Our Favorite Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

The ratio of cereal to marshmallow makes or breaks a rice krispie treat– literally! For extra gooey and buttery rice krispie treats, use this recipe. Adding a little extra butter and marshmallow, plus a splash of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt makes all the difference.

Rice krispie treats cut into squares

I wasn’t going to publish this recipe because– really– how many ways can one make a rice krispie treat? (Hello cake batter rice krispie treats from forever ago!) The internet is flooded with these classic marshmallow squares, but I figured you might like to know how I’ve been making them over the years…? Maybe? Hopefully?

This is, without question, the best way to make rice krispie treats and I have a few tricks up my sleeve to guarantee that the treats are extra marshmallow-y, extra gooey, extra buttery, extra flavorful, and extra AWESOME. I make these whenever I need something quick and guaranteed crowd-friendly. In fact, I just served a double batch at a big cookout over the weekend. Not a single square left.

Crispy rice treats are a totally retro dessert and once you take that first bite, you’re instantly reminded why they’re a staple. So good!!

Stack of rice krispie treats

5 Ingredients in These Rice Krispie Treats

You only need 5 simple ingredients for these no-bake squares.

  1. Butter: Like all good desserts, the base of great rice krispie treats is butter! You need 3/4 cup, which is 12 Tablespoons or 1.5 sticks.
  2. Marshmallows: These krispie treats are extra marshmallow-y without falling apart. You need 2 10-ounce bags (about 11 heaping cups) of mini marshmallows.
  3. Vanilla Extract: This is an easy addition that turns a good rice krispie treat into a great rice krispie treat. You only need 1/2 teaspoon, but what a difference it makes!
  4. Salt: Salt is another little addition I add to my rice krispie treats. Like vanilla extract, salt is a super convenient ingredient and you don’t need much of it. Just a pinch adds a depth of flavor otherwise absent from crispy rice treats.
  5. Rice Krispies Cereal: What’s a crispy treat without rice krispies cereal? The best!

Melt the butter and marshmallows in a big pot on the stove, then remove from heat and gently stir in the remaining ingredients. I just use my handy 5.5 quart dutch oven. It’s the perfect size!

Melted marshmallow butter mixture for crispy rice treats in a pot

Rice krispie treat mixture in pink pot

Best Ratio of Marshmallow to Cereal

An important factor in a rice krispie treat recipe is the ratio of marshmallow to cereal. Too much cereal and the squares will taste dry, crunchy, and bland. Too much marshmallow and the squares will be too sticky and fall apart. The best ratio for a 9×13 inch baking pan is 2 10-ounce bags of mini marshmallows (11 heaping cups) and 9 cups of cereal.

To prevent any kind of sticking, line your baking pan with greased parchment paper. I just lightly spray the parchment paper with a little nonstick spray.

Pan of rice krispie treats with spatula

The #1 Trick for Rice Krispie Treats

Do you want an extra buttery melt-in-your-mouth marshmallow square? Of course you do. In order to achieve this, do NOT pack the rice krispie treats down into the baking pan. Use greased fingers or a greased spatula to softly spread and stretch the mixture into the pan, then use a flat spatula to very gently press the mixture down. Do not compact it with force otherwise your treats will be thin and hard. Instead, just lightly press the treats down into the pan. Butter the back of a flat spatula or spray with a little nonstick spray to prevent sticking. Your treats will be soft yet crisp and not overly crunchy. 🙂

I recommend doing this with my scotcheroos, too!

Rice krispie treats

rice krispie treats

That’s basically it! I don’t need to convince you that rice krispie treats are delicious, but I hope you try these little extras (the vanilla, salt, ratio of marshmallow to cereal) the next time you need a recipe for these marshmallow squares.

How do you make rice krispie treats?

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Rice krispie treats cut into squares

Our Favorite Rice Krispie Treats

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 20 treats
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American


This is our favorite recipe for classic rice krispie treats. Adding a little extra butter and marshmallow, plus a splash of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt makes all the difference! Let them set for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares.


  • 3/4 cup (170g; 1.5 sticks) unsalted butter
  • two 10 ounce bags (11 heaping cups) mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 9 cups (270g) crispy rice cereal


  1. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly grease the parchment. I always use a very light mist of nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat in a very large pot. Once melted, add the marshmallows. Stir the mixture until the marshmallows are completely melted.
  3. Remove from heat, then immediately stir in the vanilla extract and salt. Finally, fold in the cereal. Make sure each piece of cereal is coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  4. Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Using a rubber spatula (greasing it lightly helps), gently spread mixture to fit the pan. Lightly grease the back of a flat spatula and very gently press the mixture down into the pan. Do not pack it down with force, just lightly press down so it’s secure in the pan.
  5. Allow treats to set for at least 1 hour at room temperature and up to 1 day. Cover tightly if leaving out for more than a few hours.
  6. Lift the rice krispie treats as a whole out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into squares.
  7. Cover and store leftover treats at room temperature for up to 3 days. To store, place in layers between sheets of parchment or wax paper.


