The BEST rice Krispie treats recipe! Classic rice Krispie treats loaded with rice Krispies cereal, marshmallows, and butter. Ready in just 15 minutes, this kid-approved dessert is so good.

This recipe is just as easy as our Nutella Rice Krispies and just as delicious!

Rice krispie treat slices stacked on top of each other.


If you like easy and simple desserts, this ooey-gooey rice Krispies recipe is for you.

The dessert only needs 3 simple ingredients and 15 minutes of your time – winner! This sweet treat is loved by both adults and kids alike.

Rice krispie treat pieces in a white plate stacked on top of each other.


All you need to make CLASSIC Rice Krispie treats are just 3 simple ingredients.

  • BUTTER– Unsalted butter is the key to this recipe.
  • RICE KRISPIE CEREAL– We love using Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal for this recipe but you can use an off brand rice krispies also. 
  • MARSHMALLOWS– For this recipe you want to use fresh marshmallows. We prefer using the mini marshmallows because they melt a lot quicker than larger ones.
  • ADD-INS– Depending on the type of variation you want, add the desired add-ins.
A piece of Rice Krispie treat being pulled apart.


Okay, this recipe comes together really quickly. You’re going to want to have everything ready before you start.

  1. Prep baking sheet: Line a 9”x13” baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt butter: In a large pot melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Add marshmallows: Add the mini marshmallows and cook until butter and marshmallows melt, stirring frequently.
  4. Add cereal: Remove from heat and add in rice crispy cereal and vanilla, stirring quickly to fully incorporate.
  5. Transfer to pan: Transfer the rice krispie treat batter to the prepared baking sheet and press down with your fingers.
  6. Cut into squares: Cut into squares and enjoy.
Step by step collage of how to make homemade Rice Krispie treats.


The greatest thing about these delicious rice Krispie treats is that you can switch up the additives for different types of flavors!

  • Nutty– Top the dessert bars with dried fruit, sliced nuts, and dried fruit for a nutty treat.
  • Sprinkles– Add sprinkles to the treats for birthday parties and events.
  • Peppermint– Add in some crushed peppermint into the mixture.
  • Cookies and cream– Crush some oreos and them into your bars.
  • Cranberry white chocolate– During christmas time add white chocolate chips and dried cranberries for the ultimate christmas treat!
  • Peanut butter– Add peanut butter if you like a nutty flavor.
  • Chocolate– Drizzle melted chocolate over top of the treats.
  • Caramel– Add caramel candy into the mixture for caramel flavor.
  • Dulce de leche– Drizzle some dulce de leche over your treats.
  • Coconut– Add shredded coconut and chocolate for an Almond Joy flavor.
Gooey rice krispie treat mixture with a spatula in a pot.


How do I store rice Krispie treats?

Once the rice Krispie treats are cut into bars, store them in an airtight container at room temp up to 3 days.

Can I freeze Rice Krispie treats?

This recipe is so easy we do not recommend freezing the treats!

Why do my rice Krispies treats get hard?

If the bars are hard, the butter and marshmallows were heated at a very high temperature. You want the marshmallows to melt at a slow pace giving you a gooey mixture that turns soft.

Rice Krispie treats in a baking sheet sliced.

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The BEST Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

The BEST rice krispie treats recipe. Classic rice krispietreats loaded with rice krispies cereal, marshmallows, and butter. Ready injust 10 minutes, this kid-approved dessert is so good.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 servings
Calories 150 kcal


  • 6 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 10 oz mini marshmallows
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • Line a 9×13 glass dish with parchment paper. Lightly grease and set aside.
  • In a large pot, melt butter. On medium heat, add marshmallows to melted butter and stir until marshmallows are completely melted. 
  • Remove pot from heat and add the Rice Krispies cereal and vanilla. Mix quickly with a wooden spoon.
  • Transfer the mixture to a prepared glass dish. Spread with a wooden spoon. Run your hands under cold water and with dampened hands press mixture down.
  • Cut into squares and serve.


Calories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 65mgPotassium: 42mgSugar: 14gVitamin A: 700IUVitamin C: 5.9mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 3.1mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
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