The Perfect Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

The Perfect Rice Krispie Treat Recipe! Simple and perfect everytime.

This is my most favorite Rice Krispie Treat Recipe. It’s the perfect rice krispie treat recipe, because it’s the perfect amount of marshmallow! Totally simple, gooey and buttery perfection! The only krispie treat recipe you’ll ever need!

So this might seem like a gimme. A no brainer.

A “why is she even wasting my time right now?”

Well, I might agree with you if I didn’t know better…


Here’s the thing. I am a krispie treat junkie. I’ve never met a marshmallow cereal treat I didn’t like. That’s a fact.

One of my most FAVORITE krispie treats are these Toasted Marshmallow Krispie Treats that I made last year. Talk about DELISH!

Here’s the thing, though…most folks just make ’em plain. (gasp!)

Maybe they’ll throw a Fruity Pebble into the mix every now and then (DO IT). Maybe they’ll even get crazy and throw in some Brownie Batter (maj).

But really a basic krispie treat is where. it’s. at.


NOW. I have a “basic” krispie treat recipe on my site. The basic means…take me and do with me what you will. Throw some M&Ms on me. Chop up a peanut butter cup or12 and mix it in…

Today, however, we are talking about the PERFECT Rice Krispie Treat.

The one that you don’t want to mess with. The one that stands on it’s own two feet and says, “I AM SPARTACUS”

You know what I mean.

SO yeah. No browning butter necessary today. No sea salt or dulce de leche.

Just krispie cereal, marshmallows and butter in the perfect portions.

The Perfect Rice Krispie Treat Recipe... so soft and gooey!

Everyone has had that “too hard” krispie treat.

You know they one that scratches the roof of your mouth and leaves you with a scraped palate for 2 days?

And most likely you’ve had a too-soft krispie treat where there is too much butter or too many marshmallows making my poor krispie friends soggy and sad.

Let’s end all that nonsense, k?

Just get your stuff ready…

INgredients for the perfect krispie treat!

It’s really all about the marshmallows.

Melt ’em. Mix in the krispies. And then add in more marshmallows.

Oooh tricky!!


And press them into the pan…


Press evenly but don’t kill ’em.. the more you mash ’em down, the more solid they’ll be. Which brings us back to upper-mouth-roof injuries.


And just let them cool for a few minutes and you’ll have this work of art…


Like I said: perfect.

The perfect rice krispie treat recipe...super marshmallowy and gooey! Easy and turns out perfect every time!

If you need more krispies to get your fix HERE is a link to all the krispie treats I make!



Perfect Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

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makes 16 squares


  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 8 cups, plus 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Krispie Cereal
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Line a 9×9 pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large post over low heat melt butter. Once butter in melted add in 8 cups mini marshmallows, stirring constantly.
  3. Once the marshmallows are just melted remove from heat and stir in your cereal and salt until just coated in marshmallow mixture. Now stir in the remaining 2 cups of mini marshmallows.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared pan and press in evenly.
  5. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Best if served same day.

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Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate

I too, have a weakness for Rice Krispy treats. They’re just perfection!

Jamie J.

I always add more marshmallows than called for in basic krispies treats, and people wonder why they like mine better. 🙂 When do you add the salt?


I add mine when the marshmallows are just melted. If I put the salt in with the cereal I sometimes get salty parts.

sue/the view from great island

I love that you posted this…sometimes all you want is the classic, without all the bells and whistles!

Cookbook Queen


Heather @ Shards of Lavender

These are THE buttery gooey marshmallow treats I’ve been searching for forever! How smart to mix in extra mini marshmallows before pressing into the pan… I’ve made your circus animal Krispy treats before and oh my goodness!

Thembi Chirunga

Do you melt the extra 2cups of marshmallows that you stir in?


No like she said!


Looks scrumptious! What are the tricks for keeping krispy treats fresh? My husband is in the Navy and I bake goodies for his department. The current request is rice krispy treats but I am worried to make them the night before and have them become less than awesome the next day. One thing is for sure, I will definitely be making these for myself and the kiddos this week. Yum!


I love a good rice krispie treat! One question, when does the salt come into play in making the treats?

Jessica @ Sweet Menu

They truly do look perfect!


Those look so good. You’re right…sometimes simple perfection is best!

Sharon Bradley

Mine are always to hard to stir in y he rice Kristen thanks for all the different ones.


Such a simple change-up to stir in extra marshmallows, but you’re a genius for thinking of it! I love these! I hereby declare you Queen of the Krispies 🙂

Laura @ Laura

Yum! Looks super gooey: a necessity for rice krispie treats!


Mmmmm! I love those big chunks of gooey marshmallows in that shot!! These look awesome 🙂 And toasted marshmallows are totally my favorites in RKT too 🙂

Jenny Flake

Oooey gooey perfection!!!!

Catherine McCord

This really is every kid (and adults) dream dessert. A total classic!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

In my first trimester all I wanted was a “perfect” rice krispie treat just like this… and now I think you brought that craving back!

