Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

Crispy Puffed Rice Treat.
Crispy Puffed Rice Treat. MmeEmil / Getty Images
  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 24 rice crispy treats
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This is the classic recipe for rice crispy treats that kids all over have come to love. And once you master this basic recipe, there are lots of different ways to vary it for holidays and special occasions or just different flavors. Check out my collection of rice crispy treats recipes for some fun ideas.

While it's super easy to spread onto a pan and then cut into squares, you could also form the mixture with your hands (but be careful it's not too hot!) to create your own creative shapes. If that seems like a lot of work, you could use cookie cutters to cut them after they are cooled.

What You'll Need

  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows or 10 oz. regular marshmallows

How to Make It

  1. Spray a heat-proof spatula and a 9 x 13 pan or jellyroll pan (compare prices) with cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and marshmallows over low heat, stirring frequently until the marshmallows are completely melted. Pour over the crispy rice cereal, and toss with the spatula to coat the cereal well.
  3. Immediately transfer the rice crispy treats mixture to the prepared pan, and spread into an even layer with the spatula. Let rice crispy treats cool completely before cutting into squares.

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    According to Wikipedia, Rice Krispies Treats ( the brand is spelled with a K not a C) were invented in 1939 by Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day at the Kellogg Company Home economics department as a fund raiser for Camp Fire Girls.  Kellogg's began to commercially produce plain and chocolate-based treats under the trademark brand-names of "Rice Krispies Treats" in the U.S. and Mexico.  In 1995; however, other manufacturers had offered similar products under variant names (such as "Crisped Rice Treats" or "Marshmallow Treats") prior to this. 

    Check out these amazing rice crispy treat sites for some crazy idea for how to make unusual rice krispie creations!

    Artist Jessica Siskin makes entire meals and other creations, all using rice crispy treats!

    The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, plays around with different versions.

    Want to embellish the idea?  How about S'mores Rice Krispie Treats?  And then some?

    If you just need to order some to be sent to a friend, and want it to be over the top, how about checking out The Crispery.  They make flavors like Chocolate Candy Buttons Crispycake, Chocolate Caramel Crispycake, Peppermint Twist Crispycake.  Maybe they will inspire you to make your own crazy creations - and getting the kids in on this is a surefire way to make an hour in the kitchen a lot of fun.