Chewy Rice Krispie Treats

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Want to know how to make gooey, soft, and chewy Rice Krispie Treats?

Whether you’re serving them after dinner, taking them to a potluck, or simply making them for a fun snack with your kids after school, find out how to make rice crispy treats that turn out perfectly every time!

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Gooey Rice Krispie Treats

Which is it? Rice Crispy Treats or Rice Krispy Treats? Rice Crispies or Rice Krispies? I go back and forth as I’m guessing you all do as well. Luckily, we all know how delicious they are, regardless of how you spell the name!

If you spend any time with me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I’ve been on a wee bit of a homemade rice crispy treats kick lately.

Chocolate-drizzled peanut butter cup rice crispy treats, coconut rice crispy treats, even rice crispy treat ice cream – yes, I went there and it was AMAZING!

Add some chocolate-covered pretzels or really mix things up with these chocolate peanut butter bites, classic rice crispy treats, and ooey-gooey marshmallow-filled soft rice crispy treats; it’s hard to find home style rice crispy treats that I won’t eat.

I like Rice Krispie Treats that are soft enough to pull apart with my fingers, the day after making them, after they’ve been sitting out on the counter. 

Gooey rice krispy treats aren’t complicated. You probably made the original rice Krispies treat recipe at least a time or two when you were a kid. While I’d never turn down anyone else’s rice crispy treats recipe, I’m kind of picky about my own.

This gooey recipe krispie treats recipe delivers soft and chewy rice crispie treats with plenty of ooey-gooey marshmallow goodness. I want to taste the sweet and sticky marshmallows in each and every bite of my treats.

I’ve tested this recipe by leaving the sliced rice krispy treats on a plate for 48 hours and they remained chewy and not at all hard. (The only thing hard was not eating the entire batch in the first 24 hours after baking them. Lord knows how little self-control I have when it comes to Rice Crispy Treats of all kinds.)

I don’t like my rice krispy treats to scrape the roof of my mouth or become crunchy. So, in short, gooey rice crispy treats = my happy place.

How to Make Rice Crispy Treats

This recipe–it is THE recipe, the only Rice Krispie Treats recipe you ever need. Once you learn how to make rice crispy treats like these, you’ll never go back. No other recipe can compare, I promise.

Have I convinced you yet?

In a nutshell, take the original recipe off the side of the cereal box, add more butter, add way more marshmallows, and there you have it. It isn’t complicated, but oh, it makes me so very happy to have perfectly soft rice crispy treats ready to eat in just minutes.

If you’re feeling a little extra, I recommend drizzling some melted chocolate across the top of the treats and letting it set up for a bit of chocolate awesomeness in each bite.

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Recipe for Rice Crispy Treats

Like so many of the best recipes, perfect Rice Crispy Treats start with a respectable amount of melted butter. After melting the butter in a saucepan, add miniature marshmallows to the saucepan and stir them with the butter until fully melted. (I use this pot and this spatula to make this recipe.)

How do you make rice crispy treats? I use 8 cups of mini marshmallows in this recipe which is about one and a half of the standard-sized bags of marshmallows.

The extra marshmallows in these Rice Crispy Treats (along with the butter) are the secret to keeping them soft and gooey even days after cooking.

Stir crispy rice cereal (brand name Rice Krispies or your favorite generic brand) into the marshmallow and butter mixture until well incorporated. Pour the rice cereal mixture into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and use your hands

At this point, lightly wet your hands or coat them with a thin amount of butter. Use your hands to gently press and pat the cereal mixture evenly across the pan. Take care here not to press the mixture too flat and compact.

PLEASE NOTE: If you press the rice krispie treat bars down too firmly, the result won’t be nearly as soft and chewy as you might like and you’ll lose some of that awesome gooey factor.

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Chewy Rice Crispie Treats

Remember how I said extra marshmallows are one of the key differences between my perfect Rice Krispy Treats and the standard recipe on the side of the cereal box? Well, I found a way to add even more marshmallows to this treat (and I have no regrets about this).

Can you have too many marshmallows? I say not for this.

If you love marshmallows and super-gooey chewy rice krispie treats as much as I do, take an extra 1 to 2 cups of miniature marshmallows and add them to the cereal mixture just before you pour it onto the baking pan.

The marshmallows will soften without melting completely. I love biting into a rice crispy treat and tasting fluffy whole marshmallows in the chewy, lightly crispy cereal bars.

The extra marshmallows are completely optional; we like these Rice Crispy Treats just fine without them as well. Still, I find myself adding the extra couple of cups of marshmallows just about every time I make this recipe.

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After patting the rice cereal mixture into the baking pan, let the whole thing cool for a few minutes. Slice the bars into your preferred size. One of the great things about this recipe is that you can customize the bars to any shape or size you like.

I typically make my Rice Krispy Treats in the traditional square or rectangular shape. If I’m making them for a party or a lot of people, I might cut them into smaller sizes so they’re easier to share.

Remember the chocolate-covered rice krispy treats I mentioned earlier? That’s what happens when you have just two remaining rice krispy treats and you decide to chop them very small and dip them in melted chocolate.

Pop them in the refrigerator and 15 minutes later, you have a plate full of rapidly disappearing bite-size candies that your kids (and everyone else!) will love!

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispy Treats taste like Crunch candy bars but even better. Everyone you serve them to will be totally wowed because they look and taste like they take a lot of effort. No one else needs to know how easy they are to whip up at a moment’s notice; it’ll be our secret.

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Gluten Free Rice Krispie Treats

Are rice krispie treats gluten free? Rice Crispy Treats are safely gluten-free ONLY when made with a specifically labeled “gluten-free crisp rice cereal.” (Kellogg’s rice Krispies do not meet the standard for Celiac disease, as they contain malt flavoring. My gluten-sensitive son has always been able to eat rice Krispies without any issues. However, he does NOT have Celiac disease.)

