The Perfect Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

The Perfect Rice Krispie Treats Recipe is one of my most popular creations. It’s the best rice krispie treats recipe, because it’s the perfect amount of marshmallow! Totally simple, gooey and buttery no bake recipe perfection!

An Easy Rice Krispie Treats Recipe with extra marshmallows!

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 but…

These are THE Perfect Rice Krispie Treats!

Here’s the thing. I am a krispie treat junkie. I’ve never met a marshmallow cereal treat I didn’t like. And in the time I’ve been running this website, I have created my fair share of marshmallow treats, but it all started here with this most perfect rice krispie treat recipe of all time. This recipe has been duplicated across the internets many times over, which I love seeing, and is even featured in my book!

And while I do have tons of fun variations, it always comes back to this recipe. It’s on-its-own perfection, and I know if you make it just once you will be hooked! No browning butter necessary today. No sea salt or dulce de leche. Just krispie cereal, marshmallows and butter in the perfect portions to make my rice crispy treat recipe.

Rice Crispy Treats OR Rice Krispie Treats?

And while we’re on the topic, how do you spell this beloved treat? It is Crispy Treat or Krispie Treat? I feel like it’s a pretty mixed bag! I am fully going with the “k” spelling, but I know “c” has a huge following. These are the things that keep me up at night.

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

How to Make THE BEST Rice Krispie Treats

Ok folks, I am here to solve the worlds problems…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 upper palate for 2 days? Not cool. 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. Also not cool.

We’re talking krispie treat science today. The EXACT right proportions marshmallows to crispy bits.

What Ingredients Will You Need For Rice Krispie Treats?

Let me first state, the the ingredients are pretty basic and universal to most crispy treat recipes, but it’s all about proportions!

  1. Crispy Rice Cereal. Basically Rice Krispies Cereal or any variation of the cereal, generic, fruity or otherwise.
  2. Marshmallows. I prefer to use mini marshmallows in my recipe because I find they melt quick and more evenly, but you can absolutely use larger sized marshmallows. BUT the magic is in the extra minis that you throw in at the end that don’t melt completely so I definitely recommend mini sized. I also made this handy Marshmallow Conversion Chart to help you figure out how many cups or ounces you will need if you aren’t using minis.
  3. Butter. I use salted.
  4. Kosher Salt. Add a pinch to this when you’re melting the marshmallows and magic happens, friends!

How To Make Rice Krispie Treats

Tips On Krispie Treat Success

How To Prevent Krispie Treats From Getting Hard

  1. Don’t overcook the marshmallows. Once they are just melted remove them from the heat immediately. If you continue to cook the marshmallows they will get hard. Think of it like candy, the longer you boil sugar the harder the candy you get.
  2. Don’t over-stir the mixture once you’ve added the cereal. If you keep stirring you will break a lot of the cereal and it will get dense when you pack it in the pan.
  3. Make sure you don’t press the mixture into the pan too densely. If you press it down too firmly you will have very compact treats, and you are going for gooey and light!
  4. Store them properly and airtight! I will talk a little more about this below.

What Else Can You Add Into Krispie Treats?

This is where you can get creative if you’re looking to switch up the classic!

  • Chopped Candy. Use about 1 cup of chopped candy and mix this in when you add your extra marshmallows! If you are adding in any sort of chocolate candy it might melt a little bit with the heat of the melted marshmallows, but it will be ok!
  • Other Cereal. You can use pretty much any cereal in place of Rice Krispies in this recipe. Try Froot Loops, Cocoa Krispies, Cinnamon Toast Crunch…so many possibilities!
  • Vanilla Extract. To give your krispie treats a little hint of something special add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla into your melted marshmallows! Delicious!
  • Cinnamon. A little cinnamon stirred right into the melted marshmallows makes these really good!