  1. Freezing Instructions: Rice krispie treats aren’t the best dessert to freeze because the texture isn’t always completely the same after thawing. That being said, you can still freeze these squares. Freeze in layers between sheets of parchment or wax paper in a freezer container for up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.
  2. If gluten free, check labels to ensure all products are certified gluten free.
  3. For the pinch of salt, I always add a little less than 1/8 teaspoon.

Adapted from Kellogg’s

Keywords: marshmallow


  1. Sally! This is honestly the Rice Krispie treat recipe I never even knew I needed! Seriously they are the best. I did 1 full tsp of vanilla (because you can never have too much vanilla) and 1/4 tsp of salt. The ratio of marshmallow to butter to cereal was just spot on! Thanks for yet another keeper 🙂
    Ps. Have you ever heard of dandies brand marshmallows? I use them in place of regular marshmallows. They have no funky ingredients, and they’re even vegan

    1. Hi Stephanie! I’m so happy you loved these Rice Krispie treats!! Extra vanilla is always a good idea 🙂 I haven’t tried those marshmallows but I’ll have to look for them!

    2. Delicious! We ate a couple spoonfuls as soon as it was cool enough! Best rice krispie treat recipe I’ve made

    3. I love this recipe!!! I used 2 bags of vegan Dandies marshmallows and the Rice Krispie treats turned out delicious!!

  2. Rice Krispie treats are one of my favourite ever things to make! They’re so delicious and easy to make. Although last time I made them I ate the whole lot in about 2 days haha! I’ll try this recipe soon though but try to have better self control!

    Emily | Snippets of Em xx

    1. I hope you enjoy these, Emily!

    2. I have a question..I would LOVE to make these but I just but regular marshmallows and not mini marshmallows..how many regular marshmallows can I use to substitute the mini ones? Thanks!

      1. You will need 20 oz of marshmallows. Enjoy!

  3. Hi Sally,

    I made these last week! They were delicious and everyone loved them.

    My friend told me his mother used to make Rice Krispie Treats with peanut butter. His mom passed away several years ago and he does not have any of her recipes. When he tried your recipe that I made, he was reminded of the ones from his mom. I would like to make him some with peanut butter, but I am not a confident cook.

    If I wanted to add a 1/2 cup of peanut butter to this recipe, would I make any alterations to the other ingredients? Have you tried this recipe with peanut butter?

    1. I’m so glad everyone loved them and how wonderful for you to want to make peanut butter treats for your friend! I made these peanut butter chocolate treats a long time ago: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/double-decker-peanut-butter-chocolate-krispie-treats/
      You can double the peanut butter layer to keep them all peanut butter flavored!

  4. I made these and the family declared them the best ever.

  5. The BEST Rice Krispies I’ve ever had. We decided to get crazy and add mini m&m’s. My 8 year old said: “omg these are SO food.”

  6. I have made this recipe twice in the last two days! So delicious. BEST EVER! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Your blog is my go-to when I need to make a sweet and I want it to be perfect the first time. I’ve never made Rice Krispie Treats before because I don’t really like them, but husband requested some and this recipe was great. I even thought they were tasty! Thanks for being someone I can count on!

  8. Thank you for sharing. I have always loved Rice Krispie treats. I made these last week and Honestly the BEST Rice Krispie treats ever! My daughter just loved them!

  9. Christina McGrew says:

    This us absolutely the best rice krispie treat recipe I have ever tried!! They are perfect- just the right amount of mallow to krispie and the dash of salt and vanilla is fantastic, they remind me of the krispie treats you get at Starbucks but they’re better! My mom and sister fight over them.

    1. I’m thrilled you all enjoy them so much, Christina!

  10. Jaleigh Smith says:

    I made these and decorated with Halloween sprinkles to give as a treat for my son’s 1st grade class.. I’ve had three different moms message me saying it was the best Rice Krispie treat they’ve ever eaten and they want the recipe! One mom said she didn’t even share a bite with her child haha. Thanks, Sally! Love everything you do.

    1. I have bought the regular size marshmallows. How many should I use for this recipe?

  11. Just made this fabulous recipe for the 2nd time! It’s so delicious and easy, but I fear I may be addicted! Yummy! Thanks for posting this recipe.

