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Take Your Rice Krispies Treats to the Next LEVEL

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If you love to indulge in a good old fashioned Rice Krispies treat, take your batch to the next level with these simple tips! They will come out even better than the recipe on the cereal box- Promise!

1.) Butter is Your Best Friend

Use more butter and even more marshmallows for a chewy, gooey, melt in your mouth treat.

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2.) Add this Secret Ingredient

Add Vanilla Extract to the melted butter for fantastic flavor! It’s SO worth the extra step.

Use Vanilla in Rice Krispies Treats

3.) Use an 8×8 Cake Pan

Who wants a puny thin square to bite into? Use a smaller pan for a yummy, extra thick treat.

Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

4.) Butter Your Pan First

This will prevent treats from sticking to the pan , and also don’t forget to butter your spatula or fingers before pressing them into the pan for ease and less mess.

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5.) Melt Marshmallows LOW and SLOW

To avoid hard treats, melt marshmallows on the stove on LOW and take your time. Also, add the cereal while there are still lumps.

Melting Marshmallows

6.) Fresh Marshmallows are Best

Use soft and fresh marshmallows for best results. It will be like biting into a cloud of fluffy goodness. Yes, really.

Secrets to great Rice Crispies Treats

Gooey & Soft Rice Krispies Treats


6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal (I just dump in 1/2 box of the 12 oz. size)
4 Tablespoons Butter
16 oz. bag mini marshmallows
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract


Grease 8×8 pan with butter and set aside. In a large saucepan on the stove, melt butter and add vanilla extract. Stir in marshmallows and melt SLOW and on LOW heat. Add cereal while marshmallows are still a little lumpy, yet melted, and remove from heat. Stir until combined and press mixture into pan. Let cool and cut into squares. That’s it!

YUM-O! 😋

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Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 53

  1. Katie

    I add vanilla bean into mine. Makes it so much better!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)


  2. Josie P

    How do you save this yummy recipes lol can’t wait to try them 🙂

  3. ohiogirl

    Oh thank you! My grocery store, Giant Eagle, has rice krispie cereal on sale. Was planning on getting some tomorrow to make these. I cannot wait to try this version ☺

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh sure- you’ll love it! 😀

  4. Cg

    I add vanilla to almost everything and I NEVER thought of doing it to this. I want to go make them now 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      They rock! Enjoy 😀

  5. LaurieW

    I add cocoa powder to mine while the marshmallows are melting. Chocolate rice Krispy treats!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Wow! Yum – thanks for sharing 😀

    • Heather C.

      Yummy idea!

  6. Courtney Newland

    I add coconut oil and my family loves them!! Plus it lets me cut back on the butter

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great idea!

    • Krista

      How much do you use of each then?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)


  7. Skynypig

    Coconut oil instead if butter!!! You will never turn back!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I’m so trying that next time! 😀👍

    • Vanessa

      How much coconut oil?

  8. Tami

    I’ve been making it that way for years & it is aaaammmmazing!!! Corn flakes are good too as long as you use the vanilla.

  9. Frecklelily

    I just made them with Cheerios….sooo good

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh yay! 😀

  10. Erin

    I add 2 large spoonfuls of peanut butter while melting the marshmallows and it’s delicious!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Wow yes! Sounds great Erin 😀

  11. buckeyemom

    I like to spread peanut butter then layer some melted semi-sweet chocolate on top…mmmmm 😍

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yum! We have done that with corn flakes. So good 😀

  12. Michelle


  13. Janna

    I love to use pure vanilla to mine!!! I can’t wait to try coconut oil with the vanilla next time I make these.

  14. Tera B

    What a timely post! I’m planning to make these on Wednesday. And I’m loving all the reader suggestions! Can’t wait to try them all 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I agree our readers are so helpful! Thanks For stopping by Tera. 😀

  15. Cat

    Wet your hands with warm water then press the treats in the pan. They won’t stick to you, and much easier than butter!