No Bake Rice krispie Treats Recipe

How To Store Rice Krispie Treats

I think Rice Krispie Treats are always best the same day, BUT they can certainly be enjoyed for up to 3 days if stored properly. If you’re making them for the next day don’t cut them into bars. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap, making sure it’s air tight and then cut on the day you’re serving.

If you do cut them and end up having leftovers, you can store them in a large zip-top bag, or a plastic or glass container that seals airtight! Keeping them airtight is the key!

I never recommend placing the krispie treats in the refrigerator. It will make them very hard.

Can You Freeze Rice Krispie Treats?

Sorry, no. This is not a great recipe to store in the freezer. They get very hard and chewy.

The perfect rice krispie treat recipe with extra marshmallows

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Perfect Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category Category: Krispie Treats
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert


The perfect rice krispies treat recipe is easy, gooey, and sweet! Loaded with marshmallows!


  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 8 cups, plus 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Crispie Cereal
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)


  1. Line a 9×9 pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large pot over low heat melt butter. Once butter s 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.


*Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days, but I always prefer krispie treats the same day they were made!

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September 16, 2020 4:59 am

Can i roll the krispies instead of putting it in a pan?

September 2, 2020 10:37 am

Have been using your recipe for awhile but just tried the cinnamon and vanilla addition. Amazing!! Best Krispy treat recipe on Internet.

Last edited 20 days ago by Jill
June 29, 2020 9:14 pm

Hi. I love this recipe. But need to make a 13 x 9 pan. Should I just double the recipe?

Tanya Gupta
June 19, 2020 6:22 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever commented on a recipe before, but thank you for this one! I added cinnamon and vanilla, and I can’t stop eating them. It’s been over 24 hours and they’re still soft!

May 15, 2020 1:26 pm

Hi I’m about to make your recipe but somehow didn’t realize one bag of mini marshmallow was only 6 cups lol. I do have a half bag to make it 8 but I don’t have the extra 2 cups. What do you think about doing 1-2 kraft jet-puffed marshmallow cream?

May 12, 2020 4:59 pm

How big of a bag of mini marshmallows do we need to fill the 10 cups requirement??

April 30, 2020 9:14 pm

I’m about to make these, can’t wait! (Couple typos in step 2 you might want to check. Post=Pot and in=is) Thanks for sharing the recipe!

April 19, 2020 4:16 pm

Amazing recipe! My Rice Krispies turned out perfect!

Amanda L.
April 12, 2020 8:00 pm

For clarification, does the recipe call for a total of 10 cups of marshmallows (8 melted plus 2 mixed in) or a total of 8 cups (6 melted and 2 mixed in)? We did the former and our treats came out too gooey, and they don’t hold shape when cut. If we did use the right amount of marshmallows, do you have any idea where we went wrong?

Other than that, this recipe tasted delicious!

March 29, 2020 6:29 pm

This is my favorite Rice Krispie great recipe!! It’s truly the best!!

Nekeisha Brown
March 29, 2020 1:25 pm

Oh my word, this is the first time I have EVER made rice krispie treats and didnt have it end up hard. These are TO DIE FOR. This recipe is a keeper

February 2, 2020 2:07 am

These are far and away THE BEST Rice Krispie treats ever!! Every time I make these people comment on how good they are before asking for the recipe. Thank you for sharing!!!

December 20, 2019 2:30 pm

I didn’t have mini marshmallows I (in fact) didn’t have normal sized or shaped white ones either. for some reason I bought round spiral shaped blueberry strawberry flavored&colored ones+supermarket brand crisped rice. I also browned (just a bit) the butter, the colors aren’t pretty sorta turned out gray so put some colored sprinkles on top now just-waiting to cool so I can taste test

December 17, 2019 5:12 pm

Have made this recipe twice now with race reviews! Perfect amount of goodness and flavor!

Heather Sanders
December 10, 2019 11:08 pm

These are the BEEEESSSSSSST!!! The salt, the extra marshmallows…. Pure perfection! We’ve made them quite a few times and they are gobbled right up with so many compliments!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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