Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

Recently, on a rainy Sunday afternoon, I decided to whip up a batch for my family. My kids, who were initially glued to their screens, quickly gathered around the kitchen island, eager to help. There’s something about the simplicity of melting butter and marshmallows that captures everyone’s attention. As we stirred and mixed, I shared stories of my childhood, and we laughed about how my brother used to sneak extra marshmallows when he thought no one was looking.

One of the best parts about making Rice Krispie Treats is how versatile they can be. I’ve tweaked the classic recipe over the years—sometimes adding a dash of cinnamon for a warm, spicy kick, or a handful of chocolate chips for an extra indulgence. However, this time, I decided to stick to the classic version, with just a slight twist: adding a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. It added a subtle, comforting aroma that made the treats even more irresistible.

If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and crowd-pleasing treat, this Rice Krispie Treats recipe is your answer. Whether you’re reliving childhood memories or creating new ones with your own family, these treats are bound to bring joy and satisfaction. So grab your apron, gather the kids, and get ready to enjoy the sweet, simple pleasure of homemade Rice Krispie Treats.

How to Make Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 16-ounce bag mini marshmallows (divided)
  • 6 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper and set it aside.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add all but 1 cup of the marshmallows. Lower the heat and stir continuously until the marshmallows are completely melted.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Add the rice krispies cereal and the remaining cup of marshmallows. Gently mix until everything is well combined.

Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Lightly press it down with your fingertips until it’s evenly spread. Be gentle to avoid making the treats too dense.

Let the treats set for about an hour. Once set, cut into bars and enjoy!

Making Rice Krispie Treats

FAQs:

What is the purpose of adding vanilla extract to Rice Krispie Treats?

Vanilla extract enhances the flavor of Rice Krispie Treats by adding a subtle sweetness and depth. It complements the marshmallows and butter, making the treats taste richer and more delicious.

Can I use unsalted butter instead of salted butter in this recipe?

Yes, you can use unsalted butter if you prefer. However, you may want to add a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness of the marshmallows. Salted butter adds a slight savory note that enhances the overall flavor of the treats.

Why do you reserve one cup of mini marshmallows to add later?

Reserving one cup of mini marshmallows to add later gives the treats a delightful texture. While most of the marshmallows melt to bind the cereal, the remaining whole marshmallows add little pockets of gooeyness throughout the treats, making them more enjoyable.

How do I prevent Rice Krispie Treats from becoming too hard?

To keep Rice Krispie Treats from becoming too hard, avoid pressing the mixture too firmly into the baking dish. Lightly pressing with your fingertips ensures they stay light and chewy. Additionally, don’t overcook the marshmallow mixture, as this can make the treats hard when they cool.

Can I make Rice Krispie Treats with other cereals?

Absolutely! You can substitute Rice Krispies with other cereals to create different flavors and textures. Popular alternatives include Cocoa Krispies, Fruity Pebbles, and even Cheerios. This allows for creativity and variety in your treats.

Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

Rice Krispie Treats

Discover the joy of making Rice Krispie Treats with a subtle twist of vanilla. Easy, delicious, and perfect for all ages!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 Bars
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Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 16- ounce bag mini marshmallows divided
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add all but 1 cup of the marshmallows. Lower the heat and stir continuously until the marshmallows are completely melted.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Add the rice krispies cereal and the remaining cup of marshmallows. Gently mix until everything is well combined.
  • Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Lightly press it down with your fingertips until it's evenly spread. Be gentle to avoid making the treats too dense.
  • Let the treats set for about an hour. Once set, cut into bars and enjoy!
Keyword rice
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