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: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: Krispie Treats
  • 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 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.


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

Keywords:: rice krispie treats, rice crispy treats, marshmallows, cereal

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

Nekeisha Brown
Nekeisha Brown

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


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!!!


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


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

Heather Sanders
Heather Sanders

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!


I make these all the time! They are my go to rice krispie treats, my families favorite!


Sorry if this is a stupid question, but how many ounces of rice crispies is six cups? I know there are eight ounces in a cup, but 48 ounces seems like it would be way too much. I just want to know how much cereal to buy. Thanks


Amazzzing recipe!! I only had large marshmallows so I cut them into fourths ( found that kitchen shears work better to cut them than a sharp knife) These are sooooo freaking delicious, I woke up twice in the middle of the night wanting more !! Thanks for sharing!!


I think you meant “Make sure *DON’T* press the mixture into the pan too densely.”


Hello looks like a great recipe am going to try this one but when do you add the salt, cinnamon, and the other ingredients that you mentioned? Thank You


LOVE this recipe! I added the whole stick of unsalted sweet cream butter with another cup of Rice Krispies and it was even more perfect. Every bite was chewy, flavorful, yet moist and lasted 2-3 days like this! People were impressed!

Christy B.

Waiting for them to cool completely is so hard!! ?

And I second (or 5,782nd? There are so many on this post!) the comments above: this is the best way to make rice krispie treats. Like, they need to change the recipe on the back of the box.

My 5 year old son wanted some from the store yesterday and I was like “woah, buddy, the ones we’ll make at home are waaaaaay better.”


The person who invented this receipe deserves an award! – Luke, 12 yo.

Jane Walkinshaw
Jane Walkinshaw

wow I’ve just sat here reading through every comment after reading the recipe through and thinking I don’t know about these. However the comments have convinced me to make them. I have 2 grandsons staying with me, and so tomorrow Sunday here we will make these. Just have to go do a little shopping first, but can’t wait to try them. I will post back and let you know how it goes. If they are as good as they sound I’ll have all of New Zealand making them lol. Thanks so much for this recipe.


Shelly, you’re an inspiration!! Thank you for sharing this.


I have made these so many times, but always forgot to rate them. They are beyond delicious! People always ask me to make them, Love your website and love your recipes.


Really..dumb..question…BUT….if I don’t have Kosher salt? Can I use table salt or sea salt?


Perfect! My husband said these were probably the best treat he has ever had in his life!


This recipe is the absolute best. The salt adds a little something special as well. Thanks for sharing!


So these look amazing?
Do II need marshmallows or could I use marshmellowfluff? Or would that ruin them ?


I never leave a review BUT I literally just made these with my son and OMG!! So easy, so simple and SO DELICIOUS!! I don’t think these are going to make it through the night. Thank you for sharing this recipe, definitely a keeper.

Nancy Long

I add a scoop of peanut butter with the marshmallows


I have a new bag of jumbo marshmallows and only 6 were used. Would you have an idea of how many of those to melt with the butter?


Ok, I can’t go to bed without posting a comment. I followed this recipe to the “t,” and they are PERFECT. Wow, I had no idea a Rice Krispy Treat could taste this good. Alter the recipe if you choose, but trust me, they’re delicious if you make them like this recipe says to. Who knew that a Rice Krispy Treat could give you chill bumps. Yes, they’re that good!

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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