This is another reason why these gooey rice krispy treats are a favorite to bring to parties and gatherings. I know that everyone, even my friends who can’t eat gluten, will be able to enjoy them. As a reader kindly pointed out as well, Post Cocoa Pebbles and Fruity Pebbles are naturally gluten-free, making them an easy substitution in this recipe too.

For more ideas for gluten free desserts,  check out all of the Gluten Free Dessert Recipes I’ve shared over the years. There are so many naturally gluten free desserts (and gluten free adaptions of classic favorites) you need to have in your rotation! 

If it’s no-bake dessert recipes you’re after, I can help you out there too.

No Bake Chocolate Cereal Bars are right up there with Perfect Rice Krispy Treats on my list of favorite easy no-bake desserts. They use cornflakes instead of rice cereal combined with an irresistible blend of honey, melted chocolate, and peanut butter.

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The ULTIMATE Rice Crispy Treats - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Perfect Rice Krispy Treats

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Want to know how to make gooey, soft, and chewy Rice Krispie Treats that will turn out perfectly every single time? Learn how to make PERFECT Rice Krispy Treats every single time!
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients 

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 8 cups miniature marshmallows about 1½ (10 ounce) bags of marshmallows
  • 6 cups crisp rice cereal
  • optional: additional 2 – 3 cups miniature marshmallows

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside. (Feel free to use foil, if you’d prefer. Just don’t forget to grease the foil very well with butter!)
  • Melt the butter in a large pot, over medium heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until they melt. Remove from the heat and stir in the cereal until well coated. (If desired, add the additional marshmallows now.)
  • Scoop the sticky cereal mixture onto the prepared pan. Lightly wet your hands (or butter them, if you’re like me) and gently press the cereal out across the pan, taking care not to press too hard and compact them. Let cool for a few minutes before slicing. Store in an airtight container for several days. Enjoy!

Notes

For an especially gooey treat, you can add additional marshmallows right at the end, just before pressing the mixture into the pan. I like the rice krispy treats both ways, but for the most part, I add those extra marshmallows every time.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal · Carbohydrates: 26g · Fat: 4g · Saturated Fat: 2g · Cholesterol: 11mg · Sodium: 57mg · Potassium: 8mg · Sugar: 14g · Vitamin A: 130IU · Calcium: 3mg · Iron: 0.3mg
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{originally published 3/31/15 – recipe notes and photos updated 8/10/20}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Chris30s says

    Wow! Of all of the times I've made and eaten Rice Krispy treats, I can't believe I've never thought of putting chocolate on them. I've made them with Cocoa Krispies, but that's certainly not the same. Thanks so much for this recipe… brilliant idea!

  2. Anne Bingham says

    Love this idea … I don't like scraping my mouth to eat these treats either. Another addition I like to do: melt 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 bag peanut butter chips together on low heat over the stove. Spread on top of Rice Krispy treats and let cool. Takes this treat up a few notches 🙂

  3. Jane says

    Rice Krispies are not gluten free. There’s Malt Barley in them…not good for those with celiac disease.

  4. Barb says

    How much peanut butter would I use to make this recipe peanut flavored? I really like the idea of the softer krispy treat!

    • Mary says

      You can use any size pan or sheet. I typically use a large 18×13 baking sheet, but I don’t spread them across it. Simply press them to the thickness you like best.

  5. Jenny says

    I’ve made these several times now to rave reviews! They are the BEST rice krispy treats — so marshmallowy and gooey … delightful! 😊5 stars

  6. Donna Howard says

    I have been looking for something like this!! Thank you. So since I’m not an expert on such things, could you tell me what size and kind of baking sheet you used? Not a cookie type baking sheet, right?? Help me please so I can make these delicious sounding yummy things!!

    • Mary says

      You can make rice krispy treats in pretty much any pan you like, Donna. I often just place parchment on the counter and shape them on that. They don’t actually need the structure of a specific pan.

  7. Carole says

    Kellogg’s Rice Krispies is NOT a gluten free cereal. The Kellogg’s brand of this cereal contains malt flavoring which is made from barley. As a mother of a child with Celiac disease, I am very concerned by the fact that you claim that this would be a great item to bring to a function for people who need gluten free.

    I do make a variation of this recipe for my family using Post Cocoa or Fruity Pebbles which are gluten free.

    • Mary says

      Thanks for pointing that out. I typically clarify that these treats need to be made with a gluten-free crisp rice cereal when making them for anyone with Celiac disease. The alternative Cocoa or Fruity Pebbles is a great option as well. I did not make that obvious in the post or recipe this time and I will correct it now. Thank you, Carole.

  8. Penny says

    My grandson is gluten, wheat, dairy and egg free. I experiment with Rice Crispy Treats all the time! I totally agree with you on the ingredients. My favs (and his) so far, are the Neapolitan Rice Crispy Treats…a layer infused with melted (dairy free) chocolate chips, a layer with vanilla extract, and a layer with a great strawberry preserve. Oooh la la! (And I use Nutiva buttery flavored coconut oil for the great flavor of butter without dairy!) (I also shape his RCT like a birthday cake and frost using dairy free icing AND created RCT shaped like ice cream bars, inserted popsicle sticks, dipped in melted dairy free choc chips and sprinkled with sprinkles.) Lots of options, and a great gluten/dairy free treat for a little 5 year old! I keep him stocked with RCT’s so when he goes to his friend’s birthday parties, he does not have to go without a treat at cake and ice cream time!

  9. Kerry says

    What is this “store in an airtight container for several days?” There’s no way they’ll ever last that many days at our house 🙂