Be honest, are you a fan of Rice Krispies? I’ve never craved them, ever. I mean, there has never been anything special about a basic marshmallow cereal treat.

Times have changed and those thoughts are 100% in the past. Here is the recipe that changed my mind. These Rice Krispies Treats have FLAVOR! And not only that, they are ultra gooey, soft, and stretchy! Just how we like ’em. 

A stack of Rice Krispies Treats against a white background.

In addition to this cereal treat recipe, I have a scotcharoos recipe that will leave you eating half the pan, or more. If you prefer brown butter I have a brown butter Rice Krispies treats recipe you need to try too!

Ingredients 

Rice Krispies Treats ingredients in glass bowls on a white textured background.

I want to go over the ingredients used to make this recipe. We use the same basic ingredients that every other Rice Krispy recipe calls for, however, I add 2 not-so-common ingredients that really up the game. 

  • Butter – unsalted or salted. I use unsalted because we’ll be adding some kosher salt to the recipe. However, salted will work fine and there shouldn’t be a substantial difference in flavor and taste.
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Kosher salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Rice Krispy cereal

You might be questioning the addition of salt, but trust me, it’s AMAZING! And it elevates the flavors more than you can imagine. You just have to try it so that you KNOW what I’m talking about.

How to make Rice Krispies Treats

  1. Line a pan with foil, spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. You can use an 8×8 inch pan, a 9×9 inch pan, or for thinner Rice Krispie treats use a 9″x13″ inch pan.
  2. Melt the butter and 8 cups of mini marshmallows in a large pot over medium-low heat.
  3. Stir in the kosher salt and vanilla extract. Then stir in the Rice Krispy cereal. 
  1. Mix until the cereal is completely coated in the marshmallow mixture.
  2. Stir in the remaining 2 cups of mini mallows. 
Gooey Rice Krispie Treats mixture in a pot.
  1. Spoon the Rice Krispie mixture into the foil lined pan.
  2. Press the mixture into the pan (using a wooden spoon, spatula, or your hands) then let set off 30-60 minutes. Tip #1: Spray a spatula or wooden spoon with nonstick spray to prevent the mixture from sticking. Tip #2: if using your hands be careful as the mixture will be warm! Use a sheet of wax paper as a barrier to the sticky Rice Krispie mixture. Tip #3: don’t press the mixture firmly into the pan. See “Tips and FAQ” below for more info. 
Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats pressed into a foil lined square pan against a white background.
  1. Serve! Lift the foil from the pan and cut into squares.

Store at room temperature, covered or in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Close up photo of Rice Krispies Treats cut into squares.

Tips for success and FAQ

  • Before pressing the mixture into the pan and to prevent gooey Rice Krispy mixture from sticking to the wooden spoon, spray the spoon with nonstick cooking spray. Boom. Perfection!
  • To ensure stretchy and ultra gooey Rice Krispies, do NOT press the mixture firmly into the pan.
  • I like to think the secret ingredient(s) to this recipe is the kosher salt and the splash of vanilla extract.
  • Should I use salted or unsalted butter?  I use unsalted because we’ll be adding some kosher salt to the recipe. However, salted will work fine and you shouldn’t have to make any changes to the recipe. If you want to, you can reduce the amount of kosher salt by a pinch.
  • Can I use table salt rather than kosher salt? Preferably no. Kosher salt is a larger grain of salt. If you use table salt (a much smaller grained salt) it will change the flavor. However, if you’re in a bind and you’re desperate to make the recipe use table salt but reduce the amount.
  • Can I use large marshmallows in homemade Rice Krispies? Use mini marshmallows, you’ll get better results! Plus, you need the mini mallows to stir into the mixture after you’ve mixed the cereal in.

If you make this recipe, snap a pic  📸 and share it to Instagram. Be sure to tag @saltandbaker in your posts and stories so I can see what you’re making!

Two hands pulling a homemade Rice Krispies Treats apart.

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Gooey Rice Krispies Treats

These Rice Krispies Treats have FLAVOR! And not only that, they are ultra gooey, soft, and stretchy! Just how we like 'em. 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 9 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 10 cups mini marshmallows - divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Instructions
 

  • Line a 9"x9" or 8"x8" inch pan with foil, spray with cooking spray, set aside. 
  • In a large pot over medium-low to low heat, melt the butter and 8 cups of the marshmallows. Once the marshmallows have just melted, stir in the salt and vanilla. 
  • Remove the pot from the heat, stir in the rice Krispy cereal. Mix until the cereal is completely coated in the marshmallow mixture.
  • Stir in the remaining 2 cups of mini mallows.
  • Spoon the rice Krispy mixture into the lined pan. Press the mixture into the pan (don’t press too hard.. you don’t want it *too* compact).
  • Let set for 30 minutes-60 minutes. 
  • When ready to serve, lift the foil from the pan and cut into squares. 
  • Store at room temperature, covered or in an airtight container for 3-5 days. 

Notes

You can also make these in a 9″x13″ inch pan, the treats will be a bit thinner. 
Tip: spray a wooden spoon, spatula, or your hands with nonstick cooking spray prior to pressing the gooey mixture into the pan. It will prevent it from sticking. 
FAQ are answered in the blog post, but I included a few you might want to have on hand:
Should I use salted or unsalted butter?  I use unsalted because we’ll be adding some kosher salt to the recipe. However, salted will work fine and you shouldn’t have to make any changes to the recipe. If you want to, you can reduce the amount of kosher salt by a pinch.
Can I use table salt rather than kosher salt? Preferably no. Kosher salt is a larger grain of salt. If you use table salt (a much smaller grained salt) it will be a tad different. However, if you’re in a bind and you’re desperate to make the recipe use table salt but reduce the amount.
Can I use large marshmallows in homemade Rice Krispies? Use mini marshmallows, you’ll get better results! Plus, you need the mini mallows to stir into the mixture after you’ve mixed the cereal in.

Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal (16%)Carbohydrates: 61g (20%)Protein: 2g (4%)Fat: 8g (12%)Saturated Fat: 5g (25%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mg (7%)Sodium: 273mg (11%)Potassium: 29mg (1%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 34g (38%)Vitamin A: 1475IU (30%)Vitamin C: 12mg (15%)Calcium: 5mg (1%)Iron: 6mg (33%)
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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