Rice Krispie Treats

I just got done making a bunch of Rice Krispie treats for a football fundraiser.  Who doesn’t like that ooey gooey treat?  This classic treat is so easy to make and the original recipe only calls for 3 ingredients:  butter, marshmallows and Rice Krispie cereal. When I make these treats I like to make them bigger and…of course, I have to tweak the recipe.

First, let me give you the classic recipe:  3 Tablespoons butter, 1 package (10 oz) marshmallows and 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal.

In my recipe  we are going to add to other ingredients…salt and vanilla.  Salt? YES!  Salt brings out the richness and overall flavor.  Since we are adding salt make sure you are using unsalted butter and USE REAL BUTTER!  It will make a difference.

Ingredients:

  • 12 Tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) of UNSALTED butter
  • 2- 10 oz bags of marshmallows (set aside 1/2 of one of the bags)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 1/2 C Rice Krispies

Line your 9 X 13 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray to make it easy for removal.

Heat butter over medium heat in a large pot to melt.  Once melted add the salt, vanilla and a 1 1/2 bags of marshmallows.  Turn down the heat to low- meat and stir until marshmallows are melted.  Remove from heat, add cereal and remaining marshmallows.  Stir until all ingredients are incorporated.

Pour into your prepared pan and even out.  I find the best way is to lightly spray a rubber spatula with cooking spray and use that to spread the mixture.  Another trick…after you have it pretty evenly spread out cover with plastic wrap and take another 9 X 13 pan and use it to press down lightly over the mixture.  This will give you a nice even top.

Let cool (at least an hour).  Flip you pan over on a cutting board and the treats should easily come out and you just have to remove the foil.  Slice to your desired serving size and enjoy.  I like to individually wrap in plastic wrap and then place in a plastic ziploc bag or container to keep fresh.

FAQs:

  • Can I use regular size marshmallows?  Yes, however the reserved 1/2 bag that is added with the cereal will have to be cut.  You don’t have to add more “mini” marshmallows at the cereal stage but it adds a nice surprise through the treat.  Hint:  If cutting your full size marshmallows use a little cooking spray on your scissors/knife.
  • Do I really have to use 12 Tablespoons of butter? Of course not…but as the saying goes “everything tastes better with butter”.  I provided you with the original recipe and you can see it only calls for 3 Tablespoons of butter, 1 bag of marshmallows and 6 C of cereal.  You can easily lower the amount of butter but I would still use at a minimum 6 Tablespoons.  The great thing about rice krispie treats is as long as you have the general ratios it will all be okay!!  Trust me there have been times when I had to use less butter, more or less marshmallows/ cereal and guess what???  The treats were still all gone in a flash.  
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