Once you try these rice crispy treats, you’ll never want to eat another one again. This easy recipe uses just three ingredients and tastes like the perfect summer treat.
Read on for more information about how to make the best rice crispy treats ever!
The Secret Ingredient
The best part about these treats is that they are super easy to make. Start by combining a half cup of butter, a half cup of brown sugar, and 3 cups of rice cereal in a large bowl. Mix it all together until it’s well blended then press into an 8×8-inch baking dish.
Next melt 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in the microwave for one minute then pour over the top of the cereal mixture, spreading evenly with a spatula or your fingers. Finally cut up 12 chocolate bars into small squares and sprinkle them on top.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until crispy around the edges but still gooey in the center. Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into squares with a knife or pizza cutter and enjoy!
The Right Ratio of Marshmallows to Cereal
A lot of people ask me how I make my rice crispy treats so good. They’re always so crisp, even when they’re a little overcooked, and they’re never dry or crunchy. The secret is in the ratio of marshmallows to cereal.
There’s no set rule for what this ratio should be, but there are some guidelines that work really well for me. For every cup of rice cereal you use, mix in about one cup of marshmallows and one-quarter cup of butter.
That’s a good place to start because it’s not too sticky or gooey, but it also isn’t too crumbly either—it’ll hold together nicely when you press down on it with your fingers. But if you want them to stay nice and soft without being soggy, cook them just a few minutes less than usual.
If you want them extra crispy (and let’s face it, sometimes we do) then bake them at 350°F for 15 minutes instead of 10 minutes. And if you want them as soft as possible, cover the pan with foil before putting it into the oven and take off the foil after 10-15 minutes—they’ll be softer than ever!
The Perfect Level of Butter
The best rice crispy treats are made with just enough butter. Start by melting 1/2 cup of butter in a saucepan and add 1/2 cup of marshmallows. Stir until they’re combined, then remove from heat and stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 3 cups puffed rice cereal, and a dash of salt.
Mix everything together with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until it’s all coated, then press it into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Allow them to cool for about 10 minutes before cutting them into squares. You can also make bars out of these treats!
Pour melted butter over a sheet of buttered-side-down graham crackers, top with some chocolate chips, and sandwich another sheet of graham crackers on top. Press down so that the crackers stick together and bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool before slicing into small pieces. They can be served as-is or drizzled with extra chocolate if desired.
Don’t Be Afraid to Get Messy
There’s a reason why everyone loves rice crispy treats. They’re chewy, they’re crunchy, they have just the right amount of sweetness and there are so many different variations that you can make. The only downside? Sometimes they can be a little messy to make. But don’t worry!
The Best Way to Melt the Marshmallows
An important part of making the best rice crispy treats ever is getting your marshmallows just right. There are many different ways to do this, but one of the most popular methods is by melting them with a few tablespoons of water in a saucepan over low heat.
Continue stirring until all of your marshmallows have completely melted and formed a liquid that resembles honey. Then, pour this mixture into a bowl with your cereal mixture and stir until everything is combined. Next, spread this mixture onto a baking sheet or pan lined with parchment paper and bake for about 10-15 minutes at 350°F. Remove from oven, let cool, then cut into squares!
Let it Set
So, you want to make your own rice crispy treats? Well, it’s not as easy as just dumping some cereal in a pan and calling it a day. Trust me, I’ve tried that before. There is a little more work involved than that. But don’t worry, because I tell you exactly how to do it!
The best thing about these rice crispy treats is that they are simple and require very few ingredients. All you need is a box of your favorite cereal, marshmallows, butter, and an 8×8 pan. Stir together the cereal and marshmallows in a large bowl, then add melted butter. Pour into a buttered pan and put in a 350-degree oven for 12 minutes. When it’s done, cut it into squares with a pizza cutter or knife, and enjoy!
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