  12. I have never made Rice Krispies Treats before, I live in Norway and never knew such a product existed. But we just returned from a vacation in California – We bought loads at the store, it wasn’t until I looked at my box of Rice Krispies Cereal and I saw they look easy to make. I googled Rice Krispies treats and this came up! And the recipe did what I always do to recipes that need it(many) add salt and vanilla! I immediately knew this is the one to try! I might throw some trix in as well!

    1. Perfect ratios! Gooey and delicious. The original standard recipe always ended up dry but not these. Thanks!

  13. I want to make several batches for the staff at my dad’s care facility…how far can I make ahead (without freezing) if I wrap individually in plastic?

    1. For best taste and texture (and so they don’t taste “old”), 3-4 days is just fine, especially if individually wrapped.

  14. Tori Billings says:

    Can I use margarine? I live in Japan and butter is crazy expensive. I’m wanting to make these for a kids’ party, so no need for gourmet. Lol.

    1. Hi Tori! You can use margarine in a pinch, yes.

  15. These are amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing, I will never go back to the original recipe, this one is the best!

  16. I want to use this in a plastic mold to make teddy bears. Would I leave it in the bowl to cool or still into a pan and then fill the molds once cooled? Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Nicole! You would want to transfer the warm marshmallow/cereal mixture right into the molds, do not let it cool in the bowl or another pan first.

      1. Thank you so much! Merry Christmas!

  17. Hands down the best recipe you weren’t joking! I was sick of the ole box recipe from Rice Krispies it’s too dry so I went on a search and found you!! These are just the way I wanted them!!! Thanks!

  18. Definitely a 5-star recipe, Sally!!! I’m from Australia and I’ve never tried Rice Krispie Treats before (we have ‘Rice Bubble Slice’ instead which is flavoured with honey), so this was a change – but a good one! Family members loved it – great reviews. Thanks for another great recipe, Sally!

    P.S. Tried the tip for soft treats – not pressing down too hard – makes all the difference. Thank you!

  19. WOW WOW WOW! How can rice crispie treats be this good? Honestly you have nailed this recipe. It is marshmallow heavy which is what I love. Thanks for this! Can I give 10 stars?

    1. I’m thrilled that you like it so much, Janine!

  20. May I use marshmallow cream instead of the mini marshmallows? If so how much do I need?

    1. Hi Cindy! Marshmallow fluff/creme stays in its “liquid”/thin consistency, where marshmallows will help solidify the treats. I don’t recommend substituting.

  21. would you know the amounts for an 8 or 9 inch square pan instead – thank you so much bringing them as a gift !

    1. Absolutely– simply halve the recipe.

  22. I love them! But I also live chocolate. What is the best way to get chocolate involved? I thought of coating them in chocolate. What would you recommend?

    1. So. Many. Ways. 🙂 You can fold in chocolate chips or M&M’s, use Cocoa Krispies instead of Rice Krispies, dip each bar in chocolate, or drizzle melted chocolate over the top. Let me know what you try!

  23. Fantastic recipe. I cut it in half and used whole grain organic vanilla crisps. The kids and the Hubs loved them!

  24. Sally, Thanks for the recipe. As always Rice Krispie treats are a favorite but this time I used strawberry Rice Krispies & they were awesome….

  25. I have never made rice krispy treats before and I’m not really sure why! My son came home with one the other day and I thought to myself, why don’t I try making them? I looked on your blog, and sure enough, you have a recipe! These were so easy to make and so incredibly yummy! I just made them today and they’re almost gone, lol!

    1. I’m so happy you loved these, Connie! Thanks for your positive feedback 🙂

  26. Sally, these rice krispie treats are excellent. Not a single one leftover! Very buttery. Will only use this recipe from now on.

  27. I’ve been making rice crispy treats similar to this, but instead of vanilla, I like to add almond extract. They are amazing!

  28. I made this recipe last week and they are SO good! My husband said these were the best Rice Krispies treats he’s ever had (and he doesn’t usually like sweet stuff!). The extra marshmallows keep them soft, so you can enjoy a big batch for even longer – yum! This is my new go-to recipe for Rice Krispies.

  29. What’s the best way to transport these without Tupperware? I need to bring a ton for a baby shower, can I transport them uncut and then cut them on site? I don’t want to wrap them all individually. I would also be making these a couple of days ahead.

    1. You can certainly just cut them onsite. Or if you cut and stack them simply layer sheets of parchment or wax paper between them. Enjoy!

  30. I thought I had the best rice krispy treat recipe from the back of the box but you’ve made them even better! Kids loved helping me make these yesterday. We drizzled with melted chocolate. Won’t use another recipe again! Thank you!

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