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

I NEED this recipe in my life forever & always!!!!


Bang it!…if this doesn’t make me want to whip up a batch of these!

Nat D.

“Heaven. I’m in heaven. And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak…”


It’s like it was meant to be, I just bought a HUGE bag of mini marshmallows!!


Yep you are right these are perfect! My daughter just had one of these and said, “Mom these are the best rice krispie’s you have ever made. They are so chewy but they don’t fall apart!” I just had one too they are AMAZING I have finally found the perfect rice krispie treat recipe!!! Thank you I have been trying to find the perfect recipe for many years. The search is finally over!!! =)

Emily of Sugar Plum

Dang it – I made rice krispie treats today! I wish I had used your recipe! They look so much better than the ones I made.

Gill Bland

This does looke really good, but I’m afraid I still think using marshmallow fluff in Rice Krispie cake is wrong! As a child of the UK we didn’t have fluydd so we have a different type of recipe – you should definitely try it. in fact, I will divulge my family secret recipe to you…

Gill Bland

This does looke really good, but I’m afraid I still think using marshmallow fluff in Rice Krispie cake is wrong! As a child of the UK we didn’t have fluff so we have a different type of recipe – you should definitely try it. in fact, I will divulge my family secret recipe to you…


Could we use fruity pebbles?

Lori @ RecipeGirl

Totally craving these right now!

stef b

I always add less cereal than called for. If the recipe says 6 cups of rice krispies i use 5. Makes them amazing every time.


I love that these have pockets of intense ooey-gooeyness. ALways a good thing.


When it comes to homemade Rice Krispie treats, the extra mini marshmallows are key! I’ll admit I don’t mind the store-bought version (Gasp! I know…), but I whip up a batch myself every now and then. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. I like them both for different reasons. I’ll definitely use this recipe the next time I make them!


Made these over the weekend and they are the perfect Krispie Treats. I wrapped mine individually in cling wrap and they’re still perfect 2 days later.

Ellen @ Cutting Tiny Bites

Rice Krispie Treats are one of my favorite desserts! My mom made them for us as an after schol treat ALL. THE. TIME. so they make me feel all nostalgic! These look great, and I can’t wait to try them!


Do you use name brand cereal and marshmallows or have you tried off brand and they still taste the same?


These are the BEST Rice Krispie Treats I have ever made! I can’t believe it never occurred to me to add extra mini-marshmallows. I will make them this way from here forward! Thank you!


I just made this, it was very good!!! I have a question though,
How to press the mixture evenly in the pan?? What do you use?

Emily R

Made these last night – absolutely perfect!


I would love to make these tonight but I only have the big marshmallows not the mini. How would I convert that to keep the treats soft?

I’ve made these twice now and I’m in LOVE. I think it makes such a huge difference to add salt and never would have thought it would work but it so totally does. I’d done the “throw a handful of marshmallows in just before I press them into the pan” thing for awhile so I’m glad I’m in such good company (because you are one of my baking idols! Sorry…don’t be scared.) Anyway, thank you once again for the awesome recipe! Oh and I made your peanut butter & jelly bars again this weekend and those things are just the… Read more »

I’m glad I’m not the only one who had never thought to put salt in them before! It’s like salted caramel or salt on a chocolate bonbon — just the right thing to counterbalance the sweetness!

Terrie K

I must add in a suggestion at this point
“1 tsp of vanilla to the marshmallow mix”
When combining the melted butter and the marshmallow s. add the vanilla. Your treats will have this wonderful flavor people will love!


I did that after seeing another baker put it in. I agree it adds a lot!


Shelf life?!? how long can I keep this in the fridge?

I signed up to bring krispie treats for my daughters class thanksgiving party and thought I search for something different, that is when I came upon the heaven that is your sweet, gooey, little piece of paradise! I just made these and they are everything the comments say about them and more. I needed a lot so I made a second batch, Thinking “hmmm, how about a different flavor?” It is a Thanksgiving party after all. So I used pumpkin spice marshmallows for melting and then I added plain minis as per the instructions. Uh, can I say that we… Read more »

What does the salt do?


Soooooo it turns out that you don’t have that roof-of-your-mouth stabby problem if you don’t wait for the treats to set up… Still melty = no pain. Great recipe either way!


Hi there,
A few questions for you, when do you add the salt and do you use salted or unsalted butter? Thanks


these look yummy and my daughter is going to make these for dessert night!!! i can’t wait to eat them!!!

just a little thing I noticed is that on the recipe after the article you typed in “post” but i am assuming you meant “pot”….

Colleen P

Great recipe! I used Aldi’s brand krispies and marshmallows and everyone gobbled them up.

Courtney G.

Just made these. They are good!!!!


These were a homerun. And about the shelf life…they are gone before they can go stale. Yum, Thanks!
Laura n Fam


These truly are perfection!


I love this recipe my kids went crazy!


Wow, my girls and I made these last night and we all loved them. Thank you for sharing your secret for the gooiest, chewiest rice krispie treats!