one hour.
  • Cut and enjoy!
rice krispie treats in 9x13 pan with empty pot

Tips for Amazing Rice Krispie Treats

  • It takes patience, but make sure to get all the marshmallow fluff out of the jar. A rubber spatula works best. It’s sticky, but totally worth the effort!
  • When heating the butter and fluff, for best results, stir the mixture constantly. When it smooths out, and begins to pull away from the bottom of the pan, it’s ready. Do not overcook…it doesn’t need to be piping hot.  
  • Measure accurately, and melt the marshmallow/butter mixture gently.
  • It’s important to firmly smooth the warm cereal/fluff combination after pouring it into the 9 x 13 pan. Press it firmly evenly into the pan using a spatula or a large stainless steel spoon. Applying even pressure will help create well-formed treats.
  • Allow the treats to cool and set at room temperature for at least an hour. This will ensure they hold their shape, and are easy to slice. 
  • Store this classic dessert in an airtight container at room temperature for no more than 2-3 days. It works great to simply cover the 9 x 13 pan with plastic wrap. 
rice krispie treats in 9x13 pan

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A Back Story

When my son was in high school, he was a 4-year member of the golf team. When he was a freshman, for his very first away match, he asked me to make cookies for the road trip. I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies and a batch of these Rice Krispie treats. The boys loved them so much that I was nominated for snack duty for the rest of his high school career! I was working full time at the school then, and believe me there were times when I was in the kitchen until 10 P.M. I loved it though, and disappointing those boys was never an option. I’ve said this before, but I so wish I could go back, and have just one of those nights when I was up until 10 p.m. making snacks. 

hand holding a rice krispie treat

My family loves these, so I make them for special occasions and family gatherings. This is a no bake recipe that kids can make with just a little adult supervision. It’s a fun snack, with perfect texture. You really can’t get more classic than Rice Krispie Treats…or more delicious. You certainly can’t get much easier. I really hope you give these a try. Your family will think you’re wonderful!

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Homemade Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

This classic recipe for homemade rice krispie treats makes a 9 x 13 pan of rich and creamy squares. This no bake dessert is easy to make, and substituting marshmallow fluff for regular marshmallows is the secret!
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4.78 from 53 votes
Servings: 12 squares
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 13 oz. jar/container marshmallow cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 8 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Instructions

  • In a large pan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Add marshmallow cream and stir until combined. All the lumps have to be gone and it will be smooth.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add Rice Krispies 2 c. at a time. Mix well.
  • Put out into 9 x 13 inch baking pan and firmly press down into an even layer.
  • Let sit for one hour.
  • Cut and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1square | Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1358IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 6mg
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48 Comments

  1. Dorothy Boucher says:

    5 stars
    My daughter makes it the same way you do, just at the end she divides into two and one she adds M&M and the other she adds mini chocolate chips. Me I’m old school and I still use the mini marshmellows.
    @tisonlyme143

  2. Vickie Kaminsky says:

    Rice Krispies are a favorite of my kids now 43,40 & 32 years of age😊 I would add a cup or more of M&M’s to the mix! Sometimes using the seasonal colors to match the holiday. They & their friends loved it & still do!

  3. Joann Wieland says:

    My “tweak” to marshmallow treats is to add a bit of vanilla ! Everyone always says that my marshmallow treats are the best and they can’t figure out why. Give it a try!

  4. Rachel McLaughlin says:

    I haven’t tried your recipe but I have a recommendation for you. Last year I found prepared Rice Krispie treats that were salted, browned butter treats in the cafeteria at work. They were amazing so I tried making them. Browning the butter, adding vanilla, and sprinkling with finishing salt takes them to the next level. Everyone at work loved them. I could eat the whole pan. I am retired now so I don’t make them often…I would eat too many. By the way I love your post, I’ve said it before, if we lived close and crossed paths we would be friends. We have a lot in common. Thank you for sharing your art, I have printed so much!,

  5. I really like the idea of using marshmallow fluff- can’t wait to try. I slightly toast the Rice krispies for a deeper richer flavor.:)

  6. 5 stars
    I halfed it, but it was good!

  7. I would like to make Christmas shapes with cookie cutters. How would I go about this? Thank you.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Stacey…this recipe made in a 9×13 pan would be too thick to use cookie cutters. You can try putting the mixture in a jelly roll pan, and when it’s completely set up, you could use the cookie cutters. I’ve never tried this, but it should work. Let us know how it turns out!

  8. Made these treats in the past using whole marshmallows
    This recipe is better and more simple
    Thank you

  9. 5 stars
    My grown daughter is a Rice Krispy Treat “snob” lol. She loves them but they have to be her way. She said these were good but weren’t gooey enough. 🤦🏻‍♀️
    My granddaughter likes them because they are lighter & fluffier than the original recipe. I loved them because they were slightly easier to make & they were simply delicious! That is a 3 generation ratings.
    Thanks Ann for another great recipe 👍

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you very much for the rating and comment!

  10. I’m a little confused, your recipe says 4 tablespoons of butter but your picture of ingredients shows a full cube (8 tablespoons) and the picture of the fluff and butter melting looks like a full cube of butter.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Bobbi…it’s a half stick of butter, or 4 tablespoons. The pictures feature that amount. Enjoy the treats!

  11. Zero calories, right!? I miss making these for my grandson. Love the added tips added…

  12. 5 stars
    Love your recipes, printables, and sense of style!

  13. Janet Arden says:

    Rice Crispy treats are a huge favorite in my family. I can’t wait to try your recipe! Happy 100th WWW.

