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The Tastiest Rice Crispy Treat Recipe Ever!

If you have fond childhood memories of rice crispy treats, you’re not alone. One of the fastest, easiest, and tastiest recipes to make, it’s a staple of busy moms, bake sales, and holiday cookie trays. Rice cereal squares take only a few ingredients and require only minutes at the stove to make. Whenever you get the munchies, it’s simple to whip up a batch on demand. No baking! All you need is the tastiest rice crispy treat recipe ever.

Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day created the original recipe in 1939 in the Kellogg Company home economics department. They made the treats as a fund raiser for Campfire Girls.

We found this tasty recipe at Brown Eyed Baker. The inclusion of kosher salt and vanilla extract is what makes it special.

5 ingredients + less than 10 minutes to make

Tip: Keep the ratios the same and you can make any size batch of rice crispy squares. Use up leftover marshmallows from other baking projects or s’mores.

Servings – 12 Prep – 5 MINUTES Cook – 10 MINUTES


10 tablespoons unsalted butter
20 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
12 cups Rice Krispies cereal


Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with foil, then coat with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Melt the butter and 16 cups (680 grams) of the miniature marshmallows in a large saucepan over low heat until the marshmallows are just melted. Stir in the salt and vanilla to combine.

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a bowl of white marshmallows
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Remove the pan from the heat, add the Rice Krispies and mix until it is completely and evenly coated with the marshmallow mixture. Stir in the additional 4 cups of miniature marshmallows.

Turn the mixture out into the prepared pan and, using a wooden spoon or spatula that has been coated in non-stick cooking spray, press the mixture firmly into a packed, even layer.

Allow to set at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Using the foil, remove the treats from the pan and slice into squares.

Store leftover rice krispies treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


To help with your grocery list, you will use three (10-ounce) bags of miniature marshmallows for this recipe.

You can omit the extra marshmallows that get stirred in at the end if you wish. You do not need to make any adjustments to the recipe.

Make rice krispie treats with marshmallow fluff if you’d like. You will need to substitute four (7.5-ounce) jars of marshmallow fluff for the 16 cups of miniature marshmallows that are called for in the recipe. Heat the marshmallow fluff with the melted butter over low heat and proceed with the recipe as directed.

How to Store Rice Krispie Treats – They are best stored at room temperature in an airtight container to keep maximum freshness and softness. You can go one step further and wrap them individually in plastic wrap to keep them REALLY fresh. I do not recommend refrigerating them, as they become hard and lose moisture.

If you want to freeze them, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and place in a freezer ziploc bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Allow to thaw at room temperature.

originally published May 2016 on Brown Eyed Baker.

You can find even more amazing munchies like this rice crispy treat recipe at Brown Eyed Baker. Just check out this crock pot mac and cheese that’s perfect for fall!

When you’ve got the late night munchies, here’s a rice crispy treat recipe with a twist: skip the rice cereal and use popcorn instead!

Still got a sweet-tooth? Whip up this ultra easy S’mores Snack Mix!

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