  16. Casey

    I recently added a cup of crushed Oreos in place of a cup of cereal. They were a major hit at a family reunion!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Wow! Great idea Casey!

  17. Sandy

    I just figured out why mine always came out hard as rocks! I was probably cooking them on high heat. I’m very impatient lol. The last time I tried making them was probably eight years ago! So far in the kitchen, that has been my only failure! I’m ready to give it another try! Wish me luck ladies! 💪😁

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You can do it! Add a little more butter and marshmallows than the box recipe and it’ll be softer.

  18. Doreen

    I put melt chocolate on top

  19. Kathy

    Mmmm… I love the chocolate rice crispy cereal with peanut butter melted with the butter and marshmallows 😊

  20. jhnicole

    This lady online i follow made a huge 8 layer one.She had chocolate on hers.

  21. Mitzi

    Melt peanut butter with marshmallows. So yummy!

  22. luvtnco

    I skip the marshmallows all together. Melt 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 bag butterscotch chips. Add 1 c. creamy peanut butter and stir until smooth. Add Rice Krispies (generic brand is fine too) and mix well. Spread into a pan and chill. I’ve also made with a 20-ounce jar of salted peanuts (skip the Rice Krispies). Plop by the spoonful onto wax paper and let sit overnight. Teacher gift at the holidays.

  23. Shelby

    I would add: Use quality ingredients! I’ve tasted so many bad Rice Krispies and its because they use margarine or some really cheap butter. If you have a three ingredient recipe don’t cut corners. I didn’t know about adding the Krispies before all the lumps are gone. I’ll try that next time!

  24. Maggie H

    Most people don’t know that marshmallows can be frozen. They do get stale if they sit in your pantry for a long time and even when you melt hard marshmallows your crispy treats won’t taste right. You don’t have to thaw them , just melt them even slower. Of course, now my kids have discovered that frozen marshmallows are yummy too, so I might grab them and only find half a bag in the freezer!!

    • jennifer

      Nice to know, thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh that’s smart! Thanks Maggie 😀

  25. Faith

    2 more tips: Skip the pan and just spray some vegetable oil on wax paper and shape the treats with your hands (also sprayed with veg. oil) – basically no cleanup!

    Also – the kids LOVE this one…do Rice Krispy treats – with Fruity Pebbles! Seriously – so good!

  26. Cindy

    I love baking tips. this recipe is printed and ready to go. I always add a dash of salt to any sweet recipe. Just a tiny bit really amps up the flavor. I found a baker’s tip in an old recipe book of my Grandmother. Mix well 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp flour, 1/4 cup vegetable shortening, and 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Brush it on pans in any recipe that calls for greased and floured pans. Put it in a closed container and it will keep in the cabinet forever. So much neater and it works like a charm every time.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I love these tips! Thanks Cindy!

  27. Keira

    My coworker adds PB M&Ms to her krispy treats. Every time we need to bring a dish to pass, we request that she bring them.

  28. Sarah

    Try fruity pebbles instead of Rice Krispies – it’s amazing!

  29. Kellie Zollars

    Great comments! I make mine in the microwave. So easy! You can also use cocoa krispies or cocoa pebbles. Or one batch cocoa and one batch plain, then put one on top of the other before you cool them. School bake sales we’ve had some with sprinkles, some dipped in melted chocolate, and the browned butter version.
    My favorite tip is lay down nonstick parchment paper, nonstick foil, or waxed paper in the pan and they come right out of the pan. No need to grease the pan.

  30. Nicole Perez

    use cap n crunch its the best!!!

  31. Julie M

    We do half cocoa pebbles and half rice crispy and we think it looks and tastes better than full cocoa crispy. Same thing with half fruity pebbles and half rice crispy, it gives it a good balance and reduces the sweetness a bit. The rice crispy / fruity pebble combo makes cute Easter treats too

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