  14. 5 stars
    Appreciate your simplicity without sacrificing taste! Thank You
    I had extra Nutella and peanut butter so i frosted them….
    They look delicious…..

  15. Amy Baker says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely Love these they turned out great!!!

  16. 5 stars
    To give the extra “crunch” many say is not there without the gelatin found in marshmallows, I melted in a box of soft Werther’s caramels (about 20) and super compressed the treats with a spatula. EXCELLENT.

  17. Angie Cummins says:

    5 stars
    Perfect ratio! Delicious and a classic crowd pleaser 😋 Thank you!!

  18. 5 stars
    Really easy to make a yummy treat

  19. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe. I tried it 3 times already, family and friends loved it, and on for the 4th this evening where i will try this again.
    Thank you

  20. 5 stars
    Wow! I love how these ended up looking. I always want extra marshmallows in my rice crispies and this recipe nailed it!! I am totally pinning this for later. I might just make it very soon

  21. 5 stars
    I love that these treats taste great but aren’t as chewy. I have dentures and always have to worry about eating sticky foods. These were perfect for me.

  22. Just made these and they are great! Allows me to make rice krispy treats that are easy and vegetarian, and which I love!

  23. 5 stars
    I. Love. You. Just made these and they are awesome!!!!!!

  24. Cynthia Topps says:

    I make this treat and use it as the sandwich for an ice cream sandwich.
    My mother used neopolitan ice cream but I like Vanilla chocolate swirl.
    What you do is divide your batch of krispies into two thinner batches. Then once they are set spead the ice cream on top of one and place the other on top of that. Then cut and enjoy.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Sounds delicious Cynthia…thank you for sharing!

  25. Dalila Roig says:

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe today. I only used half of the ingredients because I only had 7 ounces of marshmallow creme and they turned out great! Light and fresh. My family loved them. Thank you

  26. 5 stars
    Easy and quick! I used 1 cup less cereal to make the treats extra gooey.

  27. marlene jones says:

    I made these and they just crumbled when I tried to get them out of the pan. The fluffy is lovely but it think they need the structure of the marshmallows to kind of glue them together. Thanks for recipe though.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      I’m sorry! It’s important to really smash the rice krispies down firmly in the pan…I have made these literally dozens of times and that has never happened.

  28. Amanda Smith says:

    Just now making them my hour is up at 9 … I’m so ready they do look delicious 😋

  29. marlene jones says:

    Oh yes yes yes. I made these today. But i go a bit crazy and make my own fluff. Its so airy and wonderful. But i didnt have this recipe to know i needed extra cereal in the treats. So mine are quite loose. Ahhhh live and learn. I have always added extra butter anytime i have made these either with marshmallows or the fluff. Its so nice to give my family a tasty treat that has ingredients in it that I know wont harm them. Thank you so much for taking the time to give us wholesome recipes.

  30. Rice Krispie treats. Yum yum yum. Hated melting the marshmallows. Very clever to use fluff. Tomorrow is shopping day and these will be added to my list. I am thrilled.

  31. I always add 1/2 cup of peanut butter to mine. That way I can say it’s healthy because of the protein.

  32. Kittyluvr says:

    Love this story!!! My husband played high school and college golf…I am sure he would have shot an even lower score had he been fortified with these yummy goodies! I am making some this afternoon. I have always hated melting the marshmallows and stirring forever. This sounds great!

  33. I made these yesterday and they are hard and crispy. I am wondering what could have went wrong. Do you think I melted the marshmallow cream at too high heat or I even thought of using less rice krispies. I am going to try again.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Sara…honestly, I’m not sure. I have made these dozens of times and they turn out every time. The marshmallow cream only needs to be melted…it doesn’t have to be very hot to still mix up well. Once they set up, they are definitely firm but still sort of chewy.

  34. I only had one small jar of marshmallow fluff so I halved the recipe and it turned out well. Also you should try it with the chocolate Rice Krispies… amazing!

  35. Thank you so much for this recipe! Our 3 year old daughter is allergic to beef (aka gelatin, aka marshmallows) as a result she has never had rice krispy treats. I am super excited to make these for her. Thankfully marshmallow cream doesn’t have gelatin.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      This makes me so happy Stacy…thank you for taking the time to tell me. I never in a million years thought about it being an answer to an allergy issue. Have fun making them for your daughter!

  36. Stacey Haralson says:

    I make my husband Rice Kripsy treats every year for Valentine’s day and we have been together 23 years. I really don’t like to make Rice Kripsy treat with the marshmallows because if they are old the treats get hard the next day and it is hard to get all of the treats out of the pan. I was excited to see this recipe because I didn’t want to go buy marshmallows and I had to jars of marshmallow cream. They turned out excellent and so much easier and I think quicker. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Stacey! I’m so glad you liked my version of RKT. They really are so much creamier and I agree they are easier too. Thanks for taking the time to let me know! ~Ann

  37. I’m back after making these last night and tasted them this morning. WOW! They are the best ever!! Will never make them any other way. Thanks so much for this recipe!!! The basketball players are gonna love them!

  38. Just made these and they look wonderful! My daughter is a cheerleader and each week we make treats for the basketball players. I spotted this recipe with the marshmallow fluff and decided to try. I also made a batch for us. Big difference with how much nicer it was to work with and the appearance is just great! This will be the only way I will make them from now on. Thank you!! I know they will be hit!

  39. I have made the rice krispie treat like on the box. Then put half of the Krispie mixture in the pan then spread the marshmallow Creme on top of the krispies and then spoon the rest of the Krispie mixture on top of that. That also makes a fun creame